National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that strengthens the relationship between the police, city and community. This helps to make our neighborhoods safer. Each year local communities across the US and beyond hold events to build neighborhood camaraderie on the first Tuesday of August.
In Westchester, 2017 events will be held on Tuesday, August 1st, in Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill, White Plains and Yonkers. Local police departments will be providing entertainment including music, children's activities and food. See details on our calendar for each event.
To learn more about National Night Out visit https://natw.org.
Mother's Day is a wonderful way to honor all of the mothers who tirelessly put everyone else first. Mothers teach us, care for us, listen to us, dry our tears, talk us up and love us unconditionally. But what is the true meaning behind Mother's Day and how can you enjoy it as a mom yourself? Is it to have a "day off"? A day of indulgence? A day all about you? A day with your children? A day with your mother? A day helping others?
Some of us are faced with disappointing circumstances that can make the day stressful or emotionally charged. Desperately wanting to be with your own mom but you can't. Experiencing a difficult time with your spouse or other family member. Being forced into doing something that is not what you wanted to do that day. Not having the means to celebrate the way you would like. High expectations that simply are not met.
I am thankful to be a mother. We are part of an elite group. It's nothing to take lightly. Not everyone has the privilege. For those of us who had a hard time getting pregnant I wanted to share with you one of my favorite moments as a humble reminder of how extraordinarily lucky we are to have children. As most of us probably know, Beyoncé famously went through an emotional struggle to become pregnant and revealed in her HBO documentary, "Life Is But A Dream," that she suffered a miscarriage. She revealed that was pregnant for the first time live on the VMAs in 2011 by singing her heart out to the "Love growing inside of her." Six years later she is now pregnant with twins.
I am thankful for my family. After several years as a stay-at-home mom I decided to go back to work. It was a tough decision and one that I am so grateful for. The incredible challenge of getting my young children up, dressed, fed and transported to where they need to go each morning and make it to work can be overwhelming at times. Not to mention the reverse with getting dinner on the table, bath, bed after a full day at work. I am thankful for the support of my husband who always has my back, is my partner in crime and goes the extra mile when I need it. I am thankful for my parents, siblings, in-laws, cousins and entire extended family for being there and making our family strong.
I am thankful for my mother. For being there throughout my life no matter what. For always listening to me. For being there for my children. For saving all of the things I made growing up. For giving me the incredible opportunities I received. For teaching me well. For helping me grow into the woman and mother I have become. For celebrating holidays and special occasions with me. For letting me say whatever I want and never judging me. For being an amazing grandmother. Until I became a mother myself I could not fully appreciate and understand what you have done for me and continue to do for me.
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Other national or regional parenting resources with Westchester-specific sites: Hulu Frog, Kids Out & About, Macaroni Kid, Mommy Poppins, Suzy Said, Westchester Family, Westchester Parent
More hyper local resources: Apple Moms in the Hudson Valley, 914Insider, 914 Social, Black Westchester, Booked Parties, Found in Yonkers, Gotitlocal, Inside Rye, Larchmont Dish, Scarsdale10583, Stacy Knows, Wag Magazine
Local media: Daily Voice, FIOS 1, Hamlethub, News 12 Westchester, The Journal News / Lohud, Patch, The City Review (Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye), The Scarsdale Inquirer, Westchester Magazine, Westchester Rising,
More local mom blogs: Main Street Mama, My Purse Strings
The holidays are a great time of year to be thankful for the things you have and to help those less fortunate. Donating or volunteering is an excellent way to give back to those in need and bring them some holiday cheer. If you are feeling generous this holiday season, here are 10 ways you can make a difference in Westchester County, NY.
1. Participate in #Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on Tuesday, November 29th. To find a list of local organizations, charities, events and more in Westchester visit their website and learn more in this video.
2. Everyone deserves a delicious Thanksgiving or holiday meal. Help the Food Bank for Westchester this holiday season by pledging to feed families. Your support can help feed 1,000 families with a holiday meal. You can get others involved and really make a difference. Find out more on their website.
6. Donate to the Salvation Army of Greater New York. You can take part in their Red Box campaign and provide "Christmas in a box" to families in need. You can also volunteer to provide holiday meals, participate in theirAngel Tree Program or give online.
To learn more about other non profit organizations that assist families in Westchester visit our Give Back page. Wishing everyone a happy and warm holiday season!
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