It’s enough here in Manhattan we’re having to follow protocol regarding COVED (that many are rejecting such as not wearing a mask etc.), but now one of the biggest issues in New York City torture is the flip flopping decision as to whether or not to teach our kids remote or hybrid?
We’ve been very lucky with our daughter’s school. They started with remote off the bat and will be taking a temperature for possible hybrid down the line. Many New York kids and parents were not so fortunate and have had to have the start of school change and change again messing up their schedules. And now with what is going on in Queens and Brooklyn, it’s anybody’s guess what’s next.
I’m a father. And I have been amazed (as is often said) that my child has grown up so quickly. Although we know this, we need to often be thinking about preparing our kids for the “Real World.” One of the key components of this is education.
For those of us here in Manhattan, New York, as it is for the rest of the country, due to the pandemic and other things of a safety caution, we are faced with one of the most difficult choices for our kids. We need to decide the manner we want our kids to be learning in: in-person in classroom or distance learning?
Ask Your Kid
I literally just did the step that we as parents must do, which is in addition to having our own opinions about what form is best, we need to additional ask our children what their preference is.
Before revealing what my kid said as the preferred method of educational medium, I should mention that my child’s school is giving us two options for the upcoming school year. The first is mixed learning which means 5 days in classroom, followed by 5 days distant learning, and so on. The other option is to have just distance learning.
Choice is Theirs
As a parent I am not fully convinced that my child is going to be able to be completely safe from the virus or even from violence as I bring my child to school through a rough environment. But I put the final decision to be my kids’.
My Kid’s Decision
My child selected the hybrid of 5 days classroom, followed by 5 days distant learning. I pray everything is going to be okay. But I do trust the judgement of the school, so if things are not safe they will change their delivery method. I hopefully made the right choice to give my child the choice. Because, let’s face it, our kids are going to grow up!
With my wife and our 11 year old daughter we started our lockdown early on March 8, 2020. The date now is July 5th, the day after Independence Day. Ironically we have been independent of much of the world for the last 119 days. After day 100 I went outside solo with a medical mask on to mail a letter. The three of us also went outside to the park very briefly which was a frightening experience of people without masks, spitting talking loudly, bumping against us, all with a cavalier attitude about the virus. This as cases are rising!
Avoiding “Summer Slide”
So indoors we stay in Manhattan, NY in a small 800 foot two bedroom apartment. But what do we do all day and night? We have some traditions such as Family Game Night. Also we celebrate TGIF when my wife and I break free from our daily computer grind and have fun such as watching a movie together. Also, our daughter asked us if she could help thwart her losing her knowledge via “Summer Slide” by participating in a summer online learning camp. Although her test score average is 97% we said “yes” since it will be a healthy activity for her to do online.
What Do You Do During the Pandemic?
What do you and your family do during the Coronavirus lockdown? We want to know!
Being a dad is a great thing. In taking on the responsibility of raising a child it has to be an “all in” kind of a commitment. You are constantly in awe of the growth of your child and are tuned into what they need at any given time in their development.
Nature Versus Nurture?
The nature versus nurture question comes up constantly. How much does your input as a father impact a kid and how much is just an inherent a personality component of her or him? Going through the experience I’d have to say both.
Hands Off Versus Guidance?
There are ways that my child is very much her own person, with incredible traits that I can’t recognize in myself or my wife. These are things I give her space on and let her grow into ideas without interference by me. I have to admit I use “teaching moments” but I try not to bring too much attention to the fact I am passing on insights. In short, I parent with a hands off on things that are happening developmentally with her that are working out well, but step in when some guidance seems necessary. Something must be working out because she is an amazing human being!
The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene together with the Department of Education put out a letter recently addressed to parents and guardians. The NYC Department of Health is currently investigating cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The NYC Health Department is also investigating the possible association between PMIS and COVID-19 in children. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID-19, but the connection is still not clear.
PMIS is a rare condition that is not contagious. However, because it is life-threatening, it is important to know the signs. Most children have a persistent, high temperature lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including:
Irritability or sluggishness
Abdominal pain without another explanation
Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes
Enlarged lymph node (“gland”) on one side of the neck
Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberrySwollen hands and feet, which might also be red
You should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had continued fever. Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and use that information to recommend next steps. If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.
This publication came about through our need to connect with activities for kids for our then toddler daughter. Things have changed a lot from then and our daughter is now in middle school.
Reflecting on the Past
The years do go by quickly and we are in awe of our daughter and the wonderful person she is. We continue to do this publication in part because we are supportive of the Blog Coalition of which we are members, but also because there is a part of us that makes us want to remember every phase our daughter has gone through.
What We all Have in Common
We don’t list activities for kids on this blog all that often. Times have changed but we’re really all kids at heart.
Parenting has a new stressor that was not anticipated: taking care of your kids in the Coronavirus age. Awareness of COVID-19 only started around a month ago and prior to that time our hands were already full. Now tension has increased as we are faced with new questions.
Facing the Same Problems
As seen in this post on the blog “Manhattan Coronavirus,” even just getting something as basic as food for our kids has become a challenge. In the case of the writer in the article, he tried over 10 methods to get food delivered for his family but none of them worked. Thankfully though, he came up with a solution.
New Doors Needed
As parents we are faced with new virus driven fears and tasks to overcome for our families. How will we find new indoor fun ways for them to play? How will they exercise? How do we assist them with not going stir crazy? What activities and knowledge can we open the doors for them in the virtual world?
We are faced with having to wing it with no precedence of other parents having faced the same challenges. We are the first. Hopefully one day this will become a distant memory, but for now it is time to be creative to keep our children safe, healthy and happy.
Starting a children’s theater company means that you are taking on special work. Many perceive children’s theater as nothing more than a group that performs story characters, possibly borrowed from a popular kids book, who act in an extreme and silly manner. Many write off childrens theater as nothing more than vapid entertainment that the family enjoys and does not have to do a lot of analyzing.
The Impactful Side of Children’s Theater
In truth, children participating in the productions (or watching them) are impacted in meaningful ways. Children’s theater helps a kid’s development. It can actually increase intelligence through participation. Additionally it opens up a whole new vista for the child. Depending on the production they are participating in, they can make discoveries that will last them a lifetime.
More Positives About Children’s Theater
Children’s theater helps kids to imagine new worlds and ultimately be more empathetic. Young minds also are opened up to a better understanding of what they read. Going through the process of putting up a production can change the point of view of youths.
Grades Can Go Up
Studies have shown that kids who do theater much of the time have better grades in school.
What is Special About Your Group?
We have taken a bit of time exploring the “why” of children’s theater, now we are going to look at the “how.” Having a mission is important. Also it should differentiate you from other companies. What is special about your group? For marketing and promotional ideas check out websites like How to Get New Customers. You can also explore sites such as Magic Neighbors and their theater company.
Once this is established decide on what method of being able to accept donation you want. Do you want to be a nonprofit? This is possible but it takes time. And easier way of doing this is to get another nonprofit to fiscally sponsor you. There are organizations dedicated to this very thing. Search fiscal sponsorship in your area. You also should also open a bank account in the name of your company to put donations in.
Finding a Space for Your Children’s Theater Company
You’ll also need a space. Chances are you don’t have a big budget so you might consider solutions like staging performance in a church’s community area. Or some churches even have stages.
A Business Idea for Children’s Theater
Another way of bringing in money is through offering classes to kids which the parents pay for in conjunction with staging a particular production. Parents will enjoy seeing their children perform.
We live in Inwood Manhattan but frequently travel all over this amazing metropolis doing all kinds of activities. Manhattan is an amazing playground for families with everything under the sun. Some activities cost money whereas many do not. The great thing is that many of the activities are educational yet fun and will make a big impression on kids.
Fun and Interesting Activities
Some fun and interesting activities include The Empire State Building, New York Transit Museum, The Highline Park, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Central Park, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Natural History Museum just to name a few.
Harmony in New York
As a mom of an 11 year old living in Manhattan, it is important to me that my child experience all the city has to offer. One of our favorite activities is swimming. Another is simply going through the city and visiting the exciting and different areas of cultures that live together in harmony.
Free Stuff to Do With Your Child
Plus, there is lots of free stuff you can do. This includes the Museum of the City of New York, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Houdini Museum, The Queens County Farm Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. This is just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful things that can be done in Manhattan for free.
Manhattan is Magical
My husband, who has a background in magic, especially likes the Houdini Museum and several of his Society of American Magician meetings have been held there. Although we have gone to several different magic shows, my daughter and I have yet to visit the Houdini Museum. We look forward to doing so.
Scratching the Surface
Of course we’ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible in this wonderous city. The key is to keep you eyes open for more new experiences that you and your kids can have. We wish to thank Lights Camera Read for giving us some of these ideas.
We generally stick to articles just about kids, their families and magical journeys. But we thought this would be an important look at an aspect of growing up for many children: Walt Disney.
The somewhat shocking accusation comes from a former senior accountant at Disney. The gist of it is that this whistle blower is claiming that Disney overstated it’s revenue by billions of dollars – as much as 6 billion in fact.
Disney’s response to this whistle blower’s accusation was that the claims were “Utterly without merit.” Manhattan Magician would tend to agree.
How could this be important to you as a parent? If these accusations are accurate it could cause you to look again at Disney as a supplier of entertainment and more for your children.
Don’t get us wrong. We love Disney. In truth, our daughter is a major Disney fan, especially of their cruises, where you get to live the magic.
But has the magic now been tainted? Sandra Kuba, an employee at Disney for nearly two decades made her claims known by filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A Trustworthy Source?
Also, can the whistle blower be trusted? This employee was fired because of apparently displaying a pattern of workplace complaints against coworkers without a reasonable basis for doing so. Manhattan Magician tends to believe this also.
What Do YOU Think?!
We believe, as does Market Your Journey, that it is likely that Disney will snap back like it always does and this incident will be a small blip in its stellar reputation. But we want to know what you think.
Does this Affect Your Feelings About Disney?
Would this cause you to think twice about purchasing Disney items? Or is it considered, in these weird times, something that is just business doing business?
Thanks to Those Who Have Already Responded
We received responses from readers of an early version of this blog post and thank them for their input. Seems most feel Disney will get through this without a scratch!