Archive for November, 2007

being thankful and giving

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to stop and reflect on the notion of graciousness – both in giving and receiving. How do we instill a sense of gratitude in our children? Well, the answer is really quite simple: model it yourself. Children are really keen to authenticity and know when you’re being genuine versus putting on an act for their benefit.

Inviting children to participate in being thoughtful about another person is another great way to instill this good virtue in your child. Ask them to think about what they know about the person you’re gifting and, based on what they know, what they think that person might like or enjoy. Any time a child is included in an experience, it holds greater meaning to them. Similarly, you can invite them to hand the gift to the recipient when they day comes to share it. On your way home from the festivities, you might also ask your child to reflect on what they thought the recipient liked about the gift and how they felt giving it.

Lastly, help your child to write thoughtful thank yous for any gifts they received. Children might be more inclined to do so if they make their own stationery or if they have personalized stationery. Here are a couple good sources for fun stationery for kids: Linda & Harriett & Erin Condren

The Greener Dry Cleaner

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007


I am delighted to report that there is a new dry cleaner in the West Village (corner of W 12th and Greenwich) that uses CO2 to clean clothes, whereby removing the toxins that other dry cleaners leave on the clothes they process. I stopped by Green Apple Cleaners last night and happened to meet the CEO and founder, Dave Kistner. He is the father of four-year-old twins and got the idea for his business when his wife was pregnant and began reading about potentially harmful chemicals used in the dry cleaning process that stay on the clothes and emit gases.

Green Apple Cleaners is currently New York City’s only CO2 dry cleaner and one of 32 in the country. Apparently, since carbon dioxide occurs naturally in our bodies and the environment, the cleaning process is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

They take their commitment to greener living a couple steps further:

1. They use the most efficient biodiesel delivery trucks.

2. They give black reusable garment bags, so say goodbye to all that unnecessary plastic.

3. If you do elect to have your clothes wrapped in plastic, rest assured that it is the kind that boidegrades in two years. Dave suggested using the plastic for your bathroon trash first so it has an added utility.

Now grab your clothes and head on over – it might even be worth a cab ride.