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Celebrating Independence Day


What is your family’s unique way of celebrating the Fourth of July? For us, it’s a special day in more ways than one. Three years ago tomorrow, we brought Pumpkin home from the hospital — nine weeks to the day after she was born. So for us, it’s not just our nation’s independence we’re celebrating, but Pumpkin’s independence from the NICU. That said, I hope to start teaching her about the larger meaning of the holiday and why we are grateful to be living here in America. If you’re looking for ideas for family activities, here is a link to the <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_independence” target=”_blank”>Wikipedia entry on Independence Day</a>. Here is the <a href=”http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html” target=”_blank”>Declaration of Independence</a> at the National Archives. Every year, National Public Radio offers an audio reading of the declaration. Here is a <a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11703583″ target=”_blank”>link to last year’s recital</a>.


This entry was posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 6:33 pm by Julie Moran Alterio. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Activities, Holidays, Learning, Parenting




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Parents’ Place is a hangout for openly discussing the A’s to Z’s of raising a child in the Lower Hudson Valley. From deciding when to stop using a binky to when to let your teenager take driving lessons, Parents’ Place is here to let us all vent, share, and most of all, learn from each other.
Leading the conversation are Julie Moran Alterio, a business reporter and mom of a toddler, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, a reporter and single father with joint custody of a 9-year-old son, and Len Maniace, a reporter and father of two sons.


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Julie Moran AlterioJulie Moran AlterioJulie Moran Alterio, her husband and baby girl — “Pumpkin” — share their Northern Westchester home with three iPods and more colorful plastic toys than seems necessary to entertain one tiny human. READ MORE
Jorge Fitz-GibbonJorge Fitz-GibbonJorge Fitz-Gibbon has been a journalist for more than 20 years and a father for nine. READ MORE
Jane LernerJane LernerJane Lerner covers health and hospitals for The Journal News in Rockland, where she lives with her husband and two children. READ MORE
Len Maniace.jpgLen ManiaceLen Maniace is a reporter and father of two sons. READ MORE