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Nailed It! Your First Mother-Daughter Nail Salon Visit


I love a day of pampering as much as the next frazzled mom. When my daughter, Emma, asked to get her nails done for her 10th birthday, I thought “sure,why not?” . I couldn’t think of a better way to treat ourselves than heading out for a manicure in Yonkers. While even though I was excited, I had some concerns. When it comes to salons, kids are either loved or hated. I’ve heard horror stories about moms who brought their child in with them to a manicure and either got turned away at the door or glared at by staff and other patrons. Thankfully, when you want to have a day of pampering with your little princess, several salons in and around the Yonkers area offer some great kid-friendly places to dress up your digits together.

When you take your daughter to her first manicure, you want the experience to be filled with fun and not be not a recipe for disaster. To ensure your little girls first nail salon experience in will shine as brightly as her hot pink nails, polish up on these tips for your first mother-daughter salon visit.

Do Your Research: Take the steps necessary to ensure the experience is safe, including choosing a reputable Yonkers nail salon. One that follows safety regulations will always sterilize instruments in an autoclave and with an antiviral/antibacterial solution.

Call Ahead: Be sure to call ahead and verify that the nail salon you’ve picked has experience with kiddies

Keep It Simple: Do a nail filing and polish only. Pass on cuticle trimming, which can lead to small cuts that leave your child more susceptible to a bacterial infection.

I have been a long-time patron of the A&S Salon in Yonkers, for a few years now. Not only are they very professional and use high-quality products, they take keeping the space clean seriously. Every time I visit, it’s impeccable. As a busy mom, let me just say that having their own parking is a serious plus!

Everyone is so nice and are happy to accommodate mother-daughter appointments. They go above and beyond to provide a fun, relaxing, and exciting experience for young spa-goers. Staffed with licensed cosmetologists, they specializes in manis, pedis, mini-facials, and so much more, like party packages. You can customize a party package by choosing from a menu of cool services like hair chalk, temporary extensions with beads, manicures, braiding and facials.

Mother-daughter manicures have become a common bonding ritual. Like most of the girls I knew, I didn’t have my first manicure until I was in my late teens. However, that may be unusual today. Many girls have been to the spa at least once to get their nails done by the time they’re 8 years old. I see it as a nice and relaxing way to spend time together.


Bond with your daughter with these nail design ideas perfect for mother-daughter manicures


Motivating Children to Consume Nutritious Foods

Raising children is easy…said no parent ever. It can be difficult to teach our kids how to make healthy decisions that will allow them to grow and thrive in life. It can be even harder to teach them how to eat well-rounded and nutritious diets.

 If you’re a parent who wants to instill well-rounded nutritional habits in your children, you have to put in the necessary amount of work and time. I believe that the best place to start is by setting an example for your kids. But be warned, leading by good example doesn’t guarantee that children will do what we want them to do, but telling children ‘do as I say, not as I do’ definitely won’t work. That being said, hopefully by seeing you model healthy habits, it will drive the message home to your kids that consciously making healthy decisions is important. Let them see you eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables so your kids know that you eat healthily. This gives a greater success of them emulating your eating habits. I’m not saying that you have to turn into a health food nut, but if your kiddos see you hitting the drive-thru and chowing down on cheeseburgers and fries all of the time, it will send them a message that you honestly don’t want. Fast food every once in a while is fine! However, if they think that you give fast food your stamp of approval as always being the quick go-to for mealtime, it may just motivate them to choose it first themselves, and understandably so.

It’s critical to see to it that your kids consume wholesome foods that are chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals as much as possible. Kids need to eat foods that are rich in everything from fiber to calcium. You can speak with a nutritionist or your pediatrician for guidance. They will be able to point you in the right direction about your children’s dietary requirements. As you plan meals, remember you get the most out of fresh and unprocessed foods, and should try to implement these as much as possible. Snack time is another opportunity to offer your kids healthier options. Simply put, If you keep food choices healthy, your child is more likely to eat healthy.

If you have a picky eater on your hands, you’ll likely find it more difficult to get them to try new foods. I’ve learned that children seem to be more open to changes when they are made slowly. Just keep at it. Offer them new foods at every meal or snack. If they adopt even one healthy food a week, don’t be discouraged, it’s actually a big win! In fact, research shows children may need to be exposed to a new food up to 10 times before they accept it!


The important thing is to maintain a healthy attitude towards food. Try not to lump food into a category as “good or “bad”. The way parents talk about food and eat are important influences of your child’s developing eating habits. Make mealtime an enjoyable experience. Let your kids know it’s okay to eat all types of food, even fast food and junk food, in moderation. 

It’s totally unrealistic to expect yourself to be a perfect role model. Try your best to demonstrate good eating habits. Seeing you do this will encourage your child to do the same and have an overall positive impact on your child.