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Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Westchester County - December 2009

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Westchester County - December 2009

Find family and kid-friendly Hanukkah events happening in Westchester County this holiday season!

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Manhattan - December 2009

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Manhattan - December 2009

Find family and kid-friendly Hanukkah events in your area this holiday season!

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Brooklyn - December 2009

Hanukkah Events for Kids and Families in Brooklyn - December 2009

Find family and kid-friendly Hanukkah events in your area this holiday season!

Cure the Holiday Humdrums: Tips on How to De-Stress and Enjoy This Holiday Season

Cure the Holiday Humdrums: Tips on How to De-Stress and Enjoy This Holiday Season

Recapture your holiday spirit with these four simple steps, courtesy of family psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell.

Gift Guide Tips for Children with Special Needs

Gift Guide Tips for Children with Special Needs

The holiday season is in full swing and gift guides have been published everywhere guiding parents on what the hottest toys and games are this year. Many of the guides have breakdowns for ages, gender, types of toys and price point, but what they don’t have is a toy guide for children with special needs. Those parents will need a bit more help when it comes to selecting the right toy for their child. Gina Maranga, Director of Program Operations at Block Institute, a Brooklyn educational facility dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities, has put together some tips for parents when it comes to selecting toys for their child with special needs: For children under 1 year old – Soft cuddly toys that can be activated to play music; busy/pop up boxes that have a cause and effect response; large, soft plastic, oddly shaped toys that are easy to grab and manipulate. For children 1 -3 years old – Shape and color sorters, medium sized dolls, animals and common objects to encourage labeling and pretend play; push/pull and ride on toys to encourage gross motor movement. For children 3 – 5 years old – Toys that encourage pretend play and expanded language like puppets, dress up sets, doll houses, cooking sets, barns, garages; toys that encourage fine motor skills like chunky crayons, chalk, tempera/finger paints, puzzles, Play-Doh, peg boards, building blocks; toys that encourage early literacy like big books, books on CD/tape, matching games, bingo/lingo.

‘Tis the season of Christmas carols, sleigh-riding—and allergic reactions?

‘Tis the season of Christmas carols, sleigh-riding—and allergic reactions?

Holiday decorations have begun to appear in homes and department stores everywhere, and so have children’s allergies from the many irritants brought on by the decorations. Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky, a New York pediatrician and renowned children’s allergy expert with more than 20 years experience, offers ways for parents to protect their children from the most common holiday season allergens.

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Hottest Toys of the Season - 2009 Guide for Suffolk County, Long Island

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Hottest Toys of the Season - 2009 Guide for Suffolk County, Long Island

Check out our list of the hottest toys this season to help find the perfect gift for that special child on your holiday shopping list. Also, read on for advice from managers of Suffolk County toy stores for their recommendations this year.

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Hottest Toys of the Season - 2009 Guide for Nassau County, Long Island

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Hottest Toys of the Season - 2009 Guide for Nassau County, Long Island

Check out our list of the hottest toys this season to help find the perfect gift for that special child on your holiday shopping list. Also, read on for advice from managers of Nassau County toy stores for their recommendations this year.

Not So Blonde Brownies Recipe

Not So Blonde Brownies Recipe

Check out a sample recipe from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas' new cookbook "A Century of Flavor" and enter the contest to win your own copy this holiday season!

What To Do For Picky Eaters On Thanksgiving

What To Do For Picky Eaters On Thanksgiving

For parents with kids that don’t like the traditional Thanksgiving foods, here are some nutritionist-approved suggestions to help create a healthful, successful holiday meal.

Just For Moms: Wear a Smile This Holiday Season

Just For Moms: Wear a Smile This Holiday Season

Columnist Kayla Fioravanti shares some tips on how to look your best while preparing meals and entertaining guests this holiday season - just put a smile on!

Fresh Food for the Holidays

Fresh Food for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, FreshDirect, specializing in high quality foods at reasonable prices delivered right to your door, has introduced gift cards! These make great gifts for just about anyone living in the New York metropolitan and New Jersey area.

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Nassau County, Long Island - December 2009

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Nassau County, Long Island - December 2009

Find a performance of this classic ballet tale in your area this holiday season.

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Suffolk County, Long Island - December 2009

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Suffolk County, Long Island - December 2009

Find a performance of this classic ballet tale in your area this holiday season.

Nassau County Calendar Highlights: Holiday Activities for Kids and Families - December 2009

Nassau County Calendar Highlights: Holiday Activities for Kids and Families - December 2009

Check out these kid-friendly holiday activities and events happening this December in Nassau County, Long Island.

Suffolk County Calendar Highlights: Holiday Activities for Kids and Families - December 2009

Suffolk County Calendar Highlights: Holiday Activities for Kids and Families - December 2009

Check out these kid-friendly holiday events happening this December in Suffolk County, Long Island.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Nassau County, Long Island

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Nassau County, Long Island

Want to do some good this Thanksgiving? The following places around Nassau County are accepting donations or need volunteers.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Suffolk County, Long Island

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Suffolk County, Long Island

Want to do some good this Thanksgiving? The following places around Suffolk County are accepting donations or need volunteers.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Fairfield County, CT

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Fairfield County, CT

Want to do some good this holiday season? These location in Fairfield County need your help.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Westchester County

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Westchester County

Want to do some good this Thanksgiving? The following places around Westchester County need your help.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Rockland County

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Rockland County

Want to do some good this Thanksgiving? The following places around Rockland County need your help.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Queens

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Queens

Want to do some good this holiday season? The following places around Queens need your help.

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Brooklyn

Where To Volunteer This Holiday Season: Soup Kitchens and More in Brooklyn

Give back this Thanksgiving by volunteering in your community. Whether it’s by giving your time, money, or food donations, you can make a difference. The following locations in Brooklyn need your help.

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays and Beyond

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays and Beyond

It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of life and lose control of our own health, especially around the holidays. Without our health, the chaos of motherhood can be overwhelming, exhausting and draining. The more we ignore our own need for balance and health, the less effective we became as mothers and wives. This year, let’s make up our minds to change some habits and stay healthy during the busy holiday season and beyond!

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Manhattan - December 2009

Where to Find Performances of 'The Nutcracker' in Manhattan - December 2009

Find out where this classic ballet will be performed this holiday season.




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