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Literary Costumes Your Bookworms Will Love
Children can dress as their favorite storybook character with these literary costumes. Whether they dress as Horton; the Who he heard; or mischief-making Max, king of all Wild Things, they're sure to be a best-seller this Halloween. (read the story...)

Spooktastic Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas
Brothers and sisters can keep the Halloween festivities all in the family with these coordinating costume ideas from local moms and retailers. Siblings can team up as crime fighters or step up to the plate as baseball players in costumes that aren't limited to one gender. (read the story...)

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes from Local Moms
Using common children's clothing and a few household items, you and your children can make easy Charlie Brown, school bus, Where's Waldo, and grape costumes for Halloween and dress up sessions. (read the story...)

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu
Follow this easy step-by-step guide for a DIY toddler Halloween costume. A no-sew tulle tutu and a sweatshirt with iron-on appliqués will ensure your child is both festive and warm in her ghost outfit. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Take the Best Photos of My Kids?
Snap the best candid and posed shots of your kids at home with tricks from PhotoOp NYC photographer Robert DeSantos. (read the story...)

A Dose of Tolerance
Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those intrusive questions and ignorant comments, whether on the playground or, ahem, at a family gathering. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Backpack for My Child?
Dr. Michael Cocilovo of New City Chiropractic Center offers 7 guidelines for choosing a good backpack or book bag for your child, to avoid back pain or back problems like scoliosis. Read his tips before you start your back-to-school shopping this year. (read the story...)

Tips and Tricks from FlatRate Moving for Do-It-Yourself Packing
Over the past 20 years, FlatRate Moving, the nationwide leader in the moving and storage industry, has compiled a list of nine tips and tricks to pack for a move, as well as tips on how to pack books, photos, fragile items, liquid containers, electronics, and more. (read the story...)

How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Inappropriate Touching
It’s a topic no parent wants to even think about. But not talking to our kids about appropriate vs. inappropriate touching is irresponsible. Learn how and when to talk to your children about sexual abuse, and how to handle suspected abuse. (read the story...)

How to Make the Most of Your Child's Live Music Experience
A music therapist and award-winning children's musician offers tips on bringing your child to a concert or other live music performance, including how to choose the best venue, prepare kids for the show, and help them engage with the music. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Set Limits on My Child?
Setting limits on your child's behavior can be difficult. Here, a behavioral specialist explains why setting limits is important, when you should set limits, and how to set effective limits and consequences. (read the story...)

5 Tips to Make Sure Your Child Is Getting Enough Sleep
Most parents wonder, "Is my child getting enough sleep?" A certified sleep consultant and mom of two offers five tips to make sure your child is getting the right amount of sleep, including signs that your child is overtired or sleep deprived. (read the story...)

How to Make a Mermaid Tale from Watermelon
Follow these step-by-step directions to create a mermaid tale centerpiece out of watermelon rinds and decorate it with watermelon cutouts. This piece of watermelon art is perfect for your next backyard barbecue or summer party. (read the story...)

Top 10 Tips for Cooking on the Grill
Before you fire up the grill for your next backyard barbecue, check out the top 10 grilling tips from the experts at Omaha Steaks. Follow these best practices to avoid common grilling mistakes and make sure your food tastes delicious every time. (read the story...)

Professor Pedals Teaches All Ages to Ride on Long Island
Professor Pedals, a father of two on Long Island, focuses on safety and cycling in his approach to teaching children to ride. (read the story...)

10 Tips for Taking Great iPhone Photos of Your Kids
Turn everyday moments with your kids into great photos that will last a lifetime with these 10 tips on taking photos on your iPhone or smartphone. (read the story...)

Birthday Party Etiquette: Show Up and Shut Up
Tips from a mom of three on how to act as a proper and gracious guest when you're attending someone else's birthday party or dinner party. (read the story...)

5 Tips for Buying the Right Lawn Mower
If you're thinking of buying a new lawn mower, you first need to know which type of lawn mower will work best for your yard. Here are 5 tips that will help you know which lawn mower to buy, plus some advice on safety features and after-sale service. (read the story...)

4 Tips for Perfect Party Cakes and Cupcakes
These four easy tips from Kathleen King, owner of the renowned Tate's Bake Shop on Long Island, will help you make perfect birthday party cakes and cupcakes every time. (read the story...)

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday
When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too. (read the story...)

Take the Screen-Free Challenge
The third annual Screen-Free Week is April 29 to May 5. Take the challenge to turn off your cell phones, TVs, and iPads to spend more quality time with your family. (read the story...)

5 Tips for Choosing a Small Pet for Your Family
Thinking about getting a small pet like a hamster, gerbil, or guinea pig for your kids? Here are 5 tips from the experts at PetSmart on how to choose the right pet, including advice on these small pets' habits, diets, and exercise needs. (read the story...)

5 Tips to Get Kids Eating Healthy Foods
Stephanie Maze, author of "Healthy Foods from A to Z," offers tips for getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. The key, as you'll see, is to find ways to make healthy foods fun -- and that includes letting kids play with their food! (read the story...)

How to Be an Informed Consumer of Online Information
Experts explain how you can separate fads, scams, and myths from real and reliable information when it comes to products, programs, and health care for your children. Learn how to tell if information found online is reliable and supported by scientific evidence. (read the story...)

What Families with Household Employees Need to Know Before Filing Taxes
This tax season, when filing your family's taxes, don't forget about the household employment tax if your family has hired help like a nanny or housekeeper. Founder and CEO of Breedlove & Associates Stephanie Breedlove provides a checklist of items you need to know about the household employment tax. (read the story...)


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