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5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

Cooking with kids who have special needs such as autism, sensory issues, or learning disabilities can be challenging, but the ability to make a meal is a valuable life skill and including kids in the kitchen has many lasting benefits. Here are five tips to help those with special needs learn to cook.

All Aboard for a DIY Train Halloween Costume

All Aboard for a DIY Train Halloween Costume

Why buy a kid's Thomas the Tank Engine costume this Halloween when you can build one? Using cardboard boxes and crafts supplies, follow this step-by-step guide to DIY a train costume for your child.

Answers to Common Questions Parents Have About Homework

Answers to Common Questions Parents Have About Homework

Some common questions parents have about homework include how to prevent procrastination, how much should parents help, and how to prevent homework meltdowns. We've got the answers to those questions and more from local experts.

Three Tips to Help Your Child With Homework

Three Tips to Help Your Child With Homework

Getting your child to do their homework can sometimes be a challenge. Here are three tips to help your child with their homework, including setting an after-school routine and designating a homework area.

How To Make Your Own Slime

How To Make Your Own Slime

This Halloween hit the kitchen and make a recipe for fun when you learn how to make your own slime. This homemade slime recipe is designed for kids to get their hands dirty, plus it's offers sensory stimulation for sight and touch. Prepare to get messy and have a lot of fun with homemade slime.

Tips to Help Improve Your Child's Reading Skills

Tips to Help Improve Your Child's Reading Skills

Is your child's reading struggles sapping his back-to-school enthusiasm? A Westchester-based children's literacy consultant shares three tips to improve his reading skills, including visualizing, questioning, and taking notes.

Help Your Child Choose the Right Extracurricular Activities

Help Your Child Choose the Right Extracurricular Activities

Can we nurture our children, their interests, and their chances of Ivy League acceptance all at the same time? It's possible to strike a balance among your child's family time, play time, structured activities, homework time, and socialization. Here, some guidelines to follow.

How to Encourage Kids to Read for Fun

How to Encourage Kids to Read for Fun

A children's literacy expert offers four strategies for getting kids to think of reading as a fun activity and encouraging them to read books for pleasure, outside of school and homework.

10 Tips to Help Kids Ace Theater Auditions

10 Tips to Help Kids Ace Theater Auditions

Is your child trying out for a school play or community theater show? Get tips from casting directors on how to help your kid ace the audition, including how to prepare the right song and monologue, calm nerves and stage fright, and deal with disappointment if your child doesn't get the role.

Pro Tips for Kids Auditioning for Broadway Roles

Pro Tips for Kids Auditioning for Broadway Roles

For kids who want to audition for professional acting roles on Broadway or even in TV or film, we've got the best advice from pro casting directors on how to stand out from the crowd and make the most of each audition and callback.

How to Find a Talent Agent or Manager for Your Child Actor

How to Find a Talent Agent or Manager for Your Child Actor

Are you looking for a talent agent or manager for your budding child actor? Here are five tried-and-true ways to find representation courtesy of Jessica Rofe, an artistic director who has worked in casting and on the talent agency side of the business for many years.

Triathlons for Kids: How to Get Them Race-Ready

Triathlons for Kids: How to Get Them Race-Ready

More and more parents are pushing their bodies in fun and healthy ways, from 5Ks to mud runs, inspiring their kids to want in on the action. Here’s how to find triathlons for kids and help them train in a fun and healthy way.

8 Steps to Great Sleep Habits for Babies

8 Steps to Great Sleep Habits for Babies

Setting up your baby with great sleep habits takes commitment, consistency, and confidence that you are on the right path. Follow these eight steps from a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant to help you achieve great sleep in one to two weeks.

DIY Toy Drum

DIY Toy Drum

A step-by-step guide to making your own toy drum, including a list of materials, tools, and DIY directions. This project requires very few skills to make but will receive a cheerful standing ovation -- or better yet, a well-deserved drum roll!

Chef George Duran's Top 5 Tips for Parents with Picky Eaters

Chef George Duran's Top 5 Tips for Parents with Picky Eaters

When his toddler turned out to be a picky eater, this Food Network chef and serious foodie was devastated to say the least. Here, Duran shares five things he's learned about getting kids to eat a healthy variety of foods starting at a young age.

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

10 Tips for Cooking on the Campfire

Planning a camping trip? There are some things you should know about cooking food on a campfire. Check out these 10 expert tips for cooking safely and efficiently on an outdoor fire and you'll be making drool-worthy eggs al fresco in no time.

Sledding Safety: How to Choose the Best Sled and Avoid Injury

Sledding Safety: How to Choose the Best Sled and Avoid Injury

Sledding is a fun winter activity, but it's responsible for tens of thousands of trips to the emergency room every year. Here are tips on how to choose the safest sled for your child, avoid sledding injuries, and treat injuries when accidents happen.

Try the Taste-and-Rate Approach to Get Your Kids to Try New Foods

Try the Taste-and-Rate Approach to Get Your Kids to Try New Foods

Dina Rose, Ph.D., author of "It's Not About the Broccoli," suggests trying the taste-and-rate approach to get your kids to try new foods. The process exposes picky eaters to new foods and reveal their inner food critic.

11 Tips to Build Your Retirement Savings

11 Tips to Build Your Retirement Savings

Do you know how much you need to save for your retirement? Here are 11 tips, including figuring our your retirement costs and understanding Social Security benefits, to build your retirement savings.

What to Do When You're at the End of Your Rope

What to Do When You're at the End of Your Rope

As parents, we all have meltdowns now and then. Dr. Rita Eichenstein suggests key ways to deal with stress and frustration that will help you avoid the "end of the rope" and help you and your family feel happier.

Start the Conversation: Talking to Teens about Substance Abuse

Start the Conversation: Talking to Teens about Substance Abuse

Michael Parker, M.Ed., author of Talk With Your Kids: Conversations about Ethics, Honesty, Friendship, Sensitivity, Fairness, Dedication, Individuality and 103 Other Things that Really Matter, shares two conversation starters to help you talk to your kids about substance abuse.

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Sugar Puppy

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Sugar Puppy

Charlotte Verrecas, author of A Big Book of Face Painting, shares instructions for her adorable Sugar Puppy face painting design for a great girls Halloween costume idea.

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Zombie Kid

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Zombie Kid

Charlotte Verrecas, author of A Big Book of Face Painting, shares instructions for her Zombie Kid face paint design, which makes a great boys Halloween costume idea.

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello

Planning to carve a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween but not sure where to start? Follow these easy pumpkin-carving tips from Michael Natiello, master carver and creative director of The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in Westchester.

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period

Is your daughter with special needs about to get her period for the first time? Here is a 10-point checklist to help you prepare her for her first menstruation, including how to help her understand and accept the experience and self-care it requires.




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