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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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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! (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Defrightful Decorating Ideas for Halloween
Holiday decorations aren't just for looks alone. These Halloween decoration ideas and how-tos from Party City use paper lanterns and rat cutouts to mark certain areas of your house as off-limits so you can maintain your family's privacy while your guests enjoy your party. (read the story...)

Which Plastics Contain BPA?
Using plastics made with a chemical known as BPA (Bisphenol A) may be harmful to your health and your children's development. Learn how to read the labels on plastic containers to determine whether they contain BPA. (read the story...)

Clever DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from Crafty Pants
Author Shannon Whitt of Crafty Pants: Clever Costumes offers a step-by-step guide an oversized hooded sweatshirt to create easy, froggy and doggy Halloween costumes for kids and parents alike. (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...)


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