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Camp Countdown: A Month-by-Month Timeline to Get Ready for Summer Camp
It can be overwhelming to decide how to pick a summer camp for your child, and it often seems like there is an endless list of things to do before your kids can actually go to camp. How do you pick the right camp? What should you ask the camp director before sending your kids away for the summer? What should you pack your kids for their time at summer camp? When should you send your child their first letter? But don't worry, we've got all the answers to those questions. Check out our full timeline for the camp countdown, with instructions about what to do each month of the year when it comes to camp planning. Is it time for camp yet? (read the story...)

What To Do At Your Child's Parent Teacher Conference
Many schools require parents to meet with their child's teacher at least once a year at a parent teacher conference, but if you are concerned about your child's performance or comfort at school you can ask to meet with the teacher any time you want. Learn to be a good communicator and have a successful positive parent teacher conference with these tips. (read the story...)

Yoga Gives Kids Strength, Removes Stress, and Builds Confidence
You may wonder "Is yoga right for my child?" but the answer is simple: yoga is beneficial for everyone. Yoga helps kids stay healthy but it also helps kids release stress and gain confidence. Yoga classes for kids are all-inclusive, and you can practice yoga poses at home with your child, too. (read the story...)

Fun Indoor Activities for When the Weather Keeps You Inside
When the weather keeps you inside, grab this handy list of fun activities—with items found in the house—to keep your kids from saying, "I'm bored." (read the story...)

Imaginary Friends: Should I Be Worried?
Your child and her imaginary friend are inseparable, but, most likely, you shouldn't worry about the invisible companion. Imaginary play is important for children's development, and those who had imaginary friends are shown to have more creative problem-solving skills. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Each Kindness, Teens, and a Woman President
From our December 2012 issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting. (read the story...)

5 Ways to Take the Frenzy Out of Your Family's Lives
With your children comfortably in the school year schedule, you may find that they are stressed with their busy after-school activities and homework. Susan Sachs Lipman, author of "Fed Up with Frenzy," offers 5 tips for a frenzy-free lifestyle. (read the story...)

Plan a Fun Halloween in Any Weather
Plan a fun Halloween in any type of weather, whether it's cold, warm, raining, snowing, or your town is experiencing a power outage. Get trick-or-treating and costume tips, plus a guide to fun indoor activities when you can't go outside. (read the story...)

Children in Therapy: Yea or Nay?
A mental health consultant with offices in the New York area offers advice for parents who are considering whether they should send their child to therapy. (read the story...)

Therapy Is Not 'One Size Fits All'
The National Institute of Mental Health defines the different types of psychotherapy that can be adapted for both children and adults. (read the story...)

You Are Your Child’s First and Most Important Teacher
Take advantage of the years before your child starts school to set the stage for success. (read the story...)

In the Spirit: A Month of Reflection and Appreciation
November—the beginning of the holiday season and the almost-end of the year—is, for one Long Island mom, a month of appreciation, and a time to reflect on what she has learned from her family and children. (read the story...)

Holding On to The Thanks
A mother wonders how to sustain a spirit of gratitude in her family when shortly after the turkey’s cleared, our collective minds turn toward the next holiday—and all the gifts that come with it. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Unplugged, Baby Weight, and Soccer Snacks
From our November 2012 issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting. (read the story...)

7 Ways To Inspire Your Child To Be Curious And Creative
Curiosity is linked to creativity, and both are important skills to have and to hone. However, there is a decline in both curiosity and creativity between the ages of five and eight, bottoming out in pre-adolescence. Parents can nurture these lost skills by reinforcing children's habits of curiosity. Our expert Diana Rosen shares some tips to inspire your child to be curious and creative. (read the story...)

Encourage Your Kids To Be Creative and Curious
Don’t relegate creativity to the art classroom. Encourage your kids to explore, tap into their curiosity, and open themselves to a world of possibilities in every facet of their lives. Our expert tells you how to encourage kids to be creative and curious, and offers activities and exercises to strengthen the creativity muscle. (read the story...)

5 Tips to Making Play Dates Easier for Children with Special Needs
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How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom
One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Special Moments, Life-Changing Slice of Pizza, and Post-College Youth with ASD
From the fall/winter 2012 issue of Special Parent magazine, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, or plain interesting thoughts from the web and the world of special parenting. (read the story...)

How To Share A Diagnosis With Your Child
Sharing a diagnosis with your child is one of the scariest things a special needs parent faces—and all sorts of questions arise. Where? When? How? Here’s how to get the conversation started, and remain positive in the process. (read the story...)

4 Proven Benefits of Reading Out Loud to Your Baby
If you think reading out loud to your wee one is just a way to bond, think again. A local expert details four proven and long-lasting benefits of reading aloud to babies. (read the story...)

Ease Your Anxiety About Your Child Playing Football
With so much talk of concussions in the sport of football of late, many parents are shying away from the sport. If your child is set on hitting the gridiron, we’ve got ways to ease your anxiety. (read the story...)

Raise a Child who is Predisposed with Genius Qualities
Raising a child who is predisposed to do wonders with his or her mind is possible. Enable your child to succeed by following our expert's fundamental tips for guiding your child's lifelong learning. (read the story...)

Bullying Prevention: Parents Make the Difference
How the movie "Bully" started a movement to end bullying, and why we as parents need to act on its message. (read the story...)

Expert Tips on Teaching Kids to Be Safe Around Dogs
The American Kennel Club provides expert tips on what to teach your child to ensure his or her safety when bringing a dog into the picture for the first time. (read the story...)


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