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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How the movie "Bully" started a movement to end bullying, and why we as parents need to act on its message.
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.
When you see your child struggling socially or academically in school, it is important to seek out the right kind of guidance. A local child psychologist offers how to find plan road map to success for your child.
The Best of the Rest of the Web: Learning to Trust Your Own Instincts, Busybodies, and How Smart Phones Change Our Lives
From our October 2012 issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting.
What happens when you are raising a boy who has no interest in sports? Society has deemed that raising boys to play sports is the norm, and often times as a result, these boys become the targets of bullying. Written by a psychologist and an educational consultant, "The Last Boys Picked" shows parents how to help their child build resilience and a healthy self-esteem.
When your high school graduate left for college in August, they weren't the only one making a transition: parents face emotional and lifestyle adjustments, too. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital physicians offer expert tips for parents and children on topics including redecorating your child's room, credit cards, and keeping in touch.
As we prepare to send our kids off to school this week, we are excited, overwhelmed, and yes, a little nervous. Mental health consultant Stefanie Weiss offers some tips to handle the situation.
Raising a child to be a world-changer is no easy task. Being an intentional parent while instilling strong values in your children is important. Here are five tips that can help you raise a forward-thinking world-changer.
Teacher and school administrator Gary Howard has been helping children get better grades for over 35 years. He has just released a book, "Help Your Kids Get Better Grades," and he shared some of his key tips with us.
Paul Antico, father of three children with food allergies and the founder of AllergyEats, offers advice on how to manage children's special diets during sports season, when they're eating and traveling with their teams.
As teens head to college this fall, many leave their parents behind to live in an empty nest for the first time since having children. Mom.Me offers tips on how to cope with an empty nest after the kids have gone off to college for the year.
It turns out dogs are not only good for our health, finding missing people, and helping disabled people live independent lives – they're good for kids' report cards, too. Michael and Linda Amiri offer five reasons why dogs make great reading partners for your kids.
Earlier wake-ups, spiffy duds, and a new class for your kids mean organizational and motivational challenges for you. We’ve got September strategies from Katherine Lee, a Brooklyn mom and expert on school-aged children, to help you start the school year right.