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The Best of the Rest of the Web: Tumultuous Threes, Inspiring Teachers, and the Importance of Manners
From the NYMetroParents October 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...)

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
There are ways to make your child's trick-or-treating experience more meaningful than just collecting bags of candy. By participating in the 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, not only will your kids learn the importance of fundraising and having a global impact, but they will gain an invaluable sense of self-worth through helping other children across the world. (read the story...)

Scary Stories Can Help Prepare Kids For Real World
With it's ghost and ghouls, goblins and witches, Halloween can be scary for kids. But experts say facing childhood fears, even through ghost stories, can help kids prepare for life. (read the story...)

Go Back To School Without Separation Anxiety
Psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini offers parents tips for back-to-school preparation including how to deal with separation anxiety and back-to-school stress. (read the story...)

Back to School Guide for Brooklyn, NY
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014: Prepare for back to school time in Brooklyn, New York, with a wide range of after-school programs for kids, Brooklyn sports teams and programs for kids, after-school tutors in Brooklyn, music classes, dance and gymnastics classes in Brooklyn, from Carroll Gardens, to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope. (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...)

Best Friends Forever
How is it possible your child could have developed such an intense friendship so quickly, you wonder—and will it even last? A child psychologist and award-winning author addresses the keys to a best friendship and how to talk to your kids when their friendships dwindle. (read the story...)

Are You a Teacher's Worst Nightmare?
Bestselling author Lisa Bloom discusses a teacher's worst nightmare: helicopter parents—the ones who rescue their son at a moment's notice. Teachers teach for one reason: They care about educating children. So parents need to support and respect teachers. (read the story...)

Meet Big Daddy
When a new father gets to talk to tough-guy Steve Schirripa (of ‘Sopranos’ fame) about the prospect of raising two daughters, he finds wisdom and tenderness not far below the surface. (read the story...)

A Little Bit of Magic
Michelle Horton, founder of Early Mama, shares a story on raising her son as a young parent. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Twinkling Stars, Remembering 9/11, and the Other F-Word
From the NYMetroParents September 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...)

Q-and-A with Emily Oster on Modern Pregnancy Guidelines
When economist Emily Oster got pregnant and wasn’t receiving answers from her doctors that seemed grounded in fact, she took matters into her own hands. Now you can benefit from her findings—and make personal, informed decisions about everything from having sushi for dinner to that much-whispered about glass of wine. Read more about rewritten pregnancy guidelines in this Q-and-A with Emily Oster. (read the story...)

Quiz: Do You Know the Modern Guidelines to Pregnancy?
Based on Emily Oster's book on modern pregnancy, "Expecting Better: How To Fight The Pregnancy Establishment With Facts," a quiz to see whether you know fact from fiction when it comes to modern pregnancy guidelines. (read the story...)

Four-Legged Friends Help Kids With Special Needs
Service dogs aren’t just for the blind—they are more commonly being used to assist children with autism (and a variety of other disorders) in surprising ways. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: What Goals Should I Encourage My Child To Make For The New School Year?
Time is slowly but surely moving forward and while the long summer days feel as though they might last forever, the truth is a brand new school year is right around the corner. It's important to prepare kids for the upcoming academic year before the first day of school, and Eileen Huntington, founder of Huntington Learning Center, has some advice for parents about what goals you should encourage your child to make for the new school year and how to facilitate your child achieving those goals as the year progresses. (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...)

Diagnosis: Brotherly Love
When his twin sister is diagnosed with a developmental disorder and hits her milestones later than he does, compassionate Joey finds a way to keep their bond strong. His mother watches on with affection. (read the story...)

How to Help Your Child's Anxiety About the New School Year
Another school year is around the corner and many kids, even the popular ones who seem secure, begin to feel anxious about a new beginning, entering a new grade, meeting new teachers, and even reuniting with old friends. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Things I Googled this Week, Squeezable Fruit, and Family History
From the NYMetroParents August 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...)

What Working Moms Should Do to Help Keep an Eye on Her Kids
Parenting columnist Laurie Puhn, who is also a couples mediator, shares why sending a particular email is a must for working mothers. (read the story...)

The ABC's of Advocacy
A is for advocate, B is for b*&#!, C is for communication, concern, and compromise. One mother of a child with cerebral palsy taps 20 years experience to offer tips for getting results for your child without, well, becoming a "B." (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Tantrums, Helicopter Parents, SAHM, and Myth of Work-Life Balance
From the NYMetroParents July Source Book 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...)

You Love Me Too, Mamma?: An Adoption Story
A writer and documentary filmmaker living in New York City and her husband adopt two young children who were born in Vietnam. (read the story...)

The Importance of Letting Your Kids Indulge in a Sweet Treat
A child psychologist explains why letting your children indulge in a sweet snack is better than depriving them of it altogether. (read the story...)

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered a mechanism that guides the exquisite wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain -- gaining unprecedented insight into the faulty circuits that may lead to brain disorders ranging from autism to mental retardation. (read the story...)


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