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Ask the Expert: How Can I Get Involved in My Community?
Getting involved in your community is a great way to find the support you may need from your nearby neighbors while showing your young children the importance of volunteering. The executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and a mom of two shares why families should volunteer and donate time to those who need it most. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Inclusion Classes for My Child?
When your typically developing child is in a class or program with a child with special needs, the lessons they can both learn are invaluable. Executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her staff share their insight on inclusion classes created for children of all abilities. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Approach My Local Community Center When My Family's Needs Are Not Met?
Community centers serve as essential resources for its neighbors and aim to create an inclusive environment, though there are some who feel that their family's needs are not being met. The executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her team offer suggestions on how to best advocate for your family and have your voice heard. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: I Feel My Child's Needs Aren't Being Met at the Community Center's Public Programs. What Can I Do?
Your local community center may be a hub of public programs and activities for your child. But what can you do if you feel the children's programming and activities do not meet your child's needs? The new executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her colleagues offer advice. (read the story...)

City Mouse, Country Mouse: Where Does Your Family Call Home?
In the debate of raising your kids in the city versus raising your kids in the suburbs, the most important thing to consider is what's best for your family. A Manhattan mother discusses the benefits of both, and what you should consider before moving to the 'burbs. (read the story...)

Turf Wars: The City Vs. Suburbs Debate on the Blogosphere
Wee Westchester's "Westchester vs. Brooklyn" post caused a ruckus on the parenting blogosphere. Here's a sampling of the arguments for raising your kids in the city versus raising your kids in the suburbs. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Stay Connected to School and Community?
"Youth disconnectedness" is a term used to describe young people who are disengaged from school or work during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Here, tips for parents on keeping kids involved in their school and community, which can lead them to a more successful future. (read the story...)

Three Ring Schoolhouse: Raising Kids In The Circus
Ever dream of running away with the circus? What about adding kids to the picture? If you've wondered what it's like for circus performers to raise their kids in the circus, we're going to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of family life on the road in the circus with one family from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Greatest Show on Earth. (read the story...)

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday
When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Traveling With Kids, Retirement Plans, Newtown Blame, and Getting Real With Bullying
From our March 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...)

Let Them Fall
It's natural for parents to want to shield their children from the world's dangers and to protect them from getting hurt, even when they run around the playground or play sports. But, here's why it's healthy for parents to allow children to take risks. (read the story...)

Take the Screen-Free Challenge
The third annual Screen-Free Week is April 29 to May 5. Take the challenge to turn off your cell phones, TVs, and iPads to spend more quality time with your family. (read the story...)

Should Parents Help Kids With Their Homework?
Parental support is shown as a key element for a successful student, but sometimes the line begins to blur regarding how much help is too much. Parents want their child to do well, so they "help" out as much as possible on homework, projects, and reports. The problem is that the student is not getting the benefit from those assignments: review of material and independent skills assessment. So how much help is too much? If parents follow these simple guidelines they can avoid making this error. (read the story...)

How to Help Your Child With Special Needs Make Friends
Friends are essential to a happy life as they enrich our lives, boost self-esteem, and can provide moral support. Help your children make friends and create good relationships in an effective and encouraging way with advice from The Child Mind Institute. (read the story...)

Study Finds Link Between Music and Preschoolers Reading Readiness
New research from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education shows a link between preschool music activities and the development of reading and writing skills in children. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Build Character?
While the focus on school grades and test scores is increasing for our children, we must remember that while they grow they should also be learning life skills such as responsibility, persistence, and resourcefulness. Here, a life coach shares her advice on how to help your children develop these priceless character traits. (read the story...)

10 Must-Know Settings to Child-Proof Your iPad
It's common to see children play with their parents' iPad or iPhone, but how many parents have experienced the loss of data and apps because a wrong icon or button was touched? Or how about accidental purchases your child made at the iTunes app store? Keep your iPad or iPhone data safe from your children by updating these 10 essential settings. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Rainy Dates, Hugging It Out, and Fixing a Bullying Situation
From our February 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...)

Cleaning Confessional
When you have company coming over to your house, you spend time tidying and cleaning up. How much you tidy up and clean depends on the visitors coming over. Is tidying up for others a bald-faced lie, or does it depend on who's coming over? (read the story...)

A Step-By-Step Guide to Potty Training Your Toddler
Learn how to know if your child is ready for potty training, what you'll need to start toilet training your toddler, and how to overcome the common challenges of potty training by using the right approach and a few helpful products. (read the story...)

In a Winter Slump? Here's How to Get Your Kids to Be Active This Season
Encourage your kids to participate in winter activities like skiing,snowboarding, sledding, and snow-shoeing, and figure out how to manage the demands of these winter sports. (read the story...)

U.S. Parents Say Finance Lessons Should Be Taught in Schools
A new research conducted by forexcurrency.us reveals that two-thirds of parents think finance lessons and money management should be taught in schools. (read the story...)

What Single Mothers Can Learn from Four Great Movie Moms
Single mothers are becoming more and more common. Cederick Tardy, founder of S.T.R.O.N.G., Inc., a nonprofit that provides education and resources to empower youth and families, lists is top four movies with strong single mother characters and talks about why those mothers raised leaders. (read the story...)

Children's Books Suggestions to Help Them Understand and Cope with Natural Disasters
The president of The Early Years Institute in Plainview, NY, offers parents children's book suggestions that will help explain natural disasters to their little ones and will help them understand how to deal with the effects of natural disasters like hurricanes. (read the story...)

How to Help Children Weather the Storm
The president of The Early Years Institute in Plainview, NY, provides tips for parents on how to help children deal with and understand natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms. (read the story...)


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