Joe Bastianich is a local dad, restaurateur, and judge of MasterChef Junior on FOX. Here, he dishes on what makes kids stand out in the competition and the skills they need to win, plus some advice for budding young chefs.
Meet the MasterChef Junior Season 2 contestants who hail from the NYC area, including Josh Reisner of Forest Hills, Queens; Adaiah Stevens of Bethel, Connecticut; and Isabella Velez of Washington Heights, Manhattan.
All children test the limits to which they can push their parents. Children with ADD/ADHD are more prone to challenging behavior. We spoke with behavior specialist Lisa Navarra, who works with parents of children with ADD and ADHD to help them set limits and manage challenging behavior.
In her new book "From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back," Julie Gunlock explains the culture of alarmism, why your buying choices shouldn't haunt you, and how to figure out what products are actually safe for your family.
Prominent brand strategist Richard Lewis says that to find the job of your dreams, it all boils down to smart marketing. His thoughts on parents, connections, and shedding your SAHM skin.
Fashion photographer, and host of Oxygen's "The Face", Nigel Barker shares photos of his family, photography tips for taking unexpected pictures of your kids, and his favorite photo apps.
Dr. Shimi Kang, author of The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids-Without Turning into a Tiger, advocates these seven guiding principles of parenting the Dolphin Way.
In her upcoming book, The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids–Without Turning into a Tiger (Tarcher/Penguin May 2014), Dr. Shimi Kang explains what motivates us and how we can motivate our kids.
Joshua Fields Millburn turned to the philosophy of minimalism, or, finding a more "purposeful life" through people and experiences, rather than possessions. We sat down to learn more about the minimalist movement, how minimalism can work for families, and his book, Everything That Remains, penned with co-author and minimalist Ryan Nicodemus.
Child psychologist and parenting expert Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D., gives insight to toddlers and how they thrive by giving us a toddler's view of the world, as well as tips for calming a public tantrum.
Meet seven area individuals whose special needs, from cerebral palsy to Down syndrome, have not defined them. Their families deserve plenty of credit for their achievements, for sure, yet it's their heart, determination, and personality that deserve to be emulated.
"How wrong they were," Randy's mom says of the early specialists who grossly overestimated how limiting this brave boy's cerebral palsy would be. Randy has since graduated high school and is enrolled in college in Manhattan.
Busy, busy: With a four-day-a-week job, a regular volunteering gig, volleyball, bingo, theater, and more, this developmentally delayed young lady is never bored, and always determined.
Defying early expectations, this preschooler with cerebral palsy has begun to use her voice and has strengthened core muscles, improving her chances of walking. Her family loves her no matter what.
This Long Islander, who has autism, courageously crossed the finish line of his 26-mile dream. Matthew started running when he found it calmed his anxiety, and with the help of a dedicated coach, he completed the New York City Marathon.
Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose.
Joshua Eber, an accomplished Rockland-based actor who happens to have Down syndrome, is a role model and a downright happy guy. Joshua has defied many medical expectations throughout his life in order to pursue his passion for performing.
Born blind, deaf, and with a developmental disability, Kenny Berg of Queens has defied doctor's expectations from the start. His fighting spirit, combined with his mother's passionate advocacy, has set the stage for a life full of independence and love.
In her new book "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood," Jennifer Senior addresses the fact that while kids are the overwhelming joy of our lives, they're not always fun. She shares how family life has changed, and how you can find joy in parenting.
A new children's choir on Long Island, founded by local parents, strives to help fill the gap in children's arts education and give back to the community.
Julie Chu, a resident of Fairfield, CT, is competing on Team USA's Women's ice hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Here, she talks about her career and family support.
Actors Charlotte D'Amboise and Terrence Mann, the husband-and-wife duo who play Fastrada and King Charles in 'Pippin' on Broadway, talk about how they juggle parenting their two daughters while performing eight shows a week on the Great White Way.
Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs.
Michael Natiello of Garrison has served as the creative director of Westchester's famous Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze for the past nine years. Here, he tells us what we can expect at the 2013 Blaze, which will feature more than 5,000 jack-o'-lanterns.
Hayley Faith Negrin, a Fairfield County middle-schooler, voices "Peg + Cat," a new PBS preschool series with a mission to make math fun for everyone.