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Meet the New, Older Dora the Explorer
Valerie Walsh Valdes, the NYC co-creator of Dora the Explorer discusses her inspiration for creating an older Dora and the new show "Dora and Friends: Into the City", plus Fatima Ptacek, a Queens kid who voices Dora, gives us the inside scoop on the older character. (read the story...)

Ronald McDonald House Charities® New York Tri-State Area Awards $80,000 to Five Area High School Seniors
Ronald McDonald House Charities® New York Tri-State Area awards college scholarships to five exceptional area high school graduates as part of its General Scholars scholarship program to provide college tuition assistance to promising students. (read the story...)

Announcing Winners of the NYMetroParents Kids' Cover Contest
We narrowed it down from more than 1,000 entries in our 2014 Kids' Cover Contest to determine the Grand Prize winner, who hails from Queens. Our two Fan Favorites (sisters!) live in the Bronx. Congratulations, girls! Meet them below, and check our September issue to find all nine finalists. (read the story...)

Operation Backpack Launched to Collect School Supplies for Children in Need
Volunteers of America-Greater New York will launch OPERATION BACKPACK 2014 on July 14, the annual campaign to collect brand new backpacks and school supplies for the thousands of children living in New York City homeless and domestic violence shelters. (read the story...)

10 Things to Do if Your Pet is Lost
Paul Mann, founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care, shares 10 tips to help find your lost dog or cat, including going door to door and notifying pet shelters. (read the story...)

NYMP Q&A: How Parents Can Find the Job of Their Dreams
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. (read the story...)

Free Family Fun Camp at Books-A-Million Every Saturday in July
Books-A-Million will host a Free Family Fun Camp every Saturday in July at each of its 258 locations. Books-A-Million offers such programs as a refreshing way to help parents provide their children with creative outlets for learning during the summer break. (read the story...)

National Brain Tumor Society Hosts New York Event to Raise Funds for Finding a Cure
The National Brain Tumor Society is hosting a 5K walk on Saturday, June 21 in New York to bring together the local community of brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for a day that will raise awareness and funds for the critical brain tumor research. (read the story...)

New Mini Golf at Children’s Museum of the East End
The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE)will debut a new nine-hole mini golf course over Memorial Day Weekend. The outdoor course is designed to help kids learn about the properties of physics. (read the story...)

FAQ: 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest Frequently Asked Questions
We've answered your frequently asked questions about the 2014 NYMetroParents Kids Cover Contest. Find out how to enter your child, information on how the winners are chosen, voting policies, cover contest prizes from Appaman and B&H Photo Video, as well as details on the cover contest photoshoot. (read the story...)

Study Shows Frequent Facebook Use Linked to Eating Disorder Risk
A recent study done at Florida State University shows the link between frequent Facebook use and the risk of eating disorders in girls because Facebook can negatively affect self-image. (read the story...)

It's Okay if Toddlers Don't Share
Heather Shumaker, author of "It’s OK NOT to Share…and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids," discusses the importance of uninterrupted play for toddlers, and how the typical adult views of sharing trample kids' right to play, as well as the benefits of renegade sharing and child-directed turn-taking. (read the story...)

NYMP Q&A: Breaking the Toddler Code
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. (read the story...)

Child Mind Institute Promotes 'Speak Up Sundays' in May
The Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children, hosts its annual Speak Up for Kids campaign and encourages people everywhere to share stories about mental health issues during #SpeakUpSundays in May. (read the story...)

Attend Free Comic Book Day At Local Comic Shops
Attend Free Comic Book Day at local comic shops on Saturday, May 3 for free comic books and fun activities. (read the story...)

Eastern Jungle Gym Swing Set Giveaway
Eastern Jungle Gym, a leading manufacturer of cedar swing sets, is kicking off their "Swing Into Spring" swing set giveaway contest. Read below for your chance to win an Eastern Jungle Gym swing set. (read the story...)

NYMetroParents Wins 16 Awards at 2014 Parenting Media Association Banquet
NYMetroParents was recognized by the Parenting Media Association with 16 excellence awards at its 2014 Editorial and Design Awards Competition banquet in Philadelphia. This is a record-high number of PMA awards for NYMetroParents. (read the story...)

2014 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire
Shire, a company dedicated to helping those with life-altering conditions lead better lives, has added two scholarships to their 2014 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. In memory of Michael Yasick, the awards will go to students who are 25 years of age and older and are attending or returning to college as undergraduates. (read the story...)

'Avonte's Law' to Provide Free GPS Tracking for Children on the Autism Spectrum
The disappearance of a nonverbal Queens boy prompted a New York Senator to introduce "Avonte's Law," legislation that would provide GPS tracking free of charge for children on the autism spectrum. (read the story...)

Top Six Reasons Why Kids Choose to Smoke
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., spokesperson for Real Parents Real Answers, a campaign to prevent kids from smoking, shares six reasons kids choose to smoke cigarettes. (read the story...)

Solving the Case of What's Wrong at Camp
What do you do when your child says she doesn't like her camp and refuses to go back? A parent shares tips to solve the case of What's Wrong at Camp to make your child's summer at camp enjoyable. (read the story...)

NYMP Q&A: The Parenthood Paradox
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. (read the story...)

Try the Taste-and-Rate Approach to Get Your Kids to Try New Foods
Dina Rose, Ph.D., author of "It's Not About the Broccoli," suggests trying the taste-and-rate approach to get your kids to try new foods. The process exposes picky eaters to new foods and reveal their inner food critic. (read the story...)

Rules of Engagement for Responsible Coaches on Social Media
ResponsibleSports.com shares 10 social media guidelines for coaches to follow when interacting with young athletes on Facebook, including creating a coach account rather than use your personal account and creating an interest page for the team. (read the story...)

Family Travel: Scrapbooking Your Family Vacations
Upon returning from a family vacation, you might want to consider preserving your memories by scrapbooking. We spoke to two experts (and fellow busy parents) about how to get started, getting your whole family involved, and two alternatives: scrapboxes and digital scrapbooking. (read the story...)


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