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A Guide to Gifts for Your Child's Teacher
One person on your gift list this year may be your child's teacher, but shopping for them isn't always easy. Rather than rely on the go-to apple-themed products, we've compiled a few tips for choosing holiday gifts for your child's teacher. (read the story...)

Children Can Receive Letters From Santa Through a Postal Service Program
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa—complete with a North Pole postmark! The Letters to Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is perfect for interesting youngsters in letter writing. (read the story...)

Holiday Fashions for Boys and Girls
With the holidays upon us, fashion is certainly on our minds, from Christmas and Hanukkah parties to New Years Eve celebrations. Here, a few ideas for comfy and chic holiday outfits for boys and girls. (read the story...)

Indulge in Gift-Giving Instincts Without Spoiling You Kids
With the holidays and the season of giving upon us, it's hard to not buy, buy, buy for your children. But doing so can lead to a feeling of entitlement or affluenza. Here's how to make your kids happy without spoiling them, teach kids about giving back, and how to keep the charitable feeling year-rond, not just during the holidays. (read the story...)

Holiday Gifts That Keep Giving
It's hard to not give gifts during the holidays, so why not give the ones you love a gift that gives back? St. Jude Children Research Hospitals "Thanks and Giving" campaign offers a variety of holiday gift ideas, all of which benefit the live-saving research at St. Jude. (read the story...)

Three Games That Encourage Kindness
Want to encourage people to be kinder to each other? These three games from "Unbored Games" by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larson encourage kindness and giving back year-round through Boom Boom! cards and random acts of kindness. (read the story...)

5 Negative Traits That Will Benefit Your Tween in the Future
Parents may lament that their tweens are argumentative, messy, boy crazy, lazy, and fickle, which all seem like bad traits. Here's why it's okay for your tween to act like this, and how it will serve them in the future. (read the story...)

Announcing the 2014 NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest Winners!
The 2014 Halloween Photo Contest ran on the NYMetroParents Facebook page from Oct. 22 through Nov. 5. Find out which little monsters had the best costumes and the most votes! Prizes include $50 gift cards to UrbanSitter and a KidzBop Party-Karaoke Package. (read the story...)

NYMP Q&A: Do Fathers Matter?
Paul Raeburn, journalist, scientist, father of five, and author of "Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked", shares why fathers really matter, how fathers influence their children, and how the picture of modern fatherhood is changing. (read the story...)

Photographer Behind Humans of New York Releases Children's Book
Brandon Stanton, the creator and photographer behind the popular blog Humans of New York, recently released "Little Humans," a children's photo storybook. (read the story...)

4 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Daylight Saving Time
Certified sleep consultant Caronlina Romanyuk shares four tips to help keep your child on their sleep schedule during daylight saving time. (read the story...)

Yogapalooza Children's Show Hosted by Bari Koral Debuts on Z Living
Yogapalooza, a new yoga-based TV show for kids on the Z Living network, stars musician Bari Koral, who leads kids through various yoga poses and concepts during the 30-minute show. (read the story...)

Fire Prevention Week Promotes Working Smoke Alarms
Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association for more than 90 years, is Oct. 5-11. This year's theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! (read the story...)

How to Maintain a Healthy Attitude in the Culture of Alarmism
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. (read the story...)

The Right Questions to Ask About Your Child's Education
If math and science aren't your strongest subjects, determining the strengths of your child's education can seem like you're back in school. Insideschools, which provides authoritative, independent information about New York City public schools, shares what questions to ask your child and their teacher when assessing your child's math and science education. (read the story...)

A Parents' Guide to Quality Math and Science Education
How do you know whether your child is receiving quality math and science education in school? Insideschools, which provides authoritative, independent information about New York City public schools, shares what to look for when assessing your child's classroom for a quality learning environment. (read the story...)

Mitzvah Market Develops B'Nai Mitzvah Planning Software
Mitzvah Market developed Mitzvah Organizer, a b'nai mitzvah planning program to helps parents who are planning a bar or bat mitzvah stay organized and stress-free. (read the story...)

America Will Turn the Lights On To Support Afterschool Programs
People all across the United States and at U.S. military installations worldwide will turn the lights on this October by joining the only national rally for afterschool programs. (read the story...)

Sesame Street Exhibit to Open at the New York Public Library
As Sesame Street begins its 45th season, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Sesame Workshop invite fans of all ages to take a closer look at the show's legacy, artistry, and beloved characters at the new free multimedia exhibition Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder. The exhibition will be on display in Sept. 18-Jan. 31, 2015. (read the story...)

Tips to Help Improve Your Child's Reading Skills
Is your child's reading struggles sapping his back-to-school enthusiasm? A Westchester-based children's literacy consultant shares three tips to improve his reading skills, including visualizing, questioning, and taking notes. (read the story...)

Helping Your Tween Transition to and Navigate Middle School
When transitioning from elementary school to middle school, there are many mores your tween will have to adjust to—more teachers, more homework, more activities. As more responsibility shifts to your child, here are some tips to help him or her navigate middle school. (read the story...)

Meet the 2014 Cover Contest Winner and Finalists
Introducing Emily, the winner of the 2014 NYMetroParents cover contest, and the eight finalists, including Fan Favorites and sisters Milani and Lola! Get to know these cute kids, take a behind-the-scenes peek of the photo shoot at PhotoOp NYC, plus a video that captures the kids' spirit—and cuteness! (read the story...)

Ebates Teen Style Survey Reveals Top Trends for Back to School
Ebates.com, a pioneer and leader in online cash back shopping, announced the results of its 2014 Back to School Survey: sporty clothes, urban fashion, and junior hipster looks are top trends for back to school. (read the story...)

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...)


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