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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...)

Your Camp Experience vs. Your Child's Camp Experience
An ex-camper reflects on how camp has changed over the years, from activities to food to communications, and what hasn't changed. (read the story...)

New York City Bus Strike Is Finally Over
As of Wednesday, Feb. 20, New York City's school bus strike is finally over, and school buses will resume full service to New York City public school children for the first time in five weeks. Here is some important information from the NYC Department of Education (DOE) that will help make the transition back to yellow bus service as smooth as possible. (read the story...)

Web-Based Sexting Diversion and Cellphone Safety Course Now Available
Your teen has a cellphone, but is she using it safely? COURTEducation Online recently launched a web-based program to education teens about the dangers and consequences of sexting. The program aims to prevent teens from sexting and having promiscuous online behaviors that could harm or have legal consequences. (read the story...)

Harlem Globetrotters Begins New Bullying Prevention Program
The Harlem Globetrotters announced a new bullying prevention program with the National Campaign to Stop Violence called "The ABCs of Bullying Prevention" to provide young kids and teachers tools to stop the bullying in our society. (read the story...)

Love, Relationships, and Technology: Private Data Sharing Habits of Americans Revealed
McAfee conducted a study that looks into the private data sharing habits of Americans, and how over-sharing has led to privacy leaks and online exposure of private or intimate photos, finding that 35 percent of Americans plan to send romantic photos to their significant others via email, text, or social media on Valentine's Day. (read the story...)

Tips for Throwing a Kid-Friendly Super Bowl Party
Plan a Super Bowl party that is fun for the whole family, including the young children, with these tips that will bring games, arts and crafts, and sweet treats to the game-day party. (read the story...)

One Adventurous Dad Shares Why Traveling With Kids Is Important
Our children will one day inherit the world—and global travel helps them know it, experience it, and understand it. Here, an excerpt from Keith Bellows's "100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life" explains why the world is the best classroom for children and how they can learn from their cultural experiences. (read the story...)

Survey Confirms: Working Mothers Strive to Have It All in 2013
A new survey finds that most working mothers also control the family finances. The majority say their top 2013 priorities include advancing their careers and improving their financial well-being, while their biggest challenge is balancing work and family. (read the story...)

A List of Cultural Festivals in the New York Metro Area
We’re lucky to live in the New York metro area, a virtual melting pot of cultures. So if your budget doesn’t allow for family jaunts to India, South Africa, and other exotic locales, you can still introduce your kids to the cultures of the world in your own backyard by attending one of these celebrations in Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Fairfield counties, as well as Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. (read the story...)

A List of Ethnic Restaurants to Mix Up Your Cuisine
We’re lucky to live in the New York metro area, a virtual melting pot of cultures. So if your budget doesn’t allow for family jaunts to India, South Africa, and other exotic locales, you can still introduce your kids to the world at ethnic restaurants. Here are a few suggestions in Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Nassau, and Fairfield counties, as well as Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. (read the story...)

What Parents Can Do During the NYC School Bus Driver Strike
As of January 16, 2013, there is a NYC school bus driver strike in effect. According to the NYC Department of Education, a majority of yellow bus service to public and private schools in New York City is disrupted at this time. To check your child's specific bus route, and for updates on the strike and bus service progress, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/default, where you will be directed to status updates and bus route information. It's essential that all students currently using yellow bus service have alternative transportation to and from school during the strike. Information regarding alternate methods of transportation during the strike can be found below and are provided by the NYC Department of Education (DOE). (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...)

Five Warning Signs Your Teen May Be Using Drugs
Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Recovery Center, shares five common warning signs that your teen may be abusing drugs, including change in mood, change in sleep pattern, lack of honesty, weight loss, and isolation. (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...)

Bard College Applauds Recommendation to Fund and Expand Early Colleges
Governor Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission recommends the expansion and funding of early college programs in New York State. Bard College, which has run public early college high schools in New York City since 2001, and has been a leading champion of the model, applauded the Commission’s recognition of the importance of early colleges in increasing college access and success, particularly for underserved students. As the Commission’s report states, early colleges prepare students for college and reduce the cost of degree completion. (read the story...)

Indoor Go-Kart Raceway in Jersey City to Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims
Pole Position Raceway in Jersey City, New Jersey offers go-kart racing on its state-of-the-art tracks and has announced that it will donate five dollars from every race completed during January to the Jersey City Sandy Recovery to support local hurricane relief efforts. (read the story...)

Winter Safety Tips for Driving with Little Ones
Six winter driving tips to keep you and your children safe while traveling by car during the winter months. (read the story...)

12 Steps to Achieve Permanent and Meaningful Changes Year-Round
Many people jump start the New Year with a list of New Year's resolutions only to lose steam come February. Psychotherapist, author, and positive-living expert Diane Lang offers 12 steps to help you accomplish your new year goals and achieve meaningful changes throughout the year. (read the story...)

4KidCal iPhone App Back on Shelves
The voice interactive calendar to help parents and children with time management and organization, 4KidCal, has temporarily been pulled out of the iPhone app store due to technical difficulties. Once updated, the 4KidsCal app will be offered for free for an entire day. (read the story...)

How to Cope with the Sandy Hook Tragedy: Advice for Families Affected by the Newtown Shooting
The tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown has affected almost everyone living in the Connecticut and tri-state area. Here, some advice from local experts on how to cope with the tragedy, how to talk to kids about the shooting, and what you can do for the families involved. (read the story...)

Free Help Line for People Affected by Connecticut Shooting
For those feeling scared or anxious after the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, a health services company offers a free emotional support help line staffed with specially trained mental health specialists. (read the story...)

Advice for Parents and Teachers Affected by School Shooting in Newtown, CT
The Child Mind Insitute, an NYC-based organization dedicated to improving mental health care for children, offers advice for parents and teachers affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, including how to help children cope with tragedy and grief. (read the story...)

13 Free Admission Days at National Parks in 2013
There will be 13 dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands will be open with free admission. These fee-free days include The 13 Fee Free Days in 2013 include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28), and Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-11). (read the story...)

10 Tips to Keep The Holidays From Stressing You Out
In the midst of the holiday season, you may find yourself loosing steam and getting stressed. Two psychiatrists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital share 10 tips to reduce the stress you may be feeling so you can enjoy the holidays more. (read the story...)


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