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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...)

Must-Have Toys and Games for Holiday 2012 Revealed on 'America's Wish List'
TimetoPlayMag.com reveals the top must-have toys and games for the holiday 2012, chosen by American consumers through the People's Play Awards. (read the story...)

Ranger Rick Celebrates 50 Years with a New Magazine and App for Kids
National Wildlife Federation, publisher of "Ranger Rick," one of the longest-running children's magazines ever, announced it will now publish "Ranger Rick Jr.," a magazine about animals and wildlife for young children. The company will also offer an interactive Ranger Rick Jr. app for kids. (read the story...)

Professional Athletes To Help Families Devastated by Hurricane Sandy
From the NBA to MLB, professional athletes, many of whom are dads, have teamed up with diapers.com to create "Register to Rebuild," an effort to help families affected by Hurricane Sandy. (read the story...)

Study Finds Parents and Adult Children Struggle to Communicate about Critical Financial Decisions
A new study by Fidelity revealed that parents and their adult children have difficulty communicating with each other about financial decisions, such as inheritance and estate planning, eldercare, and retirement. Learn about tips and new resources that can make family discussions about financial decisions easier. (read the story...)

16 Handles Frozen Yogurt Raises $10,000 For New York Cares
All 16 Handles Yogurt Shops based in New York partnered with New York Cares, New York City's largest volunteer organization, to create a new flavor, New York Cares Cheesecake that launched in September 2012. Proceeds made from the sale of New York Cares Cheesecake raised $10,000 for the nonprofit organization, New York Cares. (read the story...)

New Study: Parents Know Less About Their Teens' Online Activities than They Think
Have you talked to your teen about her online behavior? In a new study by the Family Online Safety Institute, teens say their parents are less informed about their online activities than they believe they are, but parents are monitoring more than teens think. (read the story...)

8 Questions to Ask When Buying Developmental Toys for Your Child
When buying toys for your children, keep in mind how the toy will help your child's motor skill development and cognitive learning so that the toys can be used as learning tools and can help your child's development. (read the story...)

10 Essential Items to Donate to Animal Shelters post Hurricane Sandy
Dr. Jan Pol, acclaimed veterinarian and star of National Geographic's hit series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, shares his insight on the best products to donate to animal shelters impacted by Hurricane Sandy. (read the story...)

Resources and Tips for Parents During the Hurricane Season
With 2011's Irene, this year's two tornadoes touching down in Brooklyn and Queens in September, and most recently Sandy in October, it seems like we barely recover from one natural disaster before another one occurs. We've compiled tips, advice, and resources to help you prepare for and recover from severe weather. Updated March 2013. (read the story...)


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