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Free E-Book Guides Parents on Managing Child's Stress and Preventing Smoking
Real Parents. Real Answers, a youth smoking prevention program, has launched a free e-book on their website that gives parents advice on managing their child's stress level and preventing them from smoking—many children attribute starting smoking to high stress levels. (read the story...)

One NYC Mother Has Made Fighting Pollution a Priority
Dominique Browning, mother and NYC and Rhode Island resident, co-founded Moms Clean Air Force, a group dedicated to cleaning up air pollution because it is harmful to your child's health. (read the story...)

Local Parents Share How They Are Learning to Let Go
Giving your child freedom and independence should be balanced by the parental instinct for protection. Local parents share how they are learning to let go so that their children feel grown-up. (read the story...)

Ethan Bortnick Launches Single To Benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Ethan Bortnick, a talented young musician and philanthropist, just released his latest song as an iTunes charitable download, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (read the story...)

Book Drive Provides Free Books and Eye Exams to U.S. Children
VSP Vision Care—the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the U.S.—partnered with Transitions Optical and Bess the Book Bus to launch the national "Eyecare About Reading" book drive competition. Bloggers Meghan Cooper from JaMonkey, Mocha Dad Frederick Goodall, and Kara-Kae, founder of The Mom Diggity, will compete to collect the most books in their communities to receive 100 free eye exams to donate to the charity of their choice. (read the story...)

Premier English Soccer League Visits Boys and Girls Club of America
The English Premier League's Chelsea Football Club, sponsored by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., is traveling around the United States visiting Boys and Girls Club of America locations in Seattle, Miami, and New York. (read the story...)

P&G Thank You, Mom Campaign Helps Athletes' Moms Attend Games
Procter & Gamble's Thank You, Mom campaign celebrates Olympians' Moms by putting them in the spotlight. The campaign helps offset the hefty travel expenses so Moms can go to London to support their children at the 2012 Olympic Games. (read the story...)

Nick Jonas and Christie Brinkley Honored at Broadway Beacon Awards
Nick Jonas and Christie Brinkley were among the four honorees at Inside Broadway's 2012 Broadway Beacon Awards, which spotlighted those who support arts education in NYC. (read the story...)

NYC-Area Kids Perform with Cast of 'Godspell'
After a nationwide search, nine kids from the New York City area were chosen to perform with the cast of "Godspell" on Broadway. (read the story...)

Most Popular Baby Names in New York in 2011
The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in New York state for the year 2011, with Michael and Sophia topping the list. (read the story...)

New Website Teaches Kids How to Make Online Purchases
A new website and free service, Virtual Piggy, teaches kids about how to buy things online in a responsibly way, with parents at the controls. (read the story...)

New Website Helps Families Fill Out Less Forms
FamilyID lets families find, sign up for, and pay for programs all in one place. It's a secure site where families can keep and use their registration information for several different activities. (read the story...)

Couple Pledges to Get Rid of SCID
Vicki and Fred Modell, the NYC couple behind the Jeffrey Modell Foundation, have pledged to screen every newborn baby in the US for SCID, also known as "bubble boy disease." (read the story...)

College Week Live to Host New York Day
College Week Live, the largest online college fair, will host a New York Day featuring dozens of colleges across the state. (read the story...)

Donate to ALM Outreach Campaign and Receive a Super Duper Fun Decks
Donate $13 to the Autistic Like Me IndieGoGo campaign in order to receive a Fun Decks perk. You’ll support a great cause and receive your very own Fun Decks. It’s a great gift for your child and a charitable donation to a meaningful cause all at once! (read the story...)

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism
Toys R Us has joined Autism Speaks to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the cause during Autism Awareness Month. Find out how you can help. (read the story...)

New Website Helps Schools Fundraise Online
Schoola.com is a new website that makes it easier for schools to partner with local businesses to set up online fundraisers. (read the story...)

When is Earth Day? A Brief History and Some Fun Suggestions for the Holiday
When is Earth Day? We’ve been celebrating it on April 22 in the United States since 1970, and the UN designated April 22 “International Mother Earth Day” in 2009. The holiday (sometimes stretched into a week-long Earth Week) is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. (read the story...)

NYMetroParents Receives 11 Excellence Awards from Parenting Media Association
NYMetroParents collected a total of 11 awards at Parenting Media Association's 2011 Editorial and Design Awards Competition banquet in San Antonio, TX, setting a record high for the regional publishing group and proving its continued dedication to excellence. (read the story...)

Winner of Twitter Contest
Last week we invited you to engage with us on Twitter as a way to enter our giveaway for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway. Today, we're announcing our lucky winner! (read the story...)

Calling All Doodlers!
Doodle 4 Google gives kids across the country a chance to show off their art and drawing skills on Google's homepage. Get details on the 2012 contest theme and entry deadline. (read the story...)

Twitter Contest: Win A Pair of Rock of Ages Tickets
Are you following us on Twitter? Then enter our giveaway for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Rock of Ages on Broadway. (read the story...)

An App Is Born
WebMD Baby is a new app that provides instant access to expert medical info and health answers for parents of babies and toddlers. (read the story...)

Get Cooking, Kids!
Got a kid who loves to cook? Have her enter Kids Who Love to Cook's Recipe of the Month Contest for the chance to win an iPad and be featured on Kids Who Love to Cook, a website dedicated to encouraging kids to appreciate good food while teaching life lessons through cooking. (read the story...)

Stepparent Survival Skills
Blending a family is a joy but can also be a challenge. Nicholas Strouse, director of Westport Family Counseling, advises that basic family issues are often intensified and compounded when confronted by blended families. The key to success is to remember that all families have obstacles -- just because your family’s issues may be different, they are not impossible to deal with. (read the story...)


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