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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Stanton, the creator and photographer behind the popular blog Humans of New York, recently released "Little Humans," a children's photo storybook.
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.
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!
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.
Insideschools, which provides authoritative, independent information about New York City public schools, shares the questions to ask about your child's 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 sizing up your child's learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.