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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...)

Car Seat Inspection Sites in the NYC Area
Want to know where to get your child's car seat checked, to make sure it's meeting safety guidelines? Below is a list of car seat inspection sites in the New York City area. Plus, get an update on car seat safety guidelines before you go. (read the story...)

Q&A: Foster Parent 101
What do you need to know to become a foster parent? We talked with Nicole L. Mudd, a foster care home-finder for Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth on Long Island, about what it takes to be a foster parent, rights and responsibilities of the job, and other ways to help children in need. (read the story...)

Achieve Dinner Party Success
Planning a dinner party may be challenging and even more so when babysitters cancel, quickly turning the adults-only get together into one that now includes kids on the guest list. Here are simple solutions to keeping the kids entertained that will help you host a successful dinner party--even with kids on the guest list. (read the story...)

Graze on This
Founded by a Connecticut mom, Graze Delivered brings Vermont-fresh organic and sustainable foods to homes and offices across the tri-state area, helping families be more conscious of what they're eating and where it comes from. (read the story...)

Staying Off the Naughty (Spending) List: Ten Ways to Manage Your Finances and Avoid Post-Holiday Regrets
The holidays are filled with temptation to go overboard with spending. Financial expert Eric Tyson offers advice on how to manage your holiday spending. (read the story...)

Westhab Celebrates 30 Years of Creating Homes
Westhab, a nonprofit organization in Westchester County, celebrated its 30th year providing permanent homes to families in need, helping local residents find jobs, and giving kids the chance to climb out of poverty and pursue brighter futures. (read the story...)

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner Opens in Westport CT
The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner opens in Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law. (read the story...)

Free Helpline Connects Hudson Valley Residents to Wide Variety of Resources in Storm Emergency
Residents should add the free and confidential Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 helpline to their list of critical phone numbers in anticipation of the pending weekend storm. (read the story...)

New Study Reveals Women Lose Sleep Over Finances More than Men
With the state of the economy on everyone's mind, it's not surprising that many families are experiencing financial problems. What may be surprising, however, is that money troubles and worries over the budget cause mom to lose more sleep than dad. Read on to find out what a new survey from Manilla.com reveals about men and women and their family finances. (read the story...)

Westchester's Ridge Hill Offers Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, and Luxury Living in Yonkers
Westchester's Ridge Hill, the new mixed-use community in Yonkers, has become a shopping and dining destination for families. The development also features the luxury condominium complex Monarch at Ridge Hill, now open for sales, which offers eco-friendly residential living. (read the story...)

Three NYC and New Jersey Area Companies Make the Top 10 in Working Mother's 'Best Companies for Kids' List
Good news for working moms and dads in the NYC and New Jersey area who want to balance a successful career while still raising their kids. "Working Mother" magazine counts down the top 10 Best Companies for Kids. Citi, Mastercard, and Prudential Financial, Inc. make the cut in the NYC area. Read on for other winning workplaces around the country. (read the story...)

Brooklyn Artists Gym offers Free Housing to Single Parent Artists in the Park Slope/Gowanus Area
For a few local single-parent-artists, the Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG), an artists’ studio and gallery facility in the Park Slope/Gowanus area of Brooklyn, can provide financial help in the form of a free or subsidized studio space home. The BAG Fund program, which also helps participants further their art careers, allows artists who are bringing up children solo to apply for scholarships for Open Studio memberships. (read the story...)

13 Tips for Finding an Honest Mechanic
When taking your car in for repair, many mechanics will count on your lack of automotive expertise, resulting in them charging more than they should. Don't be fooled next time, and check out these do's and don'ts for taking your car to the mechanic. (read the story...)

How to Make Chores Fun
Silvana Clark, aka The Fun Consultant, offers parents creative tips on how to make chores fun - or at least more tolerable - for kids. Drawing tips from her book "Fun-Filled Parenting," Clark explains how to help kids of all ages - from toddlers to teens - put a positive spin on chores and establish a good work ethic early on. (read the story...)

Custom Cake Shop Opens in Mamaroneck
ABC Cakes opened March 20 in Mamaroneck, NY, offering customized cakes, cupcakes, baking classes, and in-store birthday parties. (read the story...)

New Website Eases Dining-Out Worries for Food Allergy Sufferers
AllergyEats.com is a guide to allergy-friendly restaurants across the country. (read the story...)

Administration for Children's Services Honors 51 NYC Foster Parents
The 2011 Foster Parent Recognition Ceremony, held May 26, honored 51 foster parents for their dedication to New York City youth. (read the story...)

Vacation Rental Homes for Families in the NYC Area and Beyond
Consider bypassing pricey hotel rooms in favor of the comforts, convenience, and amenities of your own vacation rental home. Check out some options near New York City, including Long Island and Connecticut, as well as those outside the New York metro area, and get tips on how to choose the best vacation home for your family. (read the story...)

How to Save a Financially Wounded Marriage
Relationship expert Laurie Puhn offers advice on how to salvage a marriage that's been strained by money issues. (read the story...)

How to Make College More Affordable: There's More Money if You Know Where to Look
Millions of families each year face the question of how to pay for college. And it’s not one that’s easily answered without the help of some kind of financial aid. A survey by The Princeton Review found that 86 percent of college applicants and parents of applicants said that financial aid would be "very necessary." (read the story...)

How to Throw a Great BBQ
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells family summer party quite like a great bbq and cookout. So grab the kids, buy the burgers and dogs, light up the grill, and prepare to start the summer off right. With so many tasty bbq recipes and fun party themes, you and your family just might be grilling all summer long. (read the story...)

New Website Allows Families to Search for Housing Near NYC's Great Schools
A new website allows parents of New York City's public school children to locate affordable housing near the city's outstanding public schools. (read the story...)

How To Cut Your Home Cooling Bills This Summer
It's time for the hot, sticky weather, so make sure your home stays cool while your energy bills stay low this summer. One important item every summer checklist should include is making sure your home's air conditioning system is operating properly and efficiently, and can keep your house comfortable when the hottest of the hot weather hits. Once you know your air conditioning is working efficiently, there are other simple steps you can take to keep cooling bills low throughout the season. (read the story...)

Family-Approved Watermelon Recipe: Shrimp Watermelon Sate
Kids love watermelon, and while eating it plain more than satisfies, why not put a fun twist on a summertime classic? Check out this recipe for shrimp watermelon sate. Parents will love the healthy component, and kids will think they're getting away with something when they devour their favorite summer treat at dinnertime. (read the story...)


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