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Should I Take My Child to Urgent Care or the ER?
Your child is feeling sick or has an injury. Do you know whether to take him to see the physician or to the hospital's ER? A Long Island doctor helps you decide. (read the story...)

Sun Safety Tips for Kids
This summer, the FDA rolls out new sunscreen guidelines and an expert from PM Pediatrics helps explain what they mean, what parents should know about the different types of sunscreens, and offers tips on how to best protect your child from the sun. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Use Songs to Help Teach My Young Child Small Lessons?
Margie La Bella, a Long Island-based music therapist, offers parents advice on how to write or adapt songs to help kids learn their letters, colors, and body parts as well as basic skills like eye contact and making transitions. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Are My Child's Learning Problems Really Caused by Hidden Vision Problems?
A staggering number of children who have learning difficulties are also suffering from hidden vision problems, which may be the cause of their trouble in school. Local expert Michal Luchins, O.D., of Family Vision & Learning Center in Suffern, NY, weighs in on the critical link between vision and learning and how to tell if your child is struggling with learning-related vision problems. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Will Singing to My Kids Make Them Smarter?
Margie La Bella, a local music therapist and special educator, explains why parents should sing to their children, the benefits of singing for your child's learning and development, and how even "non-musical" parents can easily create and sing fun songs that their children will respond to. (read the story...)

Is the Food Pyramid I Grew Up with Still Relevant?
The food pyramid that many parents grew up with is outdated and nutrition recommendations have evolved quite a bit over the past decade. With all these changes, how do we know what to feed our kids? We asked Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor who practices in Westchester County, for some simple guidelines. (read the story...)

What You Need to Know About the SATs and ACTs
Former teachers, who now run a tutoring service in New Jersey and the five boroughs, explain the differences between the SATs and ACTs and which exam is best for your child. (read the story...)

Possible Symptoms of Eating Disorders in Children
If you suspect your child may have an eating disorder, consult these tips: Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor who practices in Westchester County, NY, offers the most common warning signs to look for in anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Child is the Bully
If you suspect your child is bullying others or you've noticed your child being aggressive, read these tips on how parents can stop bullying. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Child Becomes a Vegetarian
When one child decides to be a vegetarian, make sure she's getting the right nutrition by following these diet tips from a certified nutrition counselor. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability
When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Need to Be Screened for High Cholesterol?
We asked Anthony F. Porto, M.D., M.P.H., director of pediatric gastroenterology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT, and assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale University. Read Dr. Porto's advice on what age kids should be tested for high cholesterol, what the risk factors are for developing high cholesterol at an early age, and how to prevent the diseases caused by high cholesterol. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Child Started in Acting or Modeling?
We spoke with John Predaina, director of the John Robert Powers modeling, acting, and etiquette school for kids on Long Island, to get his best advice for parents who want to get their child into acting, modeling, or show business. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?
We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Are Your Top 5 Tips for Raising Confident Kids?
Gina Otto, author of "Cassandra's Angel" and international children's advocate, provides the following five tips on how to raise confident, self-assured children based on the experience she gained during her 15 years spent speaking with and learning from children firsthand. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?
We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less? (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal for Kids?
Rebecca Meyerson, a certified nutrition counselor, discusses the importance of breakfast for kids and teens and offers a few easy and quick breakfast ideas. (read the story...)

Ask the Experts: How Can I Keep My Child Physically Active During the School Year?
Keith and Jyl Camhi, founders of the children's gym Great Play, offer parents five easy ways to keep their kids active during the school year, from simply turning off the TV to making fitness a family effort. Read on for their advice. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?
We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How to Make Your Child's Birthday Party a Success for Everyone Involved
A local Youth Rabbi presents two easy ways to make your child's next birthday party or special occasion both meaningful and memorable, for the birthday girl and her guests. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Valuable are Singing Lessons for Kids?
If a child doesn't seem to have a natural talent for singing, are voice lessons really worth it? Professional singer and musician Patricia Shih says they are, for several reasons. (read the story...)

Ask the Experts: Can My Child Catch Ringworm from the Sandbox?
Could ringworm be lurking in your child's play area? We asked Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at NYU's Langone Medical Center. (read the story...)

Ask the Experts: What to Know Before You Send Your Kids to Camp
Whether it's your first or fifth round with summer camp this year, heed the advice from these local experts for less stress at the starting line. (read the story...)

Ask the Experts: How to Not Spoil Your Kids
Striking the right balance between providing the best things for your children and spoiling them can be difficult, so we asked experts in the New York metro area for their best advice for parents. (read the story...)

How to Avoid Being an Overprotective Parent: Advice from the Experts
We asked New York metro area experts: "How can I avoid being overprotective of my child?" Check out their best advice on how to let your kids go - and grow! (read the story...)


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