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Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Make a Habit of Practicing the Piano?
Many children find it dreadful and boring to practice the piano after the lesson is over. The executive director and founder of Music Simply Music on Long Island offers parents tips on how to get their children to make a habit of practicing the piano while enjoying it. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Often Should My Child Practice the Piano?
Parents spend a lot of money sending their kids to music or piano lessons, yet aren't sure if doing so is worthwhile, especially if practicing the piano is not enforced. Children who take piano lessons should also spend time practicing what they learned to make the lessons a good investment, according to founder of Music Simply Music, one of Long Island's largest music education companies. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Genre of Music is Most Beneficial to Your Child's Overall Learning Ability?
Starting music classes at an early age is beneficial in the development of children's learning abilities. The executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan shares whether the type or genre of music your child listens to matters, or if all music has the same effects. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: At What Age Should You Enroll Your Child in Music Class?
Sending your children to music classes at an early age can be beneficial to their overall learning ability and development, but at what age should you start? Executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan offers some insight. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Does Early Music Education Affect a Child's Learning Ability?
During early childhood years, children develop at a faster pace than adults, and it is during this period of time that music education can impact a child's learning ability and development as the executive director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan shares. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get Involved in My Community?
Getting involved in your community is a great way to find the support you may need from your nearby neighbors while showing your young children the importance of volunteering. The executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and a mom of two shares why families should volunteer and donate time to those who need it most. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are the Benefits of Inclusion Classes for My Child?
When your typically developing child is in a class or program with a child with special needs, the lessons they can both learn are invaluable. Executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her staff share their insight on inclusion classes created for children of all abilities. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Approach My Local Community Center When My Family's Needs Are Not Met?
Community centers serve as essential resources for its neighbors and aim to create an inclusive environment, though there are some who feel that their family's needs are not being met. The executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her team offer suggestions on how to best advocate for your family and have your voice heard. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: I Feel My Child's Needs Aren't Being Met at the Community Center's Public Programs. What Can I Do?
Your local community center may be a hub of public programs and activities for your child. But what can you do if you feel the children's programming and activities do not meet your child's needs? The new executive director of the JCC Mid-Westchester and her colleagues offer advice. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Can Damage to My Daughter's Teeth from Bulimia be Corrected?
Bulimia is an eating disorder that often involves vomiting, which can cause damage to the patient’s teeth over time. The American College of Prosthodontists and Kenneth S. Kurtz, D.D.S., FACP, a board-certified prosthodontist, offer dental advice for those who have or know someone who has bulimia, including how to evaluate the extent of the damage and whether it can be corrected. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Stay Connected to School and Community?
"Youth disconnectedness" is a term used to describe young people who are disengaged from school or work during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Here, tips for parents on keeping kids involved in their school and community, which can lead them to a more successful future. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Find the Right Martial Arts School for My Child?
If you're planning to enroll your child in a martial arts program, choosing the right school and instructor is an important first step. Here, tips on how to find the right martial arts studio and the questions you should ask martial arts instructors. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Often Should I Talk with My Child's Teacher?
An elementary school principal and father explains how to open up communication between parents and teachers, with advice on how parents can get involved in the classroom and what to do if you think a certain teacher isn't right for your child. (read the story...)

Special Needs Trusts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you're thinking of creating a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust for a loved one, first read these answers to frequently asked questions, including how to set up the trust, who can access it, and what benefits an SNT has compared to other options. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are the Best Ways to Treat a Baby's Eczema?
Dr. Hemmers of Allergy Center of Connecticut addresses the best ways to treat a baby's eczema and also comments on whether there are dangers to using steroidal medications or creams for repeat treatments on the baby's itchy rashes. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Tests Can Help Determine Whether My Child's Eczema Is Caused By Allergies?
Your child has itchy rashes on his skin. A doctor of the Allergy Center of Connecticut provides an overview of the types and safety of tests you can get on your child to see whether his eczema is caused by allergies. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Causes Eczema to Resurface When My Kids Get Older?
Your child had eczema as a baby and toddler but seemed to outgrow it around age 5. Now that she is a teenager, the eczema is resurfacing. Dr. Phil Hemmers of the Allergy Center of Connecticut explains why eczema resurfaces in teens and how to treat it in older kids. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent Spreading Cavity-Causing Bacteria to My Child?
Studies have shown that even kissing your child can cause the transfer of cavity-causing bacteria from you to your child. Marc Liechtung, D.M.D., shares what you can do to prevent this and help you child have good dental and oral health. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Minimize Varicose Veins in the Winter?
During the winter months, it's common for pregnant women and new mothers to have poor circulation, especially if standing or sitting all day with a new baby. Dr. Luis Navarro, founder and medical director of The Vein Treatment Center in Manhattan, provides tips, exercises, and dietary information to improve circulation and prevent varicose veins. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Build Character?
While the focus on school grades and test scores is increasing for our children, we must remember that while they grow they should also be learning life skills such as responsibility, persistence, and resourcefulness. Here, a life coach shares her advice on how to help your children develop these priceless character traits. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Types of Childcare Can I Take Off My Taxes?
As you get ready to file your taxes, you might be wondering what types of childcare are tax deductible, including nanny and babysitting expenses, day camp, overnight camp, summer school, and other daycare programs. Here, a federally licensed tax expert offers her advice. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Should a Married Couple File Taxes Jointly or Separately?
As tax season approaches, are you wondering whether you and your spouse should file taxes together? A federally licensed tax practitioner offers advice on how to know whether you should file jointly or separately as a married couple. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Avoid Medical Identity Theft When Getting the Flu Shot?
With the Center for Disease Control suggestion of everyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot, clinics, grocery stores, and pharmacies are busy this time of year. Here are some tips from Experian's ProtectMyID to protect yourself against medical identity theft. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can Kids Benefit from Playing Tennis, and When Should They Start?
Tennis can help kids develop many physical, social, and mental skills that they can use in other areas of life. We asked Go! Tennis director George Garland what age is right to start tennis lessons and what the goals of those early lessons should be. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop My Children from Procrastinating on Their Homework and School Assignments?
Whether students feel overwhelmed with the amount of homework they have or they have difficulty with time management, it is important for parents to help students learn how to meet due dates on school assignments by teaching them to not procrastinate. (read the story...)


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