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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...)

Ask the Expert: Is It Safe for Pregnant Women to Get a Flu Shot?
If you're pregnant during the flu season, you may be worried about vaccines and medications affecting your baby's health. The March of Dimes women should get the flu shot while pregnant. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Is Golf the Right Sport for My Child?
Kate Tempesta, founder and co-owner of Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy, shares her tips on the benefits children get from playing golf, how young kids can start golf lessons, and what to expect from your child’s golf teachers. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Foods and Drinks Should I Avoid When Breast-Feeding?
When women begin breast-feeding, many consider how their diets will affect the health of the baby. Advance practice registered nurse of Lactation Services of Connecticut, Lorna C. Aliperti, has been a lactation consultant for more than 10 years and shares answers to the most common diet questions for women who are breast-feeding. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are Guidelines to Keep in Mind When Beginning to Sleep Train My Baby?
Learning to fall asleep is a skill that needs to be taught to babies, and parents can do this with sleep training. Pediatric sleep consultant Brooke Nalle of Sleepy on Hudson shares guidelines parents should follow when beginning to sleep train their baby. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are the Different Sleep Training Methods?
Sleeping and falling back asleep after waking up in the middle of the night are skills that babies need to learn. To help, pediatric sleep consultant Brooke Nalle of Sleepy On Hudson details the various sleep training methods and encourages parents to choose the one that fits their lifestyle the best. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Children Handle a Divorce?
A divorce lawyer offers advice on how to tell your children about a divorce, how much to involve your kids in the divorce process, keeping parent and child relationships intact, and when to seek extra help. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Soothe My Colicky Baby?
Does your baby have long bouts of unexplained crying, extreme fussiness, or exhibit other signs of colic? Alison Bevan, certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Happiest Baby Educator, shares her own tips, as well as Dr. Harvey Karp's tip to soothe a colicky baby. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Explain Alzheimer's to My Kids?
We spoke to Matt Kudish, LMSW, vice president and director of education, outreach, and caregiver services for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter, and Danielle M. Bruzese, coordinator of education, outreach, and caregiver services for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter, about how to help your children understand Alzheimer's disease and how to help your children cope when they experience Grandma or Grandpa having a "bad day" with Alzheimer's disease. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does Peanut Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?
Once you open that jar of peanut butter, it's recommended to refrigerate the peanut butter because the colder temperature helps prevent fungus growth, which naturally produces aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that has linked to cancer in animals. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm a Colicky Baby?
If you've got a colicky baby, chances are you feel guilty and might be at a loss on how to soothe her. Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician and mom, offers tips for calming colic and regaining your sanity. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Make Family Meals When One Child Is Gluten Intolerant?
When one child is gluten intolerant or allergic to gluten, it can make cooking for your family much more difficult. Here, a gluten-free baker shares tips on making family meals easier even when gluten is off the table. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What are Some of the Healthier Options on a Typical Restauarant's Kids' Menu?
When dining out with kids, the kids' menu is never very creative and does not offer much variety or options when it comes to a well-balanced meal. Tips from the CEO of Super Sprowtz help parents make smart choices about what to order for their kids to ensure a well-balanced meal. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Does My Child Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is more common in teens and young adults, but it sometimes affects children. Here, Dr. Jennifer Collins explains the symptoms of SAD in kids, how to know if your child has SAD, and what to do if you think your child has SAD. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Is that Bounce Place Safe for Your Child?
Bounce houses and trampoline parks are becoming increasingly popular as birthday party venues for kids. Here are safety tips to keep in mind when taking your kids to a bounce place. (read the story...)

How Do I Budget for Holiday Gift Shopping?
Flash sales and big discounts on Black Friday may tempt you to buy gifts that were not on your original wish list or planned for on your budget for the holidays. Avoid getting into debt by sticking to your budget with these holiday shopping tips. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Keep My House Organized During the School Year?
An NYC interior designer and mom offers smart do-it-yourself tips on how to de-clutter your home and keep your kids' stuff organized during the busy school year. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: How Will Celiac Disease Affect My Child's Life?
If your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder in which those diagnosed cannot tolerate gluten, their world will change, especially if they used to eat foods with gluten in them. We interviewed Steve Distefano who owns Strictly Gluten Free, a gluten-free retail/wholesale marketplace, with his wife Angela. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: What Should Parents Know About Staph Infections?
Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria common in our environment, often found on the skin, in the bowels, and in the nose of healthy people. Once the bacteria finds its way where it does not belong, it can cause an infection. We talked to Anatoly Belilovsky, M.D., a New York-based pediatrician about staph infections, the difference between staph and MRSA, and how to minimize the risk of a staph infection. (read the story...)

Ask The Expert: Are Energy Drinks Okay for Kids?
Adults drink caffeinated beverages all the time, so why can't kids? Marcie Beth Schneider, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Greenwich, CT, weighs in on why kids shouldn't consume energy drinks. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Avoid Stress During the Holidays?
Marla Tomazin, a Manhattan-based certified image consultant, shares her tips for avoiding stress during the holidays and how you can relax if you find that you are stressed. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Tonsillectomies?
Do you think your child would benefit from a tonsillectomy? We spoke with a local expert to learn the signs that a tonsillectomy is needed, as well as at what age they should be performed, and the different types. (read the story...)


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