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Melanie Baker

Melanie Baker hopes her aura is purple, and maintains a strict sushi diet. Big fan of mini-horses, Spotify, and pretending to be fluent in Spanish. She has 19 siblings and counting.

Email: editor@nymetroparents.com

Melanie Baker Articles (34)

The Health Benefits of Kids Having a Pet

Whether they're furry, feathered, or funny looking, pets offer more than companionship for kids. The health benefits of owning a pet include boosting self-confidence and emotional well-being, and teaches kids responsibility.

Apr. 28, 2015

Brooklyn’s AltSchool Provides Experiential Learning

AltSchool, which provides experiential learning for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is opening a Brooklyn Heights location in the fall. The elementary and middle school is now offering open houses and accepting applications for the fall.

Dec. 15, 2014

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

There are ways to make your child's trick-or-treating experience more meaningful than just collecting bags of candy. By participating in the 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, not only will your kids learn the importance of fundraising and having a global impact, but they will gain an invaluable sense of self-worth through helping other children across the world.

Oct. 15, 2014

Nigel Barker's Tips for Taking Pics of Kids

Fashion photographer, and host of Oxygen's "The Face", Nigel Barker shares photos of his family, photography tips for taking unexpected pictures of your kids, and his favorite photo apps.

May. 01, 2014

Olympic-Inspired Activities in the NY Metro Area

Want to get in the Olympic spirit for the 2014 winter games without flying across the globe to Sochi, Russia? We've compiled a list of Olympic-inspired activities for the whole family in the NY metro area, including the Stars on Ice tour and the USOC Road to Sochi Tour.

Jan. 24, 2014

Meet Fairfield Resident Julie Chu of the 2014 U.S. Women's Hockey Team

Julie Chu, a resident of Fairfield, CT, is competing on Team USA's Women's ice hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Here, she talks about her career and family support.

Jan. 24, 2014

The Personal Touch: Classroom Innovations for Personalized Learning

One size does not fit all when it comes to learning, and a variety of innovative educators are honing in on that idea to bring a more customized approach to teaching our children. Find out how New Classrooms' Teach to One: Math, Avenues: The World School, Big Picture Learning, are doing just that.

Dec. 19, 2013

Ask the Expert: How Does Sleepaway Camp Help Children With ADHD Develop Better Decision Making Skills?

Sending your child with ADHD to summer camp or a travel program can be nerve-wracking. Eugene Bell, Ed.M. of Summit Camp offers advice for parents on how to worry less about summer programs geared towards children with ADHD and special needs, and how sleepaway programs can help children with ADHD learn decision making skills.

Apr. 03, 2013

Homegrown Heroes: Singing and Signing for Good

Professional opera singer Sabrina Francis volunteers her time and talent at Gigi's Playhouse NYC in upper Manhattan to inspire children with Down syndrome through music and sign language.

Mar. 27, 2013

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.

Jan. 23, 2013

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.

Jan. 18, 2013

Party Central Pick of the Month: Happy Birthday, Tree!

A new story book introduces young readers to the importance of honoring and caring for nature. In "Happy Birthday, Tree! A Tu B'Shevat Story" by Madelyn Rosenberg, Joni and Nate realize the importance of friendship, compassion, and respect for nature.

Jan. 03, 2013

How STEM Education Can Help Our Kids And Our World

Science, technology, engineering, and math are the four subjects that may be most important for our kids to be learning now. STEM education is finally getting the attention it deserves and there are many programs, classes, camps, and museum activities that will let your child learn STEM subjects. We need more scientists and innovators and STEM education holds the key. Building rockets, robots, and other cool contraptions helps kids become creative thinkers and problem solvers and may help them and our world in the future.

Dec. 20, 2012

Local Olympian Tim Morehouse Tells Us All About Fencing

Tim Morehouse, originally from Riverdale in the Bronx, has an impressive career: He has competed on the US Olympic fencing teams in Athens, Beijing, and London (so far). Since winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, Morehouse has consistently leveraged his influence to inspire kids across the world to lead active lifestyles and to find the excitement and fun in lesser-known sports. We spoke to Morehouse about his past life as a teacher in the New York City school system, his love of the sport, and more.

Nov. 01, 2012

Party Max Brings Varitey of Party Supplies to Brooklyn

Brooklyn residents now have another option when buying supplies and decorations for their next party. Party Max, which recently opened in Dyker Heights, offers everything from balloon bouquets and themed supplies to Halloween costumes, greeting cards, plush toys, and seasonal merchandise.

Sep. 19, 2012

Meet the Editor: Melanie Baker

Get to know Melanie Baker, NYMetroParents' assistant editor and directories editor.

Sep. 06, 2012

Three Ways to Make the Olympics Educational for Your Kids

With the 2012 Summer Olympics around the corner, some parents may be worried about their kids sitting in front of the TV for hours watching the events and not learning anything. We found three products—a book, a movie, and a game—to help make the event watching more educational. With older kids, read the book or watch the movie, then have a discussion about the athletes featured. For younger kids, play the game to learn and review math skills.

Jun. 26, 2012

Q&A with Brooklyn-Based YA Author of Gold Medal Summer

Brooklyn-based young adult author and former gymnast Donna Freitas recently published Gold Medal Summer, a book about aspiring elite gymnasts. This summer page-turner is a sure way to get your tween amped for the London Olympics.

Jun. 26, 2012

P&G Thank You, Mom Campaign Helps Athletes' Moms Attend Games

Procter & Gamble's Thank You, Mom campaign celebrates Olympians' Moms by putting them in the spotlight. The campaign helps offset the hefty travel expenses so Moms can go to London to support their children at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jun. 26, 2012

Four U.K. STEM Students Created the 2012 Paralympic Torch

A STEMNET team of four 11-14-year-olds invented the 2012 Paralympic torch based on the principle of physical human strength. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Network awarded the team with $1,000 in equipment for their STEM club, and the team will be in attendance at the 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.

Jun. 26, 2012


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