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FAQ: 2014 NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest Frequently Asked Questions
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 22, 2014

We've answered your frequently asked questions about the 2014 NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest. Find out how to enter your child, information on how the winners are chosen, voting policies, and cover contest prizes from UrbanSitter and KidzBop!

Ask the Expert: When to Keep Your Child Home Sick from School
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 20, 2014

We spoke to Sandyha Katz, M.D., board-certified in pediatric and pediatric emergency medicine and an emergency medical associate of Nyack Hospital Emergency Department in Nyack, shares what cold symptoms you can send your child to school with, when to keep your sick child home, and when they can go back to school after being sick.

Ask the Expert: How to Help Your Child Keep Up With School When Home Sick
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 20, 2014

When your child stays home from school due to illness, they will miss learning, but they don't need to fall behind other students. Ann Dolin, M.Ed., founder and president of Educational Connections Inc., shares how to help your child stay on track at school, keep her from feeling behind, and what to do if the teacher doesn't send work home.

Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Every Restaurant
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 20, 2014

When eating out with the family, finding something on the menu for everyone may be a challenge, especially if someone is gluten-free. Kim Koeller and Robert La France, authors of "Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free", share the questions to ask to avoid gluten at any restaurant. Plus, international travel tips for eating gluten-free.

Shopping Tips to Save Money This Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2014

In preparation for the “spooktacular” holiday of Halloween, Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York urges consumers to exercise caution when shopping for holiday deals. Follow these tips to avoid costly shopping mistakes.

Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 20, 2014

Patricia Romanowski Bashe, M.S. Ed., author of "The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence", shares the importance of teaching children on the autism spectrum difficult life skills and how you can help your child learn those skills for independence.

Food, Activity, and Decor Ideas for Your Halloween Party
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2014

Jennifer Chung, founder of Kinsights, shares her ideas for hosting a Halloween party, including Halloween decorations, Halloween-themed food, and Halloween activities.

Join the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program to Fight Cavities and Support a Good Cause
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 20, 2014

The annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program is back to shine for another year. The program will partner with dentist offices nationwide to collect children’s Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas along with toothbrushes and necessary oral care items.

Trick-or-Treat Etiquette for Parents on Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 16, 2014

When accompanying your child to trick-or-treat on Halloween, there are some etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, including using good manners and not taking too much candy. Modern manners and etiquette expert Diane Gottsman shares her trick-or-treat rules for parents.

6 DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 12, 2014

A consignment expert shares six Halloween costume ideas and how to make your kid's Halloween costume on a budget.

Local Swim Lessons for Children with Special Needs
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 10, 2014

Below is a list of local swim programs in Westchester County, Fairfield County, and New York City to help children with special needs learn to swim, learn water safety, and become more independent.

How to Make Your Own Face Paint
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 11, 2014

Use common household items to make your own face paint this Halloween. Let creativity soar when you create a ton of face paint colors and let your kids take hold of the brush. Who knows? It might just inspire a Halloween costume!

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Free Therapy, Appropriate Education, and Making Friends
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 10, 2014

From the NYMetro Special Parent Fall/Winter 2014 issues comes a selection of thought-provoking quotes about special needs parenting, including the "free therapy" found in a child's happiness, providing an appropriate education, and the importance of making friends at school.

DIY: Tiger Mask and Owl Mask from 'Petit Collage'
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 08, 2014

Lorena Siminovich, author of 'Petit Collage', shares step-by-step instructions to make a tiger mask and an owl mask out of paper. Make these with your kids for a DIY mask for their Halloween costume.

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 03, 2014

It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.'

Top 10 Audiobooks for Halloween Season
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 14, 2014

Audiobooks.com presents its top five spooky titles for children and five thrillers for adults that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!

DIY: How to Make a Sensory Toy
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 03, 2014

Trying to find the perfect sensory toy for your child can be a struggle, so why not make a sensory toy for your child with special needs? Here is a step-by-step guide to DIY a balloon sensory toy.

Crafting with Children with Special Needs
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 03, 2014

Working on an art projects brings out creativity, eliminates distractions, and boosts confidence in children with special needs. Here are some tips to make crafting with your children successful and fun.

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 03, 2014

Yes, you can throw a birthday bash for your child with special needs! Birthdays only come around once a year, so there’s pressure to get them just right. The most important thing is to involve your child in the planning process. Follow these expert tips for a successful birthday celebration.

Fire Prevention Week Promotes Working Smoke Alarms
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 29, 2014

Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association for more than 90 years, is Oct. 5-11. This year's theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!

Spirit Halloween Announces New Costumes, 2014 Trends
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 29, 2014

Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, recently announced its new Halloween costumes and Halloween decor, as well as the projected most popular 2014 Halloween costume ideas.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Band-Aid Obsession, Dad Talk, and Trick-or-Treating
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 25, 2014

From the October 2014 issues of NYMetroParents comes a selection of funny and thoughtful quotes about sending your teenagers trick-or-treating, giving dads an outlet, and the strength of kids' obsession with Band-Aids.

Answers to Common Questions Parents Have About Homework
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2014

Some common questions parents have about homework include how to prevent procrastination, how much should parents help, and how to prevent homework meltdowns. We've got the answers to those questions and more from local experts.

How Parents Can Supplement Children's Learning at Home
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 22, 2014

If your child's school falls short in effectively teaching math and science, based on Insideschool's extensive research, there is much you can do to supplement his or her learning at home. Here are some ideas to supplement your child's math and science education.

Maker Faires in the New York Metro Area Support STEM Learning
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 22, 2014

Maker Faires, which celebrate invention, creativeness, and resourcefulness, are a fun, family-friendly way to support STEM learning at home. We've compiled a list of Maker Faires in the New York metro area that you can take your kids to.

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