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Where Can I Lend a Hand to Children With Down syndrome?
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 30, 2013

Lend a helping hand and make a few new friends and any of local organizations that provide support to children and adults with Down syndrome.


Fast Facts About Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 27, 2013

If you're thinking of hosting a foreign exchange student in your home, here are the fast facts you need to know about possible tax deductions, language barriers, how long a foreign exchange students stays, and more.


Win Tickets to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises' Halloween Kids Cruise
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 28, 2013

Looking for a Halloween event in NYC for your children to show off their Halloween costumes? The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises' Kids Halloween Sightseeing and Costume Cruise is a great opportunity! The Halloween cruise features musical guests Baze and His Silly Friends, which will provide toe-tapping entertainment for little ghosts and ghouls.


Defrightful Decorating Ideas for Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 27, 2013

Holiday decorations aren't just for looks alone. These Halloween decoration ideas and how-tos from Party City use paper lanterns and rat cutouts to mark certain areas of your house as off-limits so you can maintain your family's privacy while your guests enjoy your party.


Which Plastics Contain BPA?
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 26, 2013

Using plastics made with a chemical known as BPA (Bisphenol A) may be harmful to your health and your children's development. Learn how to read the labels on plastic containers to determine whether they contain BPA.


Win Tickets to Ripley's Boo-lieve It or Not! Halloween Sleepover
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 26, 2013

Enter to win tickets to Ripley's Boo-lieve It or Not! Times Square Slumber Fest, a Halloween-themed sleepover at Ripley's in Times Square on Saturday, Oct. 26. Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contest, Halloween scavenger hunt, and much more.


Tips for Finding a Great Roofer
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 25, 2013

The Better Business Bureau gives your family tips for finding a trustworthy roofer to help you with your home renovation.


31 Cool and Creepy Halloween Crafts for Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 25, 2013

Get into the Halloween spirit with these fun Halloween crafts for kids, many of which can be created from materials you have laying around the house. These cool and creepy DIY projects also make great Halloween decorations for your home.


13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2013

Have some pumpkin left over after carving your jack-o-lanterns, or just itching to make a pumpkin-flavored treat to celebrate fall? Try one of these 13 delicious recipes, including sweet breakfast ideas, savory dinners, and of course, some decadent pumpkin desserts.


Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2013

Duck Tape® brand duct tape shares some ideas for decorating for Halloween with duct tape, including adding flair to costumes and home décor. Duck Tape® is also hosting a Stick or Treat® Jack-O-Lantern contest, so start decorating pumpkins with duct tape and enter for a chance to win the cash prize!


Win: 6 Halloween Books for Tweens
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2013

Snag six chapter books for your tweens this Halloween, including tales to keep you up at night and new books in popular series like The Books of Elsewhere and Tales from Lovecraft Middle School.


Tips to Handle Mysterious Tween Behavior During Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2013

As children become tweens, they may begin to resist Halloween and trick-or-treating with younger siblings. Middle-schoolers' heightened self-consciousness may cause them to worry about how people perceive them, especially if they are dressed up. A psychology professor shares tips on how parents can handle these behaviors, as well as their tween's fight for independence.


Win: 6 Fun Halloween Chapter Books for Young Readers
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 24, 2013

Young readers can meet new and old characters like The Little Leftover Witch and also discover My Weird School Special this Halloween with new chapter book reads and activity books for the season.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 23, 2013

This festive fall-inspired cake pairs fresh pumpkin with decadent chocolate. Add a simple cinnamon-infused glaze over top and you have a perfect dessert for your next holiday get-together.


Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 23, 2013

Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to this basic donut recipe to make a fall-flavored treat. For some extra sweetness, top the mini donuts with maple, vanilla, or mocha glaze.


Gerber Launches Photo Search 2013
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 23, 2013

Parents can submit photos of their babies and toddlers for a chance to win $50,000 from Gerber, as well as a chance for their child to star in a Gerber ad.


Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 25, 2013

The Halloween Creativity book from Barren's Educational Series is full of fun Halloween activities including games, crafts, and creepy party snacks.


The Best of the Rest of the Web: Tumultuous Threes, Inspiring Teachers, and the Importance of Manners
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 23, 2013

From the NYMetroParents October issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting.


Chillingly Creative Drinks for Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 18, 2013

If you're planning a monster bash this Halloween, brew up some Spooky Smoothies and Monster Mash Mudslides. These non-alcoholic drinks are so delicious, they'll spook the taste buds of every little ghost, witch, and goblin at your party.


Tower of Horror Treats for Halloween
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 18, 2013

This "tower of horror" is full of treats and makes for a perfectly spooky (and delicious) dessert table at your Halloween party. Get the recipes for skull and crossbones cakes, jolly jack-o-lantern cookies, and spirited pumpkin cake pops.


Spooktastic Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 18, 2013

Brothers and sisters can keep the Halloween festivities all in the family with these coordinating costume ideas from local moms and retailers. Siblings can team up as crime fighters or step up to the plate as baseball players in costumes that aren't limited to one gender.


Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 17, 2013

This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Add some dried cranberries, and you have the perfect dessert for fall. It's also an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold.


Easy DIY Halloween Costumes from Local Moms
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 18, 2013

Using common children's clothing and a few household items, you and your children can make easy Charlie Brown, school bus, Where's Waldo, and grape costumes for Halloween and dress up sessions.


Win: 5 Halloween Books for Middle Schoolers
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 17, 2013

From mystery creatures and clowns to monsters, these adventure books for middle-school readers will add a little spookiness to your kid's fall reading list this Halloween. Win a set of books for your home library by entering below.


Make Your Own Halloween Monsters Out of Clay
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 17, 2013

Modeling Clay: Spooky Characters provides step-by-step instructions for the perfect do-it-yourself Halloween Decorations. Whether you're looking for a Halloween party game or an arts and crafts activity, this book has you covered.



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