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10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 30, 2013

Is your daughter with special needs about to get her period for the first time? Here is a 10-point checklist to help you prepare her for her first menstruation, including how to help her understand and accept the experience and self-care it requires.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


FunBites Makes Mealtime Easier with Freaky Fun
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 16, 2013

FunBites is an easy kitchen tool that cuts sandwiches, fruit, and more into fun shapes for toddlers and kids. Assemble the pieces into holiday-themed masterpieces your kids will love to admire and eat.


Hub Network is Looking for the Best Halloween Costume from Each State
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 23, 2013

Kenan Thompson will host the "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash," a two-hour Halloween TV special that features a Halloween costume contest, which is judged by a celebrity panel led by Martha Stewart. The nationwide costume contest winner will receive $25,000.


Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 17, 2013

This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken.


Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 13, 2013

This recipe pairs butternut squash with another fall favorite: pumpkin seeds. After you've carved your pumpkin, toast up the leftover seeds and add them to this delicious side dish that also features kale and dried cranberries.



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