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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 - October 14, 2014

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.


Tofu Pumpkin Bread Recipe
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 12, 2013

This recipe for tofu pumpkin bread results in a fragrant loaf loaded with cinnamon and ginger. The secret ingredient is soft tofu, which lowers the saturated fat content but keeps the bread moist.


Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 12, 2013

Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their social skills.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Moms In Training Program Kicks Off in NYC and CT
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 12, 2013

The Moms in Training program is an 8-week fitness group for moms that trains participants to run a 5-mile or 15K charity walk/run for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The program will host several kick-off events in NYC and CT where new members can join.


NYC Hotel Freebies that Add Family Value
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 12, 2013

Several New York City hotels offer complimentary family activities including bike rides and tours, as well as in-room amenities for family-friendly vacations in Manhattan.


Fast Flash Cards Help Teach Reading to Kids with Down Syndrome
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 09, 2013

Teaching kids with Down syndrome how to read may not use the traditional phonics methods used widely by traditional schools. Instead, a fast flash method of going through flashcards of words and pictures at a quick speed helps kids with Down syndrome how to read.


Keeping Kids Active Can Help Boost Brain Function
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 09, 2013

With school in session, kids are apt to spend more time indoors studying and doing homework, but being physically active is an important part of overall wellness. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals share five tips to keep kids physically active, reduce TV and computer time, and fun activities to keep the whole family active.


Ask the Expert: What is Functional Disconnection Syndrome?
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 06, 2013

Mark Goldenberg, DC, DABCN, FACFN, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist who specializes in the treatment of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD, and autism spectrum disorders, describes Functional Disconnection Syndrome, as well as some of its symptoms and treatments.


Back-To-School Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 06, 2013

Driving-Tests.org recently released a new, free Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract to raise awareness of teenagers driving safely,as well as seven back-to-school safety tips for teen drivers.


'Eat Smart, Play Safe' Campaign Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 06, 2013

Pop Warner Little Scholars and DSM Nutritional Products have partnered to raise awareness of the importance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles for active kids.


GE Educates Families to Prepare for Power Outages
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 06, 2013

GE Generator Systems is educating families about proper emergency preparedness during National Preparedness Month.


Ask the Expert: How Do I Calm My Child Who is Afraid of the Doctor?
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 05, 2013

Board-certified behavior analyst Jennifer Kourassanis-Velasquez shares expert tips to calm a child who is afraid of the doctor and prepare a scared child for a doctor's appointment.


Ask the Expert: What Is Multisensory Learning?
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 04, 2013

Learn about the multisensory approach to teaching math and other subjects -- including the Orton Gillingham Method, which is used to teach reading and spelling -- as explained by Dr. Emily Levy, founder and director of EBL Coaching.


Flu Findings: Survey Reveals Getting Flu Shot is 'Social Responsibility'
by NYMetroParents Staff - September 03, 2013

A new survey from CVS/pharmacy details findings about flu vaccinations.



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