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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.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Take the Best Photos of My Kids?
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 30, 2013

Snap the best candid and posed shots of your kids at home with tricks from PhotoOp NYC photographer Robert DeSantos.

2013 Fall Fairs and Festivals in New York City
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 27, 2013

We've rounded up a list of 2013 street fairs, harvest festivals, and cultural festivals happening this fall in New York City, including fun (and mostly free) city festivals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Behind-the-Scenes at NYMetroParents Cover Contest Photo Shoot
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 26, 2013

Introducing the finalists of our 2013 cover contest—local kids who captivated us with their energy, their unabashed cuteness, and their inner spirit. Get a peek behind the scenes at our shoot, as well as some expert tips for capturing your own kids on camera.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Twinkling Stars, Remembering 9/11, and the Other F-Word
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 26, 2013

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

Ask the Expert: How Can Parents and Children Manage Anger?
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 26, 2013

Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares tips to help parents control their anger with anger management techniques, as well as how anger manifests itself differently in young and teen boys and girls.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help a Bully Manage Their Anger?
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 26, 2013

Is your child a bully who needs help managing their anger? Is your child bullied, and your worried about how he deals with the anger he feels because of it? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares tips to help bullies and the bullied deal with the anger they feel in a positive manner.

Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 23, 2013

Does your child with special needs need help managing their anger? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares what anger management techniques help children with special needs manage and express anger in a positive way.

Back to School Safety Tips
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 22, 2013

James Stewart, adjunct professor for Kaplan University’s School of Public Service is an expert in school safety and the psychological aspects of school violence. He recommends parents follow these simple steps with their children to keep them safe and prepared throughout the school year.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Backpack for My Child?
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 19, 2013

Dr. Michael Cocilovo of New City Chiropractic Center offers 7 guidelines for choosing a good backpack or book bag for your child, to avoid back pain or back problems like scoliosis. Read his tips before you start your back-to-school shopping this year.

Tips and Tricks from FlatRate Moving for Do-It-Yourself Packing
by NYMetroParents Staff - August 16, 2013

Over the past 20 years, FlatRate Moving, the nationwide leader in the moving and storage industry, has compiled a list of nine tips and tricks to pack for a move, as well as tips on how to pack books, photos, fragile items, liquid containers, electronics, and more.

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