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Ask the Expert: How Can I Teach My Daughter to Avoid Unhealthy Weight Gain in College?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 01, 2013

Benay Rubin, owner of SHE3 Well-Fitness Boutique in Fairfield, CT, spoke to us about ways for teens who are about to go to college avoid the freshman 15, including healthy eating habits and managing stress.

Recipe: Easy Cheesecake Cupcakes
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 29, 2013

Make these easy mini cheesecakes in muffin tins for delicious cheesecake cupcakes! Use traditional vanilla and almond flavors, or substitute in lemon, chocolate, or berries for a fun twist.

Junior League of Long Island Hosts Healthy Living Event for Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 29, 2013

The Junior League of Long Island hosted the Kids in the Kitchen event in Amityville on Long Island to help end childhood obesity.

Tips for Teaching Kids About Credit Cards
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 29, 2013

Learn tips for teaching your kids and teens about credit cards and financial responsibility. Kids today are using their parents' credit cards for purchasing smart phone and iPhone apps without knowing the consequences of credit card spending and debt. Jeff Hindenach offers advice for explaining credit cards to kids, from credit card debt, to responsible spending, and teaching your children how to budget their finances at an early age.

Families Celebrate Music with VH1 in NYC
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 29, 2013

VH1 and "Parenting" magazine hosted the VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Family Day to encourage kids to explore various musical instruments, learn about different genres of music, and have fun with their families.

Girl Behind Dora the Explorer Manhattan School
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 29, 2013

Fatima Ptacek, a 12-year-old girl from Queens who is the voice of Dora the Explorer, visits a Manhattan elementary school to celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Westchester High School Students Propose Legislation in Albany
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 28, 2013

High school students of the YMCA of White Plains's Youth and Government Club proposed legislation at the Capitol Building in Albany after working for nearly six months to write bills, meet with volunteer attorneys, and conduct a practice presentation in the Westchester Mall.

Chapel Haven Wins National Award for Autism Program
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 28, 2013

Chapel Haven, a nonprofit program in New Haven, CT, that helps adults on the autism spectrum to lead independent lives, received an award from Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism that includes a $5,000 grant.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Make a Habit of Practicing the Piano?
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 28, 2013

Many children find it dreadful and boring to practice the piano after the lesson is over. The executive director and founder of Music Simply Music on Long Island offers parents tips on how to get their children to make a habit of practicing the piano while enjoying it.

Ask the Expert: How Often Should My Child Practice the Piano?
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 28, 2013

Parents spend a lot of money sending their kids to music or piano lessons, yet aren't sure if doing so is worthwhile, especially if practicing the piano is not enforced. Children who take piano lessons should also spend time practicing what they learned to make the lessons a good investment, according to founder of Music Simply Music, one of Long Island's largest music education companies.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Parenting with Depression, Spending More Family Time, and (Not) Shedding That Baby Weight
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 28, 2013

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

20 Earth Day 2013 Events in New York City
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 27, 2013

Our list of 20 fun kids' events for Earth Day 2013 in New York City includes Earth Day and Arbor Day festivals, outdoor programs and volunteering events, and shows about Earth Day in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

Westchester County Recruits for Foster and Adoptive Homes
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 27, 2013

Westchester County's foster care system is in need of more than 50 additional foster homes for children and teenagers of all age groups.

Eleven-Year-Old NYC Violinist to Be on NPR's 'From The Top'
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 27, 2013

Eleven-year-old Elli Choi from New York City will be on an episode of NPR's "From the Top," the hit radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians.

Rockland County Ranked One of Healthiest in New York State
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 27, 2013

In the 2013 County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Rockland County ranked second in overall health, up from fourth place last year.

Where to Buy Girl Scout Cookies in NYC
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 25, 2013

From classic thin mints and samoas to Do-si-dos and Lemonades, Girl Scout Cookies are a true crowd favorite. Find where to buy Girl Scout Cookies in New York City with the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app and take note of these pop-up shops throughout NYC.

Recipe: Easy Eggs Benedict Casserole
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 25, 2013

Love eggs Benedict but find it too hard to make at home? This recipe for eggs Benedict casserole is an easy, one-dish version of the restaurant classic that features all the traditional ingredients without the hassle.

PBS Kids Premieres 'Curious George Swings into Spring' on Earth Day
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 25, 2013

On Earth Day (April 22), PBS Kids invites viewers to join America's favorite monkey for a new Curious George special: "Curious George Swings into Spring," which will encourage kids to go outside and explore the world around them.

5 Tips for Buying the Right Lawn Mower
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 25, 2013

If you're thinking of buying a new lawn mower, you first need to know which type of lawn mower will work best for your yard. Here are 5 tips that will help you know which lawn mower to buy, plus some advice on safety features and after-sale service.

Long Island Leading the Way in School Breakfast Participation in New York State
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 22, 2013

New York State ranks near the bottom of the list when it comes to student participation in the School Breakfast Program, but we are making progress thanks to efforts in Brentwood, Long Island as well as Syracuse City Schools.

NYMetroParents Receives 15 Excellence Awards from Parenting Media Association
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 22, 2013

Parenting Media Association (PMA) recognized NYMetroParents with 15 awards for editorial and design excellence at its 2012 awards banquet in Atlanta. This is a record-high number of PMA awards for NYMetroParents.

4 Tips for Perfect Party Cakes and Cupcakes
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 21, 2013

These four easy tips from Kathleen King, owner of the renowned Tate's Bake Shop on Long Island, will help you make perfect birthday party cakes and cupcakes every time.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Mocha Frosting
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 20, 2013

Inspired by chocolate chip cookies, this recipe for a chocolate chip layer cake with milk chocolate mocha frosting comes from Tate's Bake Shop in Southampton, Long Island. It's sure to steal the show at your next celebration.

Autism Awareness Month: Autism Statistics & How You Can Help
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 08, 2013

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism and science organization and it lights the way to make this April's Autism Awareness month better than ever. Learn autism statistics and how you can help increase awareness of this growing disorder.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Bubble-Wrapped Words, Link Between Simplicity and ADHD, and Each Child's Uniqueness
by NYMetroParents Staff - March 18, 2013

From the spring summer 2013 issue of Special Parent magazine, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, or plain interesting thoughts from the web and the world of special parenting.

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