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Ask The Expert: Swim and Water Safety For Kids This Summer
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 29, 2013

Summer is right around the corner, and that means pools, beaches, and water sports galore. But when you spend time near the water with your kids, the number one thought for many parents is water safety. As temperatures begin to heat up and Memorial Day weekend is in sight, it's time to increase awareness about the importance of learning to swim. Swimways, a leading manufacturer of pool and outdoor recreational products, is hosting National Learn to Swim Day on Saturday, May 18. In honor of this educational campaign, Simways is partnering with Mario Vittone, former Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer. Vittone spoke with us about the best ways to keep your kids safe and to prevent drowning when it comes to water safety.

22 Fun Things to Do for Mother's Day in NYC
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 25, 2013

Our list of 22 fun and low-cost things to do for Mother's Day 2013 in New York City includes outdoor activities, special shows, kids' workshops, and more things to do for the holiday in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

Your Child Could Be Our Next Cover Model!
by NYMetroParents Staff - May 05, 2014

Will your child be our next cover model? Enter your child's photo for his or her chance to be on the cover of parenting magazines by NYMetroParents, including Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Queens Parent, and Westchester Parent.

American Camp Association Grants Summer Camp Scholarships to Hurricane Sandy Victims
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 23, 2013

The American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey grant hundreds of summer camp scholarships to children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Girl Scouts Survey Uncovers Lack of Financial Confidence in Girls
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 18, 2013

A Girl Scouts survey reveals the lack of confidence girls have when it comes to finances, though the survey also uncovered that girls understand the importance of being financially literate and stable.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Mother's Day, Being a Man, and Why It's Not Easy Being a Rich Kid
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 18, 2013

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

Keep or Toss: Tips for Organizing Financial Records
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 18, 2013

The Better Business Bureau provides tips on how to organize financial records. Learn if you should throw away credit card receipts, keep canceled checks, and advice for keeping your financial paperwork in order.

Ask The Expert: What Challenges Make it More Difficult for Children with Autism to Stay Fit?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 17, 2013

Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese. Louise Weadock, founder of sensory gym WeeZee, The World of "Yes I Can," discusses fitness obstacles for children with special needs and the physical and social benefits of sensory integration.

A Guide to Train Exhibits, Museums, and Rides for Kids in the NYC Area
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 15, 2013

Take a trip with your family to a railroad museum or train exhibit in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and beyond, where young and old train lovers can ride trains and explore the scenic area aboard a train.

Ask the Expert: Is My Child With Learning Disabilities Being Accorded Test-Taking Accommodations?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 12, 2013

Children with learning disabilities can be granted extra time for test taking to accommodate their needs. Rachel Asher, Esq. and Julie Gaughran, Esq., of Asher, Gaughran LLP offer tips to make sure those accommodations are honored, fair treatment for children with learning disabilities, and how to become a better advocate.

10 Tips for Taking Great iPhone Photos of Your Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 11, 2013

Turn everyday moments with your kids into great photos that will last a lifetime with these 10 tips on taking photos on your iPhone or smartphone.

Tips for Spring Wildlife Gardening with Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 10, 2013

Teach your kids how to garden this spring with 16 tips from The National Wildlife Federation. Learn about choosing the right plant for your garden, types of soil, and which birds are attracted to certain plants. Wildlife gardening can be a fun activity for the entire family.

Father Knows Best Wraps Up Season in Queens After 5-Borough Tour
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 09, 2013

Father Knows Best, a nonprofit mentoring program founded by former NBA star and current New York Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston ended the organization's five-borough tour in Queens on March 30.

Ask the Expert: What Type of Piano Should My Young Child Begin Lessons On?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 08, 2013

For many of you raising children in New York City, you know that lack of space is more than a minor issue. When you don't have room for a piano in your own home, what is your next best option? Founder and director of New York Piano School reveals which portable keyboards are your best bet when your young child starts his beginner piano lessons.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Tell Whether My Child is Frustrated with the Piano or is Just Uninterested?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 08, 2013

Children may become discouraged when learning challenging new skills like playing the piano. How can you tell whether your child is frustrated with learning the piano or if he is truly uninterested in learning this instrument? Founder of New York Piano School offers suggestions for parents.

Ask the Expert: At What Age Should My Child Begin Piano Lessons?
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 08, 2013

Founder and artistic director of the New York Piano School says the optimal age to begin piano lessons is 6 years old. She explains why and also recommends how frequently your child should have lessons to ensure the most learning without feeling overwhelmed by the piano lesson.

Celebrate World Book Day April 23
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 08, 2013

Celebrate World Book Day on April 23 by reading with your children with a new collection of children's books that you can win from Tidy Bookcases and Usborne Books & More.

Long Island Family Opens Home to Offer Summer Fun for Inner City Kids
by NYMetroParents Staff - April 04, 2013

A Long Island family opens up their home each summer to host a Fresh Air child through The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million NYC children from low-income communities.

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.

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