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Kaitlin Ahern is Deputy Editor of NYMetroParents. She currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Kaitlin has a degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

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Rockland Jewish Academy Students Collect 135 Pairs of Shoes for Soles4Souls
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 08, 2014

Young students at Rockland Jewish Academy, an independent school of just 85 students, collected 135 pairs of shoes for those in need this fall, to benefit the Soles4Souls organization.

And the Most Popular Baby Names of 2014 Are...
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 03, 2014

What do you think are the most popular baby names of 2014? Find out if Liam and Charlotte held onto the top spots for boys and girls, respectively, or if Amelia and Noah beat them out. Plus, find out what name from Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones made it into the top three for girls.

Life-Size Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Benefits Charity
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 12, 2014

What's made of 650 pounds of gingerbread dough, 1,320 pounds of sugar, and 5,000 candies? No, it's not the witch's house from Hansel & Gretel. It's the life-size, dine-in gingerbread houses you'll find at Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays.

FREE Halloween Events for Families on Long Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2014

There are plenty of FREE events celebrating Halloween on Long Island. Our guide includes family-friendly festivals, trick-or-treating events, museum parties, community celebrations, and more.

FREE Halloween Events for Families in New York City
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2014

Your guide to free things to do for Halloween in New York City, including family festivals, carnivals, costume parties, spooky story times, and much more in the five boroughs.

Joe Bastianich Shares the Recipe to Win MasterChef Junior
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2014

Joe Bastianich is a local dad, restaurateur, and judge of MasterChef Junior on FOX. Here, he dishes on what makes kids stand out in the competition and the skills they need to win, plus some advice for budding young chefs.

Catching Up with Alexander Weiss, MasterChef Junior Season 1 Winner
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2014

A year after he claimed the title in season 1 of MasterChef Junior, 14-year-old Alexander Weiss of Manhattan is cooking alongside professional chefs, jet-setting all over the world with his family, and dreaming bigger than ever.

Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 03, 2014

Understood.org is a new, state-of-the-art website with a mission to help you find clear answers to the challenges your child with learning disabilities or attention issues may face at home, in school, and with friends.

Rockland Community Throws 'No More Chemo' Party for Local Young Girl
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 15, 2014

Art Adventure and several other businesses in Rockland County, NY, threw a free party for 3-year-old Gabi Olivo to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments.

Foster Kids Star in Heart Gallery Photo Exhibit at Broadway Mall in Hicksville
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 27, 2014

Kids in foster care who are seeking "forever families" are the subjects in a new photo exhibit at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, NY. The exhibit is organized by Heart Gallery and is the first of its kind on Long Island.

Meet the New, Older Dora the Explorer
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 28, 2014

Valerie Walsh Valdes, the NYC co-creator of Dora the Explorer discusses her inspiration for creating an older Dora and the new show "Dora and Friends: Into the City", plus Fatima Ptacek, a Queens kid who voices Dora, gives us the inside scoop on the older character.

Pro Tips for Kids Auditioning for Broadway Roles
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 25, 2014

For kids who want to audition for professional acting roles on Broadway or even in TV or film, we've got the best advice from pro casting directors on how to stand out from the crowd and make the most of each audition and callback.

10 Tips to Help Kids Ace Theater Auditions
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 25, 2014

Is your child trying out for a school play or community theater show? Get tips from casting directors on how to help your kid ace the audition, including how to prepare the right song and monologue, calm nerves and stage fright, and deal with disappointment if your child doesn't get the role.

Artwork by Individuals with Disabilities on Permanent Display in Woodbury
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 16, 2014

The artwork of 21 individuals with disabilities is now on permanent display at an RXR Realty property in Woodbury, Long Island. RXR Realty commissioned the work by individuals affiliated with Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.

Q&A with Tina Traster, Mother of an Adopted Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 18, 2014

Tina Traster, author and mother to a Russian-adopted daughter with Reactive Attachment Disorder, talks about her "aha moment," warning signs of RAD, how she has treated her daughter's RAD, and what she hopes readers take away from her book on the subject, "Rescuing Julia Twice."

Top 20 Spring Activities in Rockland County
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 13, 2014

Enjoy the spring season in Rockland County with our top 20 best spring activities in Rockland County, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, and Haverstraw. Find fun, local things to do in Rockland this spring, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to town, and a local zoo's annual Sheep Shearing event.

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 30, 2014

Summer is the time for some good, clean fun with your family. From cheering on the home team to competing alongside your kids, all our ideas for getting into the game are surefire winners.

Recipes and Creative Ideas for Summer Picnics, BBQs, and Parties
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 29, 2014

One of the best things about summer is eating outside, whether it's at a picnic, BBQ, street festival, or even a restaurant. Here are more than a dozen creative and fun ways to eat outside this season, including tons of summer-inspired recipes.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 18, 2014

Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose.

Flushing Town Hall Reopens After Renovation for Spring 2014 Season
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 18, 2014

Flushing Town Hall reopened March 14 after a five-month renovation. With a fresh look, the theater kicked off its spring 2014 season, which will include many family-friendly performances and festivals.

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 17, 2014

If your child has a disability and is about to turn 18, you should know about options such as a Health Care Proxy and the more involved legal guardianship, both of which allow you to stay involved in your child's medical care once he reaches adulthood.

What to Watch at the 2014 NY International Children's Film Festival
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 27, 2014

Check out the highlights of this year's New York International Children's Film Festival in Manhattan, including when and where to get a sneak peek of "Muppets Most Wanted" and "Rio 2," meet the stars of Broadway's "Annie," and go behind the scenes of "Coraline."

The Greenburgh Nature Center: Where Every Season Is Special
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 28, 2014

The Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, NY is a 33-acre nature preserve that serves as both a wildlife refuge and environmental educational center. The center holds fun family activities during each season of the year, from maple sugaring in early spring to a holiday train show in December.

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 02, 2014

Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Peter Facinelli and Aflac Honor Leaders in Fight Against Childhood Cancer
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 18, 2013

Actor Peter Facinelli presented the 2013 Aflac Duckprints Awards to three individuals on Long Island who are making a difference in the fight against childhood cancer at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

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