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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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Family Outing: The New York Botanical Garden
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 26, 2012

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a fun destination for families, with regular nature programs in the Children's Garden and Family Garden plus a variety of annual events like the Orchid Show and the famous Holiday Train Show.

St. Mary’s Hospital Unveils Kid-Friendly Care Rooms
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2012

St. Marys Hospital for Children in Queens celebrated its Patient Pavilion grand opening on Sept. 27, which features new kid-friendly patient care rooms.

Heeling Autism
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 22, 2012

Five families in the New York area, including Westchester County, receive autism service dogs through the Guiding Eyes' Heeling Autism program.

A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 11, 2012

A Long Island mom and author of a 10-year-old boy who has autism shares tips on how to help classmates, typical siblings, family, and friends understand autism, and how to stay positive in the process.

5 Tips for Getting Great Photos of Kids with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 04, 2012

A professional photographer who has a son on the autism spectrum and specializes in photographing kids offers parents five tips on how to capture great photos of their own children.

NYC Teen Receives Award for Creating Campaign to Inspire Teens
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 03, 2012

An NYC teen who created the film "The Second Day," which features interviews with people who raced from Ground Zero on 9/11 to safety, is awarded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his "Show Your Strength Campaign" aimed at teens.

Family Outing: Old Westbury Gardens
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 27, 2012

Old Westbury Gardens is a National Historic Site on Long Island known for its family-friendly outdoor activities and gorgeous gardens and grounds.

DVD Review: Tinker Bell in 'Secret of the Wings'
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 25, 2012

"Secret of the Wings," Tinker Bell's first 3D adventure in the Disney Fairies series, takes her to the far reaches of Pixie Hollow, where she flies with new friends and uncovers a secret that changes her world.

A Literary Hero in Fairfield
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 21, 2012

A Wilton mom steps in to preserve the words of other thinking mothers by buying "Brain, Child" magazine, a literary publication that bills itself as "the magazine for thinking mothers."

Westchester Teen Helps Light the Way
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 17, 2012

A teen from Westchester, NY is recognized for his work of bringing clean light to kids across the world and earns the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

Meet Kevin Del Aguila: Broadway Star and NYC Dad
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 27, 2012

Acclaimed actor, writer, and director Kevin Del Aguila talks about his alternating roles as Broadway star (in the Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Manhattan dad.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 23, 2012

Local pediatrician and obesity specialist Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains how parents can set healthy limits on foods for their kids and when to seek help for your child's diet.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 23, 2012

If your child isn't the athletic type, it's important to keep him moving by finding activities he enjoys. Here, local pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff offers tips on making physical activity more fun for kids who aren't natural athletes.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 22, 2012

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a local pediatrician and expert on childhood obesity, provides tips on increasing our kids' play and exercise time outside of school so they get at least an hour of active time each day.

Being a Mentor is a Big Commitment, So Why Do It?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 21, 2012

With a full daily schedule, signing up to be a mentor is a big commitment and extra responsibility. Why do it? Local mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and Girls Write Now share why the commitment is worth it.

The Mentor Effect: Helping At-Risk and Underprivileged Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 21, 2012

It isn't necessary to be superhuman to be a great mentor to an at-risk or underprivileged youth. What makes mentors extraordinary is the commitment he or she makes to changing a child's life for the better. Mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Boys & Girls Club in Northern Westchester, and Girls Write Now share their experiences.

Five Ways You Can Be A Good Mentor for a Child
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 21, 2012

Whether you're mentoring through an organization or on your own, you don't need to be extraordinary in any way. Here are five tips to help you be a good mentor.

Rain with a Chance of Fish and Spiders
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 18, 2012

The Emmy Award-winning weatherman for WABC, Channel 7 in New York City, Bill Evans, publishes a children's book of fun facts, stories, and explanations about the weather called "It's Raining Fish and Spiders."

Military Families Get Free Admission to Blue Star Museums this Summer
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 18, 2012

Active duty military and their family members can enjoy free admission to 70 museums, cultural centers, and historical sites in the NYC area this summer through the Blue Star Museums program.

Queens Student Represents US at Mathitiada
by Kaitlin Ahern - July 03, 2012

A student from St. Demetrios Jamaica Day School in Queens represented the United States in the 2012 Mathitiada in Greece, the annual athletic games that celebrate Greek culture.

Chef Secrets: How to Get Kids to Love Healthy Food
by Kaitlin Ahern - June 28, 2012

A Manhattan mom who owns two restaurants in the city shares tips on dining out with kids, tricks for making vegetables edible, and the recipe for one family-favorite seasonal soup.

The Pajama Program Honors 4 Individuals at Annual Awards
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 29, 2012

Four individuals were honored at the 10th annual Pajama Program Awards for their commitment to children's literacy. The Pajama Program has provided more than 1 million new pajamas and books to children in need nationwide.

Annual Auction Raises $376,000 to Benefit City Harvest
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 29, 2012

City Harvest, an organization that delivers food to hungry New Yorkers, hosted its annual auction and awards ceremony on April 24. Danny Meyer and the chefs from the Union Square Hospitality Group were honored for their efforts to fight hunger.

Pirate Tale Teaches Kids Responsible Decision Making
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 29, 2012

Carole Roman of Syosset, NY recently released a children's book that takes young readers on a pirate adventure while teaching responsibility and good decision-making.

Stamford Garden Club Awards Local Educator
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 21, 2012

The Stamford Garden Club recognized the founder of the G.I.V.E. Program as a local leader in environmental education.

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