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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.


Jewish Children's Museum Unveils New Exhibit: A Voyage Through Jewish History
by Kaitlin Ahern - May 18, 2012

Brooklyn's Jewish Children's Museum opened its new-and-improved fourth floor, which now houses a fun and interactive exhibit that takes kids on a journey through Jewish history and culture.


A Lasting Legacy: How Organ Donation Affects Your Family
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 23, 2012

The need for organ donors is great, especially in New York state. But many people have reservations about registering or simply don't want to think about it. Here, read real local stories and get the facts on donation so you can make an informed decision.


A New Children's Book with a Secret Ingredient: Love
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 27, 2012

"Grandma's Chocolate Cake," a new picture book for kids written by NYC teacher Kimberly Wallace, uses a sweet treat to teach young readers about the importance of family traditions.


Talking Politics with Your Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 23, 2012

Talking about politics with your kids may not come naturally, but as parents we're responsible for raising the next generation of voters. Here's how to encourage your kids to form their own political views, respect others' opinions, and -- most importantly -- vote.


Youth for Hospice Awarded on Philanthropy Day
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 21, 2012

United Hospice of Rockland's Youth for Hospice members were recognized among other local do-gooders at Rockland County's annual Philanthropy Day awards ceremony.


Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Receives $2,500 Grant
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 21, 2012

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester received a grant from The Verizon Foundation that will help the organization expand its technology programs and increase computer access for its young members.


Westchester Children's Museum Receives $10,000 Grant
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 21, 2012

The Westchester Children's Museum received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support its Museum Without Walls, which provides math and science programs to middle- and low-income children in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.


Splendiferous Story Hours in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 29, 2012

In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday this March, we've compiled a list of some splendiferous (and mostly free!) story time events happening across Manhattan. Bring your child to one of these events to introduce her to a fun new book and help instill a love of reading early on.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Manhattan this March
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 29, 2012

Looking for fun and affordable things to do with your kids in Manhattan this March? Click through for our roundup of the best local family events of the month, including the NYC kids' film festival, two new family-friendly Broadway shows, the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, a colorful new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and more.


Star Wars Sleepover Helps Community
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 24, 2012

A Star Wars-themed sleepover at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square celebrated the release of "Star Wars Episode I in 3-D" and raised funds for a nonprofit organization that benefits local families.


Spotted in the Saddle
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 24, 2012

Teen actor RJ Mitte of "Breaking Bad" fame visited New York City to mentor budding actors, speak out against bullying, and support therapeutic horseback riding.



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