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October 2013 Birthday Party Issue
FeatureNew Traditions to Celebrate Your Child's BirthdayMeg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions, shares birthday traditions to start with your children this year, including the many ways to decorate with balloons, celebrating half birthdays, and a thoughtful party favor.
BONUS: "Cupcaking": How to Host a Cupcake-Decorating Party
BONUS: NYMetroParents' Birthday Party DirectoryFeatureBeware BPA: The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Everyday ProductsBisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a harmful chemical lurking in many products we use everyday, including plastics, canned food, and even cash register receipts. Learn what it is, how it can harm your health, and how to lower your family's exposure to BPA.
BONUS: Which Plastics Contain BPA?FeatureOpen Your Door to a New World: Host a Foreign Exchange StudentMore and younger families are deciding to host students. Here's why, plus the benefits of hosting a student and the deciding factors to consider.
BONUS: Fast Facts About Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student
Fun & ActivitiesFamily OutingInto the Wild: The Many Reasons to Visit the Bronx ZooThe Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is New York City's largest zoo, and there's no shortage of animals to see or things to do there. Here, we break down what the zoo has to offer and how to plan an outing there with your family.Where-To GuideGo Pumpkin Picking in New YorkPumpkin picking is a perfect fall activity for families in the New York City area. Here you'll find our comprehensive list of pick-your-own pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches throughout the area, including NYC, Southeast New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.Stuff We LikeRole PlayingWho needs Halloween to get dressed up? These products inspire role-playing and imaginative play all year long.
BONUS: Search our comprehensive calendar for fun and low-cost family activities in the NYC area Advice & Connections
Q-and-AMath + Girls + TV = Empowering Entertainment Hayley Faith Negrin, a Fairfield County middle-schooler, voices "Peg + Cat," a new PBS preschool series with a mission to make math fun for everyone.
FeatureBreak Out of a Breakfast Rut A registered dietician spotlights the most important meal of the day and offers tips (and recipes!) for overcoming the top three reasons kids give to skip breakfast.
BONUS: 4 Quick and Balanced Breakfasts for Kids
QuotablesThe Best of the Rest of the WebA selection of thought-provoking quotes from the web and the world of parenting: Tumultuous Threes, Inspiring Teachers, and the Importance of Manners. VoicesThe Accidental Stay-at-Home MomWhen Adina Kay-Gross welcomed twin daughters, her professional life takes a backseat. Her twins’ first birthday sparks reflections of the woman she was pre-babies—and who she happens to be now.Special NeedsThe Importance of Reading for Children with Down SyndromeApart from an improved aptitude for learning, literacy helps children with Down syndrome by building self-esteem and confidence to interact socially.
Bonus: Fast Flash Cards Help Teach Reading to Kids with Down SyndromeRaising Our KidsMaybe Just a TreatHalloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats.
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