August 2014 Table of Contents


The NYMetroParents August 2014 issue includes feature articles on how to help your child choose the right after-school activities, encouraging pleasure reading in kids, how to throw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party, and more. You'll also find our full guide to after-school activities for kids in the NYC area. 

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August 2014

After-School Activities Issue

By PhotoOp NYC



girls playing basketball 

Extracurriculars without Extra Stress

How to help your kids choose after-school activities that work for them.

child reading under the covers 

Pleasure Reading

Once school's in session, it may be hard for your child to find time to read books of his or her own choosing. We've got strategies for helping kids keep up their self-selected reading habit year-round.

dora and friends into the city

Dora, the Next Generation

Learn why NYC co-creator of Dora the Explorer decided to create an older Dora, and get the inside scoop from the Queens kid who brings Dora to life.

turtle cookies

Turtle Power!

Tips and recipes to throw an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed birthday party (just in time for the new movie's release on Aug. 8!)

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Let Them Fall

Our expert shares why you shouldn't protect your child from every scrape, bump, and bruise.



kids painting Our annual guide to after-school programs in the New York City area is your go-to resource no matter what activity your child is interested in. Here, you'll find a wide variety of after-school activities in your area, including tutoring and academic enrichment programs, fitness facilities and sports programs from gymnastics to tae kwon do, dance studios, music classes, art classes, and even daycare and childcare services for your littlest ones.



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Family Outing: Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Find out why the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT, is well worth a visit.

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Where-To Guide: Berry Picking

A guide to orchards and farms in NY, NJ, and CT where you can pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and more, straight from the bush.

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Family Activities Calendar

See what's happening in your neighborhood this month, from free outdoor movies and concerts to family shows, summer festivals, and much more.

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Stuff We Like: Letter Perfect

The ABCs are more than just letters. NYMetroParents editorial director Dawn M. Roode shares products that show how the ABCs can be used to communicate, stylize, and entertain!





jerry mahoney and daughter sutton 

Voices: Exceptional, Defined

‘Not typical,’ sure…but also, ‘outstanding.’ As this Westchester father battles his ‘gay dad guilt,’ his daughter unwittingly reminds him that he may just need a shift in perspective.

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Quotables: Twitter Edition

A selection of funny and thoughtful tweets about kids using (or not) clothes hampers, outside voices, and Google.

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Special Needs: Managing Emotions After Your Child's Diagnosis

From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis.


Ask the Expert: Is Home-Schooling Right for My Child?

An expert weighs in on choosing the right curriculum for your child, homeschooling more than one child in your home, teacher-supported distance learning, and more.

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Q&A with Dave Ramsey: How to Raise Money-Smart Kids

In a world of consumerism and instant gratification, it can be hard for parents to live debt-free, much less teach children to be fiscally responsible. In their new book Smart Money Smart Kids, father-daughter duo Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze advocate being open about family finances as a way to teach children financial literacy.