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In the Magazine: October 2017

In the Magazine: October 2017

Take a peek inside our October 2017 issue!

Check out our October 2017 issue, which includes the hottest birthday trends of 2017, how to teach kids emotional intelligence and financial literacy, and where to pick your own pumpkins and other fun Halloween activities for kids. Plus read an interview with Laurie Gelman, author of Class Mom; learn how to make allergy-free baked goods; and uncover what to explore on Randall's Island.

Feature Articles

The Hottest Birthday Party Trends of 2017

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This year brought new movies, toys, and fun ideas for your child’s birthday party.

How to Help Your Child Build Emotional Intelligence Skills

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High emotional intelligence translates to success across the board—in children academically and in adults professionally.

The Payoff of Teaching Kids Financial Literacy

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Experts discuss how parents can establish skills from a young age to ensure kids will know how to handle their money.

A Look at New York Area Infant Mortality Rates

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Though local infant mortality rates are lower than the national average, more babies die in their first year than most of us expect. Here's how parents can reduce the risk.

Conquering Bake Sales: Baking Allergen-Free Treats

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Tips for baking treats that are eight main allergen-free, plus three recipes

Fun and Activities

Family Activities Calendar

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Find tons of fun things to do in your area in October by searching our comprehensive calendar of kid and family events.

How to Make a Cardboard Ring Toss

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Step-by-step directions to make a cardboard ring toss for your child's next birthday party

10 Apps That Teach Kids 21st-Century Skills

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These apps will help kids learn skills not necessarily taught at school.

Spend the Day at Randall's Island

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Hit a hole-in-one, explore an urban farm, check out bee hotels, and more between the boroughs.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT

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Check out our comprehensive list of pick-your-own pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches throughout the area.

Halloween for Kids: Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Activities in the NYC Area

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Whether you’re looking for something spooky or just outdoor fall fun this Halloween season, these haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin blazes, and autumn activities in the New York area are sure to make this Halloween one to remember.


Welcome to the NEW!

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Tour our redesigned site, which is focused on one goal: Helping you make better decisions for your family.


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We've browsed the Internet, read the books, and checked our Twitter and Instagram feeds for the best quotes, tweets, and images from parents about raising kids.

Interview with Laurie Gelman, Author of Class Mom

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Laurie Gelman talks about her novel Class Mom and how she got fired from her class mom position after five years.

Stop With the Trophies Already!

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With a new school year beginning, one mom offers a plea for kids to be awarded trophies only when they’ve accomplished something that deserves the recognition.

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