Your Child’s Halloween Costume Choice Can Help Reveal Their True Self

Your Child’s Halloween Costume Choice Can Help Reveal Their True Self

Halloween can be so much more than spooky decorations and gorging on candy. Children’s Arts Guild is encouraging parents to take this time of year to help their kids explore their inner identities and true selves through their Halloween costume cho...

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Smithtown Orthodontist Launches Community-Wide Free Braces Giveaway

Smithtown Orthodontist Launches Community-Wide Free Braces Giveaway

Ah, braces. Though a sort of rite of passage for tweens and teens, the cost of orthodontia is something parents aren't prepared for. And for some, the dental work is financially out of reach. Luckily, Dr. Craig Smith, a Smithtown orthodontist and o...

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Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs in Brooklyn

Back-to-School Services, Resources, & Programs in Brooklyn

UPDATED October 2018: School is quickly approaching, and you still have things to do before your child goes back to school. Prepare for back-to-school season in Brooklyn with a wide range of programs, services, and schools for kids, including after...

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6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

As your children grow older and progress through the teenage years, there are certain milestones she will meet that aren't physical. These changes your teen is going through are signs he's growing up and becoming his own person. Here's how you can ...

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The Pros and Cons of Posting Pictures of Your Baby on Social Media

The Pros and Cons of Posting Pictures of Your Baby on Social Media

We all have moments we want to showcase on Instagram and Facebook—the one's that are posed, edited, and "perfect" for social. Sometimes we do it for the likes, and sometimes we post just to let our followers know what we're up to. But, when it come...

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5 Ways to Update Your Toddler Proofing Measures

5 Ways to Update Your Toddler Proofing Measures

When your little one starts walking and begins exploring in greater depth, you may start to wonder what the next step is for child proofing your living space. It’s a good question to ask yourself: “As you prepare your home for the toddler stage, ev...

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Westchester Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Westchester Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Last week, more than 100 high school students from a number of Westchester schools were chosen as semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are part of a pool of 16,000 semifinalists throughout the country. F...

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Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues Reboot Has a New Name and a New Host

Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues Reboot Has a New Name and a New Host

It’s official: Blue’s Clues is returning to Nickelodeon to delight a whole new generation of viewers. The original series will return as Blue’s Clues and You, and will be hosted by Broadway actor Joshua Dela Cruz.

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Nickelodeon to Celebrate 15th Annual Worldwide Day of Play

Nickelodeon to Celebrate 15th Annual Worldwide Day of Play

Go to any park, restaurant, or public space, and you’re all but guaranteed to see a child with their head buried in a smartphone or tablet. It’s a familiar scene, and one that’s inevitable in today’s technology-driven world. But Nickelodeon wants t...

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5 Reasons to be Glad Summer is Over

5 Reasons to be Glad Summer is Over

Your entire social media feed may be one long tribute to those sunny, blissful summer days, but some of us just aren't here for that. Yes, summer was great—but guess what? Mama is exhausted! Even when the days are long, finding enough hours to work...

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5 Ways to Survive Your Child Going off to College

5 Ways to Survive Your Child Going off to College

So it's time to send your child off to college. You've done all the research, from finding scholarships online to investing in a 529 college savings plan. Your little one (or maybe not-so-little one) has been preparing for this day for many grades ...

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Back to School Success Strategies for Parents

Back to School Success Strategies for Parents

It's back-to-school season and we all know what that means, plenty of stress, school supply shopping, and the struggle of trying to find the right after-school activity for your kids. But while you're feeling frazzled, are you thinking about how yo...

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How to Encourage Early Literacy Skills in Your Child

How to Encourage Early Literacy Skills in Your Child

With commercial reading programs that aim to teach infants how to read, it's important to remember that family and parent-child interaction is always a viable option for teaching your little one early literacy skills at home. From reading to your b...

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How to Help Your Child Build Better Homework Skills

How to Help Your Child Build Better Homework Skills

Now that your kids are all settled into their back-to-school routine, it's time to assess what is (or isn't) working when it comes to homework habits, because no matter what their learning style, they're going to have plenty of take-home assignment...

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Get Your Kids Ready For Back-to-School and Other Quotables

Get Your Kids Ready For Back-to-School and Other Quotables

It's back-to-school season! You know what that means- fall is coming, the weather's cooling down finally, and getting your reluctant kids out of bed for another 10 months of schooling. We asked some New York area parents how they get their kids rea...

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How to Help Your Teen Through a Friendship Breakup

How to Help Your Teen Through a Friendship Breakup

As our children become teenagers and their interests and hobbies change, so too do their friendships. But when the end of a friendship is a shock to one teen—whether from a sudden falling out to a general growing apart—it can be devastating. Expert...

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The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

The Social and Developmental Benefits of Mommy-and-Me Classes

Attending a mommy-and-me class with your baby does more than get you out of the house to socialize with other parents of infants. These baby-parent classes, whether they're parent-child music, art, yoga, or baby sign language classes, have numerous...

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Improving the Parent-Nanny Relationship

Improving the Parent-Nanny Relationship

If you follow any of the ever-popular parenting boards or groups on social media sites, you’ve likely encountered more than one mother venting about her nanny. There seems to be a rise in the ideology that nannies must inherently be all-knowing, ps...

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I Didn't Adopt My Foster Daughter, And That's Okay

I Didn't Adopt My Foster Daughter, And That's Okay

Our story didn't end in adoption, but it still had a very happy ending.

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10 Ways to Raise Kids with Character

10 Ways to Raise Kids with Character

As a parent, you always want to raise your kids to be the best possible version of themselves they can be. You probably want to raise a kid with manners, a kind heart, and a knack for making good decisions. Regardless of your individual parenting p...

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How to Determine Your Child's Learning Style and Help Her Thrive in School

How to Determine Your Child's Learning Style and Help Her Thrive in School

There are eight different learning styles (how people process and retain information), each with different preferred methods of learning new information. Here's how to determine which learning style your child prefers—and how to support her in scho...

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Cover Contest Finalists' Reactions and Other Quotables

Cover Contest Finalists' Reactions and Other Quotables

The photo shoot for our cover contest was held last month at Big Apple Portraits on the Upper West Side, and we asked the nine finalists how they felt when they found out they were chosen. We also feature quotes from our go-to blogs and sites, incl...

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How Reluctantly Raising My Son in Two Homes Turned Out to Be a Blessing in Disguise

How Reluctantly Raising My Son in Two Homes Turned Out to Be a Blessing in Disguise

Popular children's musician Suzi Shelton recalls the decision to raise her son, Sebastian, in two homes when she and Sebastian's father split. The result? A modern blended family, with four parents, four children, two homes, and lots of love.

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5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

Does your son love to sell lemonade on the corner of your street? Is your daughter always making duct-tape wallets and decorating her own jeans? If your child demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, you should encourage him to pursue that. Here are...

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The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

Talking to your baby can be fun, but it’s not all fun and games. Everything you say to an infant (and even a toddler) influences the way and the speed at which he learns to speak. Narrating what you do every day, singing, reading, speaking in “baby...

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Rewards Programs to Save Parents a Few Bucks This Summer

Rewards Programs to Save Parents a Few Bucks This Summer

Being a parent is expensive, to say the least. Naturally, you want your children to have everything they need (and then some), but that can be tough when you're on a budget. The expenses keep racking up, so how do you make sure your child has the ...

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10 Checklists to Make Manhattan Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Manhattan Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Manhattan paren...

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10 Checklists to Make Queens Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Queens Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Queens parents ...

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10 Checklists to Make Suffolk Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Suffolk Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Suffolk parents...

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10 Checklists to Make Brooklyn Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Brooklyn Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Brooklyn parent...

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10 Checklists to Make Nassau Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Nassau Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Nassau parents ...

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10 Checklists to Make Westchester Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Westchester Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Westchester par...

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10 Checklists to Make Rockland Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Rockland Parents’ Lives Easier

We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Rockland Parent...

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How to Connect With Your Child With and Without Technology

How to Connect With Your Child With and Without Technology

In the age of the iPhone it can be difficult to connect with your children on a personal level. How can you spend time together outside of the menial everyday tasks while still encouraging creativity? What’s the best way to encourage her budding in...

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How to Make Going Back to School Easier on the Whole Family

How to Make Going Back to School Easier on the Whole Family

Before you know it, your child will be headed to school again. Will those first weeks back in class be a calm or hectic time for your family? Some easy back-to-school tips can make all the difference. Preparing for a new school year is pretty simpl...

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The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

There are lots of quality summer programs for children these days. This abundance of kids’ summer classes and activities is a good thing! When children have long hours of undirected time, as they often do when school is out, “they are actually much...

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8 Parenting Podcasts to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Raising a Child

8 Parenting Podcasts to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Raising a Child

Parenting podcasts are a great resource for busy moms and dads. Listen to a parenting podcast, and you can absorb valuable advice without having to take your eyes off the kids, the road, or your computer at work. (Podcasts about raising kids also p...

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4 Ways to Raise More Curious Kids

4 Ways to Raise More Curious Kids

There’s nothing like watching your child grow and explore the world around them. But it turns out it’s not just fun to watch kids learn—according to research by Wakefield Research in conjunction with the Baby Einstein brand, nine out of 10 parents ...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Traveling With Your Pet

5 Things You Need to Know About Traveling With Your Pet

If you’ll be enjoying a getaway this summer, make sure to include everyone’s favorite family member…your pet! As overwhelming as traveling with a cat or dog may seem, it’s totally doable if you take a few simple steps to prepare. Jeff Weber, D.V.M....

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How I Became a More Mindful Parent When My Daughter Flushed My Phone

How I Became a More Mindful Parent When My Daughter Flushed My Phone

My then 14-month-old daughter flushed my phone, but managed to give me a newfound freedom.

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5 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

5 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Keeping kids protected while they’re on the web is challenging. Here Titania Jordan, chief parent officer of bark.us, an award winning app that monitors kids’ activities online and alerts parents of potential dangers, shares five ways parents can h...

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How Parents Are Teaching Kindness and Other Quotables

How Parents Are Teaching Kindness and Other Quotables

As Ellen DeGeneres says at the end of her show, "Be kind to one another." But how can we ensure our kids learn this mantra and exhibit it on a daily basis? Local parents share how they're teaching their kids kindness. Plus, a one blogger shares how...

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Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Why Does My Toddler Do Weird Things?

Running around naked, being super particular, watching the same movie over, and over, and over again. These weird toddler behaviors can get old fast, but they're totally normal in early childhood development. Experts share why.

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How to Have a Strong Marriage when Raising a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

How to Have a Strong Marriage when Raising a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Maintaining a strong, healthy, happy marriage when raising kids can be a challenge. But maintaining that happy marriage while raising a child with autism spectrum disorder can be even more challenging. Experts share five tips for maintaining that s...

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5 Common Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder You Should Ignore

5 Common Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder You Should Ignore

While the awareness of autism spectrum disorder has grown due to social media, increased research, Autism Awareness Month, and more, there are still many misconceptions about ASD, from its causes to the characteristics and abilities of those on the...

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Interview With Kyle Richards on Raising Teens and the Pressures of Social Media

Interview With Kyle Richards on Raising Teens and the Pressures of Social Media

When it comes to raising teens, it seems is if the job is harder than ever these days. Social media plays a huge role in teens' lives and that's not always a good thing. From cyberbullying to pressures to look a certain way, being a teenager in the...

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How Sharing My Interest in the Arts Helped Me Become a Better Parent

How Sharing My Interest in the Arts Helped Me Become a Better Parent

When we find ways to share our passions, hobbies, loves, and interests with our children, we bond in ways we could never imagine, help expand our children’s minds, and become more communicative, responsive parents as a result.

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THIS Is How Much You'll Likely Spend Raising Your Child

THIS Is How Much You'll Likely Spend Raising Your Child

Have you ever wondered how much it costs to raise a child today in America? $233,610—excluding the cost of college for a middle-income family for a child born in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, with the constant chan...

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Coming Soon: A Safer Cell Phone for Kids

Coming Soon: A Safer Cell Phone for Kids

This cellphone looks cool, but only calls and texts, making it a hit with kids and their social-media-wary parents.

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How to Transition Your Breastfed Baby to a Bottle

How to Transition Your Breastfed Baby to a Bottle

Some moms feel guilt when introducing a bottle because it’s a huge change for baby, while some moms worry about nipple confusion (also known as nipple preference). And some moms are overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice on what bottle...

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