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

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

UPDATED January 2019: 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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What are Social-Emotional Skills and Why Are They Important for Children’s Development

What are Social-Emotional Skills and Why Are They Important for Children’s Development

As parents and caregivers, we tirelessly seek ways to ensure that our children are happy, healthy, and successful. Some parents place a strong emphasis on academic achievement, while others focus significantly on extracurricular activities such as ...

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5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

5 Reasons It's Okay to Indulge in 'Lazy Parenting'

Sometimes parenting can feel overwhelming, so one parent is here to say it’s okay to be a “lazy parent”. James Breakwell, author of “Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not-Quite Ruining Your Child,” shares five things you can do to slow ...

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My Son Is My Best Reason Yet to Learn to Limit My OCD Behaviors

My Son Is My Best Reason Yet to Learn to Limit My OCD Behaviors

Obsessive compulsive disorder may have a genetic link (research indicates it runs in families), but it may also be tied to environmental factors. That's why one local dad is learning to limit his OCD behaviors. Read on for his story.

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How to Prepare Your Child to Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

How to Prepare Your Child to Become a Big Brother or Big Sister

If you're expecting your second or third child, you may be wondering how to prepare your older kids for the new baby. We spoke to experts and parents who have been there to get advice for preparing your child to become a big brother or big sister.

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What Your Teen Still Needs From You Even Though She Seems Grown-Up

What Your Teen Still Needs From You Even Though She Seems Grown-Up

If you have a teen, you probably look at him—on those rare moments when he isn’t holed up in his room or out somewhere with his friends, that is—and wonder: “How’d you get so big?” And the bigger your child gets, the smaller the list of things he r...

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New Study Shows Emotional Suppression has Negative Outcomes on Children

New Study Shows Emotional Suppression has Negative Outcomes on Children

Various studies show that kids are good at picking up "emotional residue" from their parents, according to Sara Waters, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of human development at Washington State University. Because kids are good at picki...

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Glittery Crafts for the Holiday Season

Glittery Crafts for the Holiday Season

Add a little sparkle to your holiday season with these crafty gift ideas, perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just because! Create a cozy mug with some added flair to enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa, an abstract art canvas to unleash your in...

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Learn a New Language (Or Two) at Pusteblume International Preschool near Union Square

Learn a New Language (Or Two) at Pusteblume International Preschool near Union Square

Pusteblume (its name signifies a white, fuzzy dandelion) is the first and only licensed preschool in the city to offer German and Spanish language immersion. Its distinctive curriculum, which includes activity-based after-school immersion classes f...

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How to Raise Teens Who Are World-Aware Global Citizens

How to Raise Teens Who Are World-Aware Global Citizens

In the current climate, it's important for everyone to be global citizens who are aware of what's happening around the world. From politics to social issues, more and more young adults are "woke" teens who are leading movements and getting involved...

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The Pros and Cons of Elf on the Shelf

The Pros and Cons of Elf on the Shelf

Happy holidays! Many of you who celebrate Christmas have already unpacked your Elf on the Shelf and begun plotting the hijinks your little guy will get into for the ’gram. But is Elf on the Shelf really for everyone? While he’s loved by many, there...

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5 Ways to Involve Your Nanny in Holiday Celebrations

5 Ways to Involve Your Nanny in Holiday Celebrations

Holidays are an important time for your family and your nanny, but taking the time to think ahead, discuss, and plan properly will help ensure your nanny feels appreciated and knows your expectations during the holiday season. Gifts are an importan...

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My Family Saved Someone's Life

My Family Saved Someone's Life

When a local family left a movie theater in Poughkeepsie, they came across a man, passed out in his BMW in the parking lot. Rather than passing him by, the family stopped to help—and ended up saving the man's life. Read on to find out what happened.

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First Words Project Launches Free Online Resources for Parents of Young Children

First Words Project Launches Free Online Resources for Parents of Young Children

Raising a young child is an exciting, and stressful, time for parents. From toddler-proofing your home to deciding if mommy-and-me classes are right for you, there’s no shortage of things to worry about. Luckily, First Words Project, a non-profit f...

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How Understanding Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Her Self-Esteem in the Digital Age

How Understanding Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Her Self-Esteem in the Digital Age

While there are a variety of positive effects of children using technology in their day-to-day lives, there is a negative side effect many parents may not think of: Technology can cause a lack of self-esteem in kids. Here are three easy things pare...

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Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

The Gillen Brewer School, an independent school that focuses on special needs education helps its students grow through individualized attention, remarkably low student to staff ratios, and a strong relationship with the families it serves. With st...

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5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

November is a time when we all tend to think about gratitude; your family is likely familiar with the ‘what are you thankful for’ exercise at the Thanksgiving dinner table. But it is vital to instill the importance of gratitude in your children yea...

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5 Ways to Get Tweens and Teens Politically Active

5 Ways to Get Tweens and Teens Politically Active

With the current political environment, it’s more important than ever to make sure your tweens and teens understand what’s going on nationally and globally—and that their voice matters in elections. Whether you take your children to marches or prot...

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DMV Pilots New App to Cut Down on Underage Drinking

DMV Pilots New App to Cut Down on Underage Drinking

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is the first in the nation to test new technology to reduce instances of underage drinking in the state of New York, according to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The DMV will is "using state-of-...

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Why I'm Not Urging My Quiet Child to Speak Up

Why I'm Not Urging My Quiet Child to Speak Up

When you’re raising a quiet child, you may often hear questions and comments from other adults in your child’s life about how it’s just a phase or they’d like to get to know your child more if she’d just speak up. What they (and you) might not real...

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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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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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