Our Tragic Family Vacation Taught Me to Be More Grateful

Our Tragic Family Vacation Taught Me to Be More Grateful

Before our family trip to Kenya, I insisted on the vaccinations. Typhoid, hepatitis A, MMR, polio. I even drove the kids upstate to a clinic because the yellow fever vaccine was in short supply. Their arms hurt for days. For malaria we had to take ...

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Meet the Long Island Mom Behind Boards and Bay

Meet the Long Island Mom Behind Boards and Bay

Meet Nicole Bergman, the stay-at-home mom of two toddlers behind the blog and Instagram Boards and Bay. She's one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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Raising My Twins on Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

Raising My Twins on Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

My twins were never in the same play group, class, or even grade. They were together only in the womb, the NICU and, later, our home. They were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Why couldn’t they meet somewhere in the middle? I often asked...

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The Challenges of Being a Mother with Hearing Loss

The Challenges of Being a Mother with Hearing Loss

“Is this the year we can finally get earbuds?” It’s a question my teenagers ask me every year on their birthday, but they already know the answer: No. And they know the reason why. I have an adult-onset genetic hearing loss passed down through my f...

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This NYC Mom's Hilarious Photos Celebrate the Chaos of Parenting

This NYC Mom's Hilarious Photos Celebrate the Chaos of Parenting

Meet Danielle Sapienza, the NYC mom of two behind the hilarious photos that celebrate the everyday chaos of parenting. She's one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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This Brooklyn Dad is the Straight Shooter of Parenthood

This Brooklyn Dad is the Straight Shooter of Parenthood

Meet Mike Julianelle, the straight shooter behind the wildly popular Dad and Buried blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He's one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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This Mom's Blog Helps People See the Ability in Disability

This Mom's Blog Helps People See the Ability in Disability

Meet Ellen Seidman, the mom of three behind the blog Love That Max, which is "a blog about kids with disabilities who kick butt." She is one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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How to Survive the Sweet 16: One Mom Shares All

How to Survive the Sweet 16: One Mom Shares All

We'll do (almost) anything to make our kids happy and show them they're special, including planning the epic blowout birthday bash that is the Sweet 16. Here's one mom's account of planning her daughter's Sweet 16—and how it compares to planning he...

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Meet the Manhattan Mom Behind Stroller in the City

Meet the Manhattan Mom Behind Stroller in the City

Meet Brianne Manz, the Manhattan mom behind Stroller in the City, a parenting blog site all about raising kids in Manhattan. She is one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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Meet The Westchester Mom from the Popular BabyGotChat

Meet The Westchester Mom from the Popular BabyGotChat

Meet Andrea Worthington, the Westchester mom behind BabyGotChat, a parenting blog full of tips and tricks for raising kids in Westchester County. Worthington is one of the parenting influencers we love in the New York metro area!

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What 'Savoring Each Moment' With Your Kids Really Means

What 'Savoring Each Moment' With Your Kids Really Means

They were everywhere when my kids were small: older women smiling at me in the grocery store or approaching me at the library, their expressions softening at the sight of my baby’s plump cheeks, my toddler’s irrepressible grin. Before they opened t...

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Barefoot in Yoga, and Better for It

Barefoot in Yoga, and Better for It

I like my Nikes. I like my kettlebell. I like my sweatband, child of the ’80s that I am. I especially like my medicine ball. I do cardio, weight training, and high intensity interval training. I also have six kids, so when I do have time to go to t...

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I Let My Son Watch Scary Movies—and We’re Both Happier

I Let My Son Watch Scary Movies—and We’re Both Happier

As with all things when it comes to parenting, choosing when to let your children watch scary movies is up to your discretion. Here's why one mom let's her tween son watch scary movies—and how it's good for both of them.

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Accepting My Son's Picky Eating, and Fear of Carrots

Accepting My Son's Picky Eating, and Fear of Carrots

We’ve all met this kid before. He only eats pasta with butter and plain oatmeal. Or Cheerios and French fries. Before I had children, it was impossible for me to imagine that I—a home cook, a frequent restaurant-goer, a lifetime subscriber to Gourm...

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Advocating for My Daughter with Special Needs

Advocating for My Daughter with Special Needs

I'll start at the beginning: I was born in Queens in 1965 and moved to West Hempstead about two years later. I met Paul while we both attended Queens College, but he repulsed me, in true romantic comedy fashion. Eventually we became best friends, b...

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Creating a Future for My Son with Special Needs

Creating a Future for My Son with Special Needs

When people ask what it’s like to have a child with special needs, my response is: It’s like dark chocolate, bittersweet. My beautiful, healthy 9-pound baby boy, Nicholas, was diagnosed with autism at age 3, and from that day forward a revolving do...

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How My Husband and I Keep the Spirit of My Father Alive with Our Kids

How My Husband and I Keep the Spirit of My Father Alive with Our Kids

Raising kids can be a challenge on any given day. It can be even more challenging when you’ve lost one of your own parents—from not having the built-in support system to your kids not knowing their grandparents. One local mom shares how she and her...

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One Simple Thing We Do Every Week to Connect with Our Teens

One Simple Thing We Do Every Week to Connect with Our Teens

After spending a year living on a sailboat, sailing around the world as a family, the Orton family was very close-knit. But once they returned, in the hustle and bustle of city life, they began to drift apart a little. Read on to learn how the Orto...

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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 Suck the Fun Out of the Holidays in 8 Easy Steps

How to Suck the Fun Out of the Holidays in 8 Easy Steps

From taking the perfect family photo for your holiday cards to decorating your house so it’s picture-perfect and scurrying around finding the must-haves on your children’s gift wish lists, it’s easy to suck the joy right out of the holiday season. ...

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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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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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My Dream Car Helped Me Get Back in Gear After the Post-Baby Blues

My Dream Car Helped Me Get Back in Gear After the Post-Baby Blues

One mom bought her dream car after having a baby—something some would say is "selfish"—as a way to regain her autonomy. When she told her friends about it, they all wondered about where her kids would sit and whether it was the best decision for he...

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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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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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The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

The Important Lesson My Daughter Taught Me After She Was Diagnosed with Scoliosis

A straight-up look at the surprising way a mom was changed by her daughter’s scoliosis.

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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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Pursuing a Music Career While Raising a Daughter in Brooklyn

Pursuing a Music Career While Raising a Daughter in Brooklyn

Mothers everywhere know the struggle of "having it all"—trying to achieve the perfect balance of pursuing a career while raising a family. One Brooklyn mom reveals how she was able to juggle her career as a freelance musician with parenthood—and it...

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Fear Not, Little One: How My Daughter Developing Fears Changed the Way I Parent

Fear Not, Little One: How My Daughter Developing Fears Changed the Way I Parent

I was afraid of many things as a child. But when my daughter turned 2 years old and, as all the parenting literature promised, started to develop some fears herself, I felt helpless and perplexed.

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Reflections of a (Not So) ‘Very Cool Dad’

Reflections of a (Not So) ‘Very Cool Dad’

After years of working at parenting magazines and websites, our former editorial director says goodbye to the beat.

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Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

The important life lessons I learned from my brother—and why I wouldn’t change a thing.

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The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

Accustomed to doing so much for her son, who has cerebral palsy, a mom realizes he’s old enough to start making some of his own decisions.

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Stop With the Trophies Already!

Stop With the Trophies Already!

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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A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

A Family Outing, a Kind Artist, and a Story That Will Melt Your Heart

It was her kids' only chance to see an exhibit they were dying to see--so the artist gave them a private tour even though the museum was closed.

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I Took a 14-Year-Old YouTube Addict to Niagara Falls

I Took a 14-Year-Old YouTube Addict to Niagara Falls

Seven surprises from a rare but successful mother-daughter weekend trip to the iconic Niagara Falls.

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What Potty Training Taught Me

What Potty Training Taught Me

Why the biggest lesson from potty training was for me, not my son.

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The Magic of Eid

The Magic of Eid

My family celebrates the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, which takes place in June this year—here’s why it’s so special to me.

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How We Raised Two Adopted Sons as a Gay Couple

How We Raised Two Adopted Sons as a Gay Couple

What it was like to raise our kids during changing times.

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How I Learned to Embrace My ‘Village’ to Become a Better Parent

How I Learned to Embrace My ‘Village’ to Become a Better Parent

Why I am thankful for all the parenting advice I got along the way—from friends, family, and strangers alike.

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The Decision to Opt Out of Common Core

The Decision to Opt Out of Common Core

With resistance to the Common Core standardized tests growing, more parents are refusing to allow their children to take them. But here’s why the solution may not be as simple as just opting your child out.

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Why I Let My Daughter Say No to Homework

Why I Let My Daughter Say No to Homework

How a mother stood by her daughter’s decision to stop doing homework.

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The Family That Protests Together

The Family That Protests Together

We hesitated before taking our kids to a political rally—but it ended up being a great lesson in civic engagement and standing up for our beliefs.

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What It Takes to Perform in a Musical and Be a Mom

What It Takes to Perform in a Musical and Be a Mom

How I juggled motherhood with a dream role in a special musical.

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Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

Why I Hated All Nine Months of Pregnancy

A mom’s experience with antepartum depression during pregnancy.

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Is My Babysitter Doing a Better Job Than Me?

Is My Babysitter Doing a Better Job Than Me?

Though my sons’ caregivers can sometimes seem to be better role models than me, that doesn’t mean I’m a bad parent.

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How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

The story of how one child with special needs went from fearing music to celebrating it.

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Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

When you have a child with special needs, this time of year can be challenging. A mother shares her tips and ideas to make the most of the holidays with a child with autism.

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What It’s Like to Be the Wife of a Police Officer

What It’s Like to Be the Wife of a Police Officer

The intense, mixed emotions of being the wife of a police officer.

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Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Going out to dinner with a child who has autism can be very stressful. These are five tips from a mom who has been there.

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When Your Child Is In an Awkward Situation That Becomes Unsafe

When Your Child Is In an Awkward Situation That Becomes Unsafe

Our kids interact regularly with people who are different and might make them uncomfortable. Sometimes, though, ‘uncomfortable’ becomes dangerous.

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