Rachel Aydt

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School with Special Needs

(Oct. 23, 2014) - One New York mom watches her son mature and advance at the end of elementary school as he transitions into middle school and his needs evolve.

A Dose of Tolerance

(Aug. 27, 2013) - Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those intrusive questions and ignorant comments, whether on the playground or, ahem, at a family gathering.

Taming the Sugar Beast: Limiting the Sugar in Your Child's Diet

(Apr. 26, 2013) - A local nutritionist shares tips to getting your child to make healthier food choices and limit the amount of sugar in their diets and discusses refined sugar versus unrefined sugar, as well as the benefits of having natural sugars as part of your diet.

When a Wedding Invitation Is Something More

When a Wedding Invitation Is Something More

(Mar. 26, 2013) - A New York City mom decides to take her son to his first gay wedding and uses it as a teaching moment for her and her family.

City Mouse, Country Mouse: Where Does Your Family Call Home?

(Mar. 07, 2013) - In the debate of raising your kids in the city versus raising your kids in the suburbs, the most important thing to consider is what's best for your family. A Manhattan mother discusses the benefits of both, and what you should consider before moving to the 'burbs.

Why We Need To Keep Arts Education In Our Schools

(Nov. 01, 2012) - From Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise to “Glee,” it’s clear there’s an appetite for musical theater. But beyond entertainment, performing arts—proven critical to learning—are less accessible in schools than they once were. We're issuing a call to action.

How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom

(Oct. 11, 2012) - One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity.

Spotted: Little Free Libraries Around New York

(Oct. 10, 2012) - Little Free Library is a grassroots organization bringing free books to communities across the country, and several Little Free Libraries have already popped up in the NYC area.

Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

(Apr. 02, 2012) - Transitioning her third-grade son to a fully inclusive educational environment means forging new connections for this NYC mom. Together they adapt to their new normal.

How to Stay Positive and Avoid Saying No Too Much

(Oct. 17, 2011) - No one wants to be a broken record of “No, no, no” or “Don’t do that!”—but it’s often easy to slip into a cycle of negativity with our kids. Here’s how to escape that cycle, practice positive reinforcement, and help build stronger self-esteem in our children

How to Handle Your Child’s First Crush

(Sep. 23, 2011) - When school begins, so do first crushes puppy love, and playground weddings. How should you cope when your child has an innocent infatuation?

Board Games: Should You Let Your Kids Win?

Board Games: Should You Let Your Kids Win?

(Apr. 11, 2011) - It's an age-old question when it comes to playing games with your children: Should you let your kids win to boost their self esteem, or let them lose, so they can experience how the world really works? Read on for advice from a parenting expert.

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