Christina Vercelletto

How to Choose Who Should Care for Your Baby

How to Choose Who Should Care for Your Baby

(Sep. 03, 2019) - Adding a new baby to your family, whether it’s your first or your fifth, is probably life’s most memorable milestone. And of course, along with the excitement and joy comes a long list of to-dos, including the task of identifying the right child care arrangement for your family if you’re heading back to work. There are so many day care centers, nannies, and relatives to choose between, the task can be overwhelming–but should be sorted out as early as possible. Before your baby is born, if possible (Trust us: Your three months of maternity leave will feel more like three weeks). But how do you make this very important and often challenging decision? Here, we weigh the three most popular options to help you choose.


Is Your Teen Ready for a Job?

Is Your Teen Ready for a Job?

(May. 30, 2019) - Parents of teens commiserate over many things, but if there is one universal they can all relate to, it is the phrase “I need money for….” The possibilities for the second half of the sentence are endless: new sneakers, a ticket for the school play, a team jacket, pizza, the movies, a friend’s birthday gift, a MetroCard, an outfit for the freshman formal. So, when your high-schooler brings up getting a job, it may be all you can do to resist shouting “Yesssss!” But your jubilation should be tempered with a bit of caution.


How to Plan For Your Child With Special Need's Future

How to Plan For Your Child With Special Need's Future

(Mar. 28, 2019) - Parenting is challenging no matter what. But as Nicole Johnson of Port Washington in Nassau County puts it, “parenting a severely disabled child is just very different. Our concerns are not ordinary.”


7 Ways to Get (and Stay) Closer to Your Teen

7 Ways to Get (and Stay) Closer to Your Teen

(Jan. 31, 2019) - As your children grow older and start to push away from you in an effort to assert their independence, you may be wondering: How do I ensure I have a good relationship with my teen? New York area experts share tips to help you get and stay close to your teens to improve the parent-teen relationship.


10 Gifts Your Teens Will Love Even Though These Aren’t on Their Wish List

10 Gifts Your Teens Will Love Even Though These Aren’t on Their Wish List

(Nov. 30, 2018) - Now that you have teens on your hands, holiday gifts get more expensive—and it’s more difficult to surprise your teens with things they’ll actually like. We’re right there with you, so we searched high and low for gifts that aren’t on your teenagers wish list, but they’re gifts your teens will actually like.


6 Reasons to Take a Teen to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

6 Reasons to Take a Teen to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

(Sep. 19, 2018) - If you’re looking for a family vacation to take with your teens, consider Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. Located on the western side of the country, it’s a bit of a longer flight than Cancun, but totally worth it, as this mother-daughter duo found out. Here are six reasons to visit Riviera Nayarit with your teenagers.


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

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

(Aug. 28, 2018) - 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 benefits on your child's social skills and development.


9 Reasons to Take a Teen (or Two) to Williamsburg, VA

9 Reasons to Take a Teen (or Two) to Williamsburg, VA

(Aug. 08, 2018) - If your kids have reached their teenage years and you’re looking for a new family vacation destination that will please everyone in your brood, why not plan a trip to Williamsburg, VA? If you think the only things to do there are history-related, you’ve got another think coming. One Long Island mom took two 15-year-olds for a long-weekend getaway, and discovered nine reasons why Williamsburg, VA should be your next family trip—especially with teens.


Visit These Fun Places to Prevent Summer Slide

Visit These Fun Places to Prevent Summer Slide

(Jun. 01, 2018) - Keep your kids entertained while learning something new all summer long around the New York City area, including Westchester County, Rockland County, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.


Brunch & Bikini Bottom: A Mother-Daughter Broadway Outing

Brunch & Bikini Bottom: A Mother-Daughter Broadway Outing

(Mar. 29, 2018) - With the plethora of family-friendly activities geared toward the younger set, you may be wondering what to do with your tweens and teens in New York City. Read what happens when a Long Island mom treats her teenage daughter to brunch at Charlie Palmer at The Knick and a visit to the Theater District to see "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical".


How to Raise a Take-Charge Teen

How to Raise a Take-Charge Teen

(Feb. 26, 2018) - Teens have a tendency to follow the crowd—help your child be confident enough to make his own decisions.


A Look Inside the Debate of Whether High School Should Start Later

A Look Inside the Debate of Whether High School Should Start Later

(Jan. 03, 2018) - If you find you're having trouble getting your teen up and out the door in time to arrive before the late bell tolls at high school, you're not alone. It turns out the early high school start time is not in line with teens' development and biology—and leads to a lack of sleep in high schoolers. In fact, beginning high school classes at such an early start time can harm teens' health and academic performance.


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

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

(Jul. 28, 2017) - Seven surprises from a rare but successful mother-daughter weekend trip to the iconic Niagara Falls.


Tips to Spend A Weekend in Raleigh with Your Family

Tips to Spend A Weekend in Raleigh with Your Family

(Jul. 12, 2017) - Consider visiting Raleigh, NC for a weekend getaway with your family, a southern city boasting festivals, museums, historic parks, and more.


Hit the Gym, Moms—and Look Great!

Hit the Gym, Moms—and Look Great!

(Oct. 28, 2016) - Make your fitness routine easier to stick to with these workout-proof wonders.


Hershey for Teens

Hershey for Teens

(Oct. 06, 2016) - The iconic Hersheypark amusement park has a reputation for being little-kid heaven (it still is), but if your teens haven’t been, here’s why you should take them.


The Joys of Eating Inside

The Joys of Eating Inside

(May. 31, 2016) - If you have to cook everything inside before you cook it outside, why bother?


How To Bring Out the Genius In Your Kid

How To Bring Out the Genius In Your Kid

(Dec. 29, 2015) - Every child has his or her own special strengths. Here’s how to focus on what makes your child unique.


SoCal: Worth the Trip

SoCal: Worth the Trip

(Sep. 27, 2015) - Here’s what’s new and exciting at Disneyland Resort and LEGOLAND California—and how to take that dream trip for less.


Kids Can Go to Toy Fair in 2016!

Kids Can Go to Toy Fair in 2016!

(Sep. 21, 2015) - After 113 years of being left out in the cold (literally), the New York City Toy Fair held at the Javitz Center will welcome kids and families in 2016.


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