(Oct. 02, 2019) - If you're having a baby shower, chances are you're working on creating a baby registry so friends and family can gift you what you need to set up a nursery. But don't get overwhelmed! Experts share tips for crafting the perfect wish list—and we have a downloadable checklist to make it easy!
(Aug. 30, 2019) - Every year, tens of thousands of kids across New York City—and some in the suburbs of NYC—opt to take a test to qualify for the Gifted and Talented program. The program holds classes (within public schools) that are geared to the test’s highest scorers: kids the Department of Education deems “exceptional” students. The test is administered to kids entering kindergarten through third grade. Will your child be one of those test-takers? Find out what you need to know about the program and the exam—including the best way to prep your little ones for it.
(Aug. 06, 2019) - Here’s the thing about maternity leave: It’s finite. You may have several months or just a few weeks of 1-on-1 time with your new baby, but eventually, you’ll return to your workplace, and that new transition isn’t always easy. There are so many questions: Where and when will you pump if you’re breast-feeding? Do your professional outfits still fit? With each question that hits you, heading back to work feels more intimidating. Since countless other working moms have dealt with these same concerns, we spoke to some of them, as well as human resources professionals and psychologists, to find the best strategies for your return to work.
(Apr. 26, 2019) - There are many amazing aspects of parenthood, from sweet snuggles to watching your little one achieve big milestones. Not on that list? Getting life insurance. And yet, this task is incredibly important for every parent–life insurance can provide your family with peace of mind if something were to happen to you. One of the trickiest aspects of life insurance is knowing which policy to purchase, how much coverage to get, and how to avoid purchase mistakes–but these decisions can be made easily once you know the basics of the insurance game.
(Mar. 22, 2019) - A birthday and the accompanying party are a big deal for kids. That’s no surprise—after all, what’s not to love about cake and presents? Thanks to the Internet (and especially Instagram and Pinterest), you can find plenty of inspiration when it’s time to plan out your child’s annual celebration. While these platforms are a great source of inspo, some of the décor, activity, and food options offered can break the bank, especially in New York–and no one wants a birthday to turn into a hassle. But by taking advantage of your location, choosing a great theme, choosing an economical activity and more, you can throw your child an enviably fun bash without overspending.
(Mar. 01, 2019) - One of the big advantages of raising a family in the New York metro area is the sheer volume of things to do and places to go. That’s true for camp, too: There are hundreds of nearby day and sleepaway camps available for your child to attend. It’s a perk—but can also make determining the just-right spot for your child to spend the summer a bit overwhelming. How can you narrow your list, and choose the perfect summer camp? Internet reviews and browsing camp websites can help, but so too can talking to your child, considering the logistics involved, and touring the actual destinations. Here’s how to get started.
(Jan. 31, 2019) - If you're considering sending your child to camp this summer, there are things camp directors wish you, as parents, knew about summer camp. New York metro area summer camp directors and owners tell all and share what you need to know about summer camp, from choosing the right camp for your child to how involved you should be while your child is at camp in the summer.
(Dec. 26, 2018) - For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home.
(Apr. 02, 2018) - 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 strong partnership while being parents of a child with special needs.
(Dec. 28, 2016) - Teaching kids to handle setbacks with grit and perseverance is more valuable than trying to help them avoid ever failing at anything.
(Aug. 29, 2016) - What it's like to provide your child with medical marijuana in New York.
(Feb. 23, 2016) - Friendships that form in just a few weeks at summer camp, can last a lifetime.
(Dec. 18, 2015) - Five area families discuss why they chose the type of school to which they send their children—parochial, charter, public, or private—and the benefits they found in each school setting.
(Nov. 20, 2015) - How to make your museum visit a success for the whole family.
(Sep. 29, 2015) - In the age of big box stores that have everything you need in one place, mom-and-pop toy stores are thriving. Find out why, and the benefits of buying from your neighborhood toy store.