Melissa Wickes

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

5 Ways to Instill Gratitude in Children

(Oct. 30, 2018) - 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 year-round, whether it’s by being polite to servers when your family dines at a restaurant or by simply saying thank you to the barista handing you your morning coffee. Alan Daniel Schlechter, M.D., clinical assistant professor at the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, director of outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, and instructor of the course The Science of Happiness at New York University shares five ways you can teach your children to express gratitude all year long.


Saving for Retirement: 401K vs IRA vs Nothing

Saving for Retirement: 401K vs IRA vs Nothing

(Oct. 01, 2018) - Whether you’re just starting your career, switching jobs, or you’ve been working for three decades, making sure you’re saving for retirement is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for the future. And the sooner you start saving, the better off you’ll be financially. After all, of those who participated in the Charles Schwab 2018 401K Participant Survey, 60 percent said their 401K will be their largest source of income when they retire.


5 Ways to Help Your Teen Have an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Have an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

(Oct. 01, 2018) - Good exercise and eating habits are vital and are best established at a young age. By teaching your teen effective and enjoyable ways to exercise and stay well, you are setting her up to live a healthy and happy life. Here are five things you should do to help your teen get excited about physical fitness and wellness, according to Christian Palmer, strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer at Equinox Mamaroneck.


Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Brings the First Escape Theme Adventure to NYC

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Brings the First Escape Theme Adventure to NYC

(Aug. 15, 2018) - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, the world’s museum for weird, out-of-this-world enthusiasts, opened Ripley’s Relic, an interactive adventure with “scientific discovery” for the whole family, this June. This interactive, escape adventure takes visitors on an underground quest to unlock puzzles and decipher scientific symbols. The attraction is great for families, date night, or even a New Yorker in a rush!


Knorr to Deliver Free Local Fresh Produce in Manhattan for National Farmers Market Week

Knorr to Deliver Free Local Fresh Produce in Manhattan for National Farmers Market Week

(Aug. 07, 2018) - To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, Knorr is making local fresh produce deliveries on a first-come, first-serve basis until this Thursday, August 9, to Manhattan only. How do you receive a fresh, delicious meal straight at your door step? Three easy steps:


Brooklyn Nets Players and Coach Kenny Atkinson to Attend Nets Youth Summer Basketball Camps

Brooklyn Nets Players and Coach Kenny Atkinson to Attend Nets Youth Summer Basketball Camps

(Aug. 03, 2018) - Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets Head Coach, and Nets players Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, D’Angelo Russell, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, will attend Nets youth basketball camps this August. The Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy summer camps teach children of all levels personalized basketball instruction while placing a focus on sportsmanship and teamwork. The visiting Nets will sign autographs for campers as well as participating in drills and shoot-arounds.


5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

5 Things to Know About Raising Your Kid to be an Entrepreneur

(Jul. 27, 2018) - 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 five ways you can teach your child to be an entrepreneur, even as a kid, with help from Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the hit TV show Shark Tank, Shaan Patel, M.D., M.B.A., founder of Prep Expert, an SAT and ACT prep company that was pitched on Shark Tank in 2016, and Ian McCue, a rising senior majoring in economics at UNLV and the founder of Spark Skill, a technology summer camp provider. All three co-authored Kid Start-Up: How You Can Be an Entrepreneur.


The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

The Best Ways to Talk to Your Baby to Facilitate Speech Development

(Jul. 25, 2018) - 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 talk,” asking questions, facilitating conversations, and virtually any noises you make when you are around your infant affects her speech development as well as other skills. In all, babies and toddlers need to hear more than 20,000 words a day, according to Krysti Maloney, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and supervisor at The Suffolk Center for Speech.


Important Information to Leave for Your Babysitter

Important Information to Leave for Your Babysitter

(Jul. 06, 2018) - In a world of constantly checking your cellphone, tracking your kids down via satellite, and nanny cams, it can be easy to forget to give your babysitter all of the information she may need when watching your kids. Fill out this handy checklist with tips and reminders from Mommybites.com and Gina Lamb-Amato, M.D., Manhattan-based pediatrician at Agho Medical practices and Village Pediatrics. Give this info to your sitter to ensure that no question goes unanswered for everything from emergency contact info to your child’s favorite bedtime story.


Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

Everything You Need to Know When Purchasing and Installing a Car Seat

(Jul. 06, 2018) - Car seat regulations are hard to keep up with and manage, especially because they are constantly changing and are different state to state. Keep this checklist, compiled with the help of Shane Bland, certified car seat safety technician through Safe Kids Worldwide Westchester, and Greg Durocher, child passenger safety technician instructor at Safe Ride 4 Kids, on your fridge, in your glove compartment, in your purse, or wherever you will remember to reference it for properly purchasing, installing, and putting your child in a car seat.


A Nutella Cafe is Coming to NYC

A Nutella Cafe is Coming to NYC

(Jun. 13, 2018) - By the end of the year, Ferrero, the confectionery company that makes the ever-popular Nutella Hazelnut Spread, will be opening a permanent Nutella Cafe at 13th Street and University Place near Union Square, according to a press release. The cafe will have a Nutella-inspired menu featuring a variety of unique dishes and specialty espresso beverages.


How to Plan a Family Vacation on a Budget

How to Plan a Family Vacation on a Budget

(May. 31, 2018) - Vacations are something we look forward to the whole year. They provide a rare chance to wind down, go on fun adventures, and spend quality time with the ones we love. Unfortunately, vacation expenses add up, and planning a trip in the most cost-effective way can be overwhelming. In fact, New York University’s 2017 Family Travel survey revealed that 30 percent of the middle-income families and 25 percent of the high-range income families who participated found affordability to be their main challenge when planning a trip.


The Long Island Aquarium Welcomes Baby African Black-Footed Penguin

The Long Island Aquarium Welcomes Baby African Black-Footed Penguin

(May. 24, 2018) - The Long Island Aquarium is excited to welcome a baby African Black-footed Penguin to its family, according to a press release. The chick is the offspring of Frank and Puddy, making this Puddy's fourth successful hatchling.


Just Like Om Yoga Studio Opens in Chelsea, Offers Baby Wearing Classes

Just Like Om Yoga Studio Opens in Chelsea, Offers Baby Wearing Classes

(May. 24, 2018) - The peaceful and quaint yoga, pilates, and wellness studio opened in March in the heart of Chelsea and offers a variety of wellness classes as well as doula services.


'Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health:' Hope for Depression's Annual Public Symposium

'Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health:' Hope for Depression's Annual Public Symposium

(May. 18, 2018) - Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) and founder Audrey Gruss hosted its annual public symposium “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health” on May 8. The panel, moderated by Elyse Fox, founder of Sad Girls Club, was held in May in honor of Mental Health Month and included HDRF-affiliated researchers and psychiatrists as well as young adult and teen activists.


'Clifford the Big Red Dog' is Coming Back to TV in 2019

'Clifford the Big Red Dog' is Coming Back to TV in 2019

(May. 17, 2018) - 'Clifford the Big Red Dog,' the beloved animated children's series based on Norman Bridwell's book series that began in 1963, will launch on Amazon Prime and return to PBS Kids in Fall 2019, according to The New York Times.


'The Lit. Bar' Bookstore to Open in the Bronx

'The Lit. Bar' Bookstore to Open in the Bronx

(May. 16, 2018) - The Lit. Bar bookstore is scheduled to open in the Bronx this summer, making it the borough's first bookstore since the Baychester Barnes & Noble closed in 2016


Special Exhibition 'Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11' to Open in June at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Special Exhibition 'Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11' to Open in June at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

(May. 15, 2018) - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier announced a new exhibition, "Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11," which will exhibit how sports helped heal and unite our grieving country following the World Trade Center attacks, according to a press release.


12 NYC Classes for Working Out with Your Baby

12 NYC Classes for Working Out with Your Baby

(May. 14, 2018) - Working out is a wonderful way to unwind and release some much-needed endorphins post-partum. What better way to destress without taking time away from your little one than working out with your baby right by your side (or even in your arms!)


Etsy Gave Bring Your Kids to Work Day a Whole New Meaning

Etsy Gave Bring Your Kids to Work Day a Whole New Meaning

(May. 11, 2018) - On April 26, Etsy made sure bring your kids to work day was a day filled with lifelong lessons and mentoring. In partnership with Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, Governor Cuomo’s “If You Can See It, You Can Be It” initiatve, and ScriptEd, Etsy offered a variety of activities for kids of all ages, including career-oriented workshops.


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