Deborah Skolnik

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

(Nov. 30, 2018) - 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. If, by some chance, you’d rather have a holiday season full of cheer where everyone is happy, we have recommendations for you!


Learn a New Language (Or Two) at Pusteblume International Preschool near Union Square

Learn a New Language (Or Two) at Pusteblume International Preschool near Union Square

(Nov. 30, 2018) - Pusteblume (its name signifies a white, fuzzy dandelion) is the first and only licensed preschool in the city to offer German and Spanish language immersion. Its distinctive curriculum, which includes activity-based after-school immersion classes for children up to age 12, draws students from throughout New York City. Thanks to its proximity to the 14th Street PATH station, the school also has a contingent of children from the Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ areas.


How to Speed Clean Your House Before the Holiday Guests Arrive

How to Speed Clean Your House Before the Holiday Guests Arrive

(Nov. 01, 2018) - If you have guests coming over but don't have time for a deep clean of the whole house, take these experts' tips into consideration to speed clean your home. These quick cleaning tips focusing on often-used areas will get your home ready for guests without spending hours cleaning.


Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

(Oct. 31, 2018) - The Gillen Brewer School, an independent school that focuses on special needs education helps its students grow through individualized attention, remarkably low student to staff ratios, and a strong relationship with the families it serves. With students who have a variety of special needs, including autism and ADD, and a team of in-house therapists and specialists, Gillen Brewer takes a special approach to special needs education.


The British International School of New York is Committed to Creating Well-Rounded Students

The British International School of New York is Committed to Creating Well-Rounded Students

(Oct. 01, 2018) - The British International School of New York currently enrolls students from more than 40 countries, creating a vibrant community for its student body. This independent, international school in New York City strives to create well-rounded students by offering a variety of sports, music, art, and community service opportunities.


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

(Oct. 01, 2018) - 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 her to make. But she decided to do it anyway and fight the double standard. After all, if dad can buy a sports car, why can't mom?


6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

6 Milestones Your Teen Will Experience—And How You Can Cope

(Oct. 01, 2018) - As your children grow older and progress through the teenage years, there are certain milestones she will meet that aren't physical. These changes your teen is going through are signs he's growing up and becoming his own person. Here's how you can cope with the growing pains of the teenage years.


50 Ways to Have the Best Fall Ever in New York

50 Ways to Have the Best Fall Ever in New York

(Sep. 19, 2018) - No matter where you live in the New York metro area—Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, or Rockland County—there are lots of fall activities for families to explore and enjoy. Family fun in autumn can include fairs, festivals, and more. From apple picking to haunted houses, volunteering to hiking and even ice-skating, we’ve got a complete rundown of ways to enjoy fall with your children and make memories to last all year.


The United Nations International School in Kips Bay Offers Education with an Eclectic Flair

The United Nations International School in Kips Bay Offers Education with an Eclectic Flair

(Aug. 30, 2018) - Educational approach or philosophy: United Nations International School (UNIS) operates in accordance with its mission, which “is to, in essence, embrace inclusive and diverse learning environments in rigorous international programs that foster academic success, innovation, creativity, and cross-cultural communications. And to inspire students to be an active force in shaping a better world,” explains executive director Dan Brenner, Ph.D. The high school, or Tutorial House, as its known, follows the International Baccalaureate plan of education. There is also an elementary school called the Junior School (pre-K through fourth grade) and a Middle School (fifth-eighth grades).


New Report: THIS Is What We Lose Sleep Over

New Report: THIS Is What We Lose Sleep Over

(Aug. 16, 2018) - A good night's rest is never a given when you're a parent. But—aside from crying babies or kids wanting water or another bedtime story—what actually causes us to lose sleep? A new report from Bankrate.com did a deep dive into the question, and came up with some answers.


Should My Teen Take the SAT or ACT?

Should My Teen Take the SAT or ACT?

(Jul. 25, 2018) - If your teenager is heading into his junior year of high school, he will likely be taking the SAT or ACT this school year. These college entrance exams are more alike than different, but there is still some confusion about which one teens should take. College prep experts share the differences between them and the characteristics of students that will do better on one versus the other.


Do You Know Where These Important Documents Are?

Do You Know Where These Important Documents Are?

(Jul. 09, 2018) - Keeping your important papers organized can make everyday tasks like applying for a loan or changing your address easier. And in emergencies, being able to locate vital documents is absolutely critical. Follow this simple advice to keep your papers safe and accessible.


Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have in the Home

Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have in the Home

(Jul. 05, 2018) - Eighty percent of Americans live in a county that’s been hit by a weather-related disaster—but only about half of us have emergency supplies in place, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Don’t be unprepared! Compile the items in this FEMA-approved list and keep them in a secure, dry place; they’ll help keep your family safe and comfortable in the case of an adverse event.


How to Make Going Back to School Easier on the Whole Family

How to Make Going Back to School Easier on the Whole Family

(Jul. 05, 2018) - Before you know it, your child will be headed to school again. Will those first weeks back in class be a calm or hectic time for your family? Some easy back-to-school tips can make all the difference. Preparing for a new school year is pretty simple, but the sooner you start, the better off your child—and you—will be.


A Month-by-Month Timeline to Plan Your Child's Best Summer at Camp

A Month-by-Month Timeline to Plan Your Child's Best Summer at Camp

(Jul. 05, 2018) - Kids go to camp in the summer, but selecting a camp and getting your child excited for it are tasks that should be on your radar during the entire year. Spending a little time each month on prep work will pay off during the warm-weather months, when your child is at a camp that’s in line with his needs and interests, and having a wonderful time. These simple steps from the American Camp Association will ensure your child has her best summer camp experience yet!


The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

The Benefits of Summer Programs and Classes for Children, Pre-Teens, and Teens

(Jun. 25, 2018) - There are lots of quality summer programs for children these days. This abundance of kids’ summer classes and activities is a good thing! When children have long hours of undirected time, as they often do when school is out, “they are actually much less likely to engage in activities that enhance their academic development, their social skills, and their cognitive skills,” says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, M.D., developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. On the other hand, “structured [summer] activities can actually help enhance all those aspects of development,” Dr. Spinks-Franklin shares.


Receive a British Education on the Upper East Side at Wetherby-Pembridge School

Receive a British Education on the Upper East Side at Wetherby-Pembridge School

(May. 30, 2018) - Students enjoy traditional yet forward-thinking schooling at this new English transplant.


9 Insurance Policies You Need But Might Not Have

9 Insurance Policies You Need But Might Not Have

(Apr. 30, 2018) - Some of us may think that the health, disability, and life insurance we receive through our employers, and basic home and car insurance is enough to protect us no matter what happens. But did you know there may be gaps in your insurance coverage? Experts share the nine other insurance policies you should have but likely don't.


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

(Apr. 26, 2018) - A straight-up look at the surprising way a mom was changed by her daughter’s scoliosis.


Kids' Learning Isn't Affected By Repeated Sick Days with Minor Illnesses

Kids' Learning Isn't Affected By Repeated Sick Days with Minor Illnesses

(Mar. 12, 2018) - Every family seems to have one–a child who’s especially susceptible to sneezes and sniffles, ear infections and fevers, chronic coughs, and a host of other bothersome but not usually serious illnesses. But even if your kid racks up some sick days and pharmacy prescriptions for mild infections, you don’t need to worry about how he’ll fare in school in the long term, according to a new large European study.


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