NYMetroParents Staff

The Benefits of An Early Childhood Montessori Education

The Benefits of An Early Childhood Montessori Education

(Aug. 31, 2018) - We all want to give our children the best start in life—which is why it’s worthwhile to explore the many benefits of an early childhood Montessori education. With a unique philosophy, highly skilled teachers, and beautiful classrooms, Montessori schools deliver a superior learning experience. If you’ve been wondering why Montessori education is so special, read on to find out.


Where to Celebrate Labor Day in NYC, Rockland and Westchester Counties, and on Long Island

Where to Celebrate Labor Day in NYC, Rockland and Westchester Counties, and on Long Island

(Aug. 29, 2018) - Looking for some great Labor Day events for your kids? Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of the best places for families to spend the holiday weekend and celebrate Labor Day in the New York metro area, from family-friendly parades to special events. Whether you're looking to beat the heat with Labor Day themed museum activities, or enjoy the last days of summer at the beach, we've got you covered.


How to Help Your Child Reach His Feeding Milestones

How to Help Your Child Reach His Feeding Milestones

(Aug. 14, 2018) - It is important for children to continuously improve their overall feeding abilities for the purposes of safe chewing and swallowing, as well as developing an appropriate dietary repertoire and achieving accurate milestones. For example, utilizing utensils such as forks and spoons and appropriate cups can improve hand-eye coordination as well as provide the strength to perform daily life activities (cutting, coloring, writing, etc.) Children who are found to have impaired motor skills or developmental disabilities can often face challenges in achieving feeding milestones for their chronological age, and may require support in order to reach these significant developmental markers.


How Foster Care Changes Lives

How Foster Care Changes Lives

(Aug. 14, 2018) - Foster care changes lives in the nicest of ways—just ask Ann LiPuma of Wantagh, NY. She still vividly remembers the day she received an e-mail from Berkshire Farms Center & Services for Youth, asking if she’d be interested in becoming a foster parent to a 3-year-old boy. Ann, who had fostered a few other children previously, decided she had room in her life and her heart to take another child under her wing. Soon, she was introduced to Dustin.


Fun Kid-Friendly Events for Families in Westchester County this Weekend

Fun Kid-Friendly Events for Families in Westchester County this Weekend

(Aug. 09, 2018) - If you're like us, you love weekends because it's the time when you get to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a day trip to a nearby destination or are looking for things to do that are close to home in Westchester County. There’s lots to do this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more, so you're sure to find something to do that the whole family will love. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around Westchester County, including family fun in Mamaroneck, White Plains, Scarsdale, South Salem, Yonkers, Valhalla, Hastings-on-Hudson, Katonah, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Tarrytown, Larchmont, Croton-on-Hudson, Pellham, Pleasantville, Bronx, and Peekskill.


Fun Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities for Families in Suffolk County

Fun Kid-Friendly Weekend Activities for Families in Suffolk County

(Aug. 09, 2018) - Weekends are the best because you get to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a day trip to a family-friendly spot nearby or are looking for things to do that are close to home on Long Island. There’s lots to do in Suffolk County this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. You're sure to find something to do that keep the whole family having fun all weekend long. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend on Long Island with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around Suffolk County, including family fun in Amagansett, Water Mill, Bohemia, Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Amityville, Sag Harbor, Southampton, East Islip, Port Jefferson, Huntington, Patchogue, Northport, Smithtown, and Deer Park.


The Best Family-Friendly Things to Do with Your Kids in Queens this Weekend

The Best Family-Friendly Things to Do with Your Kids in Queens this Weekend

(Aug. 09, 2018) - If you're like us, weekends are the best because you get to spend quality time with your kids, whether you're itching to get out of the city with a day trip to a nearby family-friendly destination or you're looking for fun things to do with your kids right here in Queens. There’s lots to do this weekend with your family in the World's Borough, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Queens—you're sure to find something to do that keeps the whole family happy and having fun! Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in Queens with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood, including family fun in Astoria, Floral Park, Flushing Meadows, Corona, Jamaica, Bayside, Woodside, Corona Park, Flushing, Long Island City, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, and the Rockaways.


Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Events for Families in Brooklyn

Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Events for Families in Brooklyn

(Aug. 09, 2018) - Weekends are the best because they're a chance to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a day trip near New York City or you want to find fun things to do this weekend that are close to home. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Brooklyn—all happening this weekend! There’s lots to do this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in NYC with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood, including fun things to do with kids in Coney Island, Brooklyn Heights, Staten Island, Prospect Park, Flatbush, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope Dumbo, Prospect Heights, and Fort Greene.


Cover Contest Finalists' Reactions and Other Quotables

Cover Contest Finalists' Reactions and Other Quotables

(Jul. 31, 2018) - The photo shoot for our cover contest was held last month at Big Apple Portraits on the Upper West Side, and we asked the nine finalists how they felt when they found out they were chosen. We also feature quotes from our go-to blogs and sites, including quotes about parenting intentions, remembering the sounds of our children's laughter, and helping teens thrive in college. Plus, check out our first original comic, drawn just for NYMetroParents, about how parenting is like hit TV shows.


10 Checklists to Make Manhattan Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Manhattan Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Manhattan parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Queens Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Queens Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Queens parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Suffolk Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Suffolk Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Suffolk parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Brooklyn Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Brooklyn Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Brooklyn parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Nassau Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Nassau Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Nassau parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Westchester Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Westchester Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Westchester parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


10 Checklists to Make Rockland Parents’ Lives Easier

10 Checklists to Make Rockland Parents’ Lives Easier

(Jul. 18, 2018) - We are about to make your parenting life a lot easier! We spoke experts in child care, home safety, baby proofing, applying to college, installing car seats, planning for camp, birthday parties, and more to develop 10 checklists for Rockland Parents to simplify your lives—and give you more time for the thing you love most: having fun with your kids!


LI Parents Day 2018: Fun for the Kids, Informative for You

LI Parents Day 2018: Fun for the Kids, Informative for You

(Jul. 12, 2018) - UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019: Long Island Parents Day, a NYMetroParents event, is returning for another fun-filled day of information for you and activities for your kids. This year’s family-friendly festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 15 in the Pratt Recreation Center at LIU Post in Brookville.


The Benefits of All-Inclusive Birthday Party Venues

The Benefits of All-Inclusive Birthday Party Venues

(Jun. 28, 2018) - It’s no big surprise that all-inclusive children’s birthday party venues are becoming popular with families. After all, kids’ birthday parties are very important occasions—not just for children, but for their parents too—and there’s only a once-a-year chance to make the celebration truly amazing. Here’s a look at some of the ways an all-inclusive birthday party venue can make a child feel special, and help parents relax and enjoy the big day.


Introducing the Finalists of the 2018 NYMP Cover Contest

Introducing the Finalists of the 2018 NYMP Cover Contest

(Jun. 28, 2018) - Picking finalists for the 2018 NYMP Cover Contest was nearly impossible for our staff. We received more than 1,300 “aww-inpsiring” entries in all! It was a dazzling display of total cuties (we’re talking dimples, curls, freckles, bright eyes, and big, beautiful smiles), making our job way tough. But after much deliberation, we’re proud to present the 10 children who are advancing to the contest’s final round.


Born with Eyes Wide Open: Common Characteristics of Gifted Babies and Toddlers

Born with Eyes Wide Open: Common Characteristics of Gifted Babies and Toddlers

(Jun. 12, 2018) - Let’s first understand what’s “normal” for a one year old. Developmentally, by twelve months, a child can say a few words, imitate your voice, distinguish different sounds and understand simple instructions like, “Drink your juice”. Does that sound crazy to you? Was your child doing these things before six months of age?


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