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How many after-school activities are too many for your child?

Parents Helping Parents: Kids often benefit from extracurricular activities, but overscheduling or choosing the wrong activities that don’t interest your child won’t do him any good. Comment.

Fat fib?

Good Sense Eating: Parents are intrigued by Nina Teicholz’s new book, “The Big Fast Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.” Comment.

‘The Book of Life’ remembers what’s important

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Katherine S. and Morgan B. give their take on the new animated film, “The Book of Life,” featuring the voices of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo, and many more. Comments (1).

Tornadoes and other hazards of slobby teens

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Charging in to clean it yourself or simply ignoring the mess won’t make the problem go away. Comment.

Boo at the Children’s Museum

Featured Event: Create monster masks, a creepy monster card, and march in the costume parade at the Children’s Museum of the Arts from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Comment.

Being a team player

Learning new skills and rules, dealing with loss and setbacks, and being part of a team can be challenging for student athletes and parents who are new to team sports. Think about what you want your child to get out of the activity: sport-specific skills, improved physical fitness; or new friends and confidence? Comment.

Double the impact

New & Noteworthy: New necklace from Smart Mom Jewelry is an accessory for mom and it’s a safe teether for baby — when worn by an adult. Comment.

Puppeting around

Featured Event: BAM Kids presents the Puppets on Film Festival on Oct. 25 and 26 for the fourth year in a row. Comment.

Driving Miss Aglaia

Letter from College: New York City teens don’t really have many reasons to learn how to drive. But going away to a more rural town for college made this student finally get behind the wheel. Comment.

New York State of trick-or-treating

Featured Event: Children enjoy a scavenger hunt for treats at the Museum of the City of New York on Oct. 31. Comment.

Preschool prep

Mommy 101: Olivia’s old enough for preschool, and with this major life event around the corner, her mom makes sure she’s prepared for her first day of school. Comment.

Refreshing teen action film ‘The Maze Runner’

KIDS FIRST! Film critics Raven and Willie explain why they loved the action-packed thriller, “The Maze Runner.” Comment.

Day of the Dead and other festivals

Featured Event: Don masks, eat treats and enjoy learning about three holidays at Flushing Town Hall on Oct. 31. Comment.

Time-tested approach to learning phonics

Dear Teacher: Plus getting the most of out a routine parent-teacher conference and teaching children how to respond to bullying. Comment.

Understanding learning styles at home, school & the office

Here are four ways to understand how you and the people around you learn — and how that affects productivity and relationships. Comment.

What is a QPRT?

Ask an Attorney: Understanding the name and meaning of a qualified personal residence trust. Comment.

Play outside — even when it’s cold

Downtown Mommy: Playing outside is important for kids — even in chilly weather. Comment.

Tips for teens traveling solo

Detailed plans and regular communication before and during a teen’s trip will ease his parents’ minds. Comment.

A barking good at the park

Celebrate Halloween with music, face painting, and a dog costume contest at Socrates Sculpture Park on Oct. 25. Comment.

‘Number the Stars’ celebrates 25th anniversary

Featured Event: Book reading and signing at the Symphony Space on Oct. 19 features author Lois Lowry and special guest actor Sean Astin. Comment.

Remembering the good moments in life

Every day is a future memory for us and our children. Parents reflect on how to make those moments happy ones. Comment.

Real page burner

New & Noteworthy: In his new book, “Belches, Burps, Farts — Oh My!” Artie Bennett answers all of your burning questions about flatus and eructation with humorous, rhyming text and colorful, comic illustrations by Pranus Naujokaitis. Comment.

America the beautiful

A young man created an organization to give underprivileged teens a chance to see the United States that lies beyond their neighborhoods and gain new experiences. Trip of a Lifetime accepts applications for these free trips from November through mid-March. Comment.

About the author

An interview with Brooklyn author and dad, Andrew Cotto, who has penned “The Domino Effect” and “Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery.” Comments (2).

‘The Snail and the Whale’

Featured Event: This production at the New Victory Theater on Oct. 18 and 19 is fun for every age. Comment.

Buying her first bra

Four things to look for when shopping for your tween’s first undergarment. Comment.

Lumpy Bumpy is back!

Featured Event: That “gourd-geous” Lumpy Bumpy is back and better than ever. Comment.

Crystal Springs is close to home

This four-season resort in New Jersey offers plenty of activities, ranging from swimming to spa visits and skiing. Comment.

‘Hatch’ young theater lovers

Featured Event: Toddlers will enjoy the music, movement and puppets of “Hatched,” written specifically for babies and children up to age 6. Comment.

What a waist: Lost sleep linked to weight gain in kids

Healthy Living: Lack of sleep leads to sluggishness, inattention, and it can cause kids to pack on the pounds. Comment.

Understanding admission to top city specialized high schools

Elite specialized high schools in the city can give students a leg up in the college admission process. But getting in to these schools can be a lot like getting into college. Comment.

Allergen-free chocolate

New & Noteworthy: Pascha’s 70 percent cacao, dark chocolate bar is delicious — and it’s organic and free from eight major allergens. Comment.

Use caution when celebrating Halloween

Tips to ensure that this Halloween is a memorable and safe one for your little ghouls. Comment.

More ways to keep Halloween safe and fun

Four fun and healthy Halloween snack ideas and resources for additional safety tips. Comment.

Hans Christian Andersen comes to the stage at Puppetworks

Featured Event: Children 3 years and older enjoy a double puppet production at Puppetworks on Oct. 13 and Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. Comment.

Couture jack-o’-lanterns and spooktacular fun

There are many fun places to visit during October, from apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, and more. Comment.

Exercise your options

Three inspiring women reveal how pushing themselves to exercise after their breast cancer diagnosis made them stronger emotionally and physically. Comment.

Teaching across the years

A parent’s thank you to Sister Pat, who has educated and nurtured four decades of students at the Dillon Child Study Center at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. Comment.

Ghastly ghouls await you at the Haunted Pumpkin Walk

Featured Event: Stroll through the Haunted Pumpkin Garden, dress up in costume, and meet ghoulish zombies at the New York Botanical Garden, now through Oct. 31. Comment.

Apple picking around the Big Apple

It’s the perfect time of year for a fun day of apple picking and fresh air. Here are the top spots to harvest apples and make memories in the tri-state area. Comment.

It’s pumpkin-pickin’ time!

Featured Event: Find the perfect pumpkin at the Queens County Farm Museum. Comment.

Frighteningly good time at zoo

Featured Event: Enjoy the annual Boo at the Zoo from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2 at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.

Take a hayride and pick the perfect pumpkin

Featured Event: Enjoy a day at Decker Farms on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 4 through Oct. 26. Comment.

Messy teen rooms: Get out the caution tape!

The perils and pitfalls of nagging, urging, and pleading with our teens to clean their room. Comment.

Celebrate the 25th annual Autumn Crafts Festival

Featured Event: Visitors can browse more than 250 master artisans and more than 25,000 craft projects. Comment.

Breasts test that could save your life

Here are four new tools that can give a more precise diagnosis. Comment.

Harvesting a good time

Featured Event: Visitors are treated to a great treats and fun every weekend at Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest through Oct. 26. Comment.

Charmingly grotesque

New & Noteworthy: Architectural whimsy inspired the wonderfully grotesque gargoyle and girl-goyle Halloween costumes from chasing-fireflies.com. Comment.

Take a Halloween Adventure with Hansel and Gretel

Featured Event: Children enjoy the puppet presentation of the classic fairytale with a modern twist Oct. 1 through Nov. 1 at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Comments (1).

It’s a Carnival of Animals at PS 166

Featured Event: Children enjoy a performance of the French classic “The Carnival of the Animals.” Comment.

Calling all speed racers

Featured Event: Get set to race in the annual Soapbox Derby at Westerleigh Park on Oct. 4. Comment.

Parenting teens

Letter from the Publisher: It’s challenging to be a parent to a teenager. Comment.

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