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Teach kids how to save with this Spanish-infused book

Kids will learn the importance of family and holding fast to their dreams in “Tia Isa Wants a Car.” Comment

New book captures tween angst

Raising Girls: Nikki Grimes’s book, “Planet Middle School,” is a perfect read for 11- to 14-year-old girls submerged in the tumultuous world of middle school. Comment

Living better with winter asthma

Family Health: Since we spend more time indoors during the winter, it’s important to make sure your house is free of any triggers that could affect your asthmatic child. Comment

More music, Peas: Bilingual band plays BCBC

Featured Event: Children love their veggies — when it’s Hot Peas ’N Butter. The jammin’, slammin’ musical group performs live at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on Jan. 29 at 2 pm. Comment

My first date with Facebook

Letter from College: Social networking sites like Facebook seem like a must-have for teenagers these days. But teenagers have to know how to safely use these sites, and to remember that life is about getting offline. Comments (5)

Keeping the peace

Students from a Queens high school’s Model United Nations class got the thrill of a lifetime when they were featured in a documentary produced by National Geographic. Comment

Say cheese!

New & Noteworthy: This new camera is sturdy enough for the most wobbly photographers! Comment

Dressing up story time

New & Noteworthy: Hats off to Judy Palaferro’s new book, “Horace’s Big Hat.” Comment

Born to trike!

New & Noteworthy: It’s hot wheels for your child! Comment

Whooo’s got style?

New & Noteworthy: These plush toys make your child’s room warm and cuddly. Comment

New blocks for the kids!

New & Noteworthy: These cushy teaching tools will have your child building. Comment

Managing the mayhem

Toddlers: Teaching your child manners at an early age can give them invaluable tools and confidence that will serve them well throughout their lives. Comment

Old NYC meets present at museum for kids

Teach your children about New York City’s past with a trip to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum in Manhattan. Comments (1)

A divine alternative

At a time when city public schools are under so much criticism and revision, families have found an alternative in Catholic schools. These schools have historically been the ones to reach out to and support communities in need. Comments (1)

Digging deep for Supermom

Babies: Being a new mom is supposed to be instinctual, right? Our columnist’s first few weeks of motherhood had her feeling like a freshman on the first day of high school when she took her daughter to the doctor’s office. Comment

Owl eyes on Bartow Pell Mansion

Featured Event: Dr. Robert “Birding Bob” DeCandido comes to Bartow Pell Mansion Museum and leads a fantastic prowl of the grounds in search of the elusive owl on Jan. 22 at 4:30 pm. Birding Bob will answer every question you may have about his feathered friends as he lectures on his favorite topic and directs all on a tour of the environs. Along the way, you can sip hot chocolate, and enjoy the twilight jaunt. Comment

Easing the children’s transition from living in one home to two homes

Divorce is hard on adults and children. But unlike adults, children have little or no say in what happens. Here are some ways you can help your child feel more comfortable in a new home. Comments (7)

How to talk to an upset teen

Parents Helping Parents: A 13-year-old who curses could be hiding problems that are really bothering him. How do you get him to open up? Comment

Driving Miss Crazy

Teens: Having a sense of humor is vital when taking your teen out for some driver’s education. Comments (2)

Baby bits: Fun facts about new motherhood

Babies: Baby fun facts. Comment

Learning to love legal music

Growing Up Online: Get your child to understand rules about copyright and fair use, and how to get their music online in a way that respects the artists. Comment

Sugar overload?

Good Sense Eating: Why do kids crave the sweet stuff, and how can you feed them healthier alternatives? Comment

A Failing grade for nation’s gifted education programs

The facts show that our country’s education system isn’t providing the services necessary to our best and brightest students. Comments (1)

Am I in or am I out?

Our Relationships: What can you do if you’re not sure you want your marriage to continue? Our columnist explains what steps you can take to decide whether or not you are in or out. Comment

Focus on Asia: Part one

Asians have moved to the U.S. to own homes, enroll in American schools, and take jobs in the U.S. work force, and their presence is quiet and understated, yet competitive and high achieving. At impressively high rates, Asian students are entering gifted and talented classes in elementary schools and advanced placement classes in high schools. Many go on to attend Ivy League universities, receive advanced degrees, and easily find work at international companies that rely upon Asia for manufacturing needs, purchasing power and lending credit. Comments (1)

Want some cereal with your sugar? More than three teaspoons of sweet stuff is too much

New study shows that kids who eat certain cereals for breakfast could be getting more than the daily recommended amount of sugar. Here’s what you need to know. Comment

A parent for always

Letter from the Publisher: Someone recently remarked to me that when they think of parents, they think of someone with little kids, not pre-teens, or teens, or young adults. I disagree. I think being a parent is for always, and in fact, gets more challenging and often more interesting as the years go by. Comment

Rating content ratings

Lions and Tigers and Teens: A movie or video game that is appropriate for one 13 year old may not be appropriate for another. Comment

Beautiful Minds: New York Hall of Science explores animals’ brains

Featured Event: Be a Dr. Doolittle and talk with the animals — and discover just how amazing animals really are — at the New York Hall of Science’s latest exhibit, “Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think,” now through Jan. 15. Comment

Last chance to see Muppet exhibit

New & Noteworthy: If you thought you missed your chance to learn about the magic of Jim Henson and all his muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image’s, think again: “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World.” is now running through March 4. Comment

Dragon your feet: Celebrate Chinese New Year with dance and more

Featured Event: Gong Hei Fard Choy! Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s “Dragon Dance” program. The Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 23 this year and celebrates the dragon. According to Chinese lore, the Year of the Dragon will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. On Jan. 2 and 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, children 6 and older learn about the iconic dragon dance and create a paper dragon to take home. Comment

On the right track: Transit museum delivers adventures

Featured Event: Step aboard and ride the rails at the New York City Transit Museum. Children ages 4 and older learn all about the system that moves hundreds of thousands of people every day with fun, hands-on workshops and performances. Comment

Family suite: Puppetworks stages their version of “The Nutcracker”

Featured Event: It’s not too late to catch the holiday show at Puppetworks, “Nutcracker Sweets.” Based on Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, it features candies and sweet fruits dancing; the companion story, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” is based on a Hans Christian Anderson tale. Both plays feature the wonderful puppets of Puppetworks and are suitable for children ages 3 and up. Performances are Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, at 12:30 pm. Comment

Snow much fun: Nature center offers nature walks and more

Featured Event: Need an antidote for those winter blahs? Come on down to the Greenbelt Nature Center throughout January for fun pastimes. Comment

Witch way to Snug Harbor: Celebrating an Italian Christmas tradition

Featured Event: Macy’s has Santa, but the Cultural Center at Snug Harbor is hosting La Befana on Jan. 8, from 11 am to 3 pm. Comment

Beary good show: “Pooh’s Winter ‘Tale’” in Bellmore

Featured Event: Everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh, is coming to the Showplace at Bellmore Movies for live performances on Jan. 7, 14, 16, 21 and 28 at 11 am. Comment

Thomas and friends come to New York Botanical Gardens

Featured Event: Mini-performances of “All Aboard with Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” will be staged as part of the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden Jan. 2-16. Comment

Keats is neat

Don’t miss the Jewish Museum’s exhibit, “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” with your family. Comment

Medical mistakes busy moms make

As a busy mom, you’re often focused on taking care of everyone except yourself. But when it comes to your health, there are several things you should never skip. Comment

Think ‘Pink’: Enjoy show and tea party

Featured Event: Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. The beloved children’s storybook character comes to the stage at the BayWay Arts Center on Saturdays, from Jan. 7 through Feb. 4. Children take a romp with Pinkalicious through all her adventures and enjoy a Princess Tea Party at 3:30 pm after each performance. The tea party offers tea or juice, cake and tea sandwiches. But beware! Space is extremely limited and reservations must be made in advance. Comment

The trials and tribulations of resolutions

When you make those new year’s resolutions, make sure you’re making them for the right reasons. Comment