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Paws to consider: How to tell if your pet is sick

If your four-legged friend is not behaving normally, he may need help from a vet. Comment.

Season’s snippets: Fun facts about the holidays

It Figures: Statistics about holiday decorations, gifts, movies, and more. Comment.

Getting the most from gift cards

Growing Up Online: Here are some tips so you understand exactly what to consider when buying a gift card for a person who is hard to shop for. Comment.

Helping kids give instead of receieve

Parents Helping Parents: How to tell your children the family is paring down the holidays to help others. Comment.

Bake up memories with your kids

Good Sense Eating: Baking with your kids can create lasting memories, introduce them to healthier foods, and hone their math, reading, and problem-solving skills. Comment.

Holiday chores teens will enjoy

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Assign chores your teens will actually enjoy and you’ll hear a lot less exasperated sighs. Comment.

Christmas tree holds memories of family tree

Mommy 101: Our columnist finally understands her mother’s love of Christmas, and starts her own tradition so her daughter will have her own happy holidays memories. Comment.

One mom’s story of mesothelioma cancer

Healthy Living: New mom Heather Von St. James was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with the deadly form of cancer. Comments (1).

Teens take Broadway

Letter from College: Broadway shows can lead to an appreciation of music, visual arts, and performing arts. Comment.

Uncle Rock says ‘Express Your Elf’

Featured Event: Symphony Space presents Uncle Rock, who will perform songs from his CD as well as other hootenanny, foot stomping, and get-out-of-your-seat numbers. Comment.

Hurricane Sandy casts shadow over holidays

Our columnist shares what the holidays will mean to her this year, as her family and the rest of New York City recover from the damage of the super storm. Comment.

Keep the wonder in winter

Family Health: Winter is not just cold and flu season: it’s also the season of frostbite. Comment.

School’s too slow for my son

From appropriate school work load to New Year’s resolutions for your children, teachers answer your questions. Comment.

Seven steps to inspire your kids to organize their rooms

Organizing your child or teen’s room can help him become more inspired and motivated. Here’s how. Comments (1).

‘Blue’s Clues Live’ coming to St. George

Featured Event: In “Blue’s Clues Live,” on stage in Staten Island on Dec. 27, Blue and Steve lead the audience on a journey in search of the most spectacular place of all. Comment.

Be prepared

Ask an Attorney: How to make sure you’re covered in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Longing to be lean

What to do if you suspect your teen has an eating disorder. Comment.

Ring in the New Year at Prospect Park

Featured Event: “Ooh” and “aah” at the annual Prospect Park New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Dec. 31. Comment.

Play with clay!

Featured Event: Children can create their own claymation figures at the Museum of the Moving Image’s claymation workshop. Comment.

Gifts for travelers

Presents that will make your globetrotter happy this holiday season. Comment.

Airport Santa is real

Death by Children: Our columnist met the real Kris Kringle in an airport. Comment.

Breathing easy: Avoid holiday allergy and asthma triggers

How to avoid allergy and asthma triggers during the holidays. Comment.

Antiobiotics may foster obesity

Researchers say treating infants with antibiotics may predispose them to being overweight in childhood. Comment.

Along for the ride

Getting used to taking a baby with you wherever you go is tough enough, but what about taking her with you when you’re helping others after a natural disaster? Comment.

Keep baby safe at Grandma’s

While visiting this holiday season, remember that the homes of older relatives are usually not baby proofed. Comment.

Story in a box

New & Noteworthy: Educator-artist Steve Light has made it much more fun for parents to be storytellers with his boxed set of resin figures inspired by the Japanese folktale, “Little One Inch.” Comment.

Stranded at the airport: Tips for surviving a canceled flight with kids

Here are some tips to get you and your family back on track to your destination. Comment.

Celebrating Christmas in the city

Featured Event: The Young People’s Chorus of New York City performs a free holiday concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Comment.

What to consider when your flight is canceled

• How many meals will your family need before your rescheduled flight? Comment.

Before your trip

• Avoid booking flights with partnering airlines. If possible, try to travel with one airline carrier for the entire flight, including any connections. This helps avoid reticketing issues, should one leg of your flight get canceled. Comment.

Preparing your special needs children for the holiday season

Here are some strategies for helping your child with special needs successfully navigate the holiday season. Comment.

A book to get kids thinking

The Book Worm: Kids 6 to 12 will learn how to find solutions to local environmental issues when they read “Luz Makes a Splash,” by Claudia Davila. Comment.

A book that will teach and entertain animal lovers

The Book Worm: Kids who love critters will learn a lot from Peg Kehret, author of “Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue.” Comment.

Holiday finest: Toddler dress has us seeing red

New & Noteworthy: The pleated bodice of Laura Ashley’s red taffeta dress evokes Elizabeth I, fruit cake, and Christmas crackers. Comment.

Why receiving is important for giving

Receiving beloved holiday gifts at a young age can affect how people give later in life. Comment.

Survive the holidays in true diva mom fashion

Here are some tips to help you navigate the holidays without losing your cool! Comment.

Classic ballet returns

Featured Event: Dance Theatre in Westchester presents a “Colonial Nutcracker” at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Comment.

Forever warm: Infinity scarf is sweet, handmade gift

New & Noteworthy: Frayd Clothing Company offers a scarf for kids that they’ll want to wear all winter long. Comment.

Plan B: Adapting holiday celebrations in times of illness

From a bout of strep throat at home to a hospital stay, here’s how you can make sure everyone has a happy holiday when there is an ill family member. Comment.

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Holiday to go

Putting aside parents’ issues and watching out for your child

Divorce & Separation: A woman was nervous about letting the mostly absent father take their daughter on a trip. Comment.

Laurie Berkner’s Christmas CD is a merry mix

New & Noteworthy: Her renditions of 15 holiday classics are joined by three original tracks such as the lively “Candy Cane Jane” and short-but-sweet “Christmas Lights.” Comment.

Tips to keep smiling amidst the holiday rush

Here are 21 tips that will help you preserve your family’s good cheer all the way through the most wonderful time of the year. Comment.

Reimagining the waterfront

Featured Event: Children will enjoy hearing other students’ ideas on how to better the East River. Comment.

Holidays after the hurricane

As displaced families continue to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Sandy, opportunities to help our fellow New Yorkers abound. Comment.

Kids helping kids

New York City’s children are lending a hand to help other children affected by super storm Sandy. Comment.

After the hurricane — we’re a community

Letter from the Publisher: During this holiday season, our neighbors hit by Sandy still need us. Comment.

A letter from a reader

One fan gives us her thoughts on the amount of homework children receive after reading our story on the subject in the November 2012 issue. Comment.

NYC Ballet returns with ‘The Nutcracker’

Featured Event: Experience the magic of New York City Ballet’s sumptuous production of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” again. Comment.

Bakerella’s new book offers oodles of holiday cake pop ideas

New & Noteworthy: Bakerella, aka Angie Dudley, takes these balls of crumbled cake and frosting coated with candy melts to amazing holiday heights, and you can, too, with the help of her clear, encouraging instructions on how to form, store, decorate, display, and wrap cake pops. Comment.

A thrilling Hanukkah celebration

Featured Event: Don’t miss the musical celebration of the festival of lights with Shtreiml. Comment.

Don’t miss ‘The Bronx Messiah’

Featured Event: The Bronx Opera Chorus performs the holiday staple on Dec. 9. Comment.

Join the Circo

Featured Event: Canadian duo bring Circo Comedia to Kingsborough Community College for an afternoon of death-defying stunts and more. Comment.

All aboard the Holiday Train Show

Featured Event: See the annual event which features a model train zipping through a scaled-down New York City. Comment.

Reptile time: SI Children’s Museum’s hosts play with snakes

Featured Event: Slither over to the Staten Island Children’s Museum on Saturday, Dec. 8 to learn more about snakes from around the world. Comment.

Aus-some circus touches down at New Victory Theater

Featured Event: “Circus Oz Holiday Show” features acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, comedy and more. Comment.

Dream it and build it

Featured Event: Catch the traveling exhibit Building Boom now at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Comment.

Three chances to see ‘A Christmas Carol’

Featured Event: Don’t miss the annual production of the Charles Dickens classic at Trinity Episcopal Church. Comment.

A special Hanukkah program

Kids will love the entertaining and interactional storytelling of “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Dec. 2. Comment.

Holiday celebration in Flatbush

Featured Event: Have you been naughty or nice? Only St. Nicholas knows for sure. Little children get the chance to visit with him and sign in the “nice” book, when he comes for his annual stay at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum on Dec. 1. Comment.

Terrific trains

Come see the magnificent model train display at the New York Historical Society now through Jan. 6, 2013. Comment.

Helping children in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Here are some ways to help children understand and cope with the effects of the storm. Comments (1).