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Understanding ‘Pandas’

Special Needs: How to deal with this relatively misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition occuring in children after a they recover from a strep throat. Read more…

You glow girl

New & Noteworthy: Imperial Toy’s new line of glowing dolls, the Lum Lums, demonstrate friendship’s power to make our hearts shine. Read more…

Engaging all learning styles

The key to engaging kids, spouses, colleagues, and friends is to understand and maximize all three learning styles: kinesthetic, visual, and auditory. Read more…

Reading fast and reading slow

Growing Up Online: Studies show that children need to learn how to both quickly scan online articles and deeply digest physical books. Read more…

Solar schools are lesson plan for the future, sez study

Elementary: America’s kindergarten through 12th grade schools have shown “explosive growth” in their use of solar energy over the last decade, a study found. Read more…

How to be a good witness

Ask an Attorney: Here are some tips on how to be a good witness, just in case you’re called to testify and all you know about court proceedings is from watching episodes of “Law and Order.” Read more…

Increasing your children’s vocabulary

Education: Plus our columnists discuss ways to motivate a middle schooler and how to find extra help for children having problems with math. Read more…

How I got my babies to sleep through the night

Mommy 101: Getting a baby to sleep through the night isn’t impossible when you have practice the following strategies. Read more…

Heat of the moment

Family Health: By following these safety precautions, you will have a better understanding of the dos and don’ts of burn care. Read more…

Why teens should consider liberal arts colleges

Letter from College: Liberal arts colleges champion their rigorous curriculum, small class size, and accessibility of professors. Read more…

Learn A-B-Cs with animals from A to Z

The Book Worm: Kids 2 to 4 — and even 5 to 6 — will love meeting all the animals of Kenya with “Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari” from Dana Sullivan. Read more…

‘World’ of inspiring kids

The Book Worm: Hand ecology-minded 10 to 15 year olds “Kids Who are Changing the World” by Anne Jankeliowitch, and see how they change, too. Read more…

Whoo goes there?

Featured Event: Join the Urban Rangers and explore the abundant wildlife and birds at the Orchard Beach Nature Center. Read more…

‘Alexander ...’ a laugh-out-loud comedy

Kids First! film critic Gerry reviews “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Read more…

Life after playdates

Lions and Tigers and Teens: What does one do when one is not exactly thrilled with a teen’s new friend? Read more…

Get a taste of Native American culture

Featured Event: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers thrill with songs and dances of the tribes of the Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Plains, and the Southwest. Read more…

A little holiday music

Brooklyn mom and world-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein will celebrate the holidays with a festive concert on Dec. 20. Read more…

Actor’s life for me

Featured Event: Young thespians can improvise alongside professional actors in this workshop on Nov. 23. Read more…

Mummenshanz is back!

Featured Event: The troupe brings its unique and creative “The Musicians of Silence” to the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts from Nov. 20 to 30. Read more…

Pilgrims need sleep, too

New & Noteworthy: The festivities don’t have to end after the last bite of pumpkin pie, especially if you’re hosting a sleepover! You’ll be thankful for these pilgrim pajamas and nightgown which will have you counting your blessings right up till the dawn of Black Friday. Read more…

Working together to secure financial aid for college

Divorce & Separation: As divorced parents, we need to learn how the financial aid process works and communicate with the other parent to make it possible for a child to accumulate the least amount of debt in pursuit of higher education. Read more…

Pint-sized comedians take to the stage at Gotham Comedy Club.

Featured Event: Young comedians strut their stuff at the venerable laughter loft. Read more…

Nervous no more: Taming childhood anxiety

Age-appropriate strategies to soothe jangled nerves, halt racing thoughts, and alleviate overgrown worries, so kids can simply enjoy being kids. Read more…

Music workshop with Martha Redbone

Featured Event: Learn traditional Cherokee and Choctaw rhythms and sounds in an interactive workshop on Nov. 22. Read more…

Theatreworks USA’s ‘Christmas Carol’ will spellbind and educate young audiences

Featured Event: Families enjoy this timeless Dickens classic about the spirit of Christmas. Read more…

Dealing with grief in a time of joy

Loss & Grieving: Difficult circumstances create hard times for us and our children, and can become magnified during the holidays. Read more…

Behaviors to look for in your children after a divorce

Signs of stress to look out for in young and older children whose parents are going through a divorce. Read more…

Affording adoption

Adoption: Help Us Adopt is helping hardworking families overcome the financial obstacles of adoption, so children can join loving and permanent homes to give them all they deserve. Read more…

Children’s funny band comes to the Jewish Museum

Featured Event: Families enjoy this fun concert for children 2 to 6 years old. Read more…

‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’

Featured Event: The childhood staple comes to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Nov. 19. Read more…

‘He For She’ and she for him

Just Write Mom: The campaign “HeForShe” is working to end gender stereotypes that hurt both women and men. Read more…

Rock out with the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Featured Event: Justin Roberts brings down the house for the toddler set. Read more…

Thankful giving

This month, put gratitude in action with these inspired ideas. Read more…

Think pink

Featured Event: “Pinkalicious” at the St. George Theatre on Nov. 16 is fun for all ages. Read more…

Cell phones and brain cells

New & Noteworthy: New documentary, “Mobilize,” illustrates links between improper use of cell phones and increased risk of brain cancer in children and adults, decreased fertility, and permanant, negative biological effects on mice exposed to cell phone radiation in utero. Read more…

Crack ‘em up

New & Noteworthy: Make this Thanksgiving dinner extra special with party crackers, a British Christmas tradition repackaged for this distinctly American celebration. Read more…

The micro-preemie experience

Babies: How do babies born prematurely beat the odds? Who are the professionals and experts who help them? And how do new parents cope with fear and anguish? Read more…

Turkey talk

Fabulyss Finds: Express your thanks this holiday season by involving the whole family in volunteering, donating, and spreading kindness. Read more…

Adopting an attitude of gratitude

Rediscover this national holiday and reclaim it as the word of action that it actually is — Thanksgiving! Read more…

Ole!: ‘The Soul of Flamenco’

Featured Event: Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana opens the 60th season at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts with a production of “The Soul of Flamenco,” celebrating the classical dance form of flamenco, on Nov. 14. Read more…

Five facts you need to know about the Ebola virus

Healthy Living: The fact remains that the likelihood of any of us contracting the virus here in the New York City area remains exceedingly small. Read more…

Ride through miniature New York City

Featured Event: Take the ride and view miniature landmarks at the New York Botanic Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show. Read more…

Fly by to ‘Fly Guy and Other Stories’

Featured Event: A fun, interactive musical revue based on children’s classic books. Read more…

Case of the disappearing candy

Good Sense Eating: What happens when one mom decides to let her children eat as much Halloween candy as they want? Should kids be allowed to eat candy at all, and if so, how much is too much? Read more…

I think my child is stuttering — what should I do?

Education: Research indicates that approximately five to eight percent of young school-aged children show signs of stuttering, and that 20 to 25 percent of them will continue to stutter into adulthood. Read more…

Celebrate kindness at the Voelker Orth Museum

Featured Event: Listen to a professional storyteller reading tales of kindness on Nov. 8. Read more…

Arty Facts is back!

Featured Event: Enjoy a day at the museum exploring the galleries at the Brooklyn Museum and then make a fun art project. Read more…

All fur ‘Love’

New & Noteworthy: In the latest installment of Elizabeth Frogel’s Charlie Girl series, “A Story of Love and Instinct” the most adorable poodle on the Upper West Side gets a new (human) baby sister. Read more…

A musical journey through time

Featured Event: Inbal Hever and Friends will entertain with a special concert on Nov. 2 at Temple Beth Emeth. Read more…

The spirit of the holiday

Letter from the Publisher: November is an important time to be thankful for your family and health and to reach out to others who may not be so lucky. Read more…

Don’t miss ‘The Magic Flute’

Featured Event: A familiy-friendly version of the Mozart classic with English and Spanish subtitles at the New Victory Theater. Read more…

‘Little Artists Trek’ opens young eyes to classic wonders.

Featured Event: Families can enjoy a gallery tour and art workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read more…

‘The Book of Life’ remembers what’s important

Loss & Grieving: 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. Read more…
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