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Parenting a challenging child

Sanity-saving advice and solutions for concerned parents. Read more…

Father knows best

New & Noteworthy: Based on Sam McBratney’s books, the “Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures” DVD includes seven episodes that star Little Nutbrown Hare and his pals learning about promises, taking responsibility, forgiveness, and more. Read more…

No more pencils, no more books

Just Write Mom: Between Common Core strife, snow days, and college and exam prep, this summer is one many students, teachers, and parents can’t wait to get started. Read more…

Story time: Learning to love caped crusaders

Downtown Mommy: Do most children read literary classics in order to reap the educational benefits of reading? Read more…

Puppetry Arts Festival

Featured Event: Children enjoy a visit from a T-Rex and Tuffy Tiger at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn on June 28. Read more…

Tight-lipped teens and the language of love

Ask Dr. Karyn: Tips for parents who are looking for a little affection and conversation from their teens. Read more…

Understanding irrevocable trusts

Ask an Attorney: Not all trusts are the same, and there is no “one size fits all” for every situation. Here is a brief explanation of some types of trusts that are commonly used. Read more…

‘Little Red’ rides into town

Featured Event: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s puppet-mobile — “Little Red Hood” — rides into the Poe Visitors Center on June 25. Read more…

Dine al fresco

New & Noteworthy: New cooler set by Picnic at Ascot includes dining utensils, plates, and glasses for four in a cooler with wheels and a retractable handle. Read more…

The life-saving nanny

Mommy 101: When finding a day care for an infant and toddler didn’t work out, this working mom tried hiring a nanny — and couldn’t be happier. Read more…

Close Encounters of the Spielberg Kind series

Featured Event: Spielberg fans get a whole summer of the director’s hits — and it’s all free with museum admisison. Read more…

American River concert

Featured Event: Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Quartet’s River Songs of America concert at the Waterfront Museum on June 28. Read more…

Jazz soiree with Catherine Russell

Featured Event: Songstress celebrates the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong at the World’s Fair on June 29 at the Queens Museum. Read more…

What is a neonatal intensive care unit?

Family Health: What can a parent with an infant staying in a neonatal intensive care unit expect? Read more…

The importance of being a proactive father

Divorce & Separation: Mets player Daniel Murphy was recently criticized for taking some time off to be with his wife and child after his son’s birth. But by being an involved parent right from the start, our columnist developed a better sense of how to care for his daughter. Read more…

The right ingredients

Nutrition: When he makes pancakes with his daughter, this father learns a lot more than how to make breakfast from scratch. Read more…

Lose yourself in the story of the little lost cat

The Book Worm: Meant for 3- to 6-year-old readers, “My Name is Bob” by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins is a book your child will get lost in. Read more…

Tame your little monster’s tantrums

The Book Worm: Read “Even Monsters … ” by AJ Smith to calm down 2- to 5-year-olds when they put up a fight. Read more…

Showboat Circus presents ‘DeadPan Alley’

Featured Event: Children enjoy the magic and fun of Will Shaw in the “Dead Pan Alley” show at Hudson River Park on June 22. Read more…

Locking up your family’s online assets

Growing Up Online: Unfortunately, parents who are very conscientious about other forms of family security often do the virtual equivalent of leaving the key under the doormat. Read more…

Get your mojo back

Good Sense Eating: Are the demands of motherhood taking their toll? How to tweak your response to stress. Read more…

Arts block party

Featured Event: Artists celebrate the inaugural block party at Kaufman Arts District on June 21. Read more…

Pomp and circumstance

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Creative ways to celebrate your teen’s high school graduation without all the stress. Read more…

Eleven things every child should do this summer

Education: The lure of slowing down over the summer sounds idyllic in the whir of hectic school schedules, but what do you do if your child is already singing the summertime boredom blues? Read more…

Boardwalk adventure

New & Noteworthy: Joanne Linden’s suspenseful new picture book, set on the boardwalk, is a breath of salty, beach air! Read more…

Natural ways to fight Hashimoto’s disease

Healthy Living: Tips for treating the symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease with natural supplements, vitamins, and a healthy lifestyle. Read more…

Celebrating Daddy’s day!

Fabulyss Finds: Here are some great ways to celebrate Dad in New York City this Father’s Day. Read more…

Tips to help prevent drowning

Education: The US Swim School Association provides tips to help keep kids safe during Water Safety Month. Read more…

Helping first-time fathers adjust postpartum

Postpartum: Most first-time fathers experience stress and their own apprehensions about parenting. There are things dads, moms, and family can do to make it easier. Read more…

Tips and resources for new dads

Dad Stuff: Fathers have an important role with their babies, too. And being a new dad can be tough. Read more…

A mom that inspires

Inspiring mother-daughter duo Matilda Cuomo and Maria Cuomo Cole have made a big difference in the lives of many New Yorkers. Read more…

‘The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk’

Featured Event: Children enjoy this interactive one-man play about what happens when you move to a new school at the New Victory Theater from June 13 to 22 Read more…

Fathers can impact their children’s school successes

Dear Teacher: Teachers answer parents’ questions, including concerns about fathers’ involvement in children’s schooling, taking younger children to college tours, and delaying kindergarten. Read more…

Adolescent dating and special needs

Teens: Starting to date is difficult for many teens, but certainly the challenges can be exacerbated for those with special needs. Read more…

Team family: Working together when you live apart

As parents and stepparents, what can we do to enable healthy interactions and positive self-esteem in our children and stepchildren? Read more…

Seven tips to help

Here are seven tips to help enable healthy interactions and positive self-esteem in your own kids and stepkids. Read more…

The Mighty Rainforest

Featured Event: Children explore the rainforest at the Staten Island Zoo on June 14. Read more…

Making style magic

Former Donna Karan staffer, Bonnie Young, has created a Fall 2014 season full of fun creations for girls and boys that are inspired by cultures from around the world and as near and dear as her own two children. Read more…

Kids Dance

Featured Event: Children enjoy a live performance at the Joyce Theater from June 12 to 15. Read more…

Living a ‘Year of No Sugar’

Body Image: After hearing about the dangers of fructose, a mother gets her family to agree to eating nothing containing the sweetener for a year. Read more…

Giving voice to families impacted by autism

Autism: A new picture book, “Silent Voices,” by Barry Rudner, highlights the occurrence of autism, how it can afflict any child, and how it impacts families. Read more…

Game keeps math and reading skills sharp

New & Noteworthy: Kids play for pretend cash and win rewards while parents gain a better understanding of what skills their kids need to hone for September with Lakeshore’s new series of play-at-home “Are You Ready? Game Shows. “ Read more…

To the moon and back

Special Needs: Here are 10 ways to increase your family affection at home. Read more…

More ideas on showing your family some love

Special Needs: Need a few extra ideas on how to show affection? Read more…

A happy place

Travel: The Marco Island Marriott doesn’t just welcome families and kids, it goes above and beyond for them. Read more…

Uncloaking specialized high-school testing secrecy

Teens: What parents need to know about early awareness and testing opportunities for city specialized high schools. Read more…

Kidz Talk app tracks your child’s progress

Autism: An interview with Susan French, the developer of the speech aid app Kidz Talk. Read more…

An unlikely summer

Education: It’s tempting to let your child lounge by the pool this summer, but spending time preparing for the Specialized High School Admissions Test will have significant and profound effects on his life. Read more…

Van Cortlandt Park Lake — the Seventh Wonder

Featured Event: Visitors can explore and learn all about Van Corltandt Park Lake on June 12 with hands-on activities. Read more…

Make your home allergen-free

Allergies: You may not be able to control the great outdoors, but you can control your indoor living spaces — turning them into allergy-free zones. Read more…

Dealing with disappointment

Special Needs: How can parents help kids navigate a world that isn’t always fun or fair? Here are some age-by-age guidelines. Read more…

Exploring the great outdoors!

Toddlers: Toddlers, school-age children, and older teenagers with special needs can all benefit from learning outside. Read more…

Dear Dad: Your kids need you!

Dad Stuff: Study after study reflects the impact of a child’s well-being from the influence of his father. Read more…

Rhyming and miming

Featured Event: Children can listen to stories, watch Mime Haruka Moriyama dramatize the illustrations, and then use their imagination with Poppy Luca — all at Pono on June 8. Read more…

Living History tours

Featured Event: Visitiors learn all about life in the 1930s as members dress up in period pieces and lead guided tours at the Vanderbilt Mansion, now thorugh Aug. 31. Read more…

Summer camp 101

Sports: Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment for your preschooler, or weeks of intentional skill-building for your 15-year-old, you can find it at camp. Read more…

Devoted dads

Dad Stuff: NYC Dads Group helps fathers take care of their children and themselves. Read more…

Teens and autism

Autism: The major mountain to overcome during an autistic teen’s transition into adulthood is helping him coordinate independent living skills with a solid quality of life. Read more…

SummerStage has something for everyone

Featured Event: City Park’s Foundation is hosting another year of great concerts and comedy shows in city parks thorugh Aug. 24. Read more…

Meet the Artist Sunday

Featured Event: Visitors enjoy a concert by Elizabeth Mitchell and her family band, You Are My Flower, on June 7 at Lincoln Center. Read more…

Summer season at Puppetworks

Featured Event: Children enjoy a special performance of three tales — “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Frog Prince,” and “The Ugly Duckling” — Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 17 at Puppetworks in Park Slope. Read more…

Twentieth annual Pow Wow

Featured Event: Gateway to Nations introduces visitors to the culture and history of the Native Americans at Aviator Sports Complex on June 6, 7, and 8. Read more…

Django Jones’ offers delish lyrics

New & Noteworthy: Django Jones’ debut album, “D is for Django,” tackles tantalizing topics such as popcorn, potato leek soup, and breakfast. Read more…

How spectacular!

Featured Event: Children learn and have fun at the second annual Carnival and Science Spectacular fund-raising event at the Staten Island Children’s Museum on June 7. Read more…
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