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A SociAl leArning ProgrAm deSigned Fall into Autumn Photo Contest.................................. 27 for children who find it hArd to: Birthday Blowout.......................................................... 36 • Establish and maintain friendships • Share space effectively • Initiate and maintain conversations Understand the hidden meaning of Don’t•Miss......................................................................... 6 spoken messages This month’s entertainment and activities. • Interpret social cues Health............................................................................. 32 Take person’s point of view Insight •and itemsinforanother your family’s care. • Pay attention and stay focused Travel............................................................................... 33 • Work in groups Destinations, product picks and getaway tips. • Predict outcomes and solve problems Update............................................................................. 34 • Comprehend concepts underlying Essential products and information for your brood. pictures/stories/assignments • Set boundaries In Season........................................................................ 42 Plan fall• fun for all. school tasks Organize

Birthday on a Budget................ 20 A great bash doesn’t have to break the bank.

Party places and entertainers for the happiest of occasions.

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Sensory Processing Disorders.......... 14 Does your child have one?


Birthday Directory.................. 22

Special Needs and Health & Fitness Directory....................................... 16 Experts and services catering to family wellness and special needs.

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Increase Fertility.................................................... 12

• Asperger’s Syndrome • Non-verbal Learning • Other Social Challenges Disability Cover Credit: • High Functioning AutismSteve Elgort Publisher

Nutrition Q & A: Round 2....................................... 18 With Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina Managing Editor Donald McDermott


Homemade Halloween.............. 10


Create characters and costumes.

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Associate Editor Samantha Chan Editorial Intern Kristan Morley

Current Events............................... 25

Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Talking to kids about today’s tough topics.

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Taking to Tantrums....................... 26

Contributing Writers Stacey Antine, Julia Darrenkamp, Kim Guiley, K.T. Korngold, Kelsey Layer, Victoria Maizes, Phyllis Ohr, Teresa Tayler, Louise Weadock

The case for a good cry.

Shaving at 35 Weeks...................... 28

And other unexpected adventures in pregnancy.

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October 2013 Volume 30 • Number 10


Birthday Coverage

Fall into Autumn Photo Contest.................................. 27

Birthday on a Budget................ 20

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Birthday Blowout.......................................................... 36

A great bash doesn’t have to break the bank.


Birthday Directory.................. 22

Don’t Miss......................................................................... 6

Party places and entertainers for the happiest of occasions.

This month’s entertainment and activities.

Health............................................................................. 32 Insight and items for your family’s care.

Special Needs

Travel............................................................................... 33 Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Sensory Processing Disorders.......... 14 Does your child have one?

Update............................................................................. 34

Special Needs and Health & Fitness Directory....................................... 16

In Season........................................................................ 42

Experts and services catering to family wellness and special needs.

Health & Fitness

Essential products and information for your brood. Plan fall fun for all.


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What’s Happening......................................................... 36

A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, performances and events.

Increase Fertility.................................................... 12 Tips to help you thrive and improve your health.

Cover Credit:

Nutrition Q & A: Round 2....................................... 18

Publisher Steve Elgort

With Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.

Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina


Managing Editor Donald McDermott

Homemade Halloween.............. 10

Associate Editor Samantha Chan

Create characters and costumes.

Editorial Intern Kristan Morley

Current Events............................... 25

Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Talking to kids about today’s tough topics.

P. 10

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Taking to Tantrums....................... 26

Contributing Writers Stacey Antine, Julia Darrenkamp, Kim Guiley, K.T. Korngold, Kelsey Layer, Victoria Maizes, Phyllis Ohr, Teresa Tayler, Louise Weadock

The case for a good cry.

Shaving at 35 Weeks...................... 28

And other unexpected adventures in pregnancy.

Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti Advertising Sales Representatives Cindy DiCaprio, Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford

Time Management........................................................... 30

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by Rachel Kalina

Each year, October brings a As seasons transition and the year winds down, perhaps certain kind of excitement that you’re looking forward to new beginnings and to expand I find hard to contain. After all, your family. “Increase Fertility” by Victoria Maizes, there are pumpkins to be picked, M.D., offers expert insight and advice on fostering posicider drinks to be sipped, leaves to tive conditions for conception. Learn how environmental crunch, costumes to don, and best of all, tons of fall festivi- and other factors may affect your chances of getting ties to attend! The What’s Happening and Don’t Miss sec- pregnant and what you can do to put the odds in your tions in this issue ensure you’ll have a full calendar of local favor. events to check out. Snap some pics while your family is For parents with children who may be having trouout and about, and submit them to our “Fall into Autumn ble hitting developmental milestones, turn to “Sensory Photo Contest” at for a chance to Processing Disorders” by Louise Weadock, and learn about • 212-213-8840 win great prizes. disruptions of the senses that could be at play. Weadock In between attending Halloween parties, you may find expands on the different types of sensory disorders and yourself also having to plan a fete. Discover the latest and how you can help your child with them. greatest in party entertainers, venues, and services in our And for bonus content like wonderful giveaways, be sure jam-packed Birthday Directory. PARENTGUIDE News to peruse the PARENTGUIDE News Facebook page. wants to make your next celebration a smashing success! With “Birthday on a Budget” by Kelsey Layer, you’ll not Have a wonderful autumn, only be able to plan a memorable gathering, but you’ll also gain ideas on how to pull it off responsibly.



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A Halloween Treat

Just in time for Halloween, The Weinstein Company keeps young audiences on the edge of their seats with The Trick or Treaters. The animated feature focuses on a group of bad guys whose outlook begins to change when they encounter an orphan girl. The Trick or Treaters opens nationwide on October 25.

Beach Bonanza

Two teen surfers are magically transported into an old-school 1960s beach flick in Teen Beach Movie. Audiences of all ages will love the music, dancing and nostalgia as Brady and Mack try to save the day and make their way back home. Including behind-the-scenes footage and bonus features, Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie is available now.


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Flying Free

Two turkeys from the opposite side of the tracks have to put aside their differences and team up to change the course of history in Free Birds (Relativity Media). The unique, animated buddy comedy follows the birds back in time as they try to get turkey off the holiday menu forever. Go along for the ride with Free Birds, in theaters beginning November 1.

It’s a Snap

Chicago-based software company TIP Solutions is proud to present CallSnap. The free, downloadable app provides users with a chance to communicate by responding instantly to an incoming call with a photo. The innovative app is available to download in the Google Play store. Visit for more information.

Painting a Picture

Meet 9-year-old Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses, in An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (Universal Studios). Perfect for the brand-new school year, this modern-day story featuring the newest member of the American Girl family is all about facing your fears and finding your own voice. The live-action feature is available now on DVD.

Nightengale’s Tale

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Things go wrong for young witch Cassie Nightengale’s family and friends just days before her birthday in The Good Witch’s Destiny. Now Cassie has to rely on her charm to destroy a curse and pull off the party she has always wanted. The Good Witch’s Destiny premieres on the Hallmark Channel on October 26. Check your local listings.

It’s that time of year again. Basketball season is in the air and NBA 2K14 is in stores. Raising the bar for sports fans and gamers everywhere, the brand-new release features state-of-the-art graphics, amazing features, and all of your favorite NBA stars. Score a slam dunk with your family by picking up your copy of NBA 2K14 today.

Kindie favorites Baze and His Silly Friends celebrate the school year with their third CD, The Best Day Ever! Joining Baze and His Silly Friends on the new release is an all-star kindie lineup, including Lucky Diaz, Kira Wiley, Dave Lambert, and many, many more. A portion of the band’s CD sales will go to help raise autism awareness. Order your copy today at

Director Nick Ryan takes viewers to the top of the most challenging peak in the world in The Summit (IFC Films). The amazing documentary explores the physical and emotional ascent of K2, as well as some of the successful and unsuccessful attempts to the top. The Summit opens in select theaters on October 4. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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On October 19, bring the whole family down to Socrates Sculpture Park for the Halloween Harvest Festival. Beginning at 11am, enjoy costume-making workshops, food and beverage sales, face painting, a canine costume contest, and more through 3pm. The fun takes place at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City.

A Season Starter

The Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Glen Oaks, kicks off the season with the Kickoff to Fall festival that offers up apple treats of epic proportions. Guests may enjoy apples, cider, donuts, apple pies and more on October 6, beginning at 11am. Questions? Dial (718)3473276 or visit


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Puppets on Parade

Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Shadow Puppet Workshops on October 26 at 10am and 1pm. Grab the kids and head to BAM Fisher Hillman Studio at 321 Ashland Place in Brooklyn for a lesson on the history and craft of shadow puppet making and storytelling. Participants then make their own puppets and create their own stories before performing in an original multimedia performance. Learn more and sign up by logging on to

Friendly Neighbors

It’s the perfect chance to meet your friendly neighbors on October 6 at the 36th Avenue Astoria Festival. Beginning at noon, enjoy fun, games, food, and more along the avenue between 35th and 29th streets in Astoria. The fun continues to 6pm. Visit for information on this and other upcoming festivals.

Get Started Today

The Flushing YMCA is making it easier than ever to get healthy with a Jump-Start Your Life promotion through October 14. During this time, new members join for free! It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to get healthy, stay fit, or learn a new sport or skill with members of the community. Learn more by clicking on or stop by the 138-46 Northern Boulevard location in Flushing to learn more and to sign up today.

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Halloween Spirit

The Sunnyside Gardens Park is a traditionally members-only park, but on October 5, the public gains access to the playgrounds, available German food, and perfect pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch and Oktoberfest. Celebrate all of the season’s offerings at this festive fete taking place at 48-21 39th Ave. at Barnett Avenue in Sunnyside.

Feel the spirit at the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden on October 30. The Halloween goblins extend an invitation to join them for some merriment, trick-or-treat pranks, crafts, stories, and surprises. Come in costume and join the fun! The event takes place 5-7pm at 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing. Call (718)359-6227 for details.


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Society hosts its Annual Harvest Festival on October 13, noon-4pm, at Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, 18-20 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood. Enjoy face painting, crafts, games, an appearance from Nolick the oK.Wizard, cider making, and more. The first 500 children at the event receive a free pumpkin. Details are available at

at King Manor in Jamaica. On October 19, families with children are invited to the hands-on history event that teaches guests about the annual harvest. October 26 brings about the Fall Festival, which offers up more ways to celebrate the season with cider, treats, and fall-theme activities. The manor is located at 150-3 Jamaica Ave. Visit for more information.

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t’s a customizable world these days, particularly when it comes to Halloween. While there are many options this season for readymade costumes, your kids can look just as spectacular with outfits right from their closets — and a little help from your local party store.

course! Then, get geeky with glasses that rock a white-tape stripe on the nose bridge, a bowtie, and a pocket protector — all of which should be in stock at a party store in your nabe.

Personalize your costume designs with store-bought accessories to complete your kids’ trick-or-treat looks. Here are what costume experts recommend.

Head down any number of aisles during October, and you’ll notice that accessories come in every color of the rainbow and many shades in between. Can’t decide on a color scheme for a costume? Good! Your kids will be on trend this holiday in their spectacular mish-mosh of hues. Let your children choose whatever basic color shirts and pants they want to display, and then play them up with accessories like a rainbow bow tie, colorful wig, and mismatched suspenders, or bold tutus, vibrant hair clips, and cozy-but-cute leg warmers.

BuzzIng BumBleBee

This classic concept is always sure to make a buzz during All Hallow’s Eve. Inspired by sugar and spice and everything nice, this costume can be thrown together with black leggings and a black shirt as a base. Build onto the theme by picking up a bee antennae headband, or creating one, and fairy wings at a nearby retailer. Finish off the garb with a black-and-yellow tutu and socks in the same color scheme.

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Let’s face it: It’s cool to be a nerd in this technology-driven world. Dress your child in one of this Halloween’s hottest outfits, and let him show off both brains and style. Start with a button-down shirt and pair it with khaki pants or jeans — fitted waist-high, of

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With minimal planning, these outfits are sure to make your child’s spooky season an outstanding one.

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by Victoria Maizes, M.D.

Fertilit y Tips to help you thrive and improve your health.

With growing excitement, you and your partner decide the time is right to have a child. While pregnancy is a natural event, getting your health in order will increase the likelihood of conception and of giving birth to a healthy child. What follows is some of the most important advice that I give to my patients when preparing for pregnancy.

Eat a healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. It is also a diet that increases the likelihood of conception — both au natural and when using IVF. Mediterranean diets include abundant unrefined grains, legumes, fish, vegetables, and fruit. Olive oil is the principal oil in the diet, and meat is consumed sparingly if at all. Other specific dietary recommendations that have been shown to reduce infertility include eating more vegetable protein and less animal protein (substitute beans and nuts for meat or poultry), choosing whole fat rather than low or non-fat dairy products, and avoiding soda and simple carbohydrates. Fish is complex. While you will want to reduce exposure to mercury by avoiding shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, you don’t want to avoid all fish, as it’s one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. So enjoy your wild salmon, sardines, herring, and black cod.

Take a good multivitamin. The American academies of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics all recommend that women of childbearing age take a multivitamin. Prenatal multivitamins reduce the risk of neural tube, heart, and other birth defects. They make it easier to conceive and less likely to miscarry. And, three recent studies revealed an association between the use of folic acid prior to conception and a 40-percent lower risk of autism. Choose your multivitamin and supplements with care. They can vary tremendously. You will want it to contain: folic acid, 400-600 mcg; iron, 18 mg; and iodine, 150 mcg, among the various ingredients. I also recommend that most women take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. These essential fats are scarce in the American diet. While omega-3 is abundant in some fish, many women avoid fish to reduce their exposure to mercury. Look for molecularly distilled fish oil with both DHA (for your baby’s developing brain, about 300-400 mg) and EPA (to prevent postpartum depression, about 500-600 mg) and take it with your largest meal of the day.

Reconsider your exercise routine. I encourage all my patients to be fit. So many of my women patients are surprised to hear that when attempting to conceive, I ask them to reduce their exercise! With the exception of overweight women, vigorous exercise reduces fertility. Consider your own exercise habits, and stop running and begin to walk; if you are a yogini, switch from Ashtanga or power yoga to a quieter, more restorative form. 12 I parentguide News I October 2013

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Reduce your environmental chemical exposures. There are more than 80,000 industrial chemicals in use in the United States. Many are endocrine disruptors, which means they alter the normal function of hormones. They are in plastics, canned foods, cleaning materials, bug spray, and even makeup. These environmental chemicals can increase the risk of ADHD, autism, diabetes, and heart disease. You can reduce your exposure to environmental toxins. I suggest that you begin with a self-assessment and consider the following questions. -Do you know which vegetables and fruits have the most pesticide contamination? -Do you avoid fish that contains high levels of mercury and PCBs? -Do you check the ingredients in your cosmetics, lotions, and shampoos for endocrine disruptors? -Do you use green cleaning products? -Do you use perfumes, scented candles, and/or air fresheners? -Do you spray the house for bugs, or have your lawn sprayed? Many resources are now available to guide you to safer choices. My favorite website is the one for Environmental Working Group (, which addresses food, water, cosmetics, and cleaning products. When you avoid environmental chemicals, you can significantly reduce many of these toxins in your body. Studies show that in just three days, adults who avoided canned food and plastics lowered their levels of BPA (bisphenol A). Preparing for pregnancy by getting your own health in order is the finest gift you can give your child. May you be blessed with the joys of parenthood! Victoria Maizes, M.D., is the executive director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a professor of medicine and public health. Her newest book is Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner). For more information about fertility, visit her website,, or follow her on twitter @vmaizes.



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Sensory Processing Disorders

Asensoryprocessingdisorderisaconnectivitymalfunctionofthe neural pathways in the body. When this happens, stimuli can’t predictably flow to the brain where information is coded and stored, information is not consistently received by the senses, and a child can’t learn how to appropriately recognize the data and react accordingly. When the child needs to use information to respond, he can’t retrieve it because it wasn’t adequately sorted, properly identified, or stored.

Does your child have one? by Louise Weadock

Is there anything you can do to help if your child has a sensory processing disorder? Yes. Vast improvements have been observed in children who had been diagnosed with sensory processing disorders. We’ve seen firsthand how sensory stimulation can make a difference. When I say, “senses,” I am referring to centers within our body that uniquely register information about our world in the brain. This includes our nose for smelling, ears for hearing, mouth for tasting, skin for touching, eyes for seeing, and our radar, which determines our sense of self in space. Children learn using all of their senses to respond to what they see, smell, hear, touch, and feel. They use observation, experimentation, and problem solving — sensory play — to lay the groundwork for life in the classroom and the world at large. Counting, sequencing, sorting, constructing, and scientific thinking are all the result of sensory play experiences.

Sensory processing: A disorder or a disability? For every type of sense, there are “hypersensitivities” and “hyposensitivities.” Hypersensitive children can’t filter out information and become overwhelmed with too much information. Hyposensitive children are defensively hard-wired to block out stimuli and can be unresponsive when asked to retrieve information in order to act. If a child’s processing ability can’t be amped up or calmed down, he is said to have a “challenge” to overcome, or a special need on which to focus. Depending on the complexity of the neural pathway disruption, the child may demonstrate learning or behavioral disorders such as dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, or autistic behaviors.

How can a parent help? The following tips offer ways to exercise various senses. Challenge to sight: The child can’t see objects in

the way or patterns of words on a page, can’t judge objects in motion, or has no depth or peripheral perception. There can also be degrees of blindness, peripheral obstruction, and inaccurate light refraction.

Sensory exercises: Expose the child to LED

lighting. Engage in activities with light and sound combinations such as light patterns with music and water, as well as activities aiming to develop eye-hand coordination.

Challenge to hearing: The child can’t hear surrounding motions but can feel surrounding sounds; is super sensitive to loud, buzzing, pitchy, or sudden noise; perceives sounds differently than others do and is often misunderstood. The child may require a different language, like sign or Braille, to communicate.

Sensory exercises: Use an intensive auditory

earphone system with classical music at night. Try having the child play drums, sing karaoke, or practice wildwood instruments.

Challenge to sense of self in space: The child bumps into objects, trips, falls, and has difficulty with balance tasks like bike riding. He’s not generally a good athlete. He often misses his mouth when eating or drinking and has problems with logic and decoding puzzles.

Sensory exercises: Joint movement, sports, and exercise, like jumping, running, hopping, etc., may boost academics. 14 I parentguide News I October 2013

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Challenge to smell: The child is easily

Sensory exercises: Accompany food

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deemed a “picky eater;” have issues with food consistency, color, or look; be adamant that “other foods can’t be touching;” and experience lactose allergies, or obesity from self-soothing. with a favorite song or activity. Let the child make his own meals and encourage weightcontrol challenges. Avoid unhealthy snacks.


distracted by different smells, sometimes finding them intolerable and forcing him to leave an area. The child may perceive an item to have a putrid smell that is unlike the real smell detected by others. scents entice the child to hyper-stimulate his nose so he learns how to sort information. Cooking activities can stimulate memories of mom in the kitchen. Smells are “historical memory pegs” that enhance our ability to retain and recall information.


Challenge to touch: The child’s skin may be super-sensitive (ouch!) or hyposensitive (can’t feel a thing).

Some children certain textures or people touching• them. The hypersensitive child is cau419 Park Avenuecan’t South,tolerate 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 tious, delicate, and fearful. He doesn’t mingle in a group. Hyposensitive children may not realize they’re in danger TO: because they don’t feel. FAX # Sensory exercises: The hyposensitive child craves stimulation. He probably enjoys a good back scratch, a tight ISSUE DATE: sensations on his skin are more than welcome. hug, or FROM: a scalp massage. Any sticky-touchy-prickly-vibrating Hypersensitive children do well with squeeze machines, cocoon swings, bubble baths, warm water, and creams.

Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. Louise Weadock is a Registered Child Psychiatric Nurse; 30-year ASD/SID researcher; and the founder of 16,000-square-foot family gym, OF APPROVAL: WeeZee… World of “Yes I SIGNATURE Can!” at 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY. Weadock recently launched an autism/sensory learning research nonprofit, Sensory Bullets, for the purposes of researching the equipment featured at WeeZee gym. Learn more at

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Special Needs and Health & Fitness Services Close to Home Special Needs Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY 11050 (516)365-4900 The Vincent Smith School is well-known for its individualized program for reluctant learners and learning disabled students in grades 4-12. VSS has a history of excellence dating back to 1924. Located on four and a half acres in suburban Port Washington, Vincent Smith School is a private day school, serving students in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties in New York. It offers students differentiated instruction in small supportive classes. Students experience academic success, emotional growth and social acceptance. More than 83 percent of graduates go on to college. Vincent Smith School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as an independent, nonprofit institution and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools. It takes pride in being a place where it’s okay to learn differently. The Vincent Smith School is open to all without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

experience fun and anxiety-free for the whole family. She believes in educating parents and children in cavity prevention. She takes the time to understand the needs of your child and family, and she provides individualized treatment plans to address them. Dr. Mindy’s office is a reflection of her philosophy. It offers a modern, kid-friendly environment with video games in every room. She has digital x-rays to reduce the amount of radiation exposure to your child. Her warm and courteous staff will welcome you with a smile at each appointment. Call today to schedule an appointment or visit for more information. Weekend and evening appointments are available.

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Bayside Speech & Language PALS 58-47 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Suite 15, Bayside, NY 11364 (347)408-4247 Fax: (347)408-4398 Bayside Speech & Language PALS, PLLC (PALS Speech) is a full-service, speech-language practice exclusively devoted to improving the lives of children. It specializes in the language, speech and feeding skills of preschool and school-aged children, as well as working with families to understand their child’s specific speech and language needs. Through high-quality, customized treatment, PALS endeavors to provide clients with the confidence and skills they need to excel in an academic or social setting. PALS Speech provides evaluations and therapies that cover oral and written language, articulation, phonological processing and oral motor skills, feeding issues, fluency, auditory processing, reading and spelling, and pragmatic language. PROMPT, Phono-graphix and SOStrained therapists are available to work with children both individually and in groups. PALS accepts New York City Department of Education preschool contracts and RSA letters for school-aged children. PALS Speech is proud to join forces with Balanced Pediatrics to offer comprehensive pediatric therapy services, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy in a sensory gym. Bilingual Korean evaluations and therapy are now available. Therapy may be provided at offsite locations upon request. A therapist will determine a schedule and therapy plan that is right for you. • 212-213-8840 Health & Fitness Dr. Mindy Homer Pediatric Dentistry 800 Community Drive, Suite 200, Manhasset, NY 11030 (516)869-9500 Did you know that approximately 40 percent of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten, and it is now recommended that children see a dentist no later their first birthday? Dr. Mindy knows that dental visits in early childhood can prevent cavities. Dr. Mindy earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She continued her training at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she earned her specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mindy is board certified and provides the best dental care to pediatric, adolescent and special needs patients. Dr. Mindy’s mission is to make the dental

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Nutrition Q & A ROUND TWO


with Stacey Antine, M.S., R.D.

ou had even more questions about your family’s eating habits, and Registered Dietitian Stacey Antine is back to answer them in this delicious sequel to last month’s enlightening piece. Keep reading to find out what kinds of soy foods are best and how to keep junk food at bay.


Is there a limit to the amount of soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, that my 1 year old should be eating?

Soy foods, such as edamame and tofu, are delicious, plant-based sources of protein that contain no cholesterol. They are loaded with healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals. For healthy kids and adults, moderation is the best approach. Eat one serving a day (1 cup) and stick with edamame or other natural forms of soy, not highly processed soy food products. Also, since soybeans are high on the list of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) crops, look for non-GMO labels on frozen and fresh soy products in your supermarket.


My 2¼-year-old daughter has always been a good eater for the most part. Recently, she is refusing to eat foods she’s always loved. It seems that it’s just a control issue with her. What do you think? Many children begin to flex their independence through their food choices at age 2 or even younger. This is a great opportunity to empower your daughter to choose a variety of foods and help with the cooking process. She can help you mix, pour, and stir ingredients. In some cases and with supervision, she can use a plastic knife to help chop soft veggies, such as bell peppers, to develop gross motor skills, too! Lastly, make sure to eat with your daughter at the table so she can model your eating behavior.


What’s the most important nutrient for a growing 5 year old? Does it change as he gets older?

Growing children need nutrition from a variety of whole foods that provide energy, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. The following are great options: a medley of fruits and vegetables, whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, popcorn that’s not from a microwavable bag), lean proteins (fish, chicken), healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts, and omega3 fatty acids from salmon, flax, and hemp), low-fat dairy for protein, as well as calcium and vitamin D (yogurt, milk, cheese, or dairy alternatives like soy, rice, almond, and coconut). Singling out nutrients is not a good practice, especially for children. It’s the combination of nutrients in their natural state that provides the body’s best nourishment.

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If most of my childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diet is well rounded, does it matter that he has a rewarding dessert here and there? After all, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kid!

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m all about dessert, especially homemade sweets, but not with the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;rewardâ&#x20AC;? attached to it. Rewards for good behavior, school grades, etc., should not be linked to food, but rather to a new book or privilege at home (extra playtime). After dinner, a square of dark chocolate with fresh fruit or berries gets my stamp of approval!



While I make my 7 year oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed meal for school, how do I know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not eating other kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; junk foods during lunch hour?

The best way to find out if food items are being traded is to ask your daughter. Having an honest dialogue with kids is a lot easier than you think. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t emphasis healthy or junk foods because then kids want the forbidden stuff that satisfies their salt cravings or sweet tooth. Rather, talk about natural foods that come from the farm (or garden) and the artificial foods that are made in factories. Read the ingredients on snack labels, determining if they contain beneficial ingredients. If your child likes the artificial stuff, spy for healthier alternatives.

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Celebrating a child’s birthday is undoubtedly a reason for celebration, but marking that milestone can quickly add up in cost if you aren’t mindful. However, with a little creativity and imagination, you can prepare an affordable, convenient, and fun party for kids of all ages. Read on for expert party planning tips and ideas for the budget-conscious planner. First, think about what type of event you’re looking to plan. Determine whether you want guests to enjoy a casual or formal event, as well as whether you want the event to be focused solely on the children or have an opportunity for parents to join in the fun, too. Next, think about your theme, which will set the tone for your event. Consider a theme like clowns, trains, animals, princesses, or

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pirates that will help you stay within budget for your party while getting all the necessities you want. A basic theme can also be enhanced with a little imagination. For example, a princess theme offers the opportunity to host a fun tea party, and an animal theme can easily be turned into a jungle adventure. After choosing a theme, it’s time to consider location, location, location! If you plan to hold the event at your house, you’ll have the opportunity to creatively decorate to your liking. Consider the number of invited guests to determine whether this option is a possibility. Cook or secure catered food to match the theme. And, if the weather is nice, consider a camping party in your backyard. Set up tents, build a campfire, and make S’mores and priceless memories — all at a low financial impact! If you prefer not to hold the party at your home, shop around for locations such as indoor swimming pools, gymnastics venues, inflatable parks, sports centers, bowling alleys, skating rinks, children’s salons, cooking or pottery places, etc., where you can rent an event room for a specific time and engage guests in planned activities. Rain or cold pending, scope out your area’s parks for a fun pavilion party, and have the kids play on the playground while you grill. Let your imagination wander. Celebrations can be held anywhere, anytime, on any budget with a little creativity. Decorations are a key part to making a celebration come alive. For simple decorations, try finding printable cards and cutouts you can use and prepare from your home computer. You can create a celebratory piñata out of colorful tissue paper and cardboard of any shape and size. Look online for do-it-yourself tutorials to create fun and affordable decorations. When it comes to the birthday cake, some parents only consider store-bought cakes from the local bakery or grocery store. To save money, bake a cake in your kitchen with icing, sprinkles, and other edible decorations that match your theme or color scheme. If you want a layered cake, simply make multiple small cakes and use icing to “glue” them together. You can layer with different icing flavors for a unique effect. Add streamers, figurines, or homemade cake toppers to your party pastry once complete. Making your own dessert means you’ll get the exact cake size you need and stay within budget.

Lastly, goodie bags can be expensive, but you can set whatever price limit for them you think is reasonable. Try going to your neighborhood dollar store to find colorful lunch bags in packs that match your decorations. Buy a bulk bag of candy and split it into each goodie bag along with stickers, cool erasers, or age-appropriate trinkets that go with your party theme. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to fill up your goodie bags with toys, consider baking your favorite cookies and putting about three in each bag, tied up with streamers and a bow to add decoration. Imagination and creativity are the key ingredients to help make any celebration inexpensive and affordable.


Kelsey Layer is a freelance writer and works for Dollar General. For inexpensive party decorations, gifts, baking materials, and cleaning supplies, visit a local Dollar General or to find all of your needs within budget. Additionally, take advantage of coupons and deals to help make your shopping experience more affordable.

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At Their Place Celebrations in the Kitchen 63 E. Old Country Road,Hicksville, NY 11801 (516)396-2193 Celebrations in the Kitchen offers delicious and exciting professional baking parties, classes, children’s activities and more. Since 1997, thousands of children have had joyful memories at baking birthday parties, classes, camps, and Girl or Boy Scout visits. Celebrations in the Kitchen activities are held in a unique, state-of-the-art facility. It includes a large, clean and safe exhibition kitchen; private party room; and a beautiful cafe with an espresso bar. A variety of party themes are offered, including: Cookie Baking, Cookie Decorating, Chocolate Candy Cottage, Cake Decorating, Cupcakes and More, Scone Baking Tea Party, Pies and Crostadas Party, and more. Parties, led by an expert staff, offer colorful and vibrant ingredients, dairy- and nut-free options, as well as fresh and certified Kosher ingredients. All-inclusive parties feature an array of projects, a birthday cake to be decorated by your child at the event, a choice of food and drinks for guests, aprons, invitations, a dedicated staff team, and more. Full catering options with a diverse menu of delicacies prepared on premises are provided for adult guests, making Celebrations in the Kitchen a terrific venue for your next party or family affair! Fun Craft Great Neck (516)487-0255 Jericho (516)933-1785 Dix Hills (631)462-0576 Commack (631)493-0620 Copiague (631)789-2733 What could be more fun for a child’s birthday party than having it at Fun Craft? Fun Craft is celebrating its 24-year anniversary! Fun Craft has everything from plastercraft painting and create-your-own CD to stuff-a-pet, decorate-your-own pillowcase or T-shirt, tie dye, sand art and much more. There’s no limit to what kids can create at Fun Craft. A

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and a live show. Parking is free. In addition to their regular daily schedules, Medieval Times is the perfect place to cel­ebrate the next birthday of the young Lord or Lady of your own castle! Their special actionpacked birthday party packages in­clude preferred seating, an individual photo with the King or Queen, a cheering banner, birthday cake, and an announcement in hon­or of the birthday child during the perfor­mance! Medieval Times is located west of Giants Stadium and just minutes from mid-town Manhattan. Other locations include Hanover, MD; Lawrenceville, GA; Kissim­mee, FL; Schaumburg, IL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Dallas, TX; Buena Park, CA; and To­ronto, Ontario. Call the number above for reservations and further information. • 212-213-8840

Queens Theatre 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 (718)760-0686, ext. 224 Celebrate your birthday with Queens Theatre! QT offers a beautiful, 90-person capacity space to host your special day. Enjoy an one-hour party in the Cabaret Theatre before taking in one of the fun Family Series shows! The Cabaret Theatre offers a beautiful setting equipped with lighting and a sound system. Bring your own food and decorations; QT provides everything else. Your party will also receive special pricing on the performance tickets. Contact Rentals Manager Connie Baker at the e-mail or number listed for more information or to book your event.


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by Dr. Phyllis Ohr With news stories so accessible on TV, cell phones, tablets, and other media, children are frequently informed on all sorts of topics, sometimes without parental discretion. While children may learn about compassion and forgiveness from uplifting news stories, researchers, such as Dr. Barbara J. Wilson, have shown that negative news stories may contribute to children’s emotional upsets. Parents are powerful guides who can help children gain socially and emotionally from the positive aspects of the news and can also model emotion regulation when their child is faced with its more negative aspects. Here’s how you can talk with children about news events.

Tip 1: Let your child know you are always available to talk

about what is going on in the news. In fact, you and your child can set up a daily ritual of discussing the news, whether it’s good or bad. Doing this while sitting down with a cup of hot chocolate (or any “feel good” snack) is a wonderful way to introduce a positive parent-child interaction each day. Parents can begin a dialogue with a brief synopsis yourIR_Oct needs, your neighborhood

of current events. They can then ask their child if there is something he wants to know more about or have explained. If so, stick to pointedly answering follow-up questions or clarifying. Adding on or digressing may confuse your child.

Tip 2: Use news events to teach children about their positive and negative emotions. However children are affected by a news event, validate their emotional experience without minimizing or judging it. Much of the time, children can recognize that they are upset, but they can’t label their emotions. Asking them to identify how they feel may be more frustrating to them than helpful. Try not to guess or assume how your child is feeling. You can point out to your child that he looks or sounds upset, but telling him how he feels is invalidating.

Tip 3: Be a positive coping model for your child. You can

disclose to your child how you may feel after hearing about a news item, but tell him that not everybody feels the same way about such topics. Sharing how the news affects you and labeling your feelings is a great way to teach your children how to label their own emotions. As children get older, they often gain the insight to recognize their own emotional state. If your child tells you exactly how he’s feeling, one way you can show him you understand is to restate what he said.

Tip 4: Monitor your child’s emotional reactions to the news. According to Dr. Wilson, children will react with fear and anxiety when the news is particularly threatening. If parents recognize mild levels of distress, they can demonstrate calm breathing or relaxation techniques. With younger children, for example, parents can practice calm breathing by blowing bubbles with them. When they hear upsetting news, children may initially feel helpless. Having them run for a cause or help clean up a neighborhood can teach your children to be resilient. Look for verbal and nonverbal cues that may signal extreme reactions, such as a child refusing to participate in family or social events or not wanting to sleep alone. If these behaviors occur, it may be wise to put a limit on the amount of exposure to the news where possible. If you are concerned with your child’s emotional state after a news event, you can find something to do with your child that is distracting, such as taking a walk, drawing, singing and dancing, even watching a funny video. When an upsetting event doesn’t personally affect the child, you can reassure him that everything is okay with his loved ones and that nothing has changed for him. Any parent who is concerned about their child’s reactions should consult with a mental health practitioner.

Dr. Phyllis Ohr holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is the Assistant Clinical Director of the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. She is the director of the Hofstra Child and Parent Psychological Services Clinic, specializing in parent-child interaction therapy. Dr. Ohr is also a consultant at News-O-Matic. October 2013 I parentguide News I 25

Taking to Tantrums The case for a good cry. by K.T. Korngold It’s important to give children, especially toddlers, the correct information about crying. We need to let our children know it is okay to cry and recognize that there are benefits to tantrums.


ccepting a crying child increases the child’s self-esteem. Children who cry as needed are often better learners, and after a crying session or a tantrum, toddlers usually become more pleasant. It’s true that a long cry or temper tantrum is not very agreeable to adults. They can be difficult and draining for everyone involved. However, after a good cry or tantrum, children are typically happy, relaxed, cooperative, and easy going. The transformation can be dramatic. The toddler who was previously moody or inflexible becomes a delight.


oung children need to release tension, and temper tantrums are a way to help them ease stress. They allow your toddler to let go of emotions at a stage when language skills and the ability to self-modulate have not been fully developed. There is a lot of energy exploding in the midst of a tantrum, so be very careful. Sometimes children appreciate a comforting hug after it has passed, and other times they don’t want to be touched. It is important to respect the needs of the child.


uring a tantrum, stay right beside your toddler and pay close attention. Help your child through the situation by fostering an emotionally and physically safe space for tears and tantrums. Pat her back and give her a reassuring hug if she lets you. Let her know you are there for her with phrases such as, “Crying makes you feel better,” “It’s okay to cry,” “I’m right here,” and “I’ll stay with you while you cry.”


or a child who frequently cries or has tantrums, provide support when she’s not crying or expressing her temper by using the following tips: 1) Give the child plenty of physical closeness. Pat, hold, hug, hum to, sing with, gently cuddle, and smile at her. 2) Be present and available. 3) Give the child plenty of deliberate attention. Look into her eyes and at her face to let her know you are there. Take your time when bonding. 4) Listen intently when the child talks. Wait for her to speak and look at her face while doing so. Don’t ask too many questions or interrupt.

Repeat what the child says back to her and let the child lead the way.


ometimes, there’s a specific trigger for crying or a tantrum, like tiredness, hunger, frustration, a sensory issue, being too hot or cold, a transition or interruption, etc. Other times, stress has been slowly building, and the trigger is just what causes the outburst at that moment. When a child needs to release tension, a temper tantrum enables her to do that.


et go of your own feelings about a child crying or having a temper tantrum. We don’t need to control children; we need to control our own feelings and our own behavior. We are here to guide our kids and to be with them.


s a caring and loving parent, you can support your child and enable her to feel and be safe while she releases what she needs to release. Try to accept the oncoming tantrum next time it starts. You and your child might just be relieved that you did!

K.T. Korngold is the C.E.O. of the Center for Montessori Education|NY, which offers programs for adults in Montessori teacher education and Montessori school administration and operates the Montessori Children’s Center, a model child-care center in White Plains. K.T. is a trained Montessori Infant and Toddler Specialist and has a master’s degree from Columbia University. Learn about CME and available programs at

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efore getting pregnant, I was sure I’d be one of those glowing, Earth-mama types who’d spend nine months in prenatal bliss. After all, I’d spent years as a nanny, read tons of books on birth and pregnancy, and had major baby fever. But it wasn’t long after that positive pregnancy test that I realized: Growing a baby is full of surprises!

The First Trimester

Morning sickness is a misnomer. A few of my

friends have skated through pregnancy without a wave of nausea and I am quite happy for them (and a bit jealous). For the rest of us, morning sickness can put a real wrench in the excitement of early pregnancy. I spent much of the first 16 weeks in bed, and not just in the morning — it was an all-day, every-day affair. I even lost weight, which was super nerve wracking, but apparently quite common.

You might not be that busty. I’ve always been a

small-chested lady, so when my husband and I started trying for a baby, I was not-so-secretly excited for the enviable “pregnancy boobs” that everyone talks about. Granted, my breasts have grown over the past nine months, but not by more than half a cup size — not what I had in mind!

The “glow” won’t come until later. Another aspect The beginning of pregnancy can be a difficult time — your body is working nonstop and the physical and emotional adjustment can be bumpy. It’s normal for the initial excitement to wane as you navigate the ups and downs of these first few months, and don’t be surprised if it’s not as magical as you thought it would be. 28 I parentguide News I October 2013


of pregnancy I was looking forward to: the radiant pregnancy glow. But the first trimester is your body’s time to adjust to the demands of a growing baby. And that means there will be kinks to work out. My early pregnancy “glow” consisted of nausea-induced sweating and chin acne...not so glamorous.

The Second Trimester The Third Trimester

By the time I hit the second trimester, I was drained and sure that all the books on “what to expect” had it 100-percent wrong. But they call this part of pregnancy “the honeymoon” for a reason. And although it’s never easy to grow a baby, months 4 through 6 are pretty magical most of the time.

Feeling the baby move is as wonderful as they promise. Though you may second guess yourself the first

few times you feel that flutter or poke, you’ll soon realize that it’s indeed your sweet baby wiggling around and making her presence known. And suddenly, you’re in love. I spent countless hours on the couch enjoying those subtle (and then not-so-subtle) movements.

Your partner’s excitement will increase. When

you’re growing a baby, you’re involved in the process every step of the way. But it can be difficult for your partner to feel included when there’s nothing he can do to help out. Don’t be discouraged if at first it feels like your other half is disconnected; the second trimester milestones will get him involved. Have him pitch in on the nursery projects (nothing makes the reality of a baby sink in like having a designated room for her!). And once your significant other feels the baby kick from the outside, he’ll be hooked to your belly and full of excitement.

Embarrassing moments happen. Though the second trimester is typically the easiest part of pregnancy, your body is still rapidly changing and your baby is growing bigger by the day. Sometimes these changes can create embarrassing situations (like audibly breaking wind in public or peeing your pants a little every time you sneeze...oops!). Do your best to roll with it, and maybe keep a change of underwear in your purse, just in case.

My pregnancy felt like it was going by so slowly for the first 30 weeks or so. In fact, every time someone mentioned how quickly I seemed to be progressing, I’d snap back with, “That’s because you’re not the one growing a human inside your body!” (We’ll blame those less-thansweet remarks on pregnancy hormones). Although time speeds up in the final stretch, I found that my body started to slow down, and the transition wasn’t always easy.

Grooming is hard! Seriously, try bending over to shave your

legs while holding a watermelon at your torso and you’ll swear off shorts entirely. (A little tip: It’s easier if you’re sitting down in the bathtub, though not by much). As you near the end of pregnancy, it’s nice to feel groomed and put together, since so much of your body can get uncomfortable while you grow at an exponential pace. But take it from someone who attempted to paint her own toenails at 34 weeks pregnant: It’s worth investing in a little help.

Sleepless nights arrive before your newborn does. Everyone knows to expect very little sleep in the first few months of parenthood. However, I was shocked to find that sleeping toward the end of pregnancy is no easy task either! My very active baby often chose the middle of the night to practice her karate moves, and let me tell you, it’s impossible to sleep when someone is kicking you in the ribs. Add to that the achy shoulders and hips that come with sleeping on your side and frequent trips to the bathroom, and you’ll likely forget what a good night’s sleep feels like.

Strangers get friendly. This starts to happen in the second

trimester and becomes even more pronounced in the third, when your belly gets so irresistibly round that strangers can’t help but comment. Yes, the constant advice and attempted belly rubs from random ladies at the grocery store are not always so fun. But the benefit is that people go out of their way to open doors, give up their seats, and check in to see how you’re feeling. It’s really lovely!

Despite the ups and downs, pregnancy is a sacred time and a wonderful gift. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all? Even with all the mishaps and surprises, I’d do it again in a heartbeat just to snuggle my sweet babe! Kim Guiley is a freelance writer who lives in San Francisco with her husband and baby daughter. Follow her musings on beauty, fashion, and life as a new mother at your needs, your neighborhood

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e are always searching for that one magical solution to manage our time and to help us feel like a good parent, spouse, employer, boss, or friend. We crave one way to perform better and be more efficient. However, it takes multiple, layered techniques to successfully manage time and integrate our work, family, and personal lives together. Think of the techniques like layers of clothing, and add or subtract as needed to help you personally and professionally thrive. Since we are never actually “off the clock,” time-management layers help guide the constant ticking toward greater success and enjoyment. Layers also provide choices; and more choices eliminate frustration and the potential for a “mommy meltdown.” The following five time-management tips will help mothers excel at home and at the office. They are written from my personal and professional experiences.

Layer #1: Set time limits.

Just how do you “make the time” to accomplish everything on your list that you set out to do? Since the list is only effective if the items on it can be realistically completed, assign a time limit for completing every item on your list. Be present in what you’re doing, finish it, and move on. I have my list of things to do, and I’ll assign time slots to it. If I have one hour to work on a presentation at work or one hour to clean at home, I do the best I can for that one hour.

Layer #2: Stay in the moment.

When you’re at work in a meeting, be there. When you’re at home, be there. If you’re in a business meeting, don’t wish to be somewhere else. Be present where you are, and don’t feel guilty about where you’re not.

Layer #3: Create one calendar.

I used to keep two different calendars, one for home and one for work; but I was missing work deadlines, my kids’ activities, and other events. So, I combined the calendars, which caused me to start talking about my family at work and integrating my two lives. It’s one life and one calendar! And, now, I don’t miss a thing.

Layer #4: Watch the clock.

It sounds simple, but an awareness of time gives you superpowers! Pay attention to how much time “until…” and how much time “since…” for every meeting, errand, chore, and task. Many of us use our phone as a clock these days, but a wristwatch helps you manage your time better.

Layer #5: Systemize childcare.

When we have childcare in place on certain days for certain hours, we can define that time for work and/or for ourselves. With numerous back-up and contingency plans, we can also secure and systemize the value of childcare and the predictability of planning for that time. Find your layers, and then integrate them. The right combination will help you manage your time while feeling successful at home, at work, and in life. Teresa Taylor is a nationally recognized, Fortune 200 executive who brings integrity, focus, vision, and agility to corporate leadership while advising companies, government agencies, and others on a successful business model. Her book, The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success (Greenleaf Book Group Press), inspires women to succeed professionally and personally. Learn more at 30 I parentguide News I October 2013

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Stay on trend with the joys of nail art by customizing your own nail wraps with Jamberry Nails. Upload your own pictures or make your own designs at Jamberry Nails have no harmful chemicals or odor. Perfect for everyday wear or special events, these nail wraps are applied at home and are fuss-free. Visit the website to view more than 275 patterns already offered.

New Mom Appeal

Ameda Intimates Apparel Line is introducing a new collection for nursing mothers. The Ameda Nursing Bra and Nursing Camisole are made with a microfiber fabric free of harmful substances, which also helps prevent bacteria growth and odor. Breastfeeding on the go is a breeze with the one-hand release clasp. Both pieces have dual knit side panels

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Easy Carry Grocery Bag

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Health All-Natural Food Coloring

Artificial food coloring is known for being unhealthy for your children. Nature’s Flavors is now offering Natural Colors food coloring. Offered in a variety of hues, Natural Colors are kosher, vegan, gluten free, and free of artificial ingredients and additives. For perfect use in all of your cooking adventures, Natural Colors are made to keep your children healthy and happy. Visit for more information.

Oldie but a Goodie

CamelBak’s Eddy water bottle has undergone a cap redesign. For a faster flow and more durability, the Eddy bottle is still 100-percent BPA free. It comes equipped with a patented flip top to preventing spilling. The bottle is also dishwasher safe and comes in three different sizes with a loop handle for easy carriage and storage. Stay hydrated wherever you are and check out

Family-Owned Farm

Devoted to health and wellness, Lundberg Family Farms offers a long list of rice products great for every brood. It offers more than 150, whole grain rice products, including organic and gluten-free varieties. Products range from rice, rice cakes, rice chips, risottos, rice couscous, and pasta to syrup and flour. Kosher and vegan options are available. Head to to search and purchase products.

Itches Be Gone

BeKoool Itch Relief Patch is designed to keep your children from scratching nasty insect bites or poison ivy itches. The patches are clear and relieve the itchiness your children may face. The protective barrier also helps fight what scratching leaves behind, including infection. Each patch is easy to apply and leaves no mess behind. Head to Walmart or Dollar General stores to pick up a pack today, or online at and

Fit at Any Size

Yoga is great because there are so many ways to enjoy it at any ability level, size, age, and shape. Registered nurse and yoga instructor Ingrid Kollak has penned Yoga XXL (Demos Health), which explains how to enjoy the activity at any size. The modified postures and props ensure progression to increased flexibility, strength, stamina, balance, and energy. Find this title and others including Yoga and Scoliosis, Yoga and Fertility, and Yoga and Breast Cancer at

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Stay Cool

Who doesn’t love ice cream or a little bit of frozen sweetness? Yoyonas is a new kitchen gadget that uses a high-torque blade to emulsify frozen fruits into a sweet, healthy, creamy treat! It’s easy to use and easy to clean, making it a great addition to any kitchen. Your family will thank you for this treat machine. Visit to learn more and order your own.

Easy Weight Management

With the school year underway, parents are running around between activities, performances, and everything else that occupies kids’ busy schedules. It’s easy to put their own needs on the back burner. Bulu Box makes weight management easier by delivering four or five dietary samples, including protein formulas, energy and cleansing supplements, vitamins, and more. The inexpensive service is available various subscription time frames. Visit to learn more.

Hoop, There It Is

Hooping has become popular in recent times, and it’s the perfect way to burn calories and stay fit. Check out Hoopersize from Kid Tribe, a fitness kit that includes a full size ProHoop, 12 instructional games, and a CD to help your clan burn up to 310 calories per 30-minute workout. Get spinning and order your fitness kit at

The More You Know

With child allergies seemingly on the rise, it’s important to know what allergies children have. Beware Bandits are an effective medical alert wristband for children that playfully announce health issues. Informative characters such as Billy the Bee, Poker Face Peanut, and Saloon Shelly are featured on the durable, adjustable bands, which are latex and nickel free. Find one for your child online at

Growing Up

Pacifiers are great but can impact oral development in children. Introducing the Difrax 3-Stage Pacifiers for preemies and newborns all the way through children 18 months and older. The unique design is a result of years of research and development. It helps stimulate the development of the palate and muscles in the jaw and mouth. The third stage of the pacifier is even designed to help break your child of his pacifier habit. Visit Kristan Morley is the editorial intern.

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Travel Cute Carrier

Vacations offer opportunities for cherished memories that last forever, especially in pictures. Traveling with your camera has never been easier than with Camera Coats, an innovate way to shed those chunky camera bags. Each Camera Coat is padded, water resistant, and perfectly designed to fit the exact shape of your camera. Keep your camera secure wherever you are with Camera Coats. Visit to see sizes and patterns.

Daddy on Duty

Daddy Scrubs is now offering the Daddy Diaper Pack for on-the-go fathers. Stay organized with your child wherever you are. The Daddy Diaper Pack has side pockets for bottles; a large pouch for diapers, wipes,

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Tools On The Go

Want to be a jack of all trades? The TaskOne iPhone case just revolutionized the phone case into a mobile toolbox. It comes with 22 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, a ruler, etc. If you thought your iPhone already did everything, you thought wrong. Head to to snag yours.

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October 12: Storybook Discovery: Monster Mash!, Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, (718)359-6227, www. Cultivate the joys of learning and reading while having fun at the Voelker Orth Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Storybook Discovery Days! Families with children age 6 and younger read and do a related art or nature activity with Karyn Mooney. This month, visit for a Monster Mash in the museum to read about different monsters and make your own monster feet to wear! 11am-noon.


October 12: Spirits Alive! Concert, Maple Grove Cemetary, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, (347)878-6641, Take a self-guided walking tour through the historic cemetery with actors wearing period costumes portraying the cemeteryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most illustrious and historical figures. The Twilight Concert features singers and musicians who pay tribute to the many legendary musical talents at Maple Grove. This free concert does require reservations by phone. Tours: 2-4pm. Concert: 6:30-8:30pm. October 12: The King and I: Karaoke at the Movies, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., (718)631-6311, As part of a one-of-a-kind interactive family-oriented film series, the crowd sings and dances along with their favorite characyour needs, your neighborhood

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October 13: Children’s Activity Table sponsored by TD Bank, Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St., Flushing, (718)886-3800, The Children’s Activity Table invites museum guests to enjoy a day at QBG, and take a break with plenty of fun and games at the table. 2-5pm.

ters without an ounce of apprehension. These movies are captioned. Trivia contest with prizes before each showing. The most enthusiastic singalong participant wins a $100 cash prize. 7:30pm.

Opening October 13: New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009 – 2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park at 92nd Street, Flushing, (718)592-9700, www. The museum is open again with October 12-13: Glass Painting Demonstration with CrisQueens-based photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s tina Cipriani, Lewis H. Latimer House in Lewis H Latimer work. He was in residence at the Queens Museum durHouse, 34-41 137th St., Flushing. ing their four-year renovation and expansion and used • 212-213-8840 • 212-213-8840 Come and see the free art demonstrations for children and this opportunity to catalog the building’s change. His young adults by Cristina Cipriani, in the Latimer House’s large format color photos will be accompanied by images fall garden. 1:30pm. from various periods in the Museum’s history including its time as the New York City Pavilion, the home to the October 13: Michael Cooper’s Masked Marvels and UN General Assembly. TImes vary. Wondertales, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, (718)760-0064, Michael Cooper spins tales and weaves stories using an unusual and colorful cast of characters. Creating a world where dogs wear hats, wild stalOctober 19: Halloween Harvest Festival, Socrates Sculplions are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish bait candy to ture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, catch children in a pond. 1pm and 3pm. (718)956-1819, Kids are

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invited to craft costumes with park artists, participate in art-making workshops, get their faces painted by pros, listen to live music and sample local harvest foods from area eateries. Creative pet owners can enter their pups into the annual Canine Costume Contest before spending the rest of the afternoon enjoying the installation, “FOLLY: tree wood.” 11am. October 20: Steinway Street Street Fair, Steinway Street between 25th Avenue to 28th Avenue. Come down to the local festival and enjoy games, rides, food and more with your neighbors. 10am-6pm.

Manor Museum! Learn how to make apple cider using a traditional cider-press and enjoy other fall-themed activities. Noon-4pm. October 26: Canine Costume Carnival, Rockaway Freeway Dog Park, Rockaway Freeway between Beach 108 Street and Regina Avenue, This costume contest for dogs has carnival games and a photo booth and face painting. Noon-2pm.

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Opening October 26: Lights, Camera, Astoria, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, (718)777 6888, The Astoria Studio complex, home to everything from early Marx Brothers talking films to The Cosby Show and Nurse Jackie, has been a part of the NYC film landscape since 1920. It has served as the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures, the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era and most recently, home to the Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image. This exhibition uses films, behind the scenes paraphernalia, oral histories and posters to trace the complex’s legacy. Times Vary.

October 26: Fall Festival at King Manor, King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, (718)206-0545 x13, Celebrate autumn at King

October 27: Queens Botanical Garden Craft Table at the Shops at Skyview Center, SkyView Center Mall, 4024 College Point Boulevard, Flushing. Head to Level D

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Chinese folktales and literature, Tiger Tales is narrated by a wise old rabbit, telling stories to her young granddaughter. Humorously exploring issues of power and survival, and with puppets based on antique leather shadow figures from CTWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive collection, this performance is a feast for the eye as well as the mind. 11am and 2pm.

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October 30: Halloween Celebrations, Voelker Orth MuOctober 27: Little Makers: Spook-tacular Monster Makseum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th ing, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, Ave., Flushing, (718)359-6227, (718)699-0005, Transform socks, buttons Wander the gorgeous, ghoulish Victorian gardens surand everyday household materials into a spook-tacular rounding the historic house, where kids can play with â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-884 â&#x20AC;˘ 212-213-8840 monster puppet to all your own. This drop-in workshop crafts, hear stories, and dress up in their creepiest cosis recommended for children ages 18 months and older. tumes. 5pm. Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your October 31: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Celebrate Halloween!, Brooklyn Chillittle maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splatdrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, (718)735tered with things like paint, ink and oobleck. 10:30am. 4400, Families with children ages 5 and younger are invited to visit Totally Tots for some October 27: Chinese Theatre Works: Tiger Tales, BAM spooktacular Halloween art making! 11am. Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, This original production artfully fuses traditional Chinese and October 31: Halloween Re-mixed, Flushing Town Hall, contemporary Western shadow puppet theater techniques. 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, www.flushingDrawing from Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2,000-year-old history and based in Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Halloween

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Weekends Through October 27: Amazing Maize Maze, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, (718)347-3276, Kids track down clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find their way out of the labyrinthine maze made of corn stalks. All ages are welcome. Open Columbus Day. 11am each day. Every Day in October: From Immigrant Home to Neighborhood Museum, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, Take a look at the transformation of the property from the late 19th century through the restoration of the house and opening of the Voelker Orth Museum. It offers the story of the how and the why it is a museum today. The SEPTEMBER exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of the property, and includes lectures, workshops, and a walking tour. 1-4pm. Through November 24.


Every Friday in October: Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, Flushing, (718)886-3800, Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, nut butters and coffee from the Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market! Through November 22, 8:30am-4pm. Every Day in October: Adventures with Dora and Diego, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., www. Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta atSEPTEMBER Doraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, and 2010 exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Appropriate for explorers ages 2-6. 10am.


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National Carve A Pumpkin Day

October 31 isn’t only meant for trick-or-treating, it is also National Carve A Pumpkin Day. Take time to carve a pumpkin and get the full Halloween experience. Add National Carve a Pumpkin Day to your list of family traditions this year.

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Candy Alternatives

Handing out candy on Halloween is tradition, but it isn’t very healthy. Packets of goldfish crackers, small boxes of raisins, and natural fruit snacks are all healthy alternatives to candy and loved by most children. Buying these products in bulk makes them even more affordable and appealing. This year, provide a healthy change in your community.

Trick-or-Treat Dinner

Looking for a fun Halloween dinner that will make the whole family smile? Breadstick Mummy Dogs offer a sure way to get your kids excited for trick-or-treating. Visit for more fun Halloween recipes. What you’ll need: •1 package Pillsbury Breadstick dough •12 hot dogs •ketchup and/or mustard How to make it: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Unroll the dough, and cut each section into three strips. Wrap each hot dog with the three strips, one at a time, starting at the top of the hot dog. Leave a small space at the top of the hot dog for the “eyes.” After all of the hot dogs are wrapped like mummies, place them onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool for five minutes, then use two small dots of ketchup and mustard for eyes.

World Teacher’s Day

Celebrate your child’s teacher on October 5 for World Teacher’s Day. This is a day dedicated to those women and men who help develop the minds of children. Send your son or daughter to school with a nice note or small, homemade gift. For more information, head to www. 42IR_Oct I parentguide News I October 2013

Create a Fire-Breathing Dragon costume for this season’s festivities. For a tutorial with images, check out Materials: •Pencil •Scissors •Several large sheets of corrugated cardboard •Acrylic paints and paintbrushes •Clear packing tape •Masking tape •Several sheets of colored cellophane •Small flashlight •Bubble wrap •Ribbon •Child’s belt •Green clothing How to make it: From the cardboard, draw and cut out two, 26-by-20-inch pieces for the profile of a dragon’s head. Cut four rows of teeth measuring 11 inches by 2 inches. Cut two strips to connect the two sides of the head. These are placed at the chin and along the length of the top of the head. Cut a strip measuring 30 inches for the tail. Cut four, 4-inch spikes to attach to the top of the tail. Cut one, 13-inch triangle for the tip of the tail. Once all of your cardboard is cut, paint both sides of the teeth strips white. Attach the teeth inside the upper and lower dragon jaws with clear packing tape. Assemble the head by using masking tape to secure the head and chin strips in place between the head pieces. Make sure your child’s head can fit inside this space. Paint the dragon’s head, and the tail pieces with a base coat of green. Paint both sides of the tail spikes. Allow all the pieces to dry, then paint on eyes, nostrils, and scales. Add a fire-breathing effect by wrapping the cellophane around the end of the flashlight and securing it with clear packing tape. Tape the flashlight onto the lower jaw of the head. Use two pieces of 2-by-3-foot bubble wrap to create wings and attach them with the ribbon. Attach the tail spikes to the tail strip. Use clear packing tape to attach the larger triangle to the end of the tail. Have your child dress in green. Finally, set the dragon head on his shoulders and turn on the flashlight.

National Fire Prevention Week

Join forces with your local fire department to educate your children about fires during National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12. Every year, the National Fire Protection Association focuses on a new topic, and this year it is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Help teach important lessons about kitchen fires and how to put them out. More information about getting involved with National Fire Prevention Week may be found at Kristan Morley is the editorial intern.


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