September 2016 – Staten Island Parent
Month: September 2016

Homework Horrors: 10 Ways to Make It Easier on Everyone

You can blame Common Core, you can blame ADHD, you can even blame good old-fashioned laziness, but you can’t deny that modern-day homework has become synonymous with slow torture for millions of families in America. Visit any home containing a

Talking Politics With Your Kids

The other day, my stepdad was walking my two children to school when my 5-year old daughter turned to him out of the blue and said “Are you going to vote for Donald Trump?” Then my 7-year old son, who

2018 Halloween TV & Movie Schedules

Cozy up on the couch with some popcorn (or candy corn, if you’re feeling festive) and catch a family friendly flick this October! Here’s the spook-tacular TV lineup for 2016. Be sure to check back for updates and new schedules

Team Family: Working Together When You Live Apart

“Although we don’t like each other, we maintain a friendly demeanor for the sake of our children.” My friend’s comments confirmed what I already knew-her kids benefitted from her efforts toward a cordial relationship with her ex-spouse. Children with a

All About Apples!

Apple Fast Facts Autumn is a time of year when apples rise to the forefront in recipes, décor, and fragrance in our homes and outdoors. Apples are one of the most widely-grown tree fruits. They can be put to use

Fun Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy

So you’re pregnant! Great news! But how will you share the news with your friends, family, and, of course, your hundreds of Facebook followers? You could just come right out and say it, but how boring is that? Need some

Talking to Children About Tragedies

With recent tragedies in the news, many children, including those challenged with special needs, are exposed to trauma through the media and in conversations. The Episcopal Center for Children (, a nonprofit school serving children with special needs ages 5-14

Winning a Scholarship: Tips for Making Sure Your Application Stands Out

  Winning a scholarship can be as competitive as gaining entrance to the college of your choice. While academic performance, extracurricular activities and character all matter, your success often boils down to discovering scholarships that fit your credentials and properly

Grandparents Are No Longer Bit Players

These days, they are taking on more active roles. There are some 70 million grandparents in the U.S. these days, according to the American Grandparents Association (AGA), and if you ask Karen O’Donnell, a grandmother to four girls, there are

Spreading Cheer Everywhere

Teach your children the importance of being civic-minded When my daughter, Maddy, was about five years old, she decided she wanted to “bring cheer” to lonely senior citizens. It prompted a conversation about people in the community who might not

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