August is such a bittersweet time. There’s still plenty of summer left, yet we inch closer to September – and back-to-school – with each passing day. But you can still soak up tons of summer sun and fun while prepping your family for the fall days ahead.
Start by making sure your kids’ checkups are scheduled; we’ve got Three Important Doctor’s Appointments to Make This Month (page 14) to ensure your child is ready for a healthy school year.
It’s also a good time to start planning for your child’s extracurriculars. Will they stick with what they know or try something new? We’ve got the 10 Best Afterschool Activities and Programs in Staten Island (page 26) to help you narrow down the choices.
Education in New York gives us parents choices on the best schools that work for our kids, so be sure to read our piece on the Benefits of a New York Education (page 18) and check out our Education Guide (page 20)!
Losing a pet can be one of the most traumatizing experiences in a child’s life, so we are sharing How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet (page 16) for those grieving the loss of their furry (or not-so-furry) family member.
Lastly, August’s cover mom, Natasha D’Anna, is the genius behind Twindollicious (page 32). This Staten Island-based Lifestyle Influencer with a Behavioral Therapy, Special Needs background shares weekly on new products, parenting tips, and helpful kid lines. Read her story to learn more about her infectious energy, raising three kids, working through motherhood’s beautiful chaos, and enjoying the ride!