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April 2013

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Enjoy Earth Day at home!

Enjoy Earth Day at home!

DIY kids projects celebrate Earth Day.

Body mass index tracks growth

Body mass index tracks growth

80% of kids have “normal” weight-to-height ratios. Body mass index (BMI) is a strong indicator of a child's health.

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Book Reviews

Stardines and plandas and slobsters, oh my!

Stardines and plandas and slobsters, oh my!

Book reviews: Stardines, Dirt on My Shirt, The Baby Book

Mix & mash play

Mix & mash play

Mashups come in all forms — board games included. These will definitely keep your family entertained when you’re stuck inside during those pesky April showers and rainy summer days.

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Music Reviews

Blues-ical genius and silly wit

Blues-ical genius and silly wit

Kids' music reviewer Kathy O'Connell recommends Blues in All Flavors by Gaye Adegbalola and Champions of the Universe by Ratboy Jr.

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Family Fun Features

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Meet a MetroKids Mom

Heidelinde Nitka

Heidelinde Nitka

Meet our April 2013 mom of the month.

The sports camp decision

The sports camp decision

How to choose a summer sports camp

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

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Child Care

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Education

Finish the school year strong

Finish the school year strong

Study tips for the end of the school year

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Early Education

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Mom Matters

4 diet traps new moms face

4 diet traps new moms face

4 new-mom diet traps

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Parenting

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

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Maternity

PRENATAL PREP

PRENATAL PREP

Less pain, more perks: Customized maternity care puts moms-to-be at ease.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Tips about caring for newborn twins and triplets

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Tweens & Teens

Teen jargon translated

Teen jargon translated

Learn to speak your teen's language

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SpecialKids

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Other Disabilities Research & Advice

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Special Needs Parenting

Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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Autism Research & Advice

Hope on the horizon: Promising autism therapies

Hope on the horizon: Promising autism therapies

New therapies and treatments for autism

Summer on the Spectrum

Summer on the Spectrum

Philadelphia-area summer camps for kids with special needs

Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

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FYI

Info & events for Delaware Valley parents
Weekend Planner: April 24, 2015

Weekend Planner: April 24, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 24 - April 26, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: April 17, 2015

Weekend Planner: April 17, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 17 - April 19, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: April 10, 2015

Weekend Planner: April 10, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 10 - April 12, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: April 3, 2015

Weekend Planner: April 3, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 3 - April 5, 2015.

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Weekend Planner: March 27, 2015

Weekend Planner: March 27, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 27 - March 29, 2015.

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MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Motherhood by the Numbers

Motherhood by the Numbers

Motherhood by the number, a countdown in verse

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Top 5 Toddler Complaints

Top 5 Toddler Complaints

5 everyday things that send a 2-year-old into a toddler tantrum

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Dads' POV: Free Range Chickens

Dads' POV: Free Range Chickens

Why are we so scared of free-range parenting?

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9 Fun Things to Do With Kids' Art Projects

9 Fun Things to Do With Kids' Art Projects

9 ways to decide which kid art projects to keep, display or throw away

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3 Tips for Mom Accountability

3 Tips for Mom Accountability

3 easy ways a busy single mom holds herself personally accountable for her life choices.

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MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Save the Date: Main Line Talent Show

Save the Date: Main Line Talent Show

All about the 2nd annual Main Line Talent Show, featuring 36 young singers, dancers and musicians from 20 Greater Philadelphia schools

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April 2015 Preview

April 2015 Preview

Standardized tests, Autism Awareness Month articles and nature spots for kids mark our April 2015 issue.

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Spring Break Water Safety

Spring Break Water Safety

3 tips on building kids' swim skills and water safety on your spring break vacation.

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Snow Day Snowmen

Snow Day Snowmen

MK readers share pics of their snow-day snowman masterpieces!

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Tax Credits for Summer Camp

Tax Credits for Summer Camp

Learn which camp expenses are tax-deductible.

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