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Teaching young children about giving and sharing

Teaching young children about giving and sharing

To help her young daughter understand sharing, mom blogger Marissa Kiepert Truong enlists the help of four children's books.
Grandparents special role: support

Grandparents special role: support

The number one “special need” of any child is unconditional love, and a grandparent of a child with special needs has the unique ability to furnish it.

Archive »Attractions & Events

Summer Movies Programming

Factory Tours

Bowling, Roller Skating & Mall Events

Story Time & Summer Reading

Amusement Park Rides

Amusement Park Rides

New rides and attractions at the Delaware Valley's favorite amusement parks.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Enjoy outdoor activities, great food and spectacular riverfront views at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest through Labor Day.
Beat the Heat: Family Fun

Beat the Heat: Family Fun

Air-conditioned and inexpensive ways to spend the summer as a family when it's too hot outside.
War Memorials and Battlefields

War Memorials and Battlefields

Where to go this Memorial Day in the Delaware Valley to honor those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom.
MK's Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide

MK's Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide

Restaurants in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey that cater to kids in terms of decor, atmosphere, menus and activities, providing a family-friendly dining experience for all.
Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Kid-friendly things to do in Riverfront Wilmington
Art in the Area

Art in the Area

Art museums and centers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey that have exhibits, classes, activities and amenities geared towards getting kids and families engaged in art.
Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

How to spend a kid-friendly day in the Montgomery County town of Narberth, PA
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Natural areas to interact with wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians native to Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
The Inside Scoop

The Inside Scoop

Indoor play venues in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A family membership to the area’s cultural institutions are the gift that keeps on giving
The Ultimate Holiday Guide

The Ultimate Holiday Guide

Holiday activities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
Town & County: Food Donation Sites

Town & County: Food Donation Sites

Canned food donation sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Delaware & South Jersey
The National Dog Show

The National Dog Show

National Dog Show commentator David Frei gives family tips on seeing the show
Family Fun: Science Museums

Family Fun: Science Museums

Kid-friendly science museums in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey
MetroKids Harvest Guide

MetroKids Harvest Guide

A roundup of pick-your-own fruit, pumpkin & veggie venues in Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
Save on Summer Road Trips

Save on Summer Road Trips

Money-saving tips for budget-conscious summer road trips.
The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Where to see the classic holiday ballet. Plus: meet-and-greets & tea times

Archive »Family Fun Features

Summer Travel Tips & Tricks

Summer Travel Tips & Tricks

Make your family vacation easier with these handy tips for kids of all ages!
Amusement Park Rides

Amusement Park Rides

New attractions at the area's favorite amusement parks, water parks and shore points.
Kid-friendly Restaurant Guide

Kid-friendly Restaurant Guide

A roundup of family-friendly restaurants in the Delaware Valley.

Dine Out with Kids in South Jersey

Dine Out with Kids in Philly & the 'Burbs

Dine Out with Kids in Delaware

Kid-friendly Nature Spots

Kid-friendly Nature Spots

Local places for families to get in touch with nature.

Kid-friendly Nature Spots in South Jersey

Local places for families to get in touch with nature.

Kid-friendly Nature Spots in Philly & The 'Burbs

Local places for families to get in touch with nature.
Art Museums and Centers

Art Museums and Centers

Kid-friendly art venues in the Delaware Valley.
Art Venues in South Jersey

Art Venues in South Jersey

Introduce the kids to art via museums and centers in South Jersey.
Art Venues in Delaware

Art Venues in Delaware

Introduce the kids to art via museums and centers in Delaware.

Art Venues in Philly & The 'Burbs

Introduce the kids to art via museums and centers in Philly & The 'Burbs.

Party Places in Philly & the 'Burbs

Local venues in Philly & the 'Burbs to host kids' parties with popular themes.

Kids and Mother Nature in Philly & The 'Burbs

Art for Kids in Philly & The 'Burbs

Introduce the kids to art museums and art centers with this selection of kid-friendly artwork from venues in Philly & the 'burbs.

Venues in Philly & the 'Burbs

Chinese New Year Events 2015

Chinese New Year Events 2015

Local Chinese New Year events celebrate the Year of the Sheep

Summer Movies Programming

Factory Tours

Bowling, Roller Skating & Mall Events

Story Time & Summer Reading

Amusement Park Rides

Amusement Park Rides

New rides and attractions at the Delaware Valley's favorite amusement parks.
Family Guide to Black History Month

Family Guide to Black History Month

A roundup of venues in the Delaware Valley where families can celebrate and learn about influential African Americans throughout history.
Indoor Fun Guide 2016

Indoor Fun Guide 2016

Beat the winter blues with days of play at indoor attractions.
Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events

Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events

Find festive displays and light shows, Santa sightings and train rides in the Delaware Valley.
Kids' Theater Guide 2015

Kids' Theater Guide 2015

Family-friendly performances from local theaters and companies for the 2015-16 season
Halloween Parades & Events

Halloween Parades & Events

Find Halloween parades in Philly & the 'Burbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
Ultimate Guide to Fall Fun

Ultimate Guide to Fall Fun

Fall festivals, pumpkin-picking, corn mazes and Halloween frights at farms, orchards and other local spots
The Pope's Visit to Philly

The Pope's Visit to Philly

What Philly families need to know about events and logistics when the Pope comes to town
Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What parents can expect at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash kids' summer program.
Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Great family campgrounds and campsites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

What to do with kids in the shore town of Wildwood, NJ
Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

What to do with kids in Clayton & Smyrna, DE
Party Places

Party Places

Local venues where you can host a kid's birthday party with popular themes.
Take the Kids: Doylestown, PA

Take the Kids: Doylestown, PA

What to do with kids in and around Doylestown, PA

Mother Nature's Best Kid Spots

Local places for kids to go wild with nature
Take the Kids: Cape May, NJ

Take the Kids: Cape May, NJ

What to do with kids in and around the popular shore town of Cape May, NJ

Art for Kids: Must-See Masterpieces

Introduce the kids to art museums and art centers with this selection of kid-friendly artwork.
Take the Kids: West Chester, PA

Take the Kids: West Chester, PA

What to do with kids in the historic town of West Chester, PA
Take the Kids: Mt. Laurel, NJ

Take the Kids: Mt. Laurel, NJ

Where to take the kids for family fun in Mt. Laurel, NJ
Take the Kids: Newark, DE

Take the Kids: Newark, DE

What to do with kids in Newark, DE
Happy Holidays: Family Events Guide

Happy Holidays: Family Events Guide

Your guide to holiday hot spots in the Delaware Valley.
Special Needs Family Fun Guide

Special Needs Family Fun Guide

A roundup of area venues that go above and beyond the ADA requirements.
National Dog Show Preview

National Dog Show Preview

To prep for the National Dog Show this Nov., we look at how much dog owners spend on their pets.
Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

4 new family traditions to make Thanksgiving dinner more special
Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Family friendly places to go with kids in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia
Should Kids Go to Terror Behind the Walls?

Should Kids Go to Terror Behind the Walls?

Is Terror Behind the Walls at Easter State Penitentiary OK for kids?
Animals Inside Out & a New World for Elmo

Animals Inside Out & a New World for Elmo

A preview of two new Franklin Institute exhibits — Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out and Sesame Street Presents: The Body
Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Family-friendly places to go in Bear, DE
Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costume Ideas

Hot kid Halloween costumes, store-bought and DIY
Halloween Fun & Haunted Happenings

Halloween Fun & Haunted Happenings

Celebrate Halloween at spooky and not-so-spooky attractions in Delaware, South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.
Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

What to do in Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA with kids
Children's Theater Guide 2014

Children's Theater Guide 2014

Kid-friendly and family performances on local stages during the 2014-2015 season.
Splash Pads & Spraygrounds

Splash Pads & Spraygrounds

Area splash pads and spraygrounds keep kids cool in the heat of summer.
Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

What to do in Voorhees, NJ with kids
Fresh Picks

Fresh Picks

The area's best pick-your-own fruit & veggie venues + creative treats
Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

6ABC Action News' Sunday morning anchor and consumer reporter Nydia Han visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art to kick off ArtSplash and let us in on her life as a local mom.
Day Trips From Philadelphia

Day Trips From Philadelphia

Family adventure road trips within a two- to three-hour drive from Philadelphia
Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

What to do in Rehoboth Beach, DE with kids
Beat the Heat: Family Fun

Beat the Heat: Family Fun

Air-conditioned and inexpensive ways to spend the summer as a family when it's too hot outside.
Take the Kids: Wayne, PA

Take the Kids: Wayne, PA

What to do with kids in Wayne, PA
Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' markets for kids in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, Delaware and South Jersey
Make a Day Of It: Mt. Holly, NJ

Make a Day Of It: Mt. Holly, NJ

Kid-friendly places and activities in Mt. Holly, NJ
War Memorials and Battlefields

War Memorials and Battlefields

Where to go this Memorial Day in the Delaware Valley to honor those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom.
MK's Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide

MK's Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide

Restaurants in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey that cater to kids in terms of decor, atmosphere, menus and activities, providing a family-friendly dining experience for all.
Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Kid-friendly things to do in Riverfront Wilmington
Art in the Area

Art in the Area

Art museums and centers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey that have exhibits, classes, activities and amenities geared towards getting kids and families engaged in art.
Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

How to spend a kid-friendly day in the Montgomery County town of Narberth, PA
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Natural areas to interact with wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians native to Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
Make a Day of It: Collingswood, NJ

Make a Day of It: Collingswood, NJ

Great places for families to play, eat, shop and snack in Collingswood, NJ
Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Where to try curling, moguls, luge, half-pipe snowboard and speedskating in the greater Philadelphia area.
The Inside Scoop

The Inside Scoop

Indoor play venues in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
The Ultimate Holiday Guide

The Ultimate Holiday Guide

Holiday activities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey.
Town & County: Food Donation Sites

Town & County: Food Donation Sites

Canned food donation sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Delaware & South Jersey
The National Dog Show

The National Dog Show

National Dog Show commentator David Frei gives family tips on seeing the show
Family Fun: Science Museums

Family Fun: Science Museums

Kid-friendly science museums in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey

Pumpkins, Parades & Plenty of Fun!

Family-friendly Halloween and harvest events throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
MetroKids Harvest Guide

MetroKids Harvest Guide

A roundup of pick-your-own fruit, pumpkin & veggie venues in Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
Stuff for History Buffs

Stuff for History Buffs

Family-friendly history sites to explore in preparation of kids' social studies and world cultures courses, or for kids that just love history!
Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Old-Fashioned Family Fun

This summer, spend time with the kids at a drive-in movie, bowling alley or mini-golf course in the Philadelphia, South Jersey & Delware areas: great locations for classic and old-fashioned family fun!
Shore got it: free family fun this summer

Shore got it: free family fun this summer

Your guide to free summer kids' and family fun at area shores in South Jersey and Delaware, including free concerts, festivals, beach activities and special events.
Get to Know Nature

Get to Know Nature

Many local arboretums, nature centers and parks offer free or low-cost family programming in the spring. Get up-close-and-personal with wildlife!
Spanning the Spectrum

Spanning the Spectrum

A preview of MetroKids magazine's April 2013 special needs stories.
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.
Art $marts

Art $marts

Many museums, art centers and events in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware areas offer free and low-cost ways to experience art with your family.
Make African American History Month meaningful

Make African American History Month meaningful

February is African American History Month, and many museums, historical sites and events in Philadelphia, Delaware and South Jersey offer exciting and educational ways to explore African American history with your family.
MLK Day can benefit your kids

MLK Day can benefit your kids

Since 1994, MLK Day has been a national day of service. Family volunteer projects develop citizenship in children.
5 family New Year's celebrations

5 family New Year's celebrations

Celebrate Native American History Month

Celebrate Native American History Month

Visit these local museums to learn about the traditions and contributions of Native Americans during November, Native American History Month.
Fall into family fun on the farm

Fall into family fun on the farm

Celebrate the turn of the season at some of these Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey family-friendly farms.
Olympic Sports Close to Home

Olympic Sports Close to Home

We can't all attend the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but try these local sporting events in the Philadelphia area, Delaware, and South Jersey for Olympic family fun a little closer to home.
Play, Ride and Get Excited!

Play, Ride and Get Excited!

New attractions will make their debuts this summer at area amusement parks including Dutch Wonderland, Sesame Place, Morey's Piers, Clementon Park & Splash World, Dorney Park and Six Flags Great Adventure.
Garden Delights

Garden Delights

Celebrate spring among flowering trees, feathered friends and buzzing honeybees.
First Look: The Trail of the Lorax at the Philadelphia Zoo

First Look: The Trail of the Lorax at the Philadelphia Zoo

A new exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo takes Dr. Seuss' storybook from the page to real life.
Kids Eat Free

Kids Eat Free

How to find the best meal deals for your family
Make Art Today!

Make Art Today!

Get creative at local studios where your family can paint pottery, make jewelry and complete other art projects.
First Look: Van Gogh at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

First Look: Van Gogh at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What to expect and how to make the most of the visit with your kids.
Winter Waterpark Adventures

Winter Waterpark Adventures

Find respite from the cold at indoor waterparks that are only a short drive away.

Archive »Play

Toy Test: The Best Toys of 2015

Toy Test: The Best Toys of 2015

MK readers and their kids review toys for our annual Toy Test.
Toy Test: Games

Toy Test: Games

The best games of 2015, reviewed by MK readers and their kids
Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Great family campgrounds and campsites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Sports Gear Costs

Sports Gear Costs

Pay to play: Find out how much sports gear costs to equip your kids to get on the field or the court.
Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

What to do with kids in the shore town of Wildwood, NJ
Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

What to do with kids in Clayton & Smyrna, DE
Up in Arms: Kids & Toy Guns

Up in Arms: Kids & Toy Guns

Should parents worry about kids, toy guns, water blasters and make believe gun play?
Take the Kids: Doylestown, PA

Take the Kids: Doylestown, PA

What to do with kids in and around Doylestown, PA
Take the Kids: Cape May, NJ

Take the Kids: Cape May, NJ

What to do with kids in and around the popular shore town of Cape May, NJ
Kid-Friendly Dance Party Videos

Kid-Friendly Dance Party Videos

Kid-friendly videos to spark a family dance party that welcomes spring.
Take the Kids: West Chester, PA

Take the Kids: West Chester, PA

What to do with kids in the historic town of West Chester, PA
Year of the Sheep

Year of the Sheep

It's the Year of the Sheep. Celebrate the Chinese new year and check the Chinese zodiac to see if your child's horoscope syncs up with his personality. Plus, Chinese New Year events.
Welcome Home: Moving to Philly

Welcome Home: Moving to Philly

Ways to explore and develop ties within the Greater Philadelphia Area community
Take the Kids: Newark, DE

Take the Kids: Newark, DE

What to do with kids in Newark, DE
Special Needs: Best Toys for the Holidays

Special Needs: Best Toys for the Holidays

Best special needs toys for the holidays
Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Toys of 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Toys of 2014

Our Holiday Gift Guide features the annual readers' Toy Test, plus a list of the best toys of 2014
Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Family friendly places to go with kids in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia
Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Why Academic Quiz bowl kids, Mathletes and spelling bee whizzes find academic competitions to be a win win.
Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Family-friendly places to go in Bear, DE
Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

What to do in Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA with kids
Splash Pads & Spraygrounds

Splash Pads & Spraygrounds

Area splash pads and spraygrounds keep kids cool in the heat of summer.
Bike to School Safely

Bike to School Safely

7 tips to teach kids to ride their bikes to school safely
Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

What to do in Voorhees, NJ with kids
Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

6ABC Action News' Sunday morning anchor and consumer reporter Nydia Han visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art to kick off ArtSplash and let us in on her life as a local mom.
Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

What to do in Rehoboth Beach, DE with kids
Parent Product Reviews: Yvolution

Parent Product Reviews: Yvolution

Parent reviews of the Y Glider XL scooter and the Y Velo Balance Bike from Yvolution
Take the Kids: Wayne, PA

Take the Kids: Wayne, PA

What to do with kids in Wayne, PA
Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' markets for kids in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, Delaware and South Jersey
The Birthday Trip

The Birthday Trip

The birthday trip is a festive alternative to a kids birthday party
Party Pooper Prevention

Party Pooper Prevention

8 ways to host a kids' birthday party without tantrums, meltdowns and bad behavior
Play to Learn

Play to Learn

How parents can help kids play to learn, according to UDel's Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Temple's Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
Make a Day Of It: Mt. Holly, NJ

Make a Day Of It: Mt. Holly, NJ

Kid-friendly places and activities in Mt. Holly, NJ
Don't Be a Beast in Disney World

Don't Be a Beast in Disney World

Etiquette tips on how to be a good Walt Disney World guest
How to Plan an Inclusive Playdate

How to Plan an Inclusive Playdate

How to plan an inclusive playdate, so friends of children with special needs can play safely and successfully
Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Take the Kids to Riverfront Wilmington

Kid-friendly things to do in Riverfront Wilmington
Accessible Playgrounds

Accessible Playgrounds

8 inclusive playgrounds with adaptive equipment for kids with special needs
Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

How to spend a kid-friendly day in the Montgomery County town of Narberth, PA
Mom-Approved No-Power Snow Day Activities

Mom-Approved No-Power Snow Day Activities

Another big snow is coming. Take a tip from 50 MK moms and have these activities ready, whether the power goes out or not.
Make a Day of It: Collingswood, NJ

Make a Day of It: Collingswood, NJ

Great places for families to play, eat, shop and snack in Collingswood, NJ
Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Where to try curling, moguls, luge, half-pipe snowboard and speedskating in the greater Philadelphia area.
Toy Test 2013

Toy Test 2013

MetroKids readers test and review toys for MK's annual Toy Test.
My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things

In honor of our Toy Test, Philly-area celebs share memories of receiving their favorite toy as kids
Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A family membership to the area’s cultural institutions are the gift that keeps on giving
Bored Kids? Good!

Bored Kids? Good!

A parenting expert explains why summer boredom’s such a good things for kids.
Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Summer math activities and enrichment games help preschool and elementary school kids maintain academic skills at home.
Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids
A winter sports safety guide

A winter sports safety guide

Here's how to avoid skiing, sledding, snowboarding and ice hockey injuries.
TOYS THAT TEACH

TOYS THAT TEACH

Kids will have fun while they learn with these recommendations for all ages from toy stores, parents and reviewers.
Toy drives meet widespread need

Toy drives meet widespread need

Toys for Tots, Salvation Army drives, the Ronald McDonald Houses and many local drives help bring kids holiday happiness.
HAPPY TRAILS

HAPPY TRAILS

Hike, bike or enjoy a stroll with baby at these 15 mom-recommended parks.
A Play Day for Kids & Parents

A Play Day for Kids & Parents

A regular, once-a-week play day for friends and neighbors, children and adults alike, can fill out your summer activities schedule and build friendships.
Play: A Vital Early Education Tool

Play: A Vital Early Education Tool

Many schools have found new ways to incorporate play into learning despite reduced recess and free play time.
Homemade Is Where the Heart Is

Homemade Is Where the Heart Is

Creating valentines gives you and your child a project to share, and special message to those you love.
The Right Play Activities for Your Child

The Right Play Activities for Your Child

KidsHealth resource helps parents find age-appropriate play for babies, toddlers and school-age children.
Great Plants for a Child's Garden

Great Plants for a Child's Garden

A child's starter garden will thrive with these easy-to-grow plants, herbs and veggies.
Spring Is Kite-Flying Season!

Spring Is Kite-Flying Season!

These basics, plus tips from meteorologist David Murphy, will get your child's kite airborne.
10 All-Time Great Family DVDs

10 All-Time Great Family DVDs

Critics differ, but these 10 DVDs, organized by age group, are among the greatest all-time family movies.
Kids' Tech Habits Need Balance

Kids' Tech Habits Need Balance

Facebook, texting, video games, YouTube — are they making our kids dumb? Rewiring their brains? Enabling them or distracting them?
Toy Test 2010

Toy Test 2010

The results are in! The top 20 Mom-approved toys of the holiday season.
A Summer Fitness Game Plan

A Summer Fitness Game Plan

Here are tips to build a healthy summer children's routine that incorporates interactive media in moderation.
The Evolving Art of the Play Date

The Evolving Art of the Play Date

There are no "official rules" for play dates. These tips will help parents form their own guidelines.
Scary Stuff

Scary Stuff

Here's how to manage scary movies, books and adventures, plus a list of top scary movies for kids.
More than Just Horsing Around

More than Just Horsing Around

Horseback riding offers kids exercise, balance & coordination and a 6-foot friend. Here's a listing of Delaware Valley horse riding and lesson providers.
Let's Get Moving!

Let's Get Moving!

In cold weather, many kids eat more and burn fewer calories. Here are ideas for active play.

Archive »Calendar

Private School Open House Calendar

Private School Open House Calendar

When to visit the best private schools in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, South Jersey and Delaware

Archive »Travel

Summer Travel Tips & Tricks

Summer Travel Tips & Tricks

Make your family vacation easier with these handy tips for kids of all ages!
Take the Kids: Haddonfield, NJ

Take the Kids: Haddonfield, NJ

Shop, eat, explore, learn & stay at these fabulous places in Haddonfield, NJ.
Go Skiing with the Kids

Go Skiing with the Kids

At what age can kids learn to ski? What about lessons? Should you rent or buy their equipment? Local ski experts answer your questions.
Take a Cruise with Kids

Take a Cruise with Kids

Get tips on how to choose the right cruise line and ship for a vacation your whole family will enjoy.
Take the Kids: Ardmore, PA

Take the Kids: Ardmore, PA

Visit the residential yet urban town of Ardmore, PA, and enjoy shops, restaurants and craft studios.
Take the Kids: Hockessin, DE

Take the Kids: Hockessin, DE

Enjoy a day in Hockessin, DE, with your family as you visit shops, restaurants, museums and outdoor spaces.
Take the Kids: Cherry Hill, NJ

Take the Kids: Cherry Hill, NJ

Fun things to do with the whole family in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Local Campgrounds & Campsites

Great family campgrounds and campsites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

Take the Kids: Wildwood, NJ

What to do with kids in the shore town of Wildwood, NJ
Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

Take the Kids: Clayton & Smyrna, DE

What to do with kids in Clayton & Smyrna, DE
Summer Vacation + College Tour

Summer Vacation + College Tour

How to combine summer vacation with a college tour
Take the Kids: Mt. Laurel, NJ

Take the Kids: Mt. Laurel, NJ

Where to take the kids for family fun in Mt. Laurel, NJ
Public Restrooms & Kids

Public Restrooms & Kids

An ages and stages guide to taking kids to the public restroom
Home for the Holidays: Neighborhood Decorations

Home for the Holidays: Neighborhood Decorations

The best neighborhood holiday light displays in Philadelphia, the PA suburbs, Delaware & South Jersey
Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

Take the Kids: Lambertville & New Hope

What to do in Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA with kids
Bike to School Safely

Bike to School Safely

7 tips to teach kids to ride their bikes to school safely
Children Flying Alone

Children Flying Alone

How to get your kids ready to fly alone as an unaccompanied minor
Day Trips From Philadelphia

Day Trips From Philadelphia

Family adventure road trips within a two- to three-hour drive from Philadelphia
The Birthday Trip

The Birthday Trip

The birthday trip is a festive alternative to a kids birthday party
Three Days on the Disney Dream

Three Days on the Disney Dream

Our editor's family Caribbean cruise on the Disney Dream
Don't Be a Beast in Disney World

Don't Be a Beast in Disney World

Etiquette tips on how to be a good Walt Disney World guest
Teen Travel Camps

Teen Travel Camps

Adventure travel camps and teen tours broaden horizons, foster independence and make lifelong memories.
The Preschool Parents' Travel Guide

The Preschool Parents' Travel Guide

Vacation planning advice for taking family trips to Disney World and other kid-friendly destinations with preschoolers.
Vacation Planning and Special Needs

Vacation Planning and Special Needs

How to go plan a destination family vacation when you've got a child with special needs.
Winter Wonderland: The Poconos

Winter Wonderland: The Poconos

A roundup of family resorts and winter fun for a weekend getaway to the Poconos
Save on Summer Road Trips

Save on Summer Road Trips

Money-saving tips for budget-conscious summer road trips.
Kids’ Book Reviews: Armchair Travel

Kids’ Book Reviews: Armchair Travel

Kids’ book reviews of Where’s Waldo? The Ultimate Travel Collection and America’s National Parks: A Pop-Up Book
Romantic Valentine’s getaways

Romantic Valentine’s getaways

Whether you like New Hope, the Poconos or the Delaware beach, you don't have to travel far to find a romantic retreat for Valentine's Day.
Hand-held foods on the go

Hand-held foods on the go

Organic food blogger Trina O'Boyle loaded up for a 16-hour road trip. Here are her food recommendations.
Why My Mother Hates Me

Why My Mother Hates Me

Blogger Kelly Jopson-Brown reminisces none too fondly about her mother's hair styling techniques.
Backseat Boredom Busters

Backseat Boredom Busters

Tired of hearing “Are we there yet?” Keep antsy kids occupied during your next car or plane ride with these on-the-go toys.
5 Special Needs Vacation Ideas

5 Special Needs Vacation Ideas

When planning a vacation with a child who has special needs, begin months ahead and be prepared for false starts. These ideas can help.
The Mayan Riviera for Families

The Mayan Riviera for Families

Highlights include ancient temples,underground wonders and emerging Playa del Carmen.
5 Convenient Family Travel Locales

5 Convenient Family Travel Locales

Ideas for fun in Baltimore, Dutch Country, the Poconos, the Catskills and DC
The Pet Sitter Advantage

The Pet Sitter Advantage

While you're away, your pet gets love and there's a watchful eye on your home.
FREE Shore Fun!

FREE Shore Fun!

Make vacation memories with your family that won't cost a penny.
Babymoons: Pre-Pampers Pampering

Babymoons: Pre-Pampers Pampering

Couples taking trips before their baby is born has become a 21st-century phenomenon.
Winter Sports: Gear Up and Go!

Winter Sports: Gear Up and Go!

All you need to know for your first ski trip with the kids.
Destination Orlando: With Teenagers

Destination Orlando: With Teenagers

A mom shares the best ways to experience Disney World and Universal Studios with teens.

Archive »Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: July 29, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 29, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 22, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 22, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 22- July 24, 2016.
Weekend Planner: July 15, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 15, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 15 - July 17, 2016.
Weekend Planner: July 8, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 8, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 8 - July 10, 2016.
Weekend Planner: July 1, 2016

Weekend Planner: July 1, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 1 - July 5, 2016.
Weekend Planner: June 24, 2016

Weekend Planner: June 24, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 24 - June 26, 2016.
Weekend Planner: June 17, 2016

Weekend Planner: June 17, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 17 - June 19, 2016.
Weekend Planner: June 10, 2016

Weekend Planner: June 10, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 10 - June 12, 2016.
Weekend Planner: June 3, 2016

Weekend Planner: June 3, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 3 - June 5, 2016.
Weekend Planner: May 27, 2016

Weekend Planner: May 27, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 27 - May 30, 2016.
Weekend Planner: May 20, 2016

Weekend Planner: May 20, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 20 - May 22, 2016.
Weekend Planner: May 13, 2016

Weekend Planner: May 13, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 13 - May 15, 2016.
Weekend Planner: May 6, 2016

Weekend Planner: May 6, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 6 - May 8, 2016.
Weekend Planner: April 29, 2016

Weekend Planner: April 29, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 20 - May 1, 2016.
Weekend Planner: April 22, 2016

Weekend Planner: April 22, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 22 - April 24, 2016.
Weekend Planner: April 15, 2016

Weekend Planner: April 15, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 15 - April 17, 2016.
Weekend Planner: April 8, 2016

Weekend Planner: April 8, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 8 - April 10, 2016.
Weekend Planner: April 1, 2016

Weekend Planner: April 1, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for April 1 - April 3, 2016.
Weekend Planner: March 25, 2016

Weekend Planner: March 25, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 25 - March 27, 2016.
Weekend Planner: March 18, 2016

Weekend Planner: March 18, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 18 - March 20, 2016.
Weekend Planner: March 11, 2016

Weekend Planner: March 11, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 11 - March 13, 2016.
Weekend Planner: February 26, 2016

Weekend Planner: February 26, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 26 - Feb. 28, 2016..
Weekend Planner: February 19, 2016

Weekend Planner: February 19, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 19 - Feb. 21, 2016..
Weekend Planner: February 12, 2016

Weekend Planner: February 12, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 12 - Feb. 15, 2016..
Weekend Planner: February 5, 2016

Weekend Planner: February 5, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 5 - Feb. 7, 2016..
Weekend Planner: January 29, 2016

Weekend Planner: January 29, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 29 - Jan. 31, 2016.
Weekend Planner: January 22, 2016

Weekend Planner: January 22, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 22 - Jan. 24, 2016..
Weekend Planner: January 15, 2016

Weekend Planner: January 15, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 15 - Jan. 17, 2016..
Weekend Planner: January 8, 2016

Weekend Planner: January 8, 2016

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 8 - Jan. 3, 2016..
Weekend Planner: December 30, 2015

Weekend Planner: December 30, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 30, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016.
Weekend Planner: December 23, 2015

Weekend Planner: December 23, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 23 - Dec. 27, 2015.
Weekend Planner: December 18, 2015

Weekend Planner: December 18, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 18 - Dec. 20, 2015.
Weekend Planner: December 11, 2015

Weekend Planner: December 11, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 11 - Dec. 13, 2015.
Weekend Planner: December 4, 2015

Weekend Planner: December 4, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 4 - Dec. 6, 2015.
Weekend Planner: November 27, 2015

Weekend Planner: November 27, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 27 - Nov. 29, 2015.
Weekend Planner: November 20, 2015

Weekend Planner: November 20, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 20 - Nov. 22, 2015.
Weekend Planner: November 13, 2015

Weekend Planner: November 13, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 13 - Nov. 15, 2015.
Weekend Planner: November 6, 2015

Weekend Planner: November 6, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 6 - Nov. 8, 2015.
Weekend Planner: October 30, 2015

Weekend Planner: October 30, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015.
Weekend Planner: October 23, 2015

Weekend Planner: October 23, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 23 - Oct. 25, 2015.
Weekend Planner: October 16, 2015

Weekend Planner: October 16, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 16 - Oct. 18, 2015.
Weekend Planner: October 9, 2015

Weekend Planner: October 9, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 9 - Oct. 11, 2015.
Weekend Planner: October 2, 2015

Weekend Planner: October 2, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 2 - Oct. 4, 2015.
Weekend Planner: September 25, 2015

Weekend Planner: September 25, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 25 - Sept. 27, 2015.
Weekend Planner: September 18, 2015

Weekend Planner: September 18, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 18 - Sept. 20, 2015.
Weekend Planner: September 11, 2015

Weekend Planner: September 11, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 11 - Sept. 13, 2015.
Weekend Planner: September 4, 2015

Weekend Planner: September 4, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 4 - Sept. 6, 2015.
Weekend Planner: August 28, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 28, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 29 - Aug. 30, 2015.
Weekend Planner: August 21, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 21, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 21 - Aug. 23, 2015.
Weekend Planner: August 14, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 14, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 14 - Aug. 16, 2015.
Weekend Planner: August 7, 2015

Weekend Planner: August 7, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Aug. 7 - Aug. 9, 2015.
Weekend Planner: July 31, 2015

Weekend Planner: July 31, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 31 - Aug. 2, 2015.
Weekend Planner: July 24, 2015

Weekend Planner: July 24, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 24 - July 26, 2015.
Weekend Planner: July 17, 2015

Weekend Planner: July 17, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 17 - July 19, 2015.
Weekend Planner: July 10, 2015

Weekend Planner: July 10, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 10 - July 12, 2015.
Weekend Planner: July 3, 2015

Weekend Planner: July 3, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for July 1 - July 3 2015.
Weekend Planner: June 26, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 26, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 26 - June 28 2015.
Weekend Planner: June 19, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 19, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 19 - June 21 2015.
Weekend Planner: June 12, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 12, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 12 - June 14, 2015.
Weekend Planner: June 5, 2015

Weekend Planner: June 5, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for June 5 - June 7, 2015.
Weekend Planner: May 29, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 29, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 29 - May 31, 2015.
Weekend Planner: May 22, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 22, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 22 - May 25, 2015.
Weekend Planner: May 15, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 15, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 15 - May 17, 2015.
Weekend Planner: May 8, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 8, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 8 - May 10, 2015.
Weekend Planner: May 1, 2015

Weekend Planner: May 1, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for May 1 - May 3, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weekend Planner: March 20, 2015

Weekend Planner: March 20, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 20 - March 22, 2015.
Weekend Planner: March 13, 2015

Weekend Planner: March 13, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 13 - March 15, 2015.
Weekend Planner: March 6, 2015

Weekend Planner: March 6, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for March 6 - March 8, 2015.
Weekend Planner: February 27, 2015

Weekend Planner: February 27, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 27 - March 1, 2015.
Weekend Planner: February 20, 2015

Weekend Planner: February 20, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 20 - Feb. 22, 2015.
Weekend Planner: February 13, 2015

Weekend Planner: February 13, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 13 - Feb. 16, 2015.
Weekend Planner: February 6, 2015

Weekend Planner: February 6, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Feb. 6 - Feb. 8, 2015.
Weekend Planner: January 30, 2015

Weekend Planner: January 30, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2015.
Weekend Planner: January 23, 2015

Weekend Planner: January 23, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 23 - Jan. 25, 2015.
Weekend Planner: January 16, 2015

Weekend Planner: January 16, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 16 - Jan. 19, 2015.
Weekend Planner: January 9, 2015

Weekend Planner: January 9, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 9 - Jan. 11, 2015.
Weekend Planner: December 30, 2014

Weekend Planner: December 30, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 30, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015.
Weekend Planner: December 23, 2014

Weekend Planner: December 23, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 23-Dec. 28, 2014.
Weekend Planner: December 19, 2014

Weekend Planner: December 19, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 19-Dec. 21, 2014.
Weekend Planner: December 12, 2014

Weekend Planner: December 12, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec. 12-Dec. 14, 2014.
Weekend Planner: December 5, 2014

Weekend Planner: December 5, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Dec 5.-Dec. 7, 2014.
Weekend Planner: November 26, 2014

Weekend Planner: November 26, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 26-Nov. 30, 2014.
Weekend Planner: November 21, 2014

Weekend Planner: November 21, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 21-Nov. 23, 2014.
Weekend Planner: November 14, 2014

Weekend Planner: November 14, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 14-Nov. 16, 2014.
Weekend Planner: November 7, 2014

Weekend Planner: November 7, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 7-Nov. 9, 2014.
Weekend Planner: October 31, 2014

Weekend Planner: October 31, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014.
Weekend Planner: October 24, 2014

Weekend Planner: October 24, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 24-Oct. 26, 2014.
Weekend Planner: October 17, 2014

Weekend Planner: October 17, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 17-Oct. 19, 2014.
Weekend Planner: October 10, 2014

Weekend Planner: October 10, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 10-Oct. 13, 2014.
Weekend Planner: Oct. 3, 2014

Weekend Planner: Oct. 3, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 3-Oct. 5, 2014.
Weekend Planner: September 26, 2014

Weekend Planner: September 26, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 26-Sept. 28, 2014.
Weekend Planner: September 19, 2014

Weekend Planner: September 19, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 19-Sept. 21, 2014.
Weekend Planner: September 12, 2014

Weekend Planner: September 12, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 12-Sept. 14, 2014.
Weekend Planner: September 5, 2014

Weekend Planner: September 5, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 5-Sept. 7, 2014.

Archive »Health

Which Sunscreens Are Safe for Your Family?

Which Sunscreens Are Safe for Your Family?

What you need to know to sift through the marketing hype and ingredients lists to find a safe sunscreen for your family.
Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Kids can struggle with anxiety and depression, too. Learn how to identify a problem and discover resources to support children and their families.
Gardening for Kids

Gardening for Kids

Discover how gardening reduces stress and motivates kids to learn.
Food Allergies and Camp

Food Allergies and Camp

If your child has food allergies, ask camp directors these questions as one step toward a safe camp experience.
What to Expect at the First Orthodontist Visit

What to Expect at the First Orthodontist Visit

When to take your child to the orthodontist and what to expect when you go.
The Dangers of Coats + Car Seats

The Dangers of Coats + Car Seats

Make sure your child's bulky winter clothing doesn't interfere with her car seat's ability to restrain her in an accident.
Playing Nice in the Snow and Ice

Playing Nice in the Snow and Ice

Practice these safety tips to keep avoid winter sports injuries.
Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Help your kids avoid health problems associated with the use of electronic devices.
Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

Learn the factors that help determine whether a child can start wearing contact lenses.
Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose genetic testing to lower their cancer risk.
Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet

Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet

8 tips to erase dangers lurking in the bathroom.
Prepare for Girls First Period

Prepare for Girls First Period

A girl's period is a major milestone. Prepare with expert advice.
Sick Kids Care Package Ideas

Sick Kids Care Package Ideas

Kids home sick? Keep them comfy and engaged with these care package ideas.
RSV: What Moms Need to Know

RSV: What Moms Need to Know

What moms need to know about RSV and babies
Best Baby Sunscreens

Best Baby Sunscreens

Best organic sunscreen for babies, kids and adults
Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder

How to help kids with auditory processing disorder
Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme disease in children's a real medical issue in the Delaware Valley. Learn how to check for and prevent the tick-borne infection.
Signs of Asthma in Children

Signs of Asthma in Children

Signs of kids' asthma and how to treat them. Plus, make an Asthma Action Plan.
Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

What parents of obese children need to know about kids and weight loss surgery
Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

How to lose weight and stay fit in your 20s, 30s and 30s
Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Area dentists give parents tips about good kids' dental hygiene and talk about the top trends in pediatric dentistry.
Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Nutrition experts weigh in on whether gluten-free and wheat-free diets like Paleo are safe for kids.
Afraid of the Doctor?

Afraid of the Doctor?

How to help kids deal with their fear of needles and going to the pediatrician
Safe Swaddling

Safe Swaddling

Learn to swaddle your baby in a safe, hip-healthy way.
Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

300,000 American kids suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis, yet the condition is often misdiagnosed as growing pains. Learn to tell the difference.
Record a Family Medical History

Record a Family Medical History

A family health history helps doctors know how to treat you and your kids.
Kids and Plastic Surgery

Kids and Plastic Surgery

Why kids and teens want plastic surgery and what makes a good candidate for cosmetic procedures. Plus, frequently performed procedures, trends and parent concerns.
The Pink Ribbon Report

The Pink Ribbon Report

Trends and treatment options in the fight against breast cancer
When Mom Has Cancer

When Mom Has Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Hart, her teenage son and experts discuss ways to talk with kids about their mom's cancer diagnosis.
Scary Foods

Scary Foods

Dietary research debunks widespread fear factors about consuming fish, eggs, sugar substitutes and flavored milk.
Avoiding the ER

Avoiding the ER

Urgent care centers and retail walk-in health centers give families alternatives to the emergency room
Fitness Fit

Fitness Fit

How to pick the right kind of physical activity for your child, whether for weight loss or general fitness
5 Lunches Kids Love

5 Lunches Kids Love

Five packed lunches that kids will enjoy eating at school.
Family Health Care Facts

Family Health Care Facts

How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects families.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Physical Developments: Early Puberty

Physical Developments: Early Puberty

Girls are reaching puberty at younger ages than ever. Find out why and how to have "the puberty talk" in age-appropriate ways.
Kid's Best Friend

Kid's Best Friend

A safety guide to help kids read dogs, to prevent dog bites and allay dog fears.
Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

MetroKids back-to-school health checklist includes immunizations, easy sports physicals, hearing and vision tests and safety checks for footwear and backpacks
Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Earbuds cause hearing impairment in children and can cause hearing loss. Learn how to safely use earbuds for kids and how to determine if sounds are too loud for children.
Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

A key to any healthy diet is to avoid miracle foods, unrealistic weight loss guarantees and diet scams. Learn how to find the best diet for you and identify diet myths and bad nutritional information.
Find a Therapist for Your Child

Find a Therapist for Your Child

Concrete steps to finding a therapist for your child or teen
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.

Archive »Fitness

Is Your Child Ready for the Broad Street Run?

Is Your Child Ready for the Broad Street Run?

If your child wants to try distance running, check out tips on proper training and how to avoid injury.
Moms Get Fit

Moms Get Fit

Busy moms want fun ways to work out, and these fitness trends deliver.
Action-packed Fitness Programs for Kids

Action-packed Fitness Programs for Kids

Get your kids moving with fun, dynamic fitness options like CrossFit, parkour, American Ninja Warrior and rock climbing.
Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Help your kids avoid health problems associated with the use of electronic devices.
Bike to School Safely

Bike to School Safely

7 tips to teach kids to ride their bikes to school safely
Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

How to lose weight and stay fit in your 20s, 30s and 30s
Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Philly-Area Olympic Sport Sites

Where to try curling, moguls, luge, half-pipe snowboard and speedskating in the greater Philadelphia area.
Fitness Fit

Fitness Fit

How to pick the right kind of physical activity for your child, whether for weight loss or general fitness
EXERCISE CLASS QUESTIONS

EXERCISE CLASS QUESTIONS

What type and style of fitness class fits your child? Is he ready? Does she have an interest in tennis, gymnastics or martial arts?
7 Parent-Child Workouts

7 Parent-Child Workouts

When you exercise with your child you can have fun, burn calories and enjoy some quality time.
Running: A Great Sport for Kids

Running: A Great Sport for Kids

If your child loves to run around, it makes sense to explore the sport of running.
Questions To Ask Sports Camps

Questions To Ask Sports Camps

Kids attend sports camps to improve skills, stay active during the summer and have fun. These questions can help you match a sports camp with your child’s interests and abilities.
Why Mouth Guards Matter

Why Mouth Guards Matter

There is a disconnect between parents’ concern for their children’s safety while playing sports and the protective equipment kids currently use.
Groovin' to Kids' Exercise Music

Groovin' to Kids' Exercise Music

Jump for joy with these selections and suggestions.
A Summer Fitness Game Plan

A Summer Fitness Game Plan

Here are tips to build a healthy summer children's routine that incorporates interactive media in moderation.
Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.

Archive »Food & Nutrition

Can Diet Changes Improve Neurocognitive Disorders?

Can Diet Changes Improve Neurocognitive Disorders?

Learn how an elimination diet and other eating habit changes may have a positive effect on mood and behavior.
Food Allergies and Camp

Food Allergies and Camp

If your child has food allergies, ask camp directors these questions as one step toward a safe camp experience.
Make Meal Planning Easy

Make Meal Planning Easy

These meal planners can help answer the dreaded question, "What's for dinner?"
5 Feel-good Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

5 Feel-good Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

Toss the ingredients for these delicious comfort foods into your slow cooker and relax.
Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Choose healthier options when trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Identify and treat bulimia in tweens and teens.
School Breakfast Programs

School Breakfast Programs

Area districts have developed innovative morning meals. A shockingly large percentage of area kids qualify for free breakfasts.
A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake

What Pinterest-inspired birthday cakes for kids look like when they come out of a real mom's kitchen
Moms' Recipe: Green Velvet Cupcakes

Moms' Recipe: Green Velvet Cupcakes

Lucky Charms top these easy Green Velvet Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day
Moms' Recipe: Healthy Cupcakes for School Parties

Moms' Recipe: Healthy Cupcakes for School Parties

Chocolate cupcakes are healthy enough for school rules and yummy enough for kids
Types of Eating Disorders

Types of Eating Disorders

How to know if your child has an eating disorder and what to do about it
Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving Treats

Fun Thanksgiving treats so easy, kids can help make them.
Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program

Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program

How to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back and support the troops
Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

4 healthy Halloween treats replace candy at your Halloween party. Plus: Hallween Candy Buy Back info.
Kids in the Kitchen: After School Snacks

Kids in the Kitchen: After School Snacks

Get the kids in the kitchen to help make easy, healthy after school snacks.
Lunchbox Ideas

Lunchbox Ideas

Need some lunchbox ideas? A local chef and dad shares his tips.
Allergy Free Recipes

Allergy Free Recipes

Excerpt from Lora Cipriani's Children's Allergy Free Recipes: No Peanuts, Tree-Nuts or Eggs Used in These Family Recipes, plus food allergy substitute ingredients
Family Dinner Ideas

Family Dinner Ideas

5 easy summer grilling recipes just right for family dinners
Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' markets for kids in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, Delaware and South Jersey
Calcium Sources for Kids

Calcium Sources for Kids

How to incorporate calcium and vitamin D into kids' diets to build healthy bones and stave off osteoporosis and broken bones.
Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

What parents of obese children need to know about kids and weight loss surgery
Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp menus adapt to serve kids with food allergies, gluten sensitivities and special dietary needs
Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

How to lose weight and stay fit in your 20s, 30s and 30s
Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Nutrition experts weigh in on whether gluten-free and wheat-free diets like Paleo are safe for kids.
Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Easy, kid-friendly, gluten-free make-and-take snacks
Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

How to eat healthy and still enjoy a holiday party. Plus, directions to make a festive, healthy Veggie Tree.
Hanukkah / Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Marshmallow Donut Sitchy

Hanukkah / Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Marshmallow Donut Sitchy

Chef Michael Solomonov's Apple-Marshmallow Donut Sitchy recipe for Thanksgivukkah

DIY Halloween Crafts & Treats

Kids can help make decorations, food and games for a DIY home Halloween party.
Scary Foods

Scary Foods

Dietary research debunks widespread fear factors about consuming fish, eggs, sugar substitutes and flavored milk.
5 Lunches Kids Love

5 Lunches Kids Love

Five packed lunches that kids will enjoy eating at school.
MetroKids Harvest Guide

MetroKids Harvest Guide

A roundup of pick-your-own fruit, pumpkin & veggie venues in Delaware, Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

A key to any healthy diet is to avoid miracle foods, unrealistic weight loss guarantees and diet scams. Learn how to find the best diet for you and identify diet myths and bad nutritional information.
Food safety myths and facts

Food safety myths and facts

Most cases of foodborne illness result from improper food handling and preparation. To increase your family’s odds of eating safely, learn about these food myths.
Easy, fast and healthy dinners

Easy, fast and healthy dinners

Looking for creative ways to get a healthy meal on the table fast? Delivery services such as Fresh Direct are one answer for busy parents.
Listen first, then talk about weight

Listen first, then talk about weight

Experts say understand how your child feels about herself first, and armed with that knowledge, together you can discuss weight issues.
Dine out stress-free (sort of)

Dine out stress-free (sort of)

These mom-tested tips for eating with kids at a restaurant include menus, timing, tables versus booths and ambiance.
Food allergies on the rise

Food allergies on the rise

An average of two kids in each class class probably have an allergy. Most common are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts, fish and shellfish.
Join the school cafeteria revolution

Join the school cafeteria revolution

Here's how parents can get involved in promoting healthier food at their child’s school or district.
Local Produce: Hip and Healthy

Local Produce: Hip and Healthy

Sustainable eating reduced the environmental impact of shipping foods, supports local farmers and provides the health benefits of fresh foods.
HEALTHY SNACKS

HEALTHY SNACKS

Your family can nibble on healthy foods and fight tooth decay at the same time.
Gobble Guilt-Free

Gobble Guilt-Free

Reduce calories and pump up nutrition with these holiday food tips.
Tips To Pack a Safe Lunch

Tips To Pack a Safe Lunch

A recent study found that more than 90 percent with perishable items (even with multiple ice packs) were kept at unsafe temperatures.
New Kids' Menus at Restaurants

New Kids' Menus at Restaurants

Nineteen restaurant chains now offer meals that seek to provide nutritional balance. Here's a closer look.
The Healthiest Drinks for Kids

The Healthiest Drinks for Kids

What a child drinks can drastically affect the amount of calories consumed, as well as the amount of nutrients needed to build strong bodies.
'My Plate' Replaces Food Pyramid

'My Plate' Replaces Food Pyramid

Four sections correspond to recommended dietary portions, with a dairy portion on the side. Officials and First Lady Michelle Obama say the new graphic is easier to understand.
New Dietary Guidelines Deciphered

New Dietary Guidelines Deciphered

Here's what the latest federal advice on what to eat says — and really means.
MILK STRIKE!

MILK STRIKE!

Taken off breastfeeding or formula, some toddlers refuse cow's milk. The problem is the potential for a vitamin D or calcium deficiency.
Mom, I Want To Be a Vegetarian!

Mom, I Want To Be a Vegetarian!

Here's how to support teens when they choose a vegetarian diet, including ways to make sure they get adequate nutrition.
Are Energy Drink Safe for Kids?

Are Energy Drink Safe for Kids?

There are now at least 200 energy drinks on the market. But is it a good idea for kids or parents to get an energy-drink buzz?
America's Salt Shake-up

America's Salt Shake-up

Sodium is under fire as a nutrition no-no. These tips can help you reduce your family's salt intake.
5 Healthy Kids' Snack Tricks

5 Healthy Kids' Snack Tricks

Many snacks are prime sources of extra sugar and fats. Providing appealing, nutritious treats can reduce the risk of childhood obesity.
Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Americans love cheese, but most cheeses are high in calories and fat. Here are tips to fit cheese into a healthy diet.
The #1 Kids' Disease: Tooth Decay

The #1 Kids' Disease: Tooth Decay

Tooth decay affects four times more children than obesity. It can start with baby's bottle.
Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Foods and ingredients once seen as unhealthy, including cheese, white bread and red meat, can fit into a healthy diet.
Fiber Facts

Fiber Facts

In addition to its health benefits, fiber can help control kids’ weight.

Archive »Healthy Living

Which Sunscreens Are Safe for Your Family?

Which Sunscreens Are Safe for Your Family?

What you need to know to sift through the marketing hype and ingredients lists to find a safe sunscreen for your family.
Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety and Depression

Kids can struggle with anxiety and depression, too. Learn how to identify a problem and discover resources to support children and their families.
Gardening for Kids

Gardening for Kids

Discover how gardening reduces stress and motivates kids to learn.
Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment

Experts and readers debate the physical discipline method of corporal punishment
Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding in Public

How to breastfeed in public — in comfort and with confidence.
Sun Safety & Kids

Sun Safety & Kids

How to talk to kids about sun safety and the need to protect themselves from sunburn, melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
Best Sunscreen for Kids' Faces

Best Sunscreen for Kids' Faces

Zinka face and nose sun protection, mom-approved for sun safety
4 Mindfulness Exercises for ADHD Kids

4 Mindfulness Exercises for ADHD Kids

4 mindfulness exercises for ADHD kids
Kids and Therapy

Kids and Therapy

5 ways therapy helps prepare kids for life
Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

E-cigarettes appeal to tweens and teens, but the dangers of vaping — including nicotine poisoning — are high.
Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark

Help kids get over the fear of the dark. Plus, get to sleep products
Healthy Teeth

Healthy Teeth

For National Children's Dental Health Month, a look at teeth grinding in children and ways to whiten kids' teeth. Plus, the top 10 tooth staining foods
Welcome, December Baby

Welcome, December Baby

How to enjoy the holidays when you're due to give birth in December
Autism and Weight

Autism and Weight

Kids with autism are more likely to have weight issues. Learn how to help kids with ASDs get active in the Philly area.
Too Old for the Pediatrician?

Too Old for the Pediatrician?

What to know before your child starts the transition from pediatrician to adult doctor

Maternity Leave: A Timeline

How to prepare for as much maternity leave as you're entitled to, so you can devote all your time off to your newborn, not your job
Best Baby Sunscreens

Best Baby Sunscreens

Best organic sunscreen for babies, kids and adults
Calcium Sources for Kids

Calcium Sources for Kids

How to incorporate calcium and vitamin D into kids' diets to build healthy bones and stave off osteoporosis and broken bones.
MK Mom Laura Metro

MK Mom Laura Metro

Laura Metro turned her son's near-drowning into a lifelong water safety mission.
Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Area dentists give parents tips about good kids' dental hygiene and talk about the top trends in pediatric dentistry.
Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Nutrition experts weigh in on whether gluten-free and wheat-free diets like Paleo are safe for kids.
Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Easy, kid-friendly, gluten-free make-and-take snacks
Safe Swaddling

Safe Swaddling

Learn to swaddle your baby in a safe, hip-healthy way.
Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

How to eat healthy and still enjoy a holiday party. Plus, directions to make a festive, healthy Veggie Tree.
Record a Family Medical History

Record a Family Medical History

A family health history helps doctors know how to treat you and your kids.
Kids and Plastic Surgery

Kids and Plastic Surgery

Why kids and teens want plastic surgery and what makes a good candidate for cosmetic procedures. Plus, frequently performed procedures, trends and parent concerns.
Family Health Care Facts

Family Health Care Facts

How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects families.
5 Lunches Kids Love

5 Lunches Kids Love

Five packed lunches that kids will enjoy eating at school.
Kid's Best Friend

Kid's Best Friend

A safety guide to help kids read dogs, to prevent dog bites and allay dog fears.
‘Gold’ eye in photos signals danger

‘Gold’ eye in photos signals danger

The digital picture reflection can give parents early warning for 15 diseases and cancer.
Start Early with Bike Helmets

Start Early with Bike Helmets

As soon as children begin riding a tricycle, parents should buy them a bicycle helmet to prevent head injuries.
Should We Worry About Chemicals?

Should We Worry About Chemicals?

Concern grows over lax laws and endocrine disruption in kids and pregnant women.
Baby Safety Products for $100 or Less

Baby Safety Products for $100 or Less

The cost of caution keeps coming down. Here's a sampling of modestly priced, widely available products
5 Tips to Fight Indoor Allergies

5 Tips to Fight Indoor Allergies

Some 62% of allergy patients suffer symptoms from indoor allergens. Here's how you can reduce the effects of dust mites, mold, pet dander and other indoor allergy culprits.
How To Toddler-Proof Your Home

How To Toddler-Proof Your Home

As natural explorers, toddlers are injury magnets. A recent study found that childhood injuries peak at 15 to 17 months of age. To keep your fearless adventurer safe and sound, use these toddler-proofing tactics.
Little Steps Lead to a Green Home

Little Steps Lead to a Green Home

If enough people take small measures to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," it can make a big impact.
What Are BPA and Phthalates?

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

Are these chemicals dangerous to children? How can you avoid them?
A Spore To Abhor

A Spore To Abhor

Mold’s thousands of species can spell trouble for your family’s health and property.

Archive »Medical

What to Expect at the First Orthodontist Visit

What to Expect at the First Orthodontist Visit

When to take your child to the orthodontist and what to expect when you go.
Playing Nice in the Snow and Ice

Playing Nice in the Snow and Ice

Practice these safety tips to keep avoid winter sports injuries.
Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Minimize the Health Hazards of Technology

Help your kids avoid health problems associated with the use of electronic devices.
Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

Learn the factors that help determine whether a child can start wearing contact lenses.
Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose genetic testing to lower their cancer risk.
Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Identify and treat bulimia in tweens and teens.
Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet

Childproof Your Medicine Cabinet

8 tips to erase dangers lurking in the bathroom.
CHOP's New Digs

CHOP's New Digs

Take a photo tour of CHOP's new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
Save Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Save Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

How new questions on school sports physicals can help keep a student athlete safe from sudden cardiac death.
What's New in Pediatrics

What's New in Pediatrics

Pediatric news on vaccines, autism & car seat safety
Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

E-cigarettes appeal to tweens and teens, but the dangers of vaping — including nicotine poisoning — are high.
Concussions & Kids

Concussions & Kids

What parents need to know about concussions, including signs of a concussion, head injury treatment, and concussion prevention
Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia (aka childhood apraxia of speech) is difficult to diagnose. Learn about the symptoms and treatments.
Vaccinations: After the Disneyland Measles Outbreak

Vaccinations: After the Disneyland Measles Outbreak

4 vaccination facts to ease immunization fears after the Disneyland measles outbreak
Bipolar Disorder in Children

Bipolar Disorder in Children

More kids are being diagnosed as bipolar every year. Find out how to read the signs and follow up with treatment.
Beyond Mammography

Beyond Mammography

The pros & cons of tomosynthesis, breast MRI, computer aided detection and automated breast ultrasound to diagnose breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or a family history of the disease.
Thyroid Problems in Children

Thyroid Problems in Children

The three types of thyroid problems in children can be managed with treatment.
Vaccinations: What Parents Need to Know

Vaccinations: What Parents Need to Know

Immunization facts to help you plan your kids' vaccination schedule. Plus, the truth about vaccines and autism.
Pediatric Emergency Room Guide

Pediatric Emergency Room Guide

Pediatric emergency room guide to hospitals in Philadelphia, the PA suburbs, Delaware and South Jersey. Plus, when to take the kids to the ER.
Childhood Diabetes

Childhood Diabetes

Symptoms of diabetes in children and how to treat the disease, which is on the rise.
Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme disease in children's a real medical issue in the Delaware Valley. Learn how to check for and prevent the tick-borne infection.
Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Philadelphia-area trends in giving birth include fewer C sections, doula support and postpartum pampering.
Signs of Asthma in Children

Signs of Asthma in Children

Signs of kids' asthma and how to treat them. Plus, make an Asthma Action Plan.
Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Area dentists give parents tips about good kids' dental hygiene and talk about the top trends in pediatric dentistry.
Afraid of the Doctor?

Afraid of the Doctor?

How to help kids deal with their fear of needles and going to the pediatrician
Safe Swaddling

Safe Swaddling

Learn to swaddle your baby in a safe, hip-healthy way.
Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

300,000 American kids suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis, yet the condition is often misdiagnosed as growing pains. Learn to tell the difference.
Avoiding the ER

Avoiding the ER

Urgent care centers and retail walk-in health centers give families alternatives to the emergency room
Physical Developments: Early Puberty

Physical Developments: Early Puberty

Girls are reaching puberty at younger ages than ever. Find out why and how to have "the puberty talk" in age-appropriate ways.
Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

MetroKids back-to-school health checklist includes immunizations, easy sports physicals, hearing and vision tests and safety checks for footwear and backpacks
Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Earbuds cause hearing impairment in children and can cause hearing loss. Learn how to safely use earbuds for kids and how to determine if sounds are too loud for children.
10 dangers that overtired kids face

10 dangers that overtired kids face

Today's children are notoriously sleep-deprived. The more you know about chronic overtiredness, the better able you'll be to spot it.
Teen tooth-whitening tips

Teen tooth-whitening tips

What parents should know before you let your tween or teeen reach for the bleach.
When every moment counts

When every moment counts

Emergency room doctors offer advice for how to handle the most drastic home medical emergencies.
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

Detection of children's heart defects and rapid response to emergencies can save lives. Lawmakers in PA, NJ and DE have taken action.
Girls' Soccer Head Injuries Rise

Girls' Soccer Head Injuries Rise

Treatment for concussions and repetitive head injuries in youth sports are on the rise. Girls soccer ranks just behind football and boys' ice hockey.
Help Your Child Love To Swim

Help Your Child Love To Swim

Follow these tips for developing water confidence in even the most reluctant youngsters.
4 Family Stress Busters

4 Family Stress Busters

You often can't hide emotional issues from your kids. So take stock, take time, have some fun and take care of yourself
How To Identify Speech Problems

How To Identify Speech Problems

Some kids don't speak all sounds correctly until age 8. Others seem to stutter, but it's normal. Here's how to spot potential problems.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth a Pain?

Why Are Wisdom Teeth a Pain?

Despite their name, it's often smart to remove these back-of-the-mouth molars.
BIRTHMARK BASICS

BIRTHMARK BASICS

One in 10 babies is born with or develops birthmarks. Here are the six most common kinds.
ALLERGIC to CHRISTMAS?

ALLERGIC to CHRISTMAS?

Seasonal allergies can turn this into the sneezin' season.
Nursemaid's Elbow

Nursemaid's Elbow

Recognize and avoid this common toddler pulling injury.
Vision Problems Can Go Unseen

Vision Problems Can Go Unseen

School or pediatrician screenings don't pick up all children's vision issues. Here's how to recognize if your child has a hidden vision problem.
Migraines Often Go Undetected

Migraines Often Go Undetected

Many parents overlook the problem because not much is known about migraines.
When To Worry about Constipation

When To Worry about Constipation

Constipation in children is fairly common, but it is increasing. Learn how to recognize, prevent and treat it.
What Doctors Want Parents To Know

What Doctors Want Parents To Know

We asked several Delaware Valley pediatricians what they'd like to tell every mom and dad. Here's what they said.
Bipolar's Alarming Increase

Bipolar's Alarming Increase

Is it real, or just better recognition and diagnosis?
Diet and Sleep: They're Connected

Diet and Sleep: They're Connected

Regardless of age, when and what we eat can affect how much rest we get.
Decode Your Child's Cold

Decode Your Child's Cold

Here’s what you need to know to decipher your child’s cold symptoms and the best ways to handle them.
When Is It Okay To Delay Braces?

When Is It Okay To Delay Braces?

Most treatments can be delayed, but cross bites, buck teeth or incorrect positioning should be addressed, say orthodontists
Help Kids Cope with Acne Anxiety

Help Kids Cope with Acne Anxiety

Insecurity about appearance is common for tweens and teens. Here's how parents can help.
Are Alternative Remedies Safe?

Are Alternative Remedies Safe?

Many are, say experts. With some, though, use caution.
Vaccines: What Are the Side Effects?

Vaccines: What Are the Side Effects?

Not all parents are confident in vaccinations. Here are the most common reactions to vaccines against 14 diseases, as reported by major health organizations.
Your Family Favorite Doctors

Your Family Favorite Doctors

Why you like them: Care, Communication, Compassion and Convenience
Summer Bites and Stings

Summer Bites and Stings

Here's how to manage summer itches and ouches — and when you should get help.
Asthma: The Focus Is on Control

Asthma: The Focus Is on Control

With no single cause to pursue for a cure, in recent years the medical emphasis has been on controlling asthma. Here's what parents need to know.
What To Do in a First Aid Emergency

What To Do in a First Aid Emergency

You can cope best by staying calm, calling for help and gathering information.
'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

'Bud' Earphones Are Dangerous!

These small earphones are a main culprit in the shocking increase in teen hearing loss, now estimated to affect 1 in 5 U.S. kids ages 12-19.
Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to a sharp rise in melanoma rates in young people, often unaware of the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.
Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Thanks to a variety of high-tech and trendy options now available, parents may be surprised to find their kids begging for braces.
Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, discusses the pros and cons of giving flu shots preserved with mercury compounds to young children.

Archive »Mom's Health

Secondary Infertility

Secondary Infertility

Learn about the causes of and treatments for secondary infertility and tips on how to cope.
Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose genetic testing to lower their cancer risk.
VBAC Facts

VBAC Facts

What pregnant women who don't want another C-section need to know about VBAC births
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much

More moms than ever are binge drinking. How much alcohol is too much? Plus, where to seek help in the Delaware Valley.
Beyond Mammography

Beyond Mammography

The pros & cons of tomosynthesis, breast MRI, computer aided detection and automated breast ultrasound to diagnose breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or a family history of the disease.

Maternity Leave: A Timeline

How to prepare for as much maternity leave as you're entitled to, so you can devote all your time off to your newborn, not your job
Pregnant?

Pregnant?

How pregnant women in the Philadelphia area are celebrating their baby bump from first trimester through delivery.
Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Philadelphia-area trends in giving birth include fewer C sections, doula support and postpartum pampering.
Headaches & Hormones

Headaches & Hormones

Women's headaches are often caused by hormones. Here's how to handle the pain.
How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System

10 ways to keep your immune system strong during winter
The Pink Ribbon Report

The Pink Ribbon Report

Trends and treatment options in the fight against breast cancer
When Mom Has Cancer

When Mom Has Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Hart, her teenage son and experts discuss ways to talk with kids about their mom's cancer diagnosis.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Could those be age spots?

Could those be age spots?

Age spots, those light- or dark-brown, flat marks that develop on the skin. They can make us appear older. Most can be removed or
Pop-ups, fold outs & illusions

Pop-ups, fold outs & illusions

Pop-ups, fold outs and brain-benders books make great gifts for kids. A pop-up Star Wars leads the recommendations.
Urinary incontinence affects many

Urinary incontinence affects many

The 40% of middle-aged women who have stress or urge incontinence often can be helped.
Lifestyle tweaks for healthy aging

Lifestyle tweaks for healthy aging

These tips to alter, diet, exercise, habits and expectations can improve mom's health. Changes can be as simple as walking 20 minutes a day.
Back Off from Bad Back Habits

Back Off from Bad Back Habits

Regular exercise, the right bra, a good computer setup, spine support and a healthy life style can all help your back.
In Vitro Fertilization Advances

In Vitro Fertilization Advances

The technology has advanced greatly since the first “test tube baby” was born in England in 1978.
For Earth Day, a Look at Trash

For Earth Day, a Look at Trash

For ages 5-9, a book of facts about our discards can provide educational reading for Earth Day.
Momsomnia: Reclaim Your Rest

Momsomnia: Reclaim Your Rest

Nearly half of U.S. women report tiredness that interferes with daily life. Here's what you can do about it.
Overcome These 5 Exercise Hurdles

Overcome These 5 Exercise Hurdles

Here are common reasons why we balk at putting on walking shoes and stocking the fridge with fruits and veggies.
Keep Your Diet on Track at Work

Keep Your Diet on Track at Work

Watching your weight at work? Here are ways to stick to your diet.
Breast Self-Exam Q & A

Breast Self-Exam Q & A

Delaware Valley doctors answer frequently asked questions about breast self-exams as we observe October as breast cancer awareness month.
Hey Mom, Take a Deep Breath!

Hey Mom, Take a Deep Breath!

Deep breathing releases tension from the body and clears the mind. It is an easy way to improve both your physical and mental well-being. Here's how to begin.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Secrets

Anti-Aging Skin Care Secrets

What works — and what makes your money, not your wrinkles, disappear
6 Ways To Find Exercise Time

6 Ways To Find Exercise Time

It’s often challenging to figure out when to exercise between bus schedules, after school activities and bedtime. Here are six solutions.
Holiday Parties without the Pounds

Holiday Parties without the Pounds

The indulgent delights of stuffing, pumpkin pie and eggnog can become the harsh reality of extra weight.
Mammogram Basics

Mammogram Basics

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to schedule a mammogram. When you go for your test, here are ways to avoid discomfort.
Could It Be GERD?

Could It Be GERD?

Are you among the 15 million Americans with gastroesophageal reflux disease?
Zap Varicose Veins

Zap Varicose Veins

Two new approaches — sclerotherapy and laser therapy — have eliminated the need for invasive surgery to remove varicose veins.
When You Exercise, Form Matters

When You Exercise, Form Matters

Form counts when you’re exercising. To get the most from your workouts and avoid getting hurt, do it right.

Archive »Camps & Classes

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

How to determine which summer camp best fits your child's needs.
Siblings at Summer Camp

Siblings at Summer Camp

How to determine whether it's best to send siblings to the same camp or different ones.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Expert tips to teach kids good study habits and how to stop cramming for a test.
Famous Campers, Local Camps

Famous Campers, Local Camps

Find out where local celebrities like Tina Fey and Bill Cosby went to camp.
Camp to Home Communication

Camp to Home Communication

How to stay in touch with your camper and stay in line with camp phone and email policies
Religion and Camps

Religion and Camps

What parents and kids can expect from a summer spent at a religiously affiliated camp
Camp Gardens

Camp Gardens

Summer vegetable gardens get kids gardening at camp.
Horizon Broadening Classes

Horizon Broadening Classes

Unexpected after-school classes and extracurricular activities in the Philadelphia area broaden kids' cultural and intellectual horizons.
Camps for Preschoolers

Camps for Preschoolers

Preschool camps in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey help kids in preschool and Kindergarten have fun, make friends and feel at home
Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp menus adapt to serve kids with food allergies, gluten sensitivities and special dietary needs
Should Kids Attend Camp with Friends?

Should Kids Attend Camp with Friends?

When it comes to camp signups, is it better to send your kids solo or with friends?
Teen Travel Camps

Teen Travel Camps

Adventure travel camps and teen tours broaden horizons, foster independence and make lifelong memories.
Early Bird Camp Discounts

Early Bird Camp Discounts

The benefits of early bird camp registration
Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Expert tutoring advice from Mathnasium, Huntington Learning Center, Above Grade Level and ASSIST Institute
How to Choose After-School Activities

How to Choose After-School Activities

Learn to select just the right after-school enrichment activity to keep your child active and interested. Plus, a guide to after-school activities in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
Stop Your Sleepaway Camp Fears

Stop Your Sleepaway Camp Fears

Kids love the freedom and fun of overnight camps, but parents still worry about sending their kids off for the summer. Learn how to stop your sleepaway camp stress.
Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Kids' summer camps are putting academic literacy programs on the sun-and-fun schedule.
Day camp or day care?

Day camp or day care?

Summer day camps offer many of the advantages of day care as well as fun and active outdoor play.

Archive »Camps

Help Your Child Overcome Homesickness at Camp

Help Your Child Overcome Homesickness at Camp

Many campers experience homesickness. Here's how to handle it from afar.
Great Camps You Can Still Sign Up For!

Great Camps You Can Still Sign Up For!

It's not too late to register your child for these fantastic local camps that still have space. Act quickly before they fill up!
How to Stay Healthy at Summer Camp

How to Stay Healthy at Summer Camp

How can your child avoid illness at camp, and what should he do if it happens anyway? Get the answers here.
Camp Counselor: The Perfect Job for Your Teen

Camp Counselor: The Perfect Job for Your Teen

Want your teen to build job skills over the summer? How about a counselor or counselor-in-training position at a local camp?
Camps for Children with Special Needs

Camps for Children with Special Needs

Campers with special needs can enjoy a variety of local camps that know how to support them and make sure they have an incredible summer.
Performing Arts Camps Bring Talent to Life

Performing Arts Camps Bring Talent to Life

Local performing arts camps give kids a chance to grow their talents in acting, song and dance.
Preschool Camps Provide Time to Grow

Preschool Camps Provide Time to Grow

Even the youngest tots can enjoy a camp experience that builds new skills and offers fun, new experiences.
STEM Camps

STEM Camps

Kids explore their interest in science at local STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps that provide hands-on learning and fun.
Food Allergies and Camp

Food Allergies and Camp

If your child has food allergies, ask camp directors these questions as one step toward a safe camp experience.
2016 Super Camp Fair Wrapup

2016 Super Camp Fair Wrapup

The 8th Annual MetroKids Super Camp Fair, held Jan. 31 at the Conshohocken (PA) Marriott, attracted hundreds of families who met with camp representatives and started planning their summer adventures.
Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp

How do you pick the right overnight camp for your child? We've got tips for you!
Plan an Affordable Budget for Camp

Plan an Affordable Budget for Camp

Be financially prepared for summer camp season with these budgeting tips.
Prepare Happy Campers

Prepare Happy Campers

Know your camp options! Day, overnight and specialty camps all offer opportunities for children to learn new skills during the summer months.
Summer Camp Packing List

Summer Camp Packing List

Packing lists for day camp and overnight camp, plus top items to bring and packing tips
Summer Romance at Summer Camp

Summer Romance at Summer Camp

Summer camp can be a safe place to experience young love.
The Score: Sports Camps

The Score: Sports Camps

Sports camps for young athletes of all skill levels
How Camps Build Leadership

How Camps Build Leadership

How summer camps build leadership skills through games and activities they can't get at home or school
Adventure Camps Give Kids the World

Adventure Camps Give Kids the World

Adventure camps that let kids travel to learn or perform community service broaden horizons.
Camp: A Day in the Life

Camp: A Day in the Life

A day in the life of a summer camp
What Does a Camp Director Do?

What Does a Camp Director Do?

Behind the scenes with the people who set the tone for summer camp
Play at Camp

Play at Camp

Why summer camps camps schedule "free play" time into every day
Archery: Camp on Target

Archery: Camp on Target

Kids learn archery at summer camp.
Niche Camps for Kids

Niche Camps for Kids

The benefits of specialty camps for nonconformist kids
Super Camp Fair 2015 Wrapup

Super Camp Fair 2015 Wrapup

Scenes from MetroKids' biggest Super Camp Fair yet. Plus: Winner announcements and what was in those great goodie bags?
Choosing the Right Summer Camp

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

How to determine which summer camp best fits your child's needs.
Siblings at Summer Camp

Siblings at Summer Camp

How to determine whether it's best to send siblings to the same camp or different ones.
Camp 2015 Preview: Coming Attractions

Camp 2015 Preview: Coming Attractions

What to expect this coming summer at some of the Delaware Valley's best camps
Famous Campers, Local Camps

Famous Campers, Local Camps

Find out where local celebrities like Tina Fey and Bill Cosby went to camp.
Camp to Home Communication

Camp to Home Communication

How to stay in touch with your camper and stay in line with camp phone and email policies
Religion and Camps

Religion and Camps

What parents and kids can expect from a summer spent at a religiously affiliated camp
The Patchwork Camp Solution

The Patchwork Camp Solution

With so many camp options available, how do parents choose to send their kids to a single camp or several shorter sessions this summer?
Camp Gardens

Camp Gardens

Summer vegetable gardens get kids gardening at camp.
Camps for Preschoolers

Camps for Preschoolers

Preschool camps in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey help kids in preschool and Kindergarten have fun, make friends and feel at home
Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp menus adapt to serve kids with food allergies, gluten sensitivities and special dietary needs
Should Kids Attend Camp with Friends?

Should Kids Attend Camp with Friends?

When it comes to camp signups, is it better to send your kids solo or with friends?
Teen Travel Camps

Teen Travel Camps

Adventure travel camps and teen tours broaden horizons, foster independence and make lifelong memories.
MK's Super Camp Fair Preview

MK's Super Camp Fair Preview

At MetroKids' annual Super Camp Fair, Sun., Jan. 26 at the Conshohocken Marriott, you can meet camp staff, get camp info and win camp scholarships.
The Benefits of Summer Camp

The Benefits of Summer Camp

The intangible, lifelong benefits of the summer camp experience include confidence, being a team player and friendship.
Early Bird Camp Discounts

Early Bird Camp Discounts

The benefits of early bird camp registration
Stop Your Sleepaway Camp Fears

Stop Your Sleepaway Camp Fears

Kids love the freedom and fun of overnight camps, but parents still worry about sending their kids off for the summer. Learn how to stop your sleepaway camp stress.
Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Kids' summer camps are putting academic literacy programs on the sun-and-fun schedule.
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
Language camps: more than words

Language camps: more than words

At select summer camps, children can explore a different culture while experiencing full immersion in a world language.
Day camp or day care?

Day camp or day care?

Summer day camps offer many of the advantages of day care as well as fun and active outdoor play.

2013 Super Camp Fair Photos

Families sampled activities and gathered in-depth information at the MetroKids Super Camp Fair, Jan. 27, at the Conshohocken (PA) Marriott.
An arts camp for every child

An arts camp for every child

Whatever your child's art interests -- acting, drawing, music, photography or another -- there's a summer program to match.
Camps help kids build resilience

Camps help kids build resilience

Under pressure to succeed academically, socially, in extracurricular activities and with social media, kids to be able to learn from mistakes.
Rapid rewards: Kids gain skills after just 1 or 2 weeks at camp

Rapid rewards: Kids gain skills after just 1 or 2 weeks at camp

The increasingly popular trend of shorter essions and more registration options has not diminished summer camp's benefits.
Camp trends go mainstream

Camp trends go mainstream

Most summer camps have taken steps to prevent bullying, serve healthy meals and employ social media.
There's a great camp for your child

There's a great camp for your child

Involving your kids in finding the right summer camp can be a fun family project. Here's how to go about it.
Convenient Camps Near Home

Convenient Camps Near Home

Summer day camps offered by Delaware Valley parks and recreation departments are abundant and affordable. Non-residents can usually enroll their kids for a small extra fee.
Why Kids Say They Love Camp

Why Kids Say They Love Camp

Friends, challenges, science experiments, acceptance, the food, the freedom to be themselves — that's why kids love camp!
DAY CAMP DECISIONS

DAY CAMP DECISIONS

Is your child ready? Which camp is right? How do you prepare? Advice for parents of young first-time day campers.
7 Camp Activities To Try at Home

7 Camp Activities To Try at Home

Families and friends can capture the summer camp spirit by trying these fun and popular games and experiences.
Arts Camps: A Happy Picture

Arts Camps: A Happy Picture

Kids can unwind, gain self-confidence and expand creative and critical thinking as they paint, sculpt, dance and make music.
Camps Teach Special Skills

Camps Teach Special Skills

If you have a child with special needs seeking to develop skills such as bike or horseback riding, arts, drama or sports, look into summer camps.
5 Academic Camp Considerations

5 Academic Camp Considerations

If you're considering an enrichment camp for your child this summer, these criteria can guide your choice.
Camps Nourish Healthy Habits

Camps Nourish Healthy Habits

Exercise, nutritious meals and outdoor fun are just the start of positive practices.
Outdoor Fun is In Camps' Nature

Outdoor Fun is In Camps' Nature

Camp connects kids to the natural world and helps them balance over-structured lives.
Language Camp: World-Class Fun

Language Camp: World-Class Fun

Summer camp is a great way for kids to gain world language skills, described as "a ticket for future economic prosperity."
MetroKids Super Camp Fair Photos

MetroKids Super Camp Fair Photos

Photo gallery of the Jan. 27 fair in Conshohocken, PA. Hundreds of parents and prospective campers met with representatives from more than 60 camps and programs.
Family Camps Are Fun for Everyone

Family Camps Are Fun for Everyone

Attending camp as a family offers an affordable mini-vacation that strengthens relationships in a safe environment.
Camp fairs are for kids too

Camp fairs are for kids too

Here's how children can get the most out of visiting a regional camp fair.
Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Film and TV camps give kids friends, skills and exposure to careers.
Camp Gear Gets Personal

Camp Gear Gets Personal

Kids going to camp? Consider packing this personalized gear.
Camp Counselors Learn to Care

Camp Counselors Learn to Care

From bug bites to bullying, training covers many situations.
10 Ways To Ease Homesickness

10 Ways To Ease Homesickness

You can help your summer camper adjust to being away from home.
Rx for a Healthy Camp Experience

Rx for a Healthy Camp Experience

Officials urge parents to communicate about their child's medical or emotional issues.
A Summer World for Preschoolers

A Summer World for Preschoolers

For many families, day camp is the best kind of day care, offering children the opportunity to play outside in a safe and supervised environment.
Camps Nurture Kids' Love of Nature

Camps Nurture Kids' Love of Nature

Some Delaware Valley summer programs are geared to foster kids' inborn love of animals and the outdoors.
Academic Camps: A Smart Choice

Academic Camps: A Smart Choice

Questions To Ask Sports Camps

Questions To Ask Sports Camps

Kids attend sports camps to improve skills, stay active during the summer and have fun. These questions can help you match a sports camp with your child’s interests and abilities.
Camps Without Borders

Camps Without Borders

Today's youth travel and adventure camps offer styles ranging from rustic to resort. Many blend adventure, service and cultural immersion.
Camp Extras Are Often Necessities

Camp Extras Are Often Necessities

For many busy families, camp conveniences such as transportation and extended hours are necessities. Camps have responded with a variety of extra features and services.
2011 Super Camp Fair Photos

2011 Super Camp Fair Photos

Families sampled activities and gathered in-depth information at the MetroKids Super Camp Fair, Jan. 30, at the Conshohocken (PA) Marriott.
A New Approach to Sleepaway Camp

A New Approach to Sleepaway Camp

In response to the economy and changing lifestyles, many overnight camps have added shorter sessions to their traditional 4- and 8-week schedules.
It's camp fair time!

It's camp fair time!

Delaware Valley parents can find a camp fair on almost every weekend from January through March, including the MetroKids Super Camp Fair, Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 in Conshohocken, PA.
The Holiday Gift of Summer Camp

The Holiday Gift of Summer Camp

Kids might not remember holiday toys, but they'll always remember their camp experiences.
How To Be a Good Camp Parent

How To Be a Good Camp Parent

Do’s and don’ts for a successful summer at day or overnight camp
Sports Camps Score Big Goals

Sports Camps Score Big Goals

Mix life skill-building with athletic attitude and you’ve got the ingredients for a great sports summer camp experience.
Summer Programs Keep Skills Sharp

Summer Programs Keep Skills Sharp

An array of summer academic programs can close learning gaps, keep skills sharp or give kids a taste of college.
Summer Camps Build Character

Summer Camps Build Character

At summer camp kids learn values, such as the YMCAs' focus on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Special Needs Camps Empower Kids

Special Needs Camps Empower Kids

Kids with special needs don’t have to miss out on the summer camp experience. Many camps are geared to specific disabilities. Others work hard to accommodate special needs.
Ready for Overnight Camp?

Ready for Overnight Camp?

Camp directors say there's no magic age, but younger kids often adjust better than teen first-time campers.
2010 Super Camp Fair Photos

2010 Super Camp Fair Photos

Families sampled activities and gathered in-depth information at the MetroKids Super Camp Fair, Jan. 31, at the Conshohocken Marriott.
How To Find the Right Camp

How To Find the Right Camp

This process will help parents to identify camps that match their child’s and family’s needs.
Let's Talk!

Let's Talk!

Before discussing camp with your child, set parameters and do some research, say experts.
Camps Go Green

Camps Go Green

Summer camps, where every day is Earth Day, help children develop environmental awareness.
The Camp Melting Pot

The Camp Melting Pot

At summer camp, kids and cultures from diverse backgrounds learn cooperation and respect.
Counselor Jobs Build Useful Skills

Counselor Jobs Build Useful Skills

Summer camps continue to seek teens for counselor jobs, which build life skills, foster autonomy and teach responsibility.
Camps Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Camps Address Kids' Emotional Needs

Specialized camps offer fun and support to kids with emotional challenges, including grief, military service and HIV/AIDS.

Archive »Classes

Action-packed Fitness Programs for Kids

Action-packed Fitness Programs for Kids

Get your kids moving with fun, dynamic fitness options like CrossFit, parkour, American Ninja Warrior and rock climbing.
Is Your Child Ready to Learn a Second Instrument?

Is Your Child Ready to Learn a Second Instrument?

Tips to help you determine if and when your child should add a second (or third) instrument to his or her repertoire.
STEM Needs More Girls

STEM Needs More Girls

Involve more girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through mentoring them and building their confidence.
The Art of Public Speaking

The Art of Public Speaking

Help kids get over their fear of public speaking with classes and tips.
Sports Gear Costs

Sports Gear Costs

Pay to play: Find out how much sports gear costs to equip your kids to get on the field or the court.
Local Baby Care Classes

Local Baby Care Classes

The benefits of local baby classes and parenting groups in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware; plus, infant massage classes
Individual Sports for Kids

Individual Sports for Kids

Local class info and sports stats on individual sports for kids, from tennis to golf to swimming to fencing and beyond
How to Be a Child Star

How to Be a Child Star

What it takes to help talented kids pursue their dream of becoming child actors, singers, dancers or models
After School: How Busy Is Too Busy

After School: How Busy Is Too Busy

How to step back if your kids are too busy with after school extracurriculars
Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Why Academic Quiz bowl kids, Mathletes and spelling bee whizzes find academic competitions to be a win win.
Study Skills: An Integral Part of Learning

Study Skills: An Integral Part of Learning

Expert tips on how to diagnose whether your child has a study skills problem
Study Skills

Study Skills

Expert tips to teach kids good study habits and how to stop cramming for a test.
Creative Writing for Kids

Creative Writing for Kids

Read up on Philadelphia-area after-school creative writing classes for kids.
How to Be a Babysitter

How to Be a Babysitter

Philadelphia-area classes that teach tweens and teens how to be a babysitter
Horizon Broadening Classes

Horizon Broadening Classes

Unexpected after-school classes and extracurricular activities in the Philadelphia area broaden kids' cultural and intellectual horizons.
Classes Build Confidence

Classes Build Confidence

How to boost kids’ confidence in after-school arts and sports classes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Expert tutoring advice from Mathnasium, Huntington Learning Center, Above Grade Level and ASSIST Institute
How to Choose After-School Activities

How to Choose After-School Activities

Learn to select just the right after-school enrichment activity to keep your child active and interested. Plus, a guide to after-school activities in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
Media classes sharpen kids' focus

Media classes sharpen kids' focus

When children learn photography, video, how to create apps or build websites, they build confidence and gain problem-solving smarts.
Get art smarts

Get art smarts

Some schools have cut arts education. Here's how to fill the gap, at home, using community resources and by helping your school.
EXERCISE CLASS QUESTIONS

EXERCISE CLASS QUESTIONS

What type and style of fitness class fits your child? Is he ready? Does she have an interest in tennis, gymnastics or martial arts?
Mom, I want to play the piano

Mom, I want to play the piano

Great, but how do you know if your child is ready for music lessons?
Help Your Little One To Love Music

Help Your Little One To Love Music

It’s easy to encourage a love of music in a young kid. Here are tips from children’s musician Marnie Grey and MetroKids readers.
Activity Classes: Find the Right Fit

Activity Classes: Find the Right Fit

What makes a good extracurricular match? It depends on your child's age, but also on your own time and financial parameters.
Ballet's the Way to Gain Dance Skills

Ballet's the Way to Gain Dance Skills

Dance studio directors say that no matter what dance style interests your child, a ballet foundation will boost basic skills.
Why Start Music Classes Early?

Why Start Music Classes Early?

Benefits include increased aptitude, social and emotional development and academic skills.
The Best Activities for Special Needs

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Experts in several special needs areas recommend especially beneficial extracurricular activities.
Which Class Matches Your Child?

Which Class Matches Your Child?

Here's how parents can find after-school and weekend classes that fit their child's temperament and inclinations.
More than Just Horsing Around

More than Just Horsing Around

Horseback riding offers kids exercise, balance & coordination and a 6-foot friend. Here's a listing of Delaware Valley horse riding and lesson providers.
Dance Trends: Hip-Hop and Modern

Dance Trends: Hip-Hop and Modern

In many dance classes, kids are trading ballet shoes for sneakers.
Head Start on a Second Language

Head Start on a Second Language

You don’t need to wait until your child reaches middle school to begin world language instruction.
While Junior Takes a Class, Why Don't You?

While Junior Takes a Class, Why Don't You?

A growing number of Delaware Valley activity providers are scheduling classes for adults to coincide with kids’ lessons.
The Littlest Learners

The Littlest Learners

The infant and toddler brain is like a sponge. A well-run class can provide a first group learning experience and a chance to discover and explore.

Archive »Child Care

Accreditation for Child Care Centers & Preschools

Accreditation for Child Care Centers & Preschools

Does it matter if your child-care center or preschool has accreditation? What agencies offer accreditation, and what does it mean for your child?
Babysitting Exchanges

Babysitting Exchanges

Try these creative babysitting exchanges to get FREE childcare when you want a night out.
How to Pick a Preschool

How to Pick a Preschool

How parents can pick a quality preschool or early education daycare center
Safe School Spot Check

Safe School Spot Check

Hallmarks of a safe school and classroom environment
Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

An early childhood education expert discusses current preschool trends in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware.
Family Fun: Science Museums

Family Fun: Science Museums

Kid-friendly science museums in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey
Soothe Separation Anxiety

Soothe Separation Anxiety

An early education expert's advice on reducing preschool separation anxiety.
Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Major trends in child care throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey include ratings systems, staff education, backup child care and technology.
Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids
Day camp or day care?

Day camp or day care?

Summer day camps offer many of the advantages of day care as well as fun and active outdoor play.
Choices for Early Education & Care

Choices for Early Education & Care

Know your options, do the legwork and trust your judgment when you search for day care that matches your child.
How To Find a Reliable Sitter

How To Find a Reliable Sitter

Trusting your children with a new babysitter isn't easy. How do you find someone you can rely on?
Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many day care centers work with parents on potty training. Typically, training begins at 33-36 months.
How To Find Quality Child Care

How To Find Quality Child Care

Here's what to look for if you're seeking a quality child care program.
Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

The Web has opened new options for finding babysitters, nannies and au pairs.

Archive »Care

The Misunderstood Stay-at-Home Dad

The Misunderstood Stay-at-Home Dad

Why does society continue to look askance at men who stay home with their children? This stay-at-home dad gets to the bottom of the issue.
Babysitting Exchanges

Babysitting Exchanges

Try these creative babysitting exchanges to get FREE childcare when you want a night out.
Local Baby Care Classes

Local Baby Care Classes

The benefits of local baby classes and parenting groups in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware; plus, infant massage classes
How to Find the Best Child Care

How to Find the Best Child Care

How to check out a day care or preschool classroom to find the perfect child care provider for your kids
I Was a Main Line Nanny

I Was a Main Line Nanny

A behind the scenes look at the life of a Main Line nanny. Plus, parenting tips from a non-mom
Safe Swaddling

Safe Swaddling

Learn to swaddle your baby in a safe, hip-healthy way.
Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Major trends in child care throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey include ratings systems, staff education, backup child care and technology.
Big Kid Bed, Here I Come

Big Kid Bed, Here I Come

A no-tears guide to moving your child from the crib to a toddler bed
Day camp or day care?

Day camp or day care?

Summer day camps offer many of the advantages of day care as well as fun and active outdoor play.
JUST ASK...

JUST ASK...

Know the right questions to help you choose best the care for your child.
Choices for Early Education & Care

Choices for Early Education & Care

Know your options, do the legwork and trust your judgment when you search for day care that matches your child.
How To Find a Reliable Sitter

How To Find a Reliable Sitter

Trusting your children with a new babysitter isn't easy. How do you find someone you can rely on?
Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many Day Cares Aid Potty Training

Many day care centers work with parents on potty training. Typically, training begins at 33-36 months.
How To Find Quality Child Care

How To Find Quality Child Care

Here's what to look for if you're seeking a quality child care program.
Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

Web Expands In-Home Child Care Options — for a Price

The Web has opened new options for finding babysitters, nannies and au pairs.

Archive »Education

6 Tips to Make Summer Fun and Educational at Home

6 Tips to Make Summer Fun and Educational at Home

How can you keep the kids learning during the summer when all they want to do is have fun? Combine the two concepts with these tips!
Celebrate Teachers!

Celebrate Teachers!

Get ready for Teacher Appreciation Week with these gift ideas!
Montessori Schools Balance Tradition and Tech

Montessori Schools Balance Tradition and Tech

While remaining true to Montessori tradition, these schools also educate tech-savvy students.
College Access for All Students

College Access for All Students

Tips on college preparation for first-generation college students and other students from families with limited college experience.
The Value of Faith-Based Education

The Value of Faith-Based Education

Faith-based schools offers students abundant opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Understand Each Age and Stage

Understand Each Age and Stage

Be prepared for the tumultuous stages children go through as they grow from kindergartners to teens with these tips.
Coach Kids to Correspond

Coach Kids to Correspond

Teach your child to write thank-you and condolence notes promptly and thoughtfully.
School Choice in Delaware

School Choice in Delaware

Delaware parents have until Jan. 13, 2016, to apply to charter and other schools during the state's school choice application window.
5 Skills Smart Kids Need

5 Skills Smart Kids Need

Learn about skills that prepare kids for life, not tests.

School Open House Calendar

Open house calendar for independent private schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
Meet the Headmasters

Meet the Headmasters

What private school headmasters do and how parents and students can help
STEM Needs More Girls

STEM Needs More Girls

Involve more girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through mentoring them and building their confidence.
Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Determine whether center-based, online or private tutoring is right for your child.
The Truth About School 'Tracking'

The Truth About School 'Tracking'

Frequent assessments mean today's kids often don't get locked into just one group.
Top Colleges for B & C Students

Top Colleges for B & C Students

Competition to get into elite universities is fierce. But students who fall short of straight A's have excellent options.
Kindergarten Lessons

Kindergarten Lessons

Amid the singing and fun, schools follow core curriculum standards.
School Volunteer Guidelines

School Volunteer Guidelines

Here's how to help your child's PTA without burning out.
School Breakfast Programs

School Breakfast Programs

Area districts have developed innovative morning meals. A shockingly large percentage of area kids qualify for free breakfasts.
How to Keep Up with Gifted Children

How to Keep Up with Gifted Children

4 ways parents and teachers can encourage gifted children
The Montessori School Scene

The Montessori School Scene

What is a Montessori School? Understand the options & affiliations. Plus: a list of Montessori schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware.
Catholic Schools Week 2015

Catholic Schools Week 2015

To mark Catholic Schools Week 2015, here's what's new at the area's Catholic schools.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Expert tips to teach kids good study habits and how to stop cramming for a test.
Common Core Pros & Cons

Common Core Pros & Cons

Educational experts and parents weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Homeschool Graduation

Homeschool Graduation

Personalize the pomp and circumstance for a homeschool graduation.
Summer Classes

Summer Classes

How summer classes help kids get a jump on school. Plus, summer learning by grade
Dyslexia: Fix the Disconnect

Dyslexia: Fix the Disconnect

Defining and diagnosing dyslexia helps parents and schools connect to help kids with learning differences succeed. Plus, New Jersey's new dyslexia laws.
Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

An early childhood education expert discusses current preschool trends in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware.
The Montessori Mind

The Montessori Mind

The Multicultural Classroom

The Multicultural Classroom

As area schools get more diverse, students are learn about and celebrate multiculturalism in the classroom. Plus: Why host an exchange student?
Family Fun: Science Museums

Family Fun: Science Museums

Kid-friendly science museums in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey
Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Expert tutoring advice from Mathnasium, Huntington Learning Center, Above Grade Level and ASSIST Institute
How to Get the Most Financial Aid

How to Get the Most Financial Aid

FAFSA secrets to help you receive the federal financial aid you need for college.
Dual Enrollment for Special Education

Dual Enrollment for Special Education

The pros and cons of dual enrollment for special education
College Credit in High School

College Credit in High School

Dual enrollment, AP classes and other programs teens earn college credit before high school graduation.
Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

How to have a successful parent-teacher conference
The Matthew Effect

The Matthew Effect

Find out why third grade is a crucial year for long-term reading success.
Kindergarten Kickoff

Kindergarten Kickoff

Real moms' advice on how to help new Kindergarten students adjust to school.
Focus Points

Focus Points

With so many social media messages, kids concentration levels are slipping. Help them get their focus back.
5 Simple Steps to Conquering the Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten

5 Simple Steps to Conquering the Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten

A step-by-step guide to helping children with special needs transition from early intervention services to special education in Kindergarten
Middle School Talk

Middle School Talk

Real tweens dish the dirt on life in the middle school trenches.
Soothe Separation Anxiety

Soothe Separation Anxiety

An early education expert's advice on reducing preschool separation anxiety.
How to Choose After-School Activities

How to Choose After-School Activities

Learn to select just the right after-school enrichment activity to keep your child active and interested. Plus, a guide to after-school activities in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
The Homeschool Tech Boom

The Homeschool Tech Boom

Homeschool moms in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey enhance their kids’ curriculum with technology, including online learning websites, academic software, video content and meet-up websites.
Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Summer math activities and enrichment games help preschool and elementary school kids maintain academic skills at home.
Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

This children’s summer reading list from The Horn Book suggests great new books for kids for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.
Schools Take Classes Outside

Schools Take Classes Outside

Area schools conduct outdoor classes to teach science, math, social studies and more.
The 2013 Prom Experience

The 2013 Prom Experience

2013 prom trends, from date asks, dresses and limo rides to big-budget "safe" after-parties to keep prom-goers off the road.
Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Camps Add Summer Learning Programs

Kids' summer camps are putting academic literacy programs on the sun-and-fun schedule.
Finish the school year strong

Finish the school year strong

Study tips for the end of the school year
Financial Aid Begins with FAFSA

Financial Aid Begins with FAFSA

Parents of high school seniors can begin to find financial aid in the fall by understanding FAFSA, the federal form that determines how much aid a student is eligible to receive.
Great Summer Reading for Kids

Great Summer Reading for Kids

Top children's books from the past 12 months, selected by The Horn Book

Archive »Early Education

How the Arts Enhance Early Childhood Education

How the Arts Enhance Early Childhood Education

Young children benefit from an education rich in the arts that stimulates their brains and motivates them to learn new concepts in fun ways.

South Jersey Montessori Schools

A list of South Jersey Montessori schools by Montessori affiliation

Pennsylvania Montessori Schools

List of Philadelphia-area Pennsylvania Montessori schools, by level of Montessori affiliation

Delaware Montessori Schools

List of Delaware Montessori schools by Montessori affiliation
The Value of Faith-Based Education

The Value of Faith-Based Education

Faith-based schools offers students abundant opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Determine whether center-based, online or private tutoring is right for your child.
Kindergarten Lessons

Kindergarten Lessons

Amid the singing and fun, schools follow core curriculum standards.
How to Find the Best Child Care

How to Find the Best Child Care

How to check out a day care or preschool classroom to find the perfect child care provider for your kids
How to Pick a Preschool

How to Pick a Preschool

How parents can pick a quality preschool or early education daycare center
How to Get Ready for Preschool

How to Get Ready for Preschool

How to get ready for school and set up preschool success
The Pre-K for PA Campaign

The Pre-K for PA Campaign

All about Pre-K for PA, an educational coalition campaigning for high-quality Pre-K access for all Pennsylvania children
Play to Learn

Play to Learn

How parents can help kids play to learn, according to UDel's Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Temple's Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
Camps for Preschoolers

Camps for Preschoolers

Preschool camps in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey help kids in preschool and Kindergarten have fun, make friends and feel at home
Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

An early childhood education expert discusses current preschool trends in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware.
The Montessori Mind

The Montessori Mind

Early Literacy Basics

Early Literacy Basics

Get babies and toddlers ready to read with simple pre-reading games.
Family Fun: Science Museums

Family Fun: Science Museums

Kid-friendly science museums in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey
Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

How to have a successful parent-teacher conference
Soothe Separation Anxiety

Soothe Separation Anxiety

An early education expert's advice on reducing preschool separation anxiety.
Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Summer math activities and enrichment games help preschool and elementary school kids maintain academic skills at home.
Kids need sensory play

Kids need sensory play

Fun sensory activities for kids
Day care teachers want parents to know: 'We're educators!'

Day care teachers want parents to know: 'We're educators!'

A sampling of day care directors and teachers also want parents to encourage their toddlers to be more independent.
Alphabet exercises as easy as ABC!

Alphabet exercises as easy as ABC!

Most kids need repeated exposure to learn the alphabet. Here are ways parents can reinforce ABC learning.
Early Education: Nature & Health

Early Education: Nature & Health

Here are ways to create environments that foster a healthy relationship between children and nature.
Reading Fun for Little Learners

Reading Fun for Little Learners

Everyday tips for parents reading to babies, toddlers and elementary age children.
Why Some Boys Don't Like To Read

Why Some Boys Don't Like To Read

Boys tend not to be as interested in girls in reading at a young age. What can parents do about it?
Help Your Little One Stay Sharp

Help Your Little One Stay Sharp

During the summer, even preschoolers can lose 20% of what they learned
Why Start Music Classes Early?

Why Start Music Classes Early?

Benefits include increased aptitude, social and emotional development and academic skills.
Preschool Teachers Speak Out

Preschool Teachers Speak Out

Here’s what preschool teachers would say to inconsiderate moms and dads — but don’t dare.
Why Preschool Matters

Why Preschool Matters

Finding the best option for your child takes time and research. To get you started, here are answers to some important questions.
The Montessori Method:  Follow the Child

The Montessori Method: Follow the Child

The Montessori education method has become popular, but many people don't understand the concept. Here's how Montessori works.
The Littlest Learners

The Littlest Learners

The infant and toddler brain is like a sponge. A well-run class can provide a first group learning experience and a chance to discover and explore.

Archive »Education Features

6 Tips to Make Summer Fun and Educational at Home

6 Tips to Make Summer Fun and Educational at Home

How can you keep the kids learning during the summer when all they want to do is have fun? Combine the two concepts with these tips!
Smarter Balanced Assessment -- Delaware Standardized Testing

Smarter Balanced Assessment -- Delaware Standardized Testing

The debate surrounding the new Smarter Balanced Assessment standardized testing regimen in Delaware
The PSSA -- Pennsylvania Standardized Testing

The PSSA -- Pennsylvania Standardized Testing

The debate surrounding the PSSA and standardized testing in Pennsylvania
The PARCC — New Jersey Standardized Testing

The PARCC — New Jersey Standardized Testing

The debate surrounding the new PARCC standardized testing regimen in New Jersey

South Jersey Montessori Schools

A list of South Jersey Montessori schools by Montessori affiliation

Pennsylvania Montessori Schools

List of Philadelphia-area Pennsylvania Montessori schools, by level of Montessori affiliation

Delaware Montessori Schools

List of Delaware Montessori schools by Montessori affiliation

Student Artwork Fundraising Companies

A list of companies that put student artwork onto gifts

Legacy Bricks Fundraising Company

A list of companies that provide legacy bricks for school groups and sports teams
The Truth About School 'Tracking'

The Truth About School 'Tracking'

Frequent assessments mean today's kids often don't get locked into just one group.
School Volunteer Guidelines

School Volunteer Guidelines

Here's how to help your child's PTA without burning out.
School Breakfast Programs

School Breakfast Programs

Area districts have developed innovative morning meals. A shockingly large percentage of area kids qualify for free breakfasts.
How to Keep Up with Gifted Children

How to Keep Up with Gifted Children

4 ways parents and teachers can encourage gifted children
The Art of Public Speaking

The Art of Public Speaking

Help kids get over their fear of public speaking with classes and tips.
Cool School Supplies

Cool School Supplies

Cool school supply ideas for kids heading back to elementary school, high school, middle school and college.
What Is a Charter School?

What Is a Charter School?

Everything parents need to know about charter schools in the Delaware Valley, including a list of area charter schools.
The Charter School Alternative — Delaware

The Charter School Alternative — Delaware

Everything parents need to know about charter schools in Delaware
The Charter School Alternative — South Jersey

The Charter School Alternative — South Jersey

Everything parents need to know about charter schools in South Jersey
The Charter School Alternative — Philly & PA Suburbs

The Charter School Alternative — Philly & PA Suburbs

Everything parents need to know about charter schools in Philadelphia and its suburbs
Summer Learning Loss Is Real

Summer Learning Loss Is Real

Local learning programs that stop the summer learning loss known as the "summer slide"
School Trends

School Trends

The latest on school trends, including using technology in the classroom, the flipped classroom, outdoor learning and TWI dual language immersion
25 Special Education Acronyms

25 Special Education Acronyms

A list of 25 of the most commonly used IEP/special-ed acronyms
Hot Topic: Standardized Testing

Hot Topic: Standardized Testing

An overview of the local standardized testing debate and the controversy surrounding the administration of Pennsylvania's PSSA, New Jersey's PARCC and Delaware's Smarter Balanced Assessment
Autism Teaching Strategies

Autism Teaching Strategies

Autism teaching methods parents can use at home
Catholic Schools Week 2015

Catholic Schools Week 2015

To mark Catholic Schools Week 2015, here's what's new at the area's Catholic schools.
Get Over Math Anxiety

Get Over Math Anxiety

6 steps to help kids get over math anxiety. Plus, good kids' fiction about math.
Is Homework Harmful or Helpful?

Is Homework Harmful or Helpful?

Is homework harmful or helpful? Education experts and parents weigh in.
School Problems: "My teacher hates me!"

School Problems: "My teacher hates me!"

A grade-by-grade guide to solving school problems and dealing with "bad" teachers
Private School Open House Calendar

Private School Open House Calendar

When to visit the best private schools in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, South Jersey and Delaware
The Benefits of Failure

The Benefits of Failure

Failure and disappointment teach important life lessons that can help kids grow. Plus, JK Rowling on the Fringe Benefits of Failure
Friends Schools Keep the Peace

Friends Schools Keep the Peace

What parents can learn from Quaker methods of peaceful conflict resolution used at area Friends schools. Plus, a list of Delaware Valley Friends schools.
Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Academic Competitions: Go for the Gold

Why Academic Quiz bowl kids, Mathletes and spelling bee whizzes find academic competitions to be a win win.
Safe School Spot Check

Safe School Spot Check

Hallmarks of a safe school and classroom environment
School Supplies: How Much Do They Cost?

School Supplies: How Much Do They Cost?

How much are parents (and teachers) spending on school supplies in 2014?
College Savings Strategies

College Savings Strategies

The best college savings strategies, from a 529 to rebate programs
Get Involved: Parent Volunteers

Get Involved: Parent Volunteers

22 ways to get involved and volunteer at your kids' school.
Technology in Schools

Technology in Schools

Teachers at area schools rely on classroom technology in the form of iPads, laptops and open source software for digital learning.
Study Skills

Study Skills

Expert tips to teach kids good study habits and how to stop cramming for a test.
Common Core Pros & Cons

Common Core Pros & Cons

Educational experts and parents weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
High School Superlatives

High School Superlatives

A fun listing of academic, club, sports and campus bests from the area's public high schools
How to Apply for and Win College Scholarships

How to Apply for and Win College Scholarships

8 steps to securing scholarships for college
Kindergarten Age

Kindergarten Age

A look at Kindergarten age and the ongoing trend of redshirting, delaying entry to school for a year
Creative Writing for Kids

Creative Writing for Kids

Read up on Philadelphia-area after-school creative writing classes for kids.
Bike to School Safely

Bike to School Safely

7 tips to teach kids to ride their bikes to school safely
Class Size

Class Size

The school class size situation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
Lunchbox Ideas

Lunchbox Ideas

Need some lunchbox ideas? A local chef and dad shares his tips.
Back to School Style

Back to School Style

Cool back-to-school trends in book bags and backpacks
Fundraising

Fundraising

5 fun fundraising events for PTAs, PTOs, school groups and kids' sports teams
Play to Learn

Play to Learn

How parents can help kids play to learn, according to UDel's Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Temple's Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
Birthday Treats for School

Birthday Treats for School

Kids celebrate their birthdays in school with style, safe snacks and creative favors.
Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Learn why Singapore math is becoming the go-to curriculum in Philadelphia-area public, charter and private schools.
National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week

In honor of National Catholic School Week 2014, several area educators and parents weigh in on why a Catholic school education matters in the modern world.
Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Expert tutoring advice from Mathnasium, Huntington Learning Center, Above Grade Level and ASSIST Institute
Focus Points

Focus Points

With so many social media messages, kids concentration levels are slipping. Help them get their focus back.
5 Simple Steps to Conquering the Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten

5 Simple Steps to Conquering the Transition from Early Intervention to Kindergarten

A step-by-step guide to helping children with special needs transition from early intervention services to special education in Kindergarten
How to Choose After-School Activities

How to Choose After-School Activities

Learn to select just the right after-school enrichment activity to keep your child active and interested. Plus, a guide to after-school activities in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
Schools Take Classes Outside

Schools Take Classes Outside

Area schools conduct outdoor classes to teach science, math, social studies and more.
Want a challenging school role?

Want a challenging school role?

Options include service on a school board, Odyssey of the Mind, After School Activities Partnership and Art Goes to School.
PE stretches beyond gym class

PE stretches beyond gym class

To get kids moving, schools are using exercise bikes in the library, calisthenics during algebra and even video games like Dance Dance Revolution.
TOYS THAT TEACH

TOYS THAT TEACH

Kids will have fun while they learn with these recommendations for all ages from toy stores, parents and reviewers.
Are you a homework helper?

Are you a homework helper?

Four area tutors suggest ways parents can be their kids' study buddies. Their tips include reading to, and later along with, your children.
Get art smarts

Get art smarts

Some schools have cut arts education. Here's how to fill the gap, at home, using community resources and by helping your school.
21ST CENTURY EDUCATION

21ST CENTURY EDUCATION

Some schools have adopted an educational model that features inquiry, research, collaboration, problem solving, presentation and reflection. It emphasizes thinking skills instead of rote learning.
Fun Summer Learning Ideas

Fun Summer Learning Ideas

To prevent brain drain, create specific summer learning goals. If your child’s schedule allows it, set aside a specific day of the week as a learning day.
Projects Challenge Bright Kids

Projects Challenge Bright Kids

Teachers use global issues, technology and creative expression to engage exceptionally bright children.
Students Practice Mutual Respect

Students Practice Mutual Respect

Delaware Valley schools combat intolerance and teach mutual respect through long-term initiatives.
Homeschoolers Socialize Too!

Homeschoolers Socialize Too!

They get together for proms, sports and many other activities.
Is Your Child Bored with School?

Is Your Child Bored with School?

These tips can help kids stay interested in academics.
Surge in Chinese Language Classes

Surge in Chinese Language Classes

With the U.S. and Chinese governments cheering them on, an increasing number of Philadelphia-area schools are offering Chinese instruction.
7 Myths About Independent Schools

7 Myths About Independent Schools

Families who reject a private school education are often misinformed, says independent schools executive.
New Advice: Vary Study Locations

New Advice: Vary Study Locations

Students study best if they vary locations and work on more than one subject, experts now say. Delaware Valley educators and parents agree.
6 Tactics for Homework Motivation

6 Tactics for Homework Motivation

Your approach to homework can make the difference between your child child being apathetic or an eager learner. These strategies can help.
 A Teacher's  Open House Suggestions

A Teacher's Open House Suggestions

When you visit your child's classroom, keep in mind that the teacher might be nervous and isn't there to defend school board policies.
Is Your Child Gifted?

Is Your Child Gifted?

Here's how parents can recognize and help their schools to appropriately challenge exceptionally talented kids.
Soothe Back-to-School Jitters

Soothe Back-to-School Jitters

The first day of school is loaded with excitement. It can also be filled with anxiety. Here's how preparation can ease those worries.
The Cyber Charter School Option

The Cyber Charter School Option

In Pennsylvania, cyber charter schools continue to add students. Who's using them? What are the pros and cons?
Activities Spark Kids' Arts Interest

Activities Spark Kids' Arts Interest

With schools cutting back arts programs, here are ways parents can fill the void.
Schools Abandon Cursive Writing

Schools Abandon Cursive Writing

Cursive writing is not a required subject in Delaware, New Jersey or Pennsylvania schools, and many districts are dropping it as a subject.
Catholic Schools Look to the Future

Catholic Schools Look to the Future

The Delaware Valley’s Catholic schools continue to find new ways to help today’s students compete in a global society.
How To Build Writing Skills

How To Build Writing Skills

You can help your child become a better writer by helping him overcome common writing problems.
Recognize & Prevent Cyberbullying

Recognize & Prevent Cyberbullying

Here's how parents can respond to online attacks and to recognize and prevent cyberbullying.
Responding to Economy,  Private Schools Increase Financial Aid

Responding to Economy, Private Schools Increase Financial Aid

Delaware Valley independent schools say more families seek assistance. Some wait longer to apply.
Schools Provide Free Study Help

Schools Provide Free Study Help

If your child needs study help, check out free and low-cost resources available from school and community groups.
Plugged-In Parents Monitor Kids' Grades and Assignments Online

Plugged-In Parents Monitor Kids' Grades and Assignments Online

Here's how to get the most out of school access systems.
Study Tips: Don't Call It Homework!

Study Tips: Don't Call It Homework!

As your kids throw on their backpacks and head back to school,these ideas can make homework time less of a hassle.
7 Ways to Conquer Paperwork

7 Ways to Conquer Paperwork

A good system to handle school paperwork will save you time, energy and a lot of headaches. These seven tips will get you started.
Mental Prep Can Ease School's Start

Mental Prep Can Ease School's Start

Reintroducing routines and academics and discussing concerns will help prepare kids for a smooth start of school.
Great Summer Reading for Kids

Great Summer Reading for Kids

Top children's books from the past 12 months, selected by The Horn Book
Environmental Education Takes Root

Environmental Education Takes Root

In area public schools, eco-learning takes place both in class and through green teams, buildings and extracurricular activities.
Charters Broaden School Options

Charters Broaden School Options

Charters have broadened public school options to include choices such as college prep, business, arts and online environments.
Religious Schools Retool

Religious Schools Retool

Technology, courses and training are changing amid economic challenges.
It's Time for a Tutor!

It's Time for a Tutor!

Know the signs that outside help can benefit your child's education.
Great Homework Help Websites

Great Homework Help Websites

These online resources can help your child with a paper, science project and many other types of homework.
Science Put To the Test

Science Put To the Test

Already faced with a science education crisis, schools must factor in standardized testing.
Ability Grouping: Beyond Labels

Ability Grouping: Beyond Labels

Schools districts are using a variety of grouping strategies, within and between classes, to improve student performance.
The Merits of Teacher Merit Pay

The Merits of Teacher Merit Pay

Five prominent Philadelphia-area educators discussed how to fairly measure teacher "merit" and what elements a valid merit pay system would contain.
School Cafeteria Trends

School Cafeteria Trends

K-12 school cafeterias are balancing cost control with new efforts to serve healthy meals — and getting kids to eat them.

Archive »Elementary Education

How Do We Elect a President?

A quick, visual guide to the presidential election process, with some fascinating facts about the origins of the donkey and elephant party mascots
Big School or Small School?

Big School or Small School?

Is a big school or a small school better for your child? Learn the benefits of each choice.
Don't Make These 10 Homeschooling Mistakes

Don't Make These 10 Homeschooling Mistakes

Planning to homeschool next year? Check out these tips to avoid some rookie pitfalls!
Montessori Schools Balance Tradition and Tech

Montessori Schools Balance Tradition and Tech

While remaining true to Montessori tradition, these schools also educate tech-savvy students.
The Value of Faith-Based Education

The Value of Faith-Based Education

Faith-based schools offers students abundant opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Understand Each Age and Stage

Understand Each Age and Stage

Be prepared for the tumultuous stages children go through as they grow from kindergartners to teens with these tips.

School Open House Calendar

Open house calendar for independent private schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Determine whether center-based, online or private tutoring is right for your child.
The Montessori School Scene

The Montessori School Scene

What is a Montessori School? Understand the options & affiliations. Plus: a list of Montessori schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware.
Common Core Pros & Cons

Common Core Pros & Cons

Educational experts and parents weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Learn why Singapore math is becoming the go-to curriculum in Philadelphia-area public, charter and private schools.
The Montessori Mind

The Montessori Mind

The Multicultural Classroom

The Multicultural Classroom

As area schools get more diverse, students are learn about and celebrate multiculturalism in the classroom. Plus: Why host an exchange student?
Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Prep for Parent-Teacher Conferences

How to have a successful parent-teacher conference
The Matthew Effect

The Matthew Effect

Find out why third grade is a crucial year for long-term reading success.
Kindergarten Kickoff

Kindergarten Kickoff

Real moms' advice on how to help new Kindergarten students adjust to school.
Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Fun Math Games Encourage Summer Learning

Summer math activities and enrichment games help preschool and elementary school kids maintain academic skills at home.
Schools Take Classes Outside

Schools Take Classes Outside

Area schools conduct outdoor classes to teach science, math, social studies and more.
First-time bus ride jitters?

First-time bus ride jitters?

These tips can help ease the anxiety for both you and your child.
My kid got a 'bad teacher'!

My kid got a 'bad teacher'!

If you're concerned about your child's new teacher, here's how to identify your concerns and address them.
Help Your Son Gain Reading Skills

Help Your Son Gain Reading Skills

Boys seem to have much more trouble learning to read than girls do. Here's how parents can help their sons develop reading skills.
Multiplication Tables: A Key Skill

Multiplication Tables: A Key Skill

Kids who don't learn their multiplication facts have difficulty with later courses such as algebra. Here's how to help them learn.
Make Elementary Homework Fun

Make Elementary Homework Fun

Homemade games can make it fun to practice counting coins, spelling and vocabulary.
How Schools Decide a Kid Is Gifted

How Schools Decide a Kid Is Gifted

Schools use IQ tests and a variety of other techniques to identify students as "gifted."
8 Tips for Elementary School Success

8 Tips for Elementary School Success

How can you most effectively nurture your budding young student? Here are educators’ tips for elementary school success.
Head Start on a Second Language

Head Start on a Second Language

You don’t need to wait until your child reaches middle school to begin world language instruction.

Archive »Secondary Education

How Do We Elect a President?

A quick, visual guide to the presidential election process, with some fascinating facts about the origins of the donkey and elephant party mascots
Big School or Small School?

Big School or Small School?

Is a big school or a small school better for your child? Learn the benefits of each choice.
Don't Make These 10 Homeschooling Mistakes

Don't Make These 10 Homeschooling Mistakes

Planning to homeschool next year? Check out these tips to avoid some rookie pitfalls!
College Access for All Students

College Access for All Students

Tips on college preparation for first-generation college students and other students from families with limited college experience.
The Value of Faith-Based Education

The Value of Faith-Based Education

Faith-based schools offers students abundant opportunities for academic and personal growth.
Understand Each Age and Stage

Understand Each Age and Stage

Be prepared for the tumultuous stages children go through as they grow from kindergartners to teens with these tips.
What Colleges Want

What Colleges Want

Find out how your student can strengthen his or her college application.

School Open House Calendar

Open house calendar for independent private schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
The SAT Gets a Makeover

The SAT Gets a Makeover

The SAT will change in 2016. Get ready!
Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Maximize the Tutoring Experience

Determine whether center-based, online or private tutoring is right for your child.
Calculator Calculations

Calculator Calculations

Choose the right calculator for your student.
Top Colleges for B & C Students

Top Colleges for B & C Students

Competition to get into elite universities is fierce. But students who fall short of straight A's have excellent options.
How to Stop Procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating

How parents help kids beat procrastination
Summer Vacation + College Tour

Summer Vacation + College Tour

How to combine summer vacation with a college tour
Ace the Common App

Ace the Common App

How to fill out the Common App to get into the college of your dreams
Stay Ahead of Senioritis

Stay Ahead of Senioritis

How to help college-bound seniors get their college prep done early, before senioritis hits
College Savings Strategies

College Savings Strategies

The best college savings strategies, from a 529 to rebate programs
Study Skills

Study Skills

Expert tips to teach kids good study habits and how to stop cramming for a test.
Common Core Pros & Cons

Common Core Pros & Cons

Educational experts and parents weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
High School Superlatives

High School Superlatives

A fun listing of academic, club, sports and campus bests from the area's public high schools
How to Apply for and Win College Scholarships

How to Apply for and Win College Scholarships

8 steps to securing scholarships for college
Dorm Life

Dorm Life

Recent graduates of local universities give us an insider's look at college dorm life.
Homeschool Graduation

Homeschool Graduation

Personalize the pomp and circumstance for a homeschool graduation.
Summer Classes

Summer Classes

How summer classes help kids get a jump on school. Plus, summer learning by grade
Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Why Local Schools Are Choosing Singapore Math

Learn why Singapore math is becoming the go-to curriculum in Philadelphia-area public, charter and private schools.
How to Be a Babysitter

How to Be a Babysitter

Philadelphia-area classes that teach tweens and teens how to be a babysitter
How to Get the Most Financial Aid

How to Get the Most Financial Aid

FAFSA secrets to help you receive the federal financial aid you need for college.
College Credit in High School

College Credit in High School

Dual enrollment, AP classes and other programs teens earn college credit before high school graduation.
Middle School Talk

Middle School Talk

Real tweens dish the dirt on life in the middle school trenches.
The 2013 Prom Experience

The 2013 Prom Experience

2013 prom trends, from date asks, dresses and limo rides to big-budget "safe" after-parties to keep prom-goers off the road.
Get A Summer Jump on College

Get A Summer Jump on College

Use the vacation months to your advantage by scheduling visits, requesting interviews, starting to write essays and gathering information.
Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

It can be a wonderful family experience, a way for your kids to learn more about the world without leaving home.
Does Your Child Need SAT Help?

Does Your Child Need SAT Help?

How important are courses and tutoring for standardized college aptitude tests?
Quality Extracurricular Activities Can Be Crucial to College Admission

Quality Extracurricular Activities Can Be Crucial to College Admission

Activities like student government, band and sports could make a critical difference, say admissions officials.
Not Your Daddy's Vo-Tech

Not Your Daddy's Vo-Tech

Today's vocational and technical high schools have become "career academies."
Financial Aid Begins with FAFSA

Financial Aid Begins with FAFSA

Parents of high school seniors can begin to find financial aid in the fall by understanding FAFSA, the federal form that determines how much aid a student is eligible to receive.
College Isn't the Only Option

College Isn't the Only Option

College isn't right for every student — including many who enroll in four-year programs. Here are alternatives.
Facebook and College Admissions

Facebook and College Admissions

Inappropriate online pages can hurt college chances. Creative expression can sometimes help.
Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.
How To Take Great Notes

How To Take Great Notes

Taking good notes is a key school survival skill your child will need through high school and beyond.
Too Much Homework?

Too Much Homework?

Before assuming the problem is excessive assignments, check out other possibilites, such as study habits or too little time.
Math Course Calculations

Math Course Calculations

increasing number of high school students are applying to college with a year of calculus already under their belts. To do so, they must start algebra in 8th grade.

Archive »Education & Child Care

School Open House Calendar

Open house calendar for independent private schools in Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
How to Pick a Preschool

How to Pick a Preschool

How parents can pick a quality preschool or early education daycare center
The Pre-K for PA Campaign

The Pre-K for PA Campaign

All about Pre-K for PA, an educational coalition campaigning for high-quality Pre-K access for all Pennsylvania children
Play to Learn

Play to Learn

How parents can help kids play to learn, according to UDel's Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Temple's Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.
Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

Preschool Trends for a Successful Start

An early childhood education expert discusses current preschool trends in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware.
Early Literacy Basics

Early Literacy Basics

Get babies and toddlers ready to read with simple pre-reading games.
The Homeschool Tech Boom

The Homeschool Tech Boom

Homeschool moms in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey enhance their kids’ curriculum with technology, including online learning websites, academic software, video content and meet-up websites.
Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Quality Child Care: Local Trends

Major trends in child care throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey include ratings systems, staff education, backup child care and technology.
Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

This children’s summer reading list from The Horn Book suggests great new books for kids for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.
Soothe Back-to-School Jitters

Soothe Back-to-School Jitters

The first day of school is loaded with excitement. It can also be filled with anxiety. Here's how preparation can ease those worries.
How To Build Writing Skills

How To Build Writing Skills

You can help your child become a better writer by helping him overcome common writing problems.
Why We Still Need Libraries

Why We Still Need Libraries

Despite online technology, visits have increased locally and nationally.
How To Make Math Matter

How To Make Math Matter

If kids don’t take enough math or score well on tests, countless education and career opportunities will be unavailable to them.
Secrets of Summer Learning Fun

Secrets of Summer Learning Fun

You can help your kids avoid brain drain while having a good time. All it takes is a focus on how children learn.
Tools To Find the Right Child Care

Tools To Find the Right Child Care

Here are resources to find the right day care for your child. The first step is to identify your needs.

Archive »Educator's Edition

Student Artwork Fundraising Companies

A list of companies that put student artwork onto gifts

Legacy Bricks Fundraising Company

A list of companies that provide legacy bricks for school groups and sports teams
Safe School Spot Check

Safe School Spot Check

Hallmarks of a safe school and classroom environment
Get Involved: Parent Volunteers

Get Involved: Parent Volunteers

22 ways to get involved and volunteer at your kids' school.
Class Size

Class Size

The school class size situation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware
Fundraising

Fundraising

5 fun fundraising events for PTAs, PTOs, school groups and kids' sports teams
Homeschool Graduation

Homeschool Graduation

Personalize the pomp and circumstance for a homeschool graduation.

Archive »Assemblies & Enrichment

Music Assemblies Fill Many Needs

Music Assemblies Fill Many Needs

Musical enrichment ranges from instrument basics to curriculum tie-ins and themes such as anti-bullying.
Physical Education on Call

Physical Education on Call

Mobile fitness programs and unusual sports activities fill gaps at area preschools and private schools.
Artists Enrich Summer Programs

Artists Enrich Summer Programs

Kids in summer camps and programs learn creative skills and gain confidence through special art days and programs.

Archive »Field Trips

Tour & Explore Art Museums

Tour & Explore Art Museums

Many museums and centers offer educational tours, activities and connections with curriculum.
Action-Packed Education: Amusement Park Field Trips

Action-Packed Education: Amusement Park Field Trips

Amid the thrills, an amusement park field trip can put classroom concepts into real-life perspective.
Fall Fun Field Trips

Fall Fun Field Trips

Educators can take advantage of Delaware Valley fall festivals and outdoor fun to offer educational experiences.

Archive »Family Life

Job Flexibility for Work-Life Balance

Job Flexibility for Work-Life Balance

Working parents can benefit from flexible work arrangements that leave room for family life. Here's how to ask the boss.
DIY Crafts

DIY Crafts

DIY crafts websites that teach and inspire
Pick Your Best Pet

Pick Your Best Pet

How to decide which pet is the best match for your family
Meet Our CoverKid: Nicole N.

Meet Our CoverKid: Nicole N.

All about CoverKids Readers' Choice winner Nicole N.
Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

4 new family traditions to make Thanksgiving dinner more special
Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Take the Kids: Fairmount, Philly

Family friendly places to go with kids in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia
Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Costume Ideas

Hot kid Halloween costumes, store-bought and DIY
Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Take the Kids: Bear, DE

Family-friendly places to go in Bear, DE
Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

Take the Kids: Voorhees, NJ

What to do in Voorhees, NJ with kids
Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

Nydia Han: An MK Mom at the Museum

6ABC Action News' Sunday morning anchor and consumer reporter Nydia Han visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art to kick off ArtSplash and let us in on her life as a local mom.

Maternity Leave: A Timeline

How to prepare for as much maternity leave as you're entitled to, so you can devote all your time off to your newborn, not your job
Day Trips From Philadelphia

Day Trips From Philadelphia

Family adventure road trips within a two- to three-hour drive from Philadelphia
Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

Take the Kids: Rehoboth Beach, DE

What to do in Rehoboth Beach, DE with kids
The Life of a Stay at Home Dad

The Life of a Stay at Home Dad

A look at the lives of local men who've made the choice to be stay at home dads
Summer Student Jobs

Summer Student Jobs

How and where teens should look for a summer job in Philadelphia, the 'burbs, South Jersey and Delaware
The Mommy Wars

The Mommy Wars

How not to let different parenting styles ruin friendships
Mother's Day with Your Mother in Law

Mother's Day with Your Mother in Law

Fun ways to spend time with your mother in law as a gift this Mother's Day
Flyers Family Snapshot

Flyers Family Snapshot

Five Flyers wives talk about their experiences raising kids in the Philadelphia area.
Raise a Mini-Mogul

Raise a Mini-Mogul

Put kids on an early path to entrepreneurship. Plus, meet Max Levin, the Stock Pick Whiz Kid.
Fun Ways to Get Toddlers to Clean Up

Fun Ways to Get Toddlers to Clean Up

Make cleanup time fun for toddlers and get them used to picking up after themselves.
Moms, Lean Back In

Moms, Lean Back In

Eight steps to strike the right work/family balance when you return to professional life after a maternity leave of parenting hiatus. Plus, how to build a business based on being mom.
Philly-Area Mompreneurs

Philly-Area Mompreneurs

Area mompreneurs share their secret to a successful work/family balance.
Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

Make a Day of It: Narberth, PA

How to spend a kid-friendly day in the Montgomery County town of Narberth, PA
Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Area dentists give parents tips about good kids' dental hygiene and talk about the top trends in pediatric dentistry.
Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Nutrition experts weigh in on whether gluten-free and wheat-free diets like Paleo are safe for kids.
Parents and Teen Dating

Parents and Teen Dating

How parents can support first love without alienating their child.
Toy Test 2013

Toy Test 2013

MetroKids readers test and review toys for MK's annual Toy Test.
Holiday Sibling Rivalry

Holiday Sibling Rivalry

What to do when holiday gifts cause sibling rivalry
Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cultural Memberships: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A family membership to the area’s cultural institutions are the gift that keeps on giving
Record a Family Medical History

Record a Family Medical History

A family health history helps doctors know how to treat you and your kids.
After the Adoption

After the Adoption

Expert advice on how to parent an adopted child
SAD About Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Learn the symptoms of SAD and how to treat seasonal depression.
 Holiday Etiquette

Holiday Etiquette

Etiquette for kids, from table manners to polite behavior
When Mom Has Cancer

When Mom Has Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Hart, her teenage son and experts discuss ways to talk with kids about their mom's cancer diagnosis.
6 Financial Missteps of Married Women

6 Financial Missteps of Married Women

Married women tend to leave money matters to their spouse. One financial expert explains why that's not a good idea.
Fitness Fit

Fitness Fit

How to pick the right kind of physical activity for your child, whether for weight loss or general fitness
Family Health Care Facts

Family Health Care Facts

How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects families.
5 Lunches Kids Love

5 Lunches Kids Love

Five packed lunches that kids will enjoy eating at school.
Kindergarten Kickoff

Kindergarten Kickoff

Real moms' advice on how to help new Kindergarten students adjust to school.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Safe and Secure

Safe and Secure

Home security systems are high-tech and easy enough for a kid to use.
How to Shop the Outlets

How to Shop the Outlets

Bargain-scouting advice and a guide to some of the best outlets in the Philly area, South Jersey and Delaware.
Middle School Talk

Middle School Talk

Real tweens dish the dirt on life in the middle school trenches.
Soothe Separation Anxiety

Soothe Separation Anxiety

An early education expert's advice on reducing preschool separation anxiety.
Kid's Best Friend

Kid's Best Friend

A safety guide to help kids read dogs, to prevent dog bites and allay dog fears.
Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

MetroKids back-to-school health checklist includes immunizations, easy sports physicals, hearing and vision tests and safety checks for footwear and backpacks
How to Support Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

How to Support Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

Siblings of children with special needs often feel frustrated or resentful of the family dynamic. Moms from Pennsylvania and Delaware explain how they support and pay attention to all their kids, not just the one with special needs.
Save on Summer Road Trips

Save on Summer Road Trips

Money-saving tips for budget-conscious summer road trips.
Teach Your Kids to Be Self-Reliant

Teach Your Kids to Be Self-Reliant

Organize your home so kids can do things for themselves and help them build autonomy and self-reliance. Plus, find out if you're a helicopter parent.
Bored Kids? Good!

Bored Kids? Good!

A parenting expert explains why summer boredom’s such a good things for kids.
Summertime Is Mom Time

Summertime Is Mom Time

Ten ways to fill your alone time when the kids are away at camp or grandma’s.
Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Earbuds cause hearing impairment in children and can cause hearing loss. Learn how to safely use earbuds for kids and how to determine if sounds are too loud for children.
Help Kids Cope With Pet Loss

Help Kids Cope With Pet Loss

Expert advice to help your child cope with the death of a cherished dog, cat, bird or any other type of pet.
Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

A key to any healthy diet is to avoid miracle foods, unrealistic weight loss guarantees and diet scams. Learn how to find the best diet for you and identify diet myths and bad nutritional information.
Date Night May Save Your Marriage

Date Night May Save Your Marriage

Kids challenge the strongest relationship. Save your marriage by making a date to communicate, plan and schedule date night with our “Couple’s Calendar
ADHD in Kids on the Rise

ADHD in Kids on the Rise

ADHD in kids is rising dramatically. Philadelphia-area experts discuss the new ADHD information and what parents should do if they feel their child is misdiagnosed.
Container Gardening With Kids

Container Gardening With Kids

Plant an easy-care vegetable, herb or flower container garden with the kids’ help.
Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

Great Kids' Summer Reading by Age

This children’s summer reading list from The Horn Book suggests great new books for kids for preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.
The 2013 Prom Experience

The 2013 Prom Experience

2013 prom trends, from date asks, dresses and limo rides to big-budget "safe" after-parties to keep prom-goers off the road.
60 Days of Summer Fun Snapshot

60 Days of Summer Fun Snapshot

Each day in July & August MetroKids will feature an activity, idea, outing or exclusive giveaway that will add fun to your family’s summer. Here is a sampling of the dozens of activities we’ll feature.
Toy Test 2010

Toy Test 2010

The results are in! The top 20 Mom-approved toys of the holiday season.
Meditation for Moms

Meditation for Moms

Daily meditation offers many benefits, includingby Claire Yezbak Fadden lower blood pressure, less stress, clearer thinking and increased energy.
Preventing Heat Stress

Preventing Heat Stress

Parents can help prevent dehydration and overheating in the hot months. Children with certain special needs are particularly vulnerable.
10 Lyme Disease Facts for Parents

10 Lyme Disease Facts for Parents

Children are particularly vulnerable to Lyme disease in the summer when they're outside playing and ticks are plentiful.

Archive »Health & Nutrition

Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday

Choose healthier options when trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose genetic testing to lower their cancer risk.
Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Does My Child Have Bulimia?

Identify and treat bulimia in tweens and teens.
Save Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Save Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

How new questions on school sports physicals can help keep a student athlete safe from sudden cardiac death.
What's New in Pediatrics

What's New in Pediatrics

Pediatric news on vaccines, autism & car seat safety
Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

E-cigarettes appeal to tweens and teens, but the dangers of vaping — including nicotine poisoning — are high.
Concussions & Kids

Concussions & Kids

What parents need to know about concussions, including signs of a concussion, head injury treatment, and concussion prevention
Vaccinations: After the Disneyland Measles Outbreak

Vaccinations: After the Disneyland Measles Outbreak

4 vaccination facts to ease immunization fears after the Disneyland measles outbreak
Healthy Teeth

Healthy Teeth

For National Children's Dental Health Month, a look at teeth grinding in children and ways to whiten kids' teeth. Plus, the top 10 tooth staining foods
Sick Kids Care Package Ideas

Sick Kids Care Package Ideas

Kids home sick? Keep them comfy and engaged with these care package ideas.
Types of Eating Disorders

Types of Eating Disorders

How to know if your child has an eating disorder and what to do about it
Bipolar Disorder in Children

Bipolar Disorder in Children

More kids are being diagnosed as bipolar every year. Find out how to read the signs and follow up with treatment.
Thanksgiving Treats

Thanksgiving Treats

Fun Thanksgiving treats so easy, kids can help make them.
Fall DIY Baby Food Combos

Fall DIY Baby Food Combos

Five fall-flavor combinations just right to make DIY baby food
Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

4 healthy Halloween treats replace candy at your Halloween party. Plus: Hallween Candy Buy Back info.
Beyond Mammography

Beyond Mammography

The pros & cons of tomosynthesis, breast MRI, computer aided detection and automated breast ultrasound to diagnose breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or a family history of the disease.
Thyroid Problems in Children

Thyroid Problems in Children

The three types of thyroid problems in children can be managed with treatment.
Vaccinations: What Parents Need to Know

Vaccinations: What Parents Need to Know

Immunization facts to help you plan your kids' vaccination schedule. Plus, the truth about vaccines and autism.
Kids in the Kitchen: After School Snacks

Kids in the Kitchen: After School Snacks

Get the kids in the kitchen to help make easy, healthy after school snacks.
Allergy Free Recipes

Allergy Free Recipes

Excerpt from Lora Cipriani's Children's Allergy Free Recipes: No Peanuts, Tree-Nuts or Eggs Used in These Family Recipes, plus food allergy substitute ingredients
Pediatric Emergency Room Guide

Pediatric Emergency Room Guide

Pediatric emergency room guide to hospitals in Philadelphia, the PA suburbs, Delaware and South Jersey. Plus, when to take the kids to the ER.
Childhood Diabetes

Childhood Diabetes

Symptoms of diabetes in children and how to treat the disease, which is on the rise.
Family Dinner Ideas

Family Dinner Ideas

5 easy summer grilling recipes just right for family dinners
Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme Disease in Children

Lyme disease in children's a real medical issue in the Delaware Valley. Learn how to check for and prevent the tick-borne infection.
Calcium Sources for Kids

Calcium Sources for Kids

How to incorporate calcium and vitamin D into kids' diets to build healthy bones and stave off osteoporosis and broken bones.
Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Giving Birth in Philadelphia

Philadelphia-area trends in giving birth include fewer C sections, doula support and postpartum pampering.
Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

Kids & Weight Loss Surgery

What parents of obese children need to know about kids and weight loss surgery
Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp Food & Special Diets

Camp menus adapt to serve kids with food allergies, gluten sensitivities and special dietary needs
Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

Lose Weight in Your 20s, 30s, 40s

How to lose weight and stay fit in your 20s, 30s and 30s
Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Top Trends in Kids' Dental Health

Area dentists give parents tips about good kids' dental hygiene and talk about the top trends in pediatric dentistry.
Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Gluten-Free Diets: Safe for Kids?

Nutrition experts weigh in on whether gluten-free and wheat-free diets like Paleo are safe for kids.
Headaches & Hormones

Headaches & Hormones

Women's headaches are often caused by hormones. Here's how to handle the pain.
Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks

Easy, kid-friendly, gluten-free make-and-take snacks
Afraid of the Doctor?

Afraid of the Doctor?

How to help kids deal with their fear of needles and going to the pediatrician
Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

Holiday Party: Guilt-Free Eating

How to eat healthy and still enjoy a holiday party. Plus, directions to make a festive, healthy Veggie Tree.
Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

Juvenile Arthritis: Never Too Young

300,000 American kids suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis, yet the condition is often misdiagnosed as growing pains. Learn to tell the difference.
Record a Family Medical History

Record a Family Medical History

A family health history helps doctors know how to treat you and your kids.
Kids and Plastic Surgery

Kids and Plastic Surgery

Why kids and teens want plastic surgery and what makes a good candidate for cosmetic procedures. Plus, frequently performed procedures, trends and parent concerns.
The Pink Ribbon Report

The Pink Ribbon Report

Trends and treatment options in the fight against breast cancer
When Mom Has Cancer

When Mom Has Cancer

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Hart, her teenage son and experts discuss ways to talk with kids about their mom's cancer diagnosis.
Fitness Fit

Fitness Fit

How to pick the right kind of physical activity for your child, whether for weight loss or general fitness
Family Health Care Facts

Family Health Care Facts

How the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects families.
5 Lunches Kids Love

5 Lunches Kids Love

Five packed lunches that kids will enjoy eating at school.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

Back-to-School Health Checklist and Sports Physicals

MetroKids back-to-school health checklist includes immunizations, easy sports physicals, hearing and vision tests and safety checks for footwear and backpacks
Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Do Earbuds Cause Hearing Loss in Kids?

Earbuds cause hearing impairment in children and can cause hearing loss. Learn how to safely use earbuds for kids and how to determine if sounds are too loud for children.
Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

Seek Nutritional Facts – Avoid Fad Diets

A key to any healthy diet is to avoid miracle foods, unrealistic weight loss guarantees and diet scams. Learn how to find the best diet for you and identify diet myths and bad nutritional information.
ADHD in Kids on the Rise

ADHD in Kids on the Rise

ADHD in kids is rising dramatically. Philadelphia-area experts discuss the new ADHD information and what parents should do if they feel their child is misdiagnosed.
Urinary incontinence affects many

Urinary incontinence affects many

The 40% of middle-aged women who have stress or urge incontinence often can be helped.
Dine out stress-free (sort of)

Dine out stress-free (sort of)

These mom-tested tips for eating with kids at a restaurant include menus, timing, tables versus booths and ambiance.
SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

Detection of children's heart defects and rapid response to emergencies can save lives. Lawmakers in PA, NJ and DE have taken action.
Join the school cafeteria revolution

Join the school cafeteria revolution

Here's how parents can get involved in promoting healthier food at their child’s school or district.
Help Your Child Love To Swim

Help Your Child Love To Swim

Follow these tips for developing water confidence in even the most reluctant youngsters.
4 Family Stress Busters

4 Family Stress Busters

You often can't hide emotional issues from your kids. So take stock, take time, have some fun and take care of yourself
Cesarean Section Q & A

Cesarean Section Q & A

Whether you have a scheduled C-section or want to know what an emergency one involves, knowing key facts will make the experience easier.
Vision Problems Can Go Unseen

Vision Problems Can Go Unseen

School or pediatrician screenings don't pick up all children's vision issues. Here's how to recognize if your child has a hidden vision problem.
Migraines Often Go Undetected

Migraines Often Go Undetected

Many parents overlook the problem because not much is known about migraines.
Tips To Pack a Safe Lunch

Tips To Pack a Safe Lunch

A recent study found that more than 90 percent with perishable items (even with multiple ice packs) were kept at unsafe temperatures.
When To Worry about Constipation

When To Worry about Constipation

Constipation in children is fairly common, but it is increasing. Learn how to recognize, prevent and treat it.
New Kids' Menus at Restaurants

New Kids' Menus at Restaurants

Nineteen restaurant chains now offer meals that seek to provide nutritional balance. Here's a closer look.
The Healthiest Drinks for Kids

The Healthiest Drinks for Kids

What a child drinks can drastically affect the amount of calories consumed, as well as the amount of nutrients needed to build strong bodies.
What Doctors Want Parents To Know

What Doctors Want Parents To Know

We asked several Delaware Valley pediatricians what they'd like to tell every mom and dad. Here's what they said.
'My Plate' Replaces Food Pyramid

'My Plate' Replaces Food Pyramid

Four sections correspond to recommended dietary portions, with a dairy portion on the side. Officials and First Lady Michelle Obama say the new graphic is easier to understand.
Should We Worry About Chemicals?

Should We Worry About Chemicals?

Concern grows over lax laws and endocrine disruption in kids and pregnant women.
Bipolar's Alarming Increase

Bipolar's Alarming Increase

Is it real, or just better recognition and diagnosis?
Running: A Great Sport for Kids

Running: A Great Sport for Kids

If your child loves to run around, it makes sense to explore the sport of running.
New Dietary Guidelines Deciphered

New Dietary Guidelines Deciphered

Here's what the latest federal advice on what to eat says — and really means.
Diet and Sleep: They're Connected

Diet and Sleep: They're Connected

Regardless of age, when and what we eat can affect how much rest we get.
MILK STRIKE!

MILK STRIKE!

Taken off breastfeeding or formula, some toddlers refuse cow's milk. The problem is the potential for a vitamin D or calcium deficiency.
Why Mouth Guards Matter

Why Mouth Guards Matter

There is a disconnect between parents’ concern for their children’s safety while playing sports and the protective equipment kids currently use.
Decode Your Child's Cold

Decode Your Child's Cold

Here’s what you need to know to decipher your child’s cold symptoms and the best ways to handle them.
When Is It Okay To Delay Braces?

When Is It Okay To Delay Braces?

Most treatments can be delayed, but cross bites, buck teeth or incorrect positioning should be addressed, say orthodontists
5 Tips to Fight Indoor Allergies

5 Tips to Fight Indoor Allergies

Some 62% of allergy patients suffer symptoms from indoor allergens. Here's how you can reduce the effects of dust mites, mold, pet dander and other indoor allergy culprits.
Mom, I Want To Be a Vegetarian!

Mom, I Want To Be a Vegetarian!

Here's how to support teens when they choose a vegetarian diet, including ways to make sure they get adequate nutrition.
Help Kids Cope with Acne Anxiety

Help Kids Cope with Acne Anxiety

Insecurity about appearance is common for tweens and teens. Here's how parents can help.
Are Energy Drink Safe for Kids?

Are Energy Drink Safe for Kids?

There are now at least 200 energy drinks on the market. But is it a good idea for kids or parents to get an energy-drink buzz?
Vaccines: What Are the Side Effects?

Vaccines: What Are the Side Effects?

Not all parents are confident in vaccinations. Here are the most common reactions to vaccines against 14 diseases, as reported by major health organizations.
Are Alternative Remedies Safe?

Are Alternative Remedies Safe?

Many are, say experts. With some, though, use caution.
Your Family Favorite Doctors

Your Family Favorite Doctors

Why you like them: Care, Communication, Compassion and Convenience
Summer Bites and Stings

Summer Bites and Stings

Here's how to manage summer itches and ouches — and when you should get help.
America's Salt Shake-up

America's Salt Shake-up

Sodium is under fire as a nutrition no-no. These tips can help you reduce your family's salt intake.
Asthma: The Focus Is on Control

Asthma: The Focus Is on Control

With no single cause to pursue for a cure, in recent years the medical emphasis has been on controlling asthma. Here's what parents need to know.
5 Healthy Kids' Snack Tricks

5 Healthy Kids' Snack Tricks

Many snacks are prime sources of extra sugar and fats. Providing appealing, nutritious treats can reduce the risk of childhood obesity.
Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Americans love cheese, but most cheeses are high in calories and fat. Here are tips to fit cheese into a healthy diet.
What To Do in a First Aid Emergency

What To Do in a First Aid Emergency

You can cope best by staying calm, calling for help and gathering information.
The #1 Kids' Disease: Tooth Decay

The #1 Kids' Disease: Tooth Decay

Tooth decay affects four times more children than obesity. It can start with baby's bottle.
What Are BPA and Phthalates?

What Are BPA and Phthalates?

Are these chemicals dangerous to children? How can you avoid them?
Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Former Food Villains Get 2nd Chance

Foods and ingredients once seen as unhealthy, including cheese, white bread and red meat, can fit into a healthy diet.
Fiber Facts

Fiber Facts

In addition to its health benefits, fiber can help control kids’ weight.
Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Tanning Beds: Just Say No

Increased use of tanning beds by teenagers has contributed to a sharp rise in melanoma rates in young people, often unaware of the long-term consequences of increased skin cancer risk and premature aging.
Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Let’s Tackle Sports Injuries

Parents have an important role in making sure both students and their schools and sports clubs are following up-to-date safety and injury management practices.
Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Are Your Kids Begging for Braces?

Thanks to a variety of high-tech and trendy options now available, parents may be surprised to find their kids begging for braces.
Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Should you insist on a flu shot without mercury?

Pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, discusses the pros and cons of giving flu shots preserved with mercury compounds to young children.

Archive »In Style

Geek Chic

Back to school eyewear and braces style
Back to School Style

Back to School Style

Cool back-to-school trends in book bags and backpacks
Back-to-School Buys

Back-to-School Buys

Stocking up on stylish accessories is a snap at these retailers.
Backseat Boredom Busters

Backseat Boredom Busters

Tired of hearing “Are we there yet?” Keep antsy kids occupied during your next car or plane ride with these on-the-go toys.
Mother's Day Makeover

Mother's Day Makeover

Give yourself an instant mom makeover for less than $50.
Eco Soft

Eco Soft

Eco-friendly (and super cuddly!) playthings, just in time for Earth Day on April 22
Celebrate Your Bump in Style!

Celebrate Your Bump in Style!

Today’s pregnant woman can choose fashionable maternity clothes that mirror trends straight from the runway.
Spring in Your Step

Spring in Your Step

Put your best foot forward in these spring shoes for kids.
Black History Learning

Black History Learning

Introduce your kids to Duke Ellington, Rosa Parks & other historical figures through DVDs & learning kits.
Family Game Night

Family Game Night

A board game can be just the remedy for your kids’ winter boredom.
Weatherproof Wear

Weatherproof Wear

When the weather outside is frightful, stay warm and dry with these Mom-approved accessories.
Mastering Math Through Play

Mastering Math Through Play

Integrating math concepts into your kids' playtime can be as easy as 1-2-3.
The Making of a Haunted House

The Making of a Haunted House

How to build the spookiest setting on the block
Playful School Supplies

Playful School Supplies

Bring out a first-day smile with these fun school supplies.
School-Approved Style

School-Approved Style

Stay in style -- and in-line with dress codes -- with these back-to-school fashions.
Travel Toys

Travel Toys

Keep kids entertained during your next trip with these compact toys.
Backyard Explorers

Backyard Explorers

Equip your young naturalist for the next neighborhood expedition with these toys.
Party Pleasers

Party Pleasers

Planning an at-home birthday party just got easier, thanks to these cool new kits and games.
Eco Baby Gifts

Eco Baby Gifts

Eco-friendly baby products show love for Mother Earth — and new moms will love them too!
Comfy Spring Style

Comfy Spring Style

The lazy days of summer start early this year for kids' fashion.
Presidents Day Home Entertainment

Presidents Day Home Entertainment

Celebrate Presidents Day with these new, trivia-packed family entertainment choices.
Tattoo or Not To

Tattoo or Not To

Why are some young people attracted to tattoos and piercings?
Very Re-useful!

Very Re-useful!

Consignment stores can stretch your budget. Some also will sell your gently used clothes and other items.

Archive »Mom Matters

Mothers' Influence on Local Celebs

Mothers' Influence on Local Celebs

How did the way their moms raised these local celebs help them achieve their goals?
5 Ways for Busy Moms to De-Stress

5 Ways for Busy Moms to De-Stress

Life gets crazy, but time for yourself is crucial. Try these stress-relief tips!
Coloring Books Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!

Coloring Books Aren't Just for Kids Anymore!

Adults relieve stress and recapture their childhood through coloring books geared toward the grown-up crowd.
Job Flexibility for Work-Life Balance

Job Flexibility for Work-Life Balance

Working parents can benefit from flexible work arrangements that leave room for family life. Here's how to ask the boss.
Connect with Your Spouse

Connect with Your Spouse

Follow these tips to stay connected with your spouse, even when family and work obligations create distractions.
Moms Get Fit

Moms Get Fit

Busy moms want fun ways to work out, and these fitness trends deliver.
Keep the Peace at Holiday Gatherings

Keep the Peace at Holiday Gatherings

Anticipate potential problems at your holiday get-togethers and learn how to avoid or diffuse them.
Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Should You Have BRCA Testing?

Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may choose genetic testing to lower their cancer risk.
School Volunteer Guidelines

School Volunteer Guidelines

Here's how to help your child's PTA without burning out.
The Women's Guide to Family Car Buying

The Women's Guide to Family Car Buying

Tips to get women comfortable with the process of buying a family car
Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding in Public

How to breastfeed in public — in comfort and with confidence.
Sandwich Generation Moms

Sandwich Generation Moms

7 stress busters for moms caring for elderly parents and kids
A Valentine's Day Card for Cupid

A Valentine's Day Card for Cupid

A mom's Valentine's Day wishes are all about reclaiming romance and taking the holiday back from the kids.
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much

More moms than ever are binge drinking. How much alcohol is too much? Plus, where to seek help in the Delaware Valley.
Beyond Mammography

Beyond Mammography

The pros & cons of tomosynthesis, breast MRI, computer aided detection and automated breast ultrasound to diagnose breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or a family history of the disease.
Mommy Blogs

Mommy Blogs

MK's mommy bloggers share why they find the act of online journaling so rewarding.
The Mommy Wars

The Mommy Wars

How not to let different parenting styles ruin friendships
Birth Stories

Birth Stories

MK readers and Facebook friends celebrate Mother's Day by sharing their birth stories.
Moms, Lean Back In

Moms, Lean Back In

Eight steps to strike the right work/family balance when you return to professional life after a maternity leave of parenting hiatus. Plus, how to build a business based on being mom.
Get the Spark Back

Get the Spark Back

Five simple steps for busy parents to put the spark back in their marriage.
Busy Mom Timesavers

Busy Mom Timesavers

Digital shortcuts like grocery delivery, meal planning and organizational websites, apps and online services give busy parents more quality family time.
How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System

10 ways to keep your immune system strong during winter
SAD About Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Learn the symptoms of SAD and how to treat seasonal depression.
 Holiday Etiquette

Holiday Etiquette

Etiquette for kids, from table manners to polite behavior
6 Financial Missteps of Married Women

6 Financial Missteps of Married Women

Married women tend to leave money matters to their spouse. One financial expert explains why that's not a good idea.
Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Vitamin D: Let the Sunshine In

Learn why vitamin D is so important to women's health and how to get the recommended dosage in sunlight and supplement form.
Summertime Is Mom Time

Summertime Is Mom Time

Ten ways to fill your alone time when the kids are away at camp or grandma’s.
Date Night May Save Your Marriage

Date Night May Save Your Marriage

Kids challenge the strongest relationship. Save your marriage by making a date to communicate, plan and schedule date night with our “Couple’s Calendar
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage feels good and is good for you.
4 diet traps new moms face

4 diet traps new moms face

4 new-mom diet traps
Could those be age spots?

Could those be age spots?

Age spots, those light- or dark-brown, flat marks that develop on the skin. They can make us appear older. Most can be removed or
Romantic Valentine’s getaways

Romantic Valentine’s getaways

Whether you like New Hope, the Poconos or the Delaware beach, you don't have to travel far to find a romantic retreat for Valentine's Day.
Hair care: give your 'do its due!

Hair care: give your 'do its due!

Women's style and color trends include Brazilian blowouts and ombre highlights.
The mommy martyr makeover

The mommy martyr makeover

Do you make sure everything gets done and see to everyone else's happiness while you neglect yourself? Then these tips are for you!
Ideas for Moms' Night Out Fun

Ideas for Moms' Night Out Fun

Girls still want to have fun, whether it's watching a chick flick, cooking or dining out together or partying at a crafts studio.
After Baby Arrives, Still Friends!

After Baby Arrives, Still Friends!

Having a baby doesn't mean your friendships have to go south. Reach out, make adjustments and include old friends in your new life.
New Moms Make Mistakes!

New Moms Make Mistakes!

Small slip-ups can overly discourage new moms, who often run on too little sleep and too much anxiety.
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF! (without stepping on others)

STAND UP FOR YOURSELF! (without stepping on others)

Here’s how to speak up assertively and successfully when you find yourself too often putting aside your own interests.
Stay Cool as the Holidays Heat Up!

Stay Cool as the Holidays Heat Up!

Here are stress-busting suggestions to help you have gentle holidays this year.
10 Reasons to Join a Mom's Club

10 Reasons to Join a Mom's Club

They offer way more than a morning out. Here are 10 reasons to consider joining one.
High-Fun, Low-Cost Date Nights

High-Fun, Low-Cost Date Nights

Times are tight, but parents still need special evenings together to decompress and reconnect. These ideas will leave your family budget intact.
Hey Mom, Take a Deep Breath!

Hey Mom, Take a Deep Breath!

Deep breathing releases tension from the body and clears the mind. It is an easy way to improve both your physical and mental well-being. Here's how to begin.
There's a Book Club for You!

There's a Book Club for You!

From the literary scholar to the mystery lover to the casual reader, there’s a place for everyone in the Delaware Valley’s numerous book clubs.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Secrets

Anti-Aging Skin Care Secrets

What works — and what makes your money, not your wrinkles, disappear
Mother's Day Makeover

Mother's Day Makeover

Give yourself an instant mom makeover for less than $50.
Start Scrapbooking!

Start Scrapbooking!

Through scrapbooking, you can share your family’s story — and discover a new art.