Our Favorite Parenting News Stories Of The Week

readingJust because school’s out, it doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Check out this list of great books for your children to read this summer! (Pop Sugar)

Body image begins at a young age. In an effort to emphasize that who we are is not how we look, some camps are banning “fat talk” and “skinny talk” and all appearance-based talk all together. (The Motherlode)

When one mother-of-four couldn’t find the equivalent of the character-based toys her girls had to play with for her son, she decided to make them herself (and bring them to your home too!). And you won’t find bulky muscles or superpowers in these “action figures!” (Huff Post Parents)
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A one-year-old baby girl just got the birthday party of a lifetime! See how her parents decked out her “name day” celebrations with their favorite “Game Of Thrones” decorations (including a mini throne of swords for the birthday girl)! (Mashable)

Sisters, ages 9 and 6, made up a list of qualities they will look for in a boyfriend–and the result is super-cute. (ABC News)

Kids (and parents) of the 90s rejoice! With a different cast, Lifetime will be recreating the iconic 90’s television show, “Saved by the Bell,” in a movie. (Buzzfeed)

New York City’s budget is incorporating a lunch program that will provide free lunch to the city’s public middle schools this fall! (Huffington Post)

Get ready to say “awww!” An enthusiastic dad takes the stage with his disabled daughter and wow’s the crowd with their dancing! (Today)

New research show that you can start building your child’s vocabulary at a very young age by simply by reading to them as infants. (New York Times)

Some studies show that women starting to have their children at 33 or older are twice as likely to live until 95 or older than those who have their kids earlier. (Time)

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<p dir="ltr">With more than 35 years of experience, Broadway Dance Center Children & Teens provides young movers ages 3-18 with exceptional training. BDC delivers the finest all-around dance experience for students by offering a wide variety of styles and levels, performance opportunities, and the highest caliber dance instruction that only New York City and BDC Children & Teens can provide.</p> <p dir="ltr">This studio is so much more than a training course for young dancers; it is a diverse, family-friendly community for budding creatives. It has an exemplary faculty who follow the vision to not only develop a dancer’s love and ability in dance, but to do so in a nurturing and supportive way.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-16583089-7fff-d8a9-61c2-8f689f7348b2"></span></p>

WCS Education - Wildlife Conservation Society

<p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">Explore nature, learn about the planet, and get close to animals—all in New York City! WCS zoo and aquarium day camps are for every young adventurer, from toddlers to teens. Campers experience hands-on learning, from STEAM classrooms and animal exhibits to nature trails and the beach. Recognized as industry leaders, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Education Department was the first of its kind to offer zoo camps and continues to provide award-winning programming. Visit wcs.education/camps to explore summer camps at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium!</span></span></p>

Garden School

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">A coed, fully-accredited, independent school in Jackson Heights offering an excellent and affordable Nursery–Grade 12 education. Small classes allow for a personalized approach.</span></p>