Depression in Children: Signs and How to Help

Depression in Kids

Is My Child Depressed? What Parents Should Look For, and How to Help

Approximately 5-10% of children struggle with depressive symptoms. Indeed, children as young as 3 can demonstrate signs of clinical depression, and rates of depression increase sharply during adolescence, particularly for girls. Feelings of intense sadness, emptiness, and/or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities are the cardinal features of depression in adults; however, depression sometimes presents differently in youth. Indeed, irritable mood can be the first sign of child depression, and persistent irritability that causes significant problems in your child’s life at school, with friends, or with family indicates concerns beyond typical adolescent behavior.

Signs your child may be struggling with Depression:

  • Withdrawing from extracurricular activities, or continuing to participate in them without enjoyment.
  • Spending more time alone, and isolating from family or friends.
  • Constantly feeling bored, like nothing is interesting or worthwhile.
  • A significant drop in school grades, homework completion, and/or overall motivation for school.
  • Urges to avoid school.
  • Significant change in behavior: being more oppositional or argumentative, using drugs or alcohol, or caring less about consequences that used to matter.
  • A change in appetite: eating much more or much less.
  • A change in sleep: difficulty sleeping, or sleeping much more than is typical.
  • Feeling tired, without energy.
  • Increased difficulty concentrating in school or in conversations.
  • Thoughts of death or dying.
  • Engaging in self-injurious behaviors (cutting).

How can I support my child?

  • Talk to your child. Ask how they are feeling and what might be bothering them. Actively listen, without judgment, and reflect back what your child says to show that you understand.
  • Tell your child’s pediatrician. Schedule an appointment with a mental healthcare provider to discuss your concerns and to learn more about treatment options. There are evidence-based therapies and medication that can help.

Therapy:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps children to identify the connection between depressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to observe patterns in their mood, and to learn coping skills to improve mood. Behavioral activation is often a key component of CBT for depression, and focuses on helping youth boost mood by changing behavior.
  • Dialectic behavior therapy is a more intensive treatment for youth who struggle with chronic emotion dysregulation and problem behaviors, such as chronic suicidal thoughts or actions, self-injurious behavior, and other risky behaviors.
  • Other evidence-based therapies include interpersonal therapy and attachment-based family therapy.
  • Medication:  Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are considered the first line medication for depression. For more information about antidepressant medication, consult with your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist.
  • Promote safety. Encourage your child to share their feelings, including thoughts about death or dying. Normalize that this is a common symptom of depression, and develop a plan that includes people to reach out to for help and mood-boosting activities to engage in when they have those thoughts. Ensure that your home is safe by locking up guns, knives, medicines, and alcohol.
  • Stick to the treatment plan. If your child is in treatment, ensure that they attend therapy consistently and/or take medication as prescribed. Your child may feel frustrated or defeated if they do not feel better quickly. Treatment works, but it takes time. Model hope, and communicate concerns with your treatment provider.
  • Provide praise and acknowledgement for small steps. Depression can feel like a weighted jacket, and activities (schoolwork, chores) that used to be easy to carry can feel impossible to lift. Rather than focus on what your child might not be doing, model attending to the positive by acknowledging and praising what your child is doing well.
  • Educate others and externalize the depression. People in your child’s life may misperceive depression as your child being lazy or purposefully grouchy, which can make it difficult for your child to receive the care and support they need. Remind yourself and others that depression is driving these symptoms, not your child.
  • Enhance social supports. Help your child to connect with peers and family. Look for opportunities to bolster the relationship you already have with your child by taking a brief “vacation” from daily chores and responsibilities to engage in enjoyable activities together. Facilitate social engagement by helping your child to schedule after-school hangouts with friends, providing transportation, and offering other means of support.
  • Monitor for risk factors for suicide, which includes your child having more intense or frequent thoughts about death or dying, talking about suicide online or in person, and using substances. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1 800-273-8255 or online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Anna J. Swan, PhD is a licensed psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health. She sees patients for evaluations, individual cognitive-behavioral therapy, and group therapy as part of the Anxiety and Mood Disorders Service at the Child Study Center’s Manhattan and Hackensack locations, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep in NYC

Gifted & Talented Test

About the Gifted & Talented Test

New York City offers gifted and talented tests for all children entering Kindergarten through the 3rd grade in order to enter a public school program with more specialized instruction and enrichment opportunities.  Once your child is  accepted, the program runs through 5th grade.  The test has two parts (1) 30 verbal reasoning and comprehension questions based on the OLSAT and (2) 48 multiple-choice spatial thinking questions based on the NNAT.  Visit the Department of Education website for more info and to sign up your child for testing.

Admissions

Admissions are based entirely on the Gifted and Talented Test score and subsequent lottery placement.  A qualifying score on the G&T exam (90th percentile) does not guarantee your child a seat.  In many neighborhoods, more than half the kids are scoring above 90th percentile. This is why test prep is essential to increasing your child’s score.

Gifted & Talented Test Prep

Gifted and Talented Test Prep should begin at an early age to improve your child’s testing abaility and chance of success.  In the past, Eye Level Learning Center on E12th Street was extremely helpful to our parents with outside of school tutoring and extra help so we looked to them once again for G&T test prep.

What you need to know:  The Eye Level program utilizes a curriculum designed exclusively for them by TestingMom.com.  The course is 14 sessions, including 12 instructional sessions, one pre-test, and one post-test.  The pre-test and post-test are always one-on-one.  The class format is available only for students testing into Kindergarten (i.e., in Pre-K now).  The one-on-one format is available for any eligible student.  The tuition for the course includes 14 sessions, classwork book, homework book, review book, and a bonus one-year membership to TestingMom.com, which has additional review resources.

For more information on how you can prepare your child for the Gifted and Talented Test, contact Eye Level Learning Center of the East Village.

Back-to -School With Carried Away Chefs

Recently, Kidz Central Station spent the afternoon with the Carried Away Chefs team as they prepared one of their menus for the week. If you are busy and exhausted and over scheduled from this back to school season or want healthier family meals, this weekly in-home personal chef service is the answer

Carried away chefs

 

Carried away chefsCarried away chefsWith the Weekly Chef service, Carried Away Chefs plans your weekly 3 meal menu with your input and dietary preferences in mind, shops for the groceries, and then comes to your home to cook.  The menu consists of proteins, vegetables, soup, salad, breakfast or snack. Once prepared, the food is stored in your containers in your fridge with labels and reheating instructions. And your kitchen will be left spotless.  Simple, Easy, Delicious!!

And for those of us who order delivery every day (and sometimes 2x a day on weekends!), this is not only healthier but also affordable.  A once a week visit which produces 3 family meals is $350.  If this doesn’t convince you, the take a look at the menu Carried Away Chefs  (instagram @carriedawaychefsmade for us.

 

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The Menu

BBQ Chicken

Cabbage slaw – Red Wine Vinaigrette

Zucchini wrapped Hake

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chicken Herbs de Provence

Israeli Couscous with Pine Nuts  & Broccolini

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Carried away chefs

We arrived to watch the chefs chop, slice, blend, season, toss, sauté, and bake several dishes, sauces and dressings.  And everything was absolutely delicious!  Our favorites were the zucchini wrapped Hake and the strawberry dressing on the spinach salad. We would’ve thought this was too tasty to be healthy had we not seen everything prepared right in front of us.  Also, the portions were plentiful so we could see the three weekly meals lasting beyond that.

We wholeheartedly recommend Carried Away Chefs for all of our busy families!  Ask for a Free Consultation today!

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Back to School with Diabetes Management

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With a new school year just around the corner, many parents are strategizing for their children to receive the medical care they need in their new classroom environments. The goal for families of children with diabetes is for their kids to have access to appropriate diabetes management while having the same school experience as children without diabetes. Here are some aspects of care at school that parents of children with diabetes should consider in order to meet that goal:

  • Is there a nurse at school? If not, who can take responsibility for helping to assist with the day-to-day management of diabetes? There should be a medical plan in place and parents should discuss that with the school administration.
  • If your child is involved with after-school activities or field trips, will there be care available at those places?
  • What supplies does your child need at school? Think about the amount of supplies they will need, whether they will be centrally located for the child, or whether they will be carrying their own testing equipment to treat hypoglycemia.
  • If your child is involved with after school sports, make sure the school administration is aware of their condition. Parents should also talk to the child’s coaches so they can assist if needed.
  • Make sure your child always has something on them to fix a low—and coaches, teachers, and other staff should be aware so they can help if necessary.
  • Some school systems, like New York City public schools, have carb count menus for school meals up online. If your child is buying their lunch at school, check the menu ahead of time and review it with your child. Kids dose insulin according to carb counts, so it’s very important to plan for that. If your school doesn’t have a menu with a carb count, work with the school cafeteria and school administration to come up with carb counts for the menu.
  • Your child’s schedule will change when they go back to school, sometimes going from a schedule where they are more active during the day to being more sedentary during the day and active in the evening. If you notice your child’s blood sugar levels are out of range, be in touch with your diabetes care team so they can adjust insulin doses to the new school schedule.

You should go to your child’s diabetes care team with any questions. Other great resources for Safe at School information can be found at the American Diabetes Association, JDRF, and Children with Diabetes websites.

 

Christine Lally, RN, CDE, is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at the Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Pediatric Diabetes Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. She provides education and support to patients, families, and caregivers, and helps them fit diabetes management into their lives in a healthful way.

Special Offers for Back-to-School Classes

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It’s Back-to-School season!  Test out the Right Program for Your Kids with these Low-cost Trials or Drop In Classes.

Special Offers

ART Classes Limited Time Offer

Claire’s Creative Adventures (UES) introduces children to artists and cultures, using paint, clay, wood, sand, pastels, fabric, etc.

**Save $75 through 9/14/18 on all Fall semester classes!**

Kids classes

MUSIC Classes

Try GuitarViolin, Piano, Voice, ($40) lessons at Willan Academy of Music.

Jam Sessions Babies ($36) at Kids at Work or Sun Sessions Outdoor Music ($36) at Hudson River Park.

Babies love BananaJam Music ($28) or Sing Along ($28) at 14th Street Y.

Music with James ($20) in Murray Hill is a high-energy music class.

Andy & Suzanna Kids Music ($20) bring music, puppets, bubbles (UES, UWS).

In Long Island City, take a trial in Singing ($40), Piano ($40), Broadway Youth ($30), or a Baby Music Class ($10) at New York Stage of Mind.

Kids classes

DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER Classes

Zumba! ($10), Hula ($12), Ballroom ($12), Georgian ($20), Bollywood ($20), or Belly Dance ($19.50) at The DanceSource in Queens.

Ballet/Tap Combo ($15) or Hip Hop ($15) at Dance Workshop NY UES.

Trial classes in Ballet/Tap, Hip Hop, Yoga, or Storybook Ballet ($45 each) at Midtown Movement and Dance.

Drop-in at CenterStage to Debut! ($20) or Hip-Hop Funk ($45) + MORE.

Kids classes

SPORTS & YOGA Classes

Drop-in to Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 ($44 each) at Physique Swimming.

FunFit Kids (UWS) drop-ins for Yoga, Multi-Sport, 2Lingo Hebrew ($35-42).

Bring your babies to Lap Babies and Crawlers ($32) or Walkers, Runners, Jumpers ($32) at 14th Street Y.

Yogi Tales: Live Music Yoga ($25) in Washington Square Park.

Prenatal Yoga ($20), Baby Yoga ($20), Kids Yoga ($30), Yoga Art ($30), etc. at Karma Kids Yoga.

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LANGUAGE Trial Class

¡HOLA! Música! ($15) in Queens is gentle Spanish intro with ¡HOLA!.

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COOKING Drop-in Class

Cooking Classes ($20) teach kid friendly recipes at The Creative Kitchen

FREE Classes and Events for Back-to-School

It’s Back-to-School season!  Enjoy these free classes and events around New York City.

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Jewish Community Project (JCP) Downtown Open House on Sep 5 & 6

  • Rosh Hashanah arts & crafts
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Kid friendly snacks and coffee for grown ups
  • Read a story from our PJLibrary book shelf
  • Meet JCP staff & Register for fall classes and high holy holidays
  • Free Demo classes at 10am: Sing With Suzi on Wed Sep 5 @10am, Shajam with Tkiya on Thurs Sep 6 @10am
  • Open House Fun Days!

 


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FREE TRIAL with ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish on Sep 6

 


 

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FREE TRIAL with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids

 


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Audition for Children’s Choir with Willan Academy of Music on Sep 17

  • All children who love singing are welcome to the choir. The audition (no longer than 5 min) will be September 17th (6pm – 9pm) at 520 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018. Children (age 6+) will be asked to sing a song of their choice and to repeat a few basic musical patterns.  Audition for Children’s Choir.

Head of the Class Mom: Natalia Huang

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Meet Head of the Class Mom, Natalia Huang Founder of Natalia Huang Piano Studio.  We first met Natalia in 2014 and we wanted to share an update on how things are going now that her children have grown and her business has evolved!

 

**For a limited time, Kidz Central Station Families receive a special promotion for a Trial Piano Lesson with Natalia Huang Piano Studios. Sign up here!**

Tell us about yourself. Why did you start Natalia Huang Studio?

Teaching piano is very special to me. I will be honest – I find that I can have a world of patience teaching about piano because I am so passionate about it. Just don’t ask me to teach anything else, ha! But yes, Natalia Huang Piano Studio was started when I was pregnant with my second child. As you know, the living spaces in New York City is not big at all. I very quickly realized that if I wanted to continue to teach piano, I’d have to move outside of my home. That was when I decided to rent a space and bring on additional teachers.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?

As we have grown to three locations now, I’ve gotten better at “balancing”. But I do use that word very loosely because really, is there such a thing as balancing? I think the studio is able to operate more by itself now without my daily involvement, and I’ve gotten better at time managing now that all three of my children are in school during the day. Every year, I add on something to take care of myself more. Two years ago, it was to stop working after a certain hour during the day. Last year, it was to not look at emails during the weekend (only about a 75% success rate, haha). This year, I think I will shoot for not doing anymore work once my children gets home from school.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.

This has happened very recently. I had enrolled my children in a three day Chinese speech competition. As I was teaching them how to prepare for a speech, my oldest daughter asked me, “Is this why you always talk to yourself in front of the mirror or in a corner?” I realized she was referring to whenever I have to prepare for studio recital speeches. I never thought my children were paying attention to me that way! This made me understand that it is important to have your child see what you do for a living because it may influence them in more ways than you think!

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?

Well, I can say the challenges are ongoing. I have trained myself better over the years to face challenges without thinking the whole business will collapse. I must say though, that the greatest reward for my work-life balance is freedom. The freedom to do what I love in any location of the world. The freedom to take a day off and go to my children’s school event is worth all the challenges I face.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?

That teaching your own children piano is completely impossible! I had dreams of being my children’s piano teacher. The second I attempted to teach my oldest, that dream was shattered, haha! Now, my studio teacher teaches all my children, and I stay far away from the piano room when they are practicing!

What is one piece of advice you would give to other parents?

Children are more resilient than we think. Let them learn how to fail when they are younger, instead of always worrying about if something may hurt their feelings. You’d be surprised how quickly they bounce back from something and learn to move forward!

And Favorites!

Favorite children’s book?  I picked up “Dear Girl” for my youngest daughter last year. I love the message in the book — no need to conform to how society wants you to be, just be yourself!

Favorite kids’ class?  I know I’m biased to say piano, but I really really look forward to all the life skills piano lessons will teach my children. It certainly has taught me a lot!

Favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?  We enjoy swimming when the weather permits. We love how much we can let loose and have a good time in the pool.

Favorite rainy day escape?  Puzzles! Now that my children are older, it is fun to get them to pitch in too. It is such a relaxing activity to do!

15 Fun Kids Weekend Classes

Kids Weekend Classes

Arts Weekend Classes

Fashion Design & Illustration for Kids for kids ages 6-12 at The Fashion Class.  Students will learn to draw the elongated fashion figure. Then, they’ll sketch poses, color and render fabric (lace, denim, sequins) and design a full collection of clothing.

Young Artists: Mixed Media for ages Ages 7-12 at 92nd Street Y.  This class allows each child to express themselves through the fundamentals and in the execution of fine arts; such as drawing, painting, collage, printing, and sculpture.

 

Sports Weekend Classes

Beginner 1: Water Exploration for ages 3-5 at Physique Swimming.  Skills Acquired include: Submerge and exhale in water, Float prone and supine without floats, Push and glide from the wall, Front crawl and Back crawl.

Soc Roc has Fall Soccer Classes for 18 months to age 14 in Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn.  Soc Roc was created by former pro soccer player James Christie. The goal is to encourage kids to be physically active, gain confidence, and social skills while learning the sport of soccer.

Ice Skating- Youth Learn to Skate for kids ages 5+ at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn whether the goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating.

Youth Flag Football League for ages 5-14 at 14th Street Y is in collaboration with the NFL Youth Flag Football League. Players are taught proper technique in catching, throwing, running, and defending.

Outdoor Classes for ages 1-4  with Upper Manhattan Forest Kids organizes parent-child outdoor classes in Central Park and Inwood Hill Park.

Family Yoga for ages 4 – 7 at Karma Kids Yoga. Partner poses are emphasized ensuring great bonding time. Play yoga games and practice partner acrobatics and flying partner yoga,

 

Dance Weekend Classes

Fairies & Fantasy Dance Class for Girls & Boys ages 3-6 at In Grandma’s Attic. Students training in pre-ballet, creative movement, and improvisation. Each week a favorite fairy tale or classical ballet story is read, and then reenacted through dance with costumes and props.

Ballet/Tap Combo for ages 6-8 at Midtown Movement and Dance Company.  This class combines the basic movement of both dance styles.

Classic Ballroom for ages 6-12 at The DanceSource in Queens. Cover the basics of Fox Trot, Salsa, Swing, Tango and Waltz.

Demi Soloists for kids ages 4+ at Joffrey Ballet School. Your child will dance with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. The dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements.

 

Music Weekend Classes

Music Together (Babies) at Eastside Westside Music Together.  The music activities and materials are specially designed for parents and caregivers who want to learn as much as possible about music development in infants. Meet other parents of newborns and learn activities you can recreate at home with your baby.

High Note NYC Piano and Vocal Instruction for ages 3+ teaches both piano and vocals to build confidence, fluent music reading, and solo performance competency.  Nora has years of experience and training with young children.

 

Language Weekend Classes

Spanish For Children for ages 3-5 at Language Workshop for Children. Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers.

September Events for the Family

September Kids ActivitiesHere are fun upcoming September Events in and around NYC to help ease the transition to Back-to-School.

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September Activities Kids

Step into the interactive world of the Gazillion Bubble Show and be dazzled by spectacular lasers, lighting effects, and bubble artistry. Book Your Tickets.

 

September Kids Activities

Learn the evolution of firefighting at the New York City Fire Museum from bucket brigades to  volunteering to modern day. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who sacrificed on 9/11 Schedule Your Tour.

 

September Kids Activities

Karma Kids Yoga is NYC’s only yoga studio dedicated just to kids and families. Children are encouraged to “play” yoga and experience how their breath and body move together.

Sunday Morning Sing-A-Long with Suzanna on Sep 16

Yoga & Essential Oils Workshop for the Family on Sep 22

Pajama Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga! on Sep 28

 

September Kids Activities

Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Their outreach activities and education programs for children are wonderful opportunities to connect with wildlife.

At the Queens Zoo:

Wildife Mini-Camp: Yom Kippur on Sep 19

Animal Yoga For Families on Sep 30

At the Prospect Park Zoo:

Zoofari Yom Kippur on Sep 19

Breakfast With The Baboons on Sep 22

At the New York Aquarium:

Keeper For A Day: Sharks on Sep 22

Family Overnight: Sharks After Dark on Sep 29

 

September Kids Activities

Taste Buds Kitchen was proclaimed the “Best Kids Cooking Class” by New York Magazine.  Enjoy a variety of unique and creative cooking events for kids and families ages 2 to teen.

Sprinkle Donuts Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep1

Butterfly Cupcakes Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 2

Back-to-School Cupcakes on Sep 8

Grandparents Day Tea Party on Sep 9

Rosh Hashanah: Mystery Basket on Sep 10 or 11

Pretzel Twist Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 15

Rainbow Cupcakes Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 16

Yom Kippur: Baking 101 on Sep 19

Sushi Rolls Workshop w/ Caregiver on Sep 23

Twist and Twirl Cookies Workshop on Sep 29

Unicorn Cupcakes Workshop on Sep 30

Top Mommy & Me Classes

Mommy & Me classes in NYC

It’s Back-to-School season and we don’t want to forget about our littlest ones.  Get them started on their Fall schedules with these great Daddy or Mommy & Me classes in New York City.  Find classes in Music, Sports, Fitness for Moms, Language, Yoga, Dance and more!

Mommy & Me Music

Tunez for Totz is a music baby development class for ages 16 months – 3 years.  Enjoy Sing-Along with Lala, Rhythm Development Games, Dancing & Introduction to Instruments. At New York Stage of Mind.

Mommy & Me Sports

Multi-Sport Mommy & Me is a 45 minute buddy (guardian) participation class for ages 12-24 mos. Children learn important gross-motor movements through games and play in the comfort of their buddy’s hands. At FunFit Kids.

Adult and Me Gymnastics for ages 12 months to 3 years is a Mom/Dad and Me program designed for parents and their toddlers to learn fundamental gymnastics skills in a fun, safe, and interactive environment. At Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Fitness for Moms

New Baby, New Body, A New Mom’s Fitness Class allows you to reconnect with your body, while building community with other moms and allowing your baby to interact with other babies. Mommy & Me Barre Workout blends ballet technique, Pilates and yoga specifically for postnatal moms.  Mommy & Me Postpartum Pilates for ages 6 weeks to pre-crawling focuses on rediscovering waistlines and restoring posture while getting your energy and strength freely flowing. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Mommy & Me Yoga for Starting Seeds 12 – 24 months or Sporting Sprouts 24-36 months are 45 minutes classes with buddy (guardian) participation. Children explore playful yoga exercises and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way. At FunFit Kids.

Yoga For Mommy & Baby ages 1-9 months allows Mommy and baby to connect while performing gentle yoga postures in a nurturing environment. Mothers who are at least six weeks postpartum benefit from core muscle stretching and strengthening exercises. At 92nd Street Y.

Mom & Baby Yoga or Mom & Baby Pilates help Mom get back in shape while strengthening the bond with Baby. Help baby strengthen growing muscles, aid in digestion, and promote better sleeping patterns. Dad & Baby Yoga Date: October 21, 2018. Strengthen the bond between Daddy and baby and get a great workout.  Ages 6 weeks through new walkers.  At Karma Kids Yoga.

Mommy & Me Yoga. This post-natal class combines movements, postures and breath to stretch, strengthen, release tension and bring awareness to key areas of the body that are affected from having a new baby. Guide your baby through gentle postures designed to enhance infant development. At 14th Street Y.

Mommy & Me Dance

Dance Classes for 2 1/2 year olds is a 30-minute pre-dance class that teaches the basic, beginner steps of dance.  Often Mommy or Daddy come into class for the first lessons. At The DanceSource.

My First Ballet Class/Grown-up and Me for ages 18 months to 3 years offers flexibility and exposure to Ballet, Hip Hop and Creative Movement.  Adult participation is required during the 45 minute lesson. At Midtown Movement and Dance Company.

Dance With Me is designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone.  Each child is joined in the class by a parent or caregiver who will be the child’s “dancing partner.”  At Joffrey Ballet School.

Spanish Language

¡HOLA! Baby Program for 6-11 months introduces the Spanish language and sounds by using music, touch, movement and sensory stimuli before your baby reaches toddlerhood. At ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish.