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Leema Thomas

Leema Thomas is a copy/web editor for Newsday. She lives in Dix Hills with her hubby, Bashu, their teen, aka Stefanie, and preteens, Hannah and Caleb.

Landing a job helps teen learn the value of a buck

Landing a part-time job has helped one teen

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Frappucino, macchiato, espresso, latte — you name it my daughter can churn up your favorite drink in a Starbucks minute. But that she can concoct these drinks — after landing her first steady, part-time retail job at a local Starbucks — is not what makes her a star in my eyes. It's that my eldest child has finally learned the value of a few bucks.

My children, like many others, grew up thinking...

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PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi: 'Working moms can't have it all'

Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo.,

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Even queens must lay aside their crowns, sometimes. Unless you are Queen Elizabeth II or another reigning female monarch, I suppose.

Recently, corporate queen Indra Nooyi, 58, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two daughters, remarked on work-life balance in an interview with David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Co. Nooyi recalled how on the night she was named president of the...

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Tips for transitioning from high school to college life

Classroom chalkboard.

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High school graduates may be raring to head off to college and settle into their dorm rooms but it might behoove them to consider a few tips that could help them transition successfully to college life.

To be successful in their new habitat, students should be able to acclimate academically, socially, and be able to separate without too much anxiety, said Dr. Merry McVey-Noble, staff psychologist...

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