Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Monday is Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday. Disney Channel is celebrating by showing this year’s Mickey Mouse cartoons every half-hour beginning at 1:25 p.m., culminating in the 8 p.m. airing of “Potatoland," the first-ever extended episode of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. “Potatoland” is a brand-new short that is longer than the usual 3-1/2 minutes.
“Potatoland” is a seven-minute cartoon...Read more »
I cannot tell you how many women I know refuse to participate in the PTA. Forget about attending a monthly meeting; they won’t make cupcakes, not even from the readymade mix that comes in a box.
“No way,” my friends and acquaintances say in my hometown and elsewhere. “The PTA’s not for me.” They’ve said worse, too, but we won’t go there.
I’ve heard such sentiments not only from lawyers,...Read more »
The fifth annual "TeenNick HALO Awards" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Nick at Nite. For the first time, the show will be televised live from Los Angeles.
HALO stands for Helping And Leading Others. Each year, four teens are honored for their community-service work. They are paired with celebrities who applaud their causes, and the show is hosted by Nick Cannon.
This year’s awardees...Read more »
Has your child missed out on plays and movies because of a pediatric illness that has weakened his or her immune system? The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post (720 Northern Blvd., Brookville) has teamed up with the Sea-Cliff based Penelope’s Odyssey to offer a free, private performance of “Stuart Little” for just such kids. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.
Children...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From workshops and Thanksgiving fun to "Rapunzel" and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Rapunzel at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. Families can enjoy a live musical performance based on the classic fairy tale....Read more »
Did you know that a pig was once tried for murder? Or that one man’s head is so strong that he can use it to balance a 363-pound quad bike? Or that Norway recognizes the videogame Dance Dance Revolution as an official sport?
Neither did I, nor my son, until some new releases from National Geographic Kids arrived on my desk.
We couldn’t put down the four colorful books, all aimed at children...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious, easy-to-prepare dinner dish. I found the recipe in "KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious and Family-Friendly Dishes" by teen star Reed Alexander (Rodale Books; $21.99).
Pasta Primavera (Makes 4 servings)
Ingredients - 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick...Read more »
A South Dakota mom has grabbed national attention for writing a provocative blog post speaking out against overprotective parenting.
Stephanie Metz, a 29-year-old mother to sons Hendrix, 4, and Jameson, 2, was inspired to write the post after her 4-year-old opted to choose a different toy for show-and-tell because he thought his initial pick could be mistaken for a gun.
Metz was outraged...Read more »
For my 9-year-old son, our pet lizard’s been as important a member of our household as a dog or cat, both of which allergies prevent us from getting. Roughie, a bearded dragon, may as well be Harrison’s brother, my son, my husband’s son and my mother’s other grandchild.
For Halloween, Roughie won a costume contest at the pet store, taking first place in the reptile round. Harrison and I teamed...Read more »
If you watch “Doctor Who,” you’ll know the Ood — the aliens with flaps of skin on their faces that look like fleshy noodles. They revolt me. My 9-year-old finds this fact endlessly amusing.
Then one morning over a diner breakfast as he imitated various characters from the British sci-fi show, he asked what I would do if an Ood suddenly appeared before me.
“I’d turn my back,” I said,...Read more »