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One of my Newsday colleagues and fellow moms saw this idea on Pinterest, tested it out with her two boys, ages 2 and 5, and wanted to share this super-convenient way of letting the kids play in the snow without leaving the house.
She brought the snow inside! She filled up the bathtub with snow from her yard, and Jake (left in photo) and Zack donned their gloves and had a great time. “They...Read more »
Instead of putting away laundry and baby-sitting a playdate, I spent my Saturday afternoon rehearsing a group dance number for an upcoming burlesque show at a New York City nightclub.
The G-rated performance, to “The Pink Panther” theme, represents what kind of woman I am trying to be — someone who not only has a career she loves and a home and family she loves to nurture, but interests that...Read more »
Weekend family fun on Long Island: HarborFrost, 'Masters of Illusion,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and more
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From magic shows and "Beauty and the Beast" to Valentine's Day crafts and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Masters of Illusion at NYCB Theatre at Westbury (960 Brush Hollow Rd., Old Westbury). Families can watch a live performance featuring...Read more »
The term “role model” is too often used in pro sports, but if ever a pro athlete fit the bill, it might be Derrick Coleman.
The Seattle Seahawks running back, whose moving story was the subject of a Duracell ad (see the video below) viewed more than 19 million times on YouTube, has become an Internet sensation for being the first deaf NFL player to play in the Super Bowl.
Although he...Read more »
Head to your local Olive Garden on Feb. 7 and the Italian dining chain will pick up the baby-sitting tab as part of their "Parents Night Out" campaign.
Olive Garden and My Gym, a children's fitness franchise, teamed up to give parents a break while their kids enjoy an evening of free games and activities.
Here's how it works: At 6 p.m., drop off your registered child/children at a participating...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an easy, healthy breakfast smoothie. I found the recipe on CouponsforChange.org, which was adapted from "Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week," by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).
Green Morning Smoothies (Makes...Read more »
In honor of the American Dental Association's nationwide Give Kids a Smile Day, several venues on Long Island will be offering free dental health care to children, organized by the Nassau and Suffolk County Dental Societies:
St. Charles Hospital at the Stephen B. Gold Dental Clinic (200 Belle Terre Rd., Port Jefferson) from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Children ages 1 to 17 will receive free...Read more »
A Texas woman was banned from breast-feeding her son at a Victoria’s Secret store.
After making a purchase at the lingerie store, Ashley Clawson, a 27-year-old mother of two from Austin, Texas, asked to use an empty fitting room to nurse her crying infant. An employee immediately said no. She then suggested "Clawson take her son into the alley outside the store to feed him, and added that...Read more »
Parents take note: One in three teens will experience some form of dating abuse.
Sadly, as prevalent as it is, three in four parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
Talking about this often hidden issue is the first step to ending it, so to get the conversation rolling, "NO MORE Silence: It's Time to Talk Day," a nationwide day of conversations and awareness...Read more »
The childhoods of two African-American boys from Brooklyn are chronicled in a film called “American Promise," debuting on PBS at 10 p.m. Feb. 3. The film follows Idris and his friend Seun for 13 years, from kindergarten through high school graduation, as they attend Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
The film was made by Idris’ middle-class parents, Joe Brewster...Read more »