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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fresh take on traditional tacos. I found the recipe in "The Big Book of Pies & Tarts," by Betty Crocker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $19.99).
Muffin Tin Taco Pies (Makes 6 servings, 2 pies each)
Ingredients for crust - 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, such as Pillsbury,...Read more »
It seems like kids are becoming more addicted to technology each day, and it turns out; they’re not the only ones. A new report from BabyCenter.com recently revealed that moms are more attached to technology than ever with over 90 percent admitting to checking mobile devices like smartphones and tablets during daily activities such as shopping, watching TV and cooking. Eighty percent even confessed...Read more »
My question right now is, “Why?” Why does New York State have to be the guinea pig for a project that would put 2.3 million public school students' names and records into the hands of a private, high-tech corporation that will store and manage them within a computerized "cloud" service? According to a report in today’s Newsday by staff writer John Hildebrand, New York is the biggest state...Read more »
Research has shown that parents are more likely to buy food and beverages promoted by pro athletes because they associate those items with a healthy lifestyle, but a new study suggests that despite their fit representatives, these products aren’t as healthy as you might think.
According to stats collected in 2010 and published recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the majority of...Read more »
There's been an avalanche of controversy over the past 24 hours concerning the photo to the left, which was posted to the Facebook page of "busy working mom" Maria Kang. Commenters and others around the blogosphere have called Kang a "bully" and a "fat-shamer" for showing off her beautiful body. One commenter went so far as to say, ""People like you who post...Read more »
More than 30 percent of children in the U.S. use iPad apps. With the thousands of kid-friendly apps available, many parents would prefer that their children choose skill-building ones over pure entertainment.
Maria Bailey, host of Mom Talk Radio, the first syndicated radio show for moms, chose five new apps for kids that are fun and educational.
1. Zorbit's Math Adventure: This new iPad/iPhone...Read more »
When it comes to Halloween candy; kids go crazy for it, but it can drive parents just plain crazy with concern — especially in the dental department. Chicago dental spa owner, Dr. Margaret Mitchell, weighed in with some tips on how to keep your child's teeth cavity-free this Halloween:
Prep Before Halloween, visit your dentist to have sealants put into your child’s teeth grooves. This...Read more »
When it comes to your child, does the first sign of a cough, sniffle or bruise send you straight to the Web to search for a cure or diagnosis? Tons of parents are guilty of it, but the truth is, the Internet can be overwhelming and full of medical mistruths.
“The A to Z of Children’s Health,” a new guide to pediatric wellness from birth to age 10, is a great alternative.
The informative...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From enchanted trails and Halloween fun to new musicals and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
1. Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families are guided through forest trails...Read more »
The world created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in the bestselling children’s Halloween picture book, “Room on the Broom,” is now coming to life in an interactive app that is fun and safe for kids. The app, available now for Apple and Android devices, allows kids to follow along with their favorite characters as they jump off of the page and into digital activities that help hone skills...Read more »