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New stress-reducing books for kids and parents

"Sitting Still Like a Frog" by Eline Snel

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With school starting up again this week, kids and parents may need some strategies to minimize the coming stress.

"Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)" (Shambhala Publications, $17.95) by Eline Snel is a book and instructional companion CD geared to ages 5 to 12 that is an introduction to meditation and how it can help children be calm and focused.


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Enter essay contest, win school visit from LI Ducks' QuackerJack

QuackerJack will visit four Long Island schools.

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Would your kids like to have QuackerJack, the mascot of the Long Island Ducks baseball team, visit their elementary or middle school? Sign them up for TD Bank’s “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest. Whoever writes the best essay will win a day with QuackerJack.

The essay topic is “Who is a hero in your community and why” and the essay should be 250 words.

To enter, download and print...

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Happy Grandparents Day

For National Grandparents Day, visits to Long Island's

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Established in 1978, National Grandparents Day, observed on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day, will celebrate its 36th anniversary on Sept. 7.

In 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation that asked grandparents “to commit to do something grand and share your wisdom, perspectives and key civic values with young people and advocate on their behalf.” He likewise asked grandchildren...

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Kid-approved books: 'Bugged,' 'Game Over, Pete Watson'

"Bugged: How Insects Changed History" (Walker and Company,

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So many books cross my desk. Here are two recent titles that so captured my 10-year-old son’s attention that he read them in one long sitting each:

-It wasn’t that author Sarah Albee also penned “Poop Happened! History of the World from the Bottom Up,” although that street cred helped. No, her recent new book “Bugged: How Insects Changed History” (Walker & Company, $17.99) engaged my son...

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Vermont principal cancels dance, blames Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform during the

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A homecoming dance was recently canceled at a high school in Vermont. The reason? Twerking. The principal and dean of students blamed Miley Cyrus for the provocative dance trend and why they called off the dance.

According to The Washington Post, Mount Anthony Union High School's principal, Sue Maguire, and the dean of students, David Beriau, explained that they wanted to "try to engage the...

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Author launches newest 'Jules' children's book Sunday in Port Washington

"Starring Jules (Third Grade Debut)" is the fourth

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Port Washington children’s book author Beth Ain is launching the newest chapter book in her Starring Jules series, “Starring Jules (The Third Grade Debut),” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington.(TheDolphinBookshop.com, 516-767-2650).

The series was named in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine's 10 Best Books of 2013. The first book, "Starring...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Rosemary Wells, Party in the Park and more

The annual Party in the Park will be

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and ship walking tours to a book signing and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Party in the Park at Blumenfeld Family Park (Main Street, Port Washington). Carnival atmosphere featuring trackless train rides, games, face painting,...

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Baby gets first hearing aids, hears parents' voices for first time

Lachlan, a 7-week-old baby just fitted with his

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Hearing his parents’ voices for the first time led to an amazing moment for a 7-week-old baby.

As he’s fitted with hearing aids for the first time, baby Lachlan’s face says it all. Captured in a YouTube video, Lachlan squeals from the initial discomfort and shock — but then he hears his parents’ voices. His eyes widen, and a smile begins to grow across his tiny face.

“His reaction when...

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5 things to talk about with your tween for the new school year

A father comforting his son. Photo Credit: iStock

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My son started the sixth grade, so the following email recently caught my eye: “5 Essential Issues to Discuss with Your Tween or Teen.”

The tips are culled from Jay Scott Fitter, a family therapist based in California who advocates that showing respect for your children will help make you a better parent. Fitter, the author of the self-published 2010 hardcover book “Respect Your Children:...

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Feeding the kids: Jam-filled scones

The jam-filled scones recipe can be found on

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious make-ahead breakfast treat. I found the recipe on FamilyFunMag.com.

Jam-Filled Scones(Makes 8 servings)

Ingredients- 2 cups flour- 3 tablespoons sugar- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- 1 egg- 1/2 cup milk- 1/4 cup berry jam- Egg wash...

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