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Shameka Dudley is an assistant editor for newsday.com and contributor to Newsday's Kids section. She lives in Bay Shore with her fiance, Andre, and their young son, Jonathan.
It’s been a long time since my kids were babies. But as friends and relatives have given birth over the years, I’ve seen trends in infant care come and go. And inevitably the comparison between then and now ends with the older mother exclaiming: “And YOU grew up just fine!”
I remember not so many years ago, there was a “rule” (“My doctor says . . .” was the refrain) that babies couldn’t be...Read more »
Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting, Center for Health Innovation and Alice Brown Early Learning Center is offering two events focused on parenting spirited children.
“Spirited children are normal children who are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent and energetic. It’s as though they are born with a Lamborghini engine inside of them,” said parent educator, Dr. Mary Sheedy...Read more »
While he's not passing the ball to his favorite wide receiver, NFL great Kurt Warner is passing along life lessons to his seven children.
Arguably one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, Warner led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999 when he was also named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, and again in 2001. In 2008, he led the Arizona Cardinals to their first...Read more »
The other day I experienced my first toddler tantrum. We were at Toys R Us, getting a birthday present for one of my daughter's friends, and she threw a fit when I said she couldn't have a "Toy Story" figure. We watch the movie over and over and over again, so naturally she has all the toys -- from Woody and Buzz to Jessie and the Potato Heads.
Here's how it went down: Maggie took...Read more »
News junkies in training will enjoy the new app News-O-Matic, a daily interactive digest of stories for children 7 to 10.
My son, Harrison, who enjoys watching local and national television news, liked the app. But he got through his test quickly.
Press4Kids, the developer, publishes only five stories a day. This is manageable for the little ones. Also easy to absorb is the handling...Read more »
When I was pregnant with my now 2-year-old daughter, I was given so much advice I thought my head could explode. And the one thing friends and family harped on was making sure I packed my bag for the hospital at least a month before my due date.
So I listened and packed my special bag. I made sure I had the "going home" outfit for the baby, pajamas, a robe, slippers, camera — you...Read more »
Some of the world’s most famous models have traded in their stilettos for strollers and the catwalk for the playground.
From Heidi Klum who has four children, to Cindy Crawford who is proud mom to two, to Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen who has two of her own and one stepson, CelebrityBabyScoop.com takes a look at some of our favorite model moms.
Gisele...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From magic shows and music to farming and a spring hike, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:
1. Ah, Real Magic! at BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center (265 E. Main St., East Islip). On Saturday at 2 p.m., join Gary Ferrar as he performs everything from stage illusions...Read more »
As spring approaches, it's the perfect time for children to reorganize and revamp their rooms. I found these easy, crafty ways from Jack and Jill magazine. to help them decorate their living space. Here are five ideas to try today:
* Consider the rule of art Hot-glue gun clothespins to the front of a ruler. Then, thread a ribbon through pre-drilled holes (see image to the left). This unique...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious twist on classic grilled cheese. I found the recipe on Parents.com.
Apple-Cheddar Grilled Cheese (makes 4 sandwiches)
Ingredients — Nonstick cooking spray — 8 slices cinnamon bread — 8 slices reduced-fat Cheddar cheese — 1 tart apple, cored and thinly sliced — 1/4...Read more »