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Boating tips to keep kids safe

Make sure kids alway wear life jackets on

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Summer means boating on Long Island – and the following tips can help keep kids safe. The advice comes from the Sea Tow Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to boat safety and education:

-- Be sure all kids on board are wearing life jackets. This is the law. The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all children under 13 years of age must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket unless the child is below...

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Support group for depressed new moms and moms-to-be

Depressed mother cuddling her newborn baby.

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Moms or moms-to-be who feel they are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (formerly known as postpartum depression) can attend a free support group that starts April 22 in Babylon.

The “Mother’s Circle of Hope” group helps moms with this condition, which affects one of eight pregnant women and one of every five to seven mothers in the first year after giving birth, says nurse...

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5 successful healthy eating tips for kids

Ellen Briggs, founder of FuelYourDreams.net offers successful healthy

Getting your children to eat healthfully is quite possibly one of the oldest chapters in the parenting dilemma book. Many parents, including myself, relentlessly try to encourage their kids to eat vegetables and sample new foods, only to resort back to the chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese standby.

Research shows that having a healthy, balanced diet improves brain capacity and improves...

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BabyCenter's 2014 Moms' Picks awards

BabyCenter's annual 2014 Moms' Picks Awards revealed the

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Did you know the average parent spends more than $5,000 on baby products in the first year? And 52 percent feel overwhelmed by the experience, according to BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource.

What's more, 73 percent of moms rely on product recommendations from parenting social media, according to BabyCenter’s Social Mom Report.

To help parents, BabyCenter did the...

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Alicia Silverstone launches new pregnancy book in Huntington

Actress Alicia Silverstone's new pregnancy guide is "The

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Actress Alicia Silverstone will talk about her brand-new pregnancy guide, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale, $23.99), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. The book launches Tuesday.

The subtitle is quite a mouthful: “A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.” If the book is able to deliver...

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Where to after prom on Long Island?

Members of Oceanside High School's Class of 2013

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Although it’s only April, chances are most high school students are already thinking about the upcoming prom season – which likely means that many of the parents of said students also have the big galas on their radar – and not just the actual events, but any intended after-prom adventures their kids may be planning as well.

Naturally, concerns for both prom-goers and their guardians involve...

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Why I decided to have my son opt-in on standardized tests

One Long Island mom talks about why she

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Opt-in. Opt-out.

If my sixth-grade son learned nothing else this year, he learned what those phrases meant.

After the first day of the state English Language Arts assessments, he said to me, “Why didn’t you opt me out?” I explained that I believe the tests will give both the school and us a good measure of how he is learning this year, and that test-taking and being evaluated is a part...

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Study says babies can't learn to read

Babies aren't capable of learning to read, according

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As much as parents might want to give their kids a leg up in education, there’s only so much a baby can learn. For instance, they can’t learn to read, according to a study by researchers at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

The researchers examined 117 children ages 9 to 18 months, splitting them into two groups. One group received baby media...

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Autism on the rise: 1 in 68 children diagnosed

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

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Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...

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Babies and pets: Tips for making the first introduction

Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a

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New baby on the way? As you prepare your house and family members to welcome its new addition, you may also want to help your pet -- specifically a dog -- acclimate to the little one.

To get started, Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a North American pet care franchise, offered these tips:

1. Start early. Get your dog prepared for the little one's arrival as soon as you know you're...

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