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Valerie Kellogg

Valerie Kellogg is the editor of Newsday's Kids section. She lives in Huntington and is the mother of an 8-year-old boy, Harrison, who loves science, "Star Trek" and anything having to do with space.

Crying foul over Met Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

New York Met Daniel Murphy took heat this

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

It’s such a cliché, but guys, even when they are trying to be funny, can sound so crass when they talk about women and issues important to them — their insecurities, their needs, their bodies. The boors on sports talk radio fell right into that trap when they circled around Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to take time off to help his wife bring home their newborn son.


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New history and science books a kid likes

Cover of "How Does a Caterpillar Become a

(Credit: Sterling Children's Books)

My 10-year-old son already gets a good dose of science at his STEM school, but even after a long, long day of studies, trumpet practice and exercise, he enjoyed reading the some of the new titles in the “Good Question!” history and science series from Sterling Publishing.

Geared toward readers ages 7 and up, the latest additions pose questions in their titles: for instance, “How Does a Caterpillar...

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How I made our morning routine better

Time to get up! Close up of alarm

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It started on a school morning when I tried to get Harrison to smile as he argued about wanting to stay in bed. As he pulled the blanket over his head, I jumped in front of him and in my hammiest karaoke voice belted out, "Thank God it’s Friday.”

He pulled the cover off his face and smiled faintly. I was on to something.

“Let’s make this our Friday ritual,” said Harrison, who by this...

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Sleep-deprived children can blame parents like me

A young sleepy boy.

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The TV is blaring a “Real Housewives” show of one kind or another. My son’s friend keeps calling to meet him in Minecraft. My husband’s got hours of work ahead of him but he is checking over Harrison’s homework first. The washing machine’s chugging. The pork chops are sizzling in the pan. I am emailing, Facebooking, tweeting, texting and trying to pick up dirty dishes and other Things Where They...

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Stop hatin' on Barbie

Olympic Ice Skater Barbie, one of the older

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I grimaced when I saw Girl Scouts holding up Barbie dolls on TV the other day, my son nodding in approval of my distaste. Two groups — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — want Girl Scouts of the USA to end a partnership with Mattel that puts Barbie patches on uniforms and Barbie activity books in their hands.

And then after the segment, the...

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The Peter Lanza interview: Wishing a child had never been born

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter

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It would be easy to damn Peter Lanza for saying that he wishes his son had never been born, as he did in an interview published this week in The New Yorker. Not only did his son Adam kill 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he terrorized them. All I can imagine is how victims looked in the seconds before taking their last breath as they heard and saw Lanza gunning...

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