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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle Shameka Dudley-Lowe
Think fast: If you give your kids the choice of a salad loaded with vegetables or a burger and fries, which would choose? Most children, and adults too, would choose the less healthful option.
A new study from Iowa State University found the trick to getting kids to eat more healthfully may be to convince them visually, rather than telling them to eat more fruits and veggies.
Researchers...Read more »
Poor Bill Nye The Science Guy.
His debut performance on “Dancing With the Stars”? The audience gave him an A for effort – but the judges flunked him.
Bill and his dance pro partner, Tyne Stecklein, for sure had a routine chock full of special effects and gimmicks. They did the cha-cha to, appropriately, “Weird Science.” Nye began the dance routine wearing the signature blue lab coat...Read more »
If you found out your 11-year-old daughter was twerking at a school dance, what would you do?
One mom in Bakersfield, Calif., took to the streets. Frances Hena paraded her daughter Jamie, in a pair of short shorts, at a busy intersection for two hours on Monday while the girl held a sign that read, “I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school dance.”
Apparently inspired by...Read more »
When 9-year-old Asher Weintraub’s mom told him that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving would overlap this year for the first time — and never again in his lifetime — Asher started thinking about how he could commemorate that confluence of his family holidays. And — eureka! — the Menurkey was born.
“I was thinking of how we could celebrate that. I thought of a menorah in the shape of a turkey,” Asher...Read more »
If your teen prefers microscopes and beakers over video games, you may want to enroll them in Molloy College's Summer Science Camp.
Budding scientists ages 13-16 can spend two weeks participating in lab experiments and learn more about anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, earth science and marine biology and environmental studies through The Center for Estuarine, Environmental...Read more »
Has your teen taught you any surprising life lesson?
A publishing company wants to hear your story for consideration in a planned book called, appropriately, “Lessons From My Teenager.” It’s tentatively scheduled to be published in October.
“We know that you have been impressed, that you’ve been taught, as much as you hate to admit it, by the teenagers you either live with, work with,...Read more »
Most second graders believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Many play with Barbie dolls and Legos. And, according to a new study found in the Journal of Adolescent Health, about 37 percent of 8-year-olds have sipped alcohol.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh followed more than 450 children from ages 8 through 18. The kids were asked how old they were when...Read more »
The brand-new teen a cappella group The Hamptones is scheduled to open on Saturday evening for Duke University's all-male a cappella group The Pitchforks at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. It's The Hamptones' first professional performance.
"I'm extremely excited to do it," says Hamptones member Fred Nydegger, 17, of Hampton Bays. Nydegger uses his voice to make the...Read more »
Isn’t it enough to worry about our teens smoking cigarettes or pot? Now we also have to watch out for them smoking … alcohol?
The "Today" show is reporting that kids are watching YouTube videos that explain how to “inhale” alcohol vapors for a high without “drinking.” Kids put beer or whiskey or champagne or vodka into a plastic or liquor bottle, pump it with air using a bicycle...Read more »
The newest kids’ trilogy to hit bookstores is the action-packed “The School for Good and Evil” (HarperCollins, $16.99) by Soman Chainani. The premise: Every four years, two children are kidnapped from a village. They are enrolled in the School for Good and Evil, where the good study to be fairy tale prince and princesses, and the bad train to be villains. The story is filled with battles, monsters...Read more »