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Book review: 'Modern Cartooning'

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If your media-savvy child has ever expressed an interest in cartooning, here’s a book he or she will love — “Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today’s Popular Cartoons” (Watson-Gultill, $21.99), which is due out in March.

It’s not just the look of this book that is contemporary; it’s the approach it takes to cartooning. Author Christopher Hart stresses the shape of the head...

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'The Muppets ... Again!' sequel coming in 2014

Ricky Gervais will star in the upcoming Muppets

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If your kids are big fans of the Muppets, you're in luck. Disney's “The Muppets . . . Again!” sequel is expected to hit the big screen March 2014.

Currently filming in London and Hollywood, the Muppets head on a world tour to film in some of Europe's most desirable destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. Joining Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and the rest of the...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Raggedy Ann, 'Mulan' and more

Bobby Montaniz as Raggedy Andy and Jacqueline M.

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Raggedy Ann and Disney's "Mulan" to tropical fun, crafts and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Tropical PLAYcation at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City). On Friday from 6-9 p.m., explore the islands with steel drums,...

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More parents are choosing to raise kids in the city

U.S. Census data suggests that young parents are

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As I was heading in to work the other day, I heard a report on WINS radio that, based on statistics from the U.S. Census, young parents in the metropolitan area were choosing to live in New York City rather than move out to the suburbs, as their parents or  grandparents before them did.

A Bergen Record story on the trend suggested that a weak economy, a shaky suburban real estate market,...

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Feeding the kids: Minestrone soup

The minestrone with pasta recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a healthy, hearty minestrone soup, perfect for a cold winter day. I found the recipe in “The Golden Book of Pasta: Over 250 Great Recipes” (Barron's; $29.99).

Minestrone with pasta (Serves 4-6)

Ingredients -2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil -1 red onion, diced -2 stalks celery,...

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4 tablet tips for kids

Parents should be mindful of their children's screen

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It's no secret that iPads and other touch-screen tablets are beating out Legos, dolls and action figures when it comes to kids' top toys. And at this point, it's safe to say most parents know they need to be more mindful of their children's screen time. But researchers say moderation is key.

“While electronic devices and gadgets can be educational and often provide parents time to tackle their...

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10 celebrities who used surrogates

Elizabeth Banks with her 2-year-old son, Felix, courtesy

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Not everyone can conceive a baby, which makes the option of surrogacy so rewarding.

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is taking a look at 10 celebrities who have used a surrogate mother to expand their families. From Elton John, to Nicole Kidman, to Giuliana Rancic, to Sarah Jessica Parker, let’s hear how gestational carriers have helped change the lives of some high-profile families.


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Easy ways to teach kids about money

Experts weigh in on teaching kids about money,

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Charity, and apparently, financial literacy begins at home.

A study published January in Social Work Research finds that higher levels of parental teaching of money management in childhood are tied with better mortgage loan performance — including lower levels of delinquencies and foreclosures for low- and moderate-income borrowers in adulthood. The research was led by Washington University...

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'Peter Rabbit' preschool TV show premieres Tuesday

"Peter Rabbit," a new animated preschool TV series

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Don't forget to set your DVR: Nickelodeon will premiere a new animated preschool series at noon Tuesday called "Peter Rabbit." The series is a fresh take on the popular Beatrix Potter children's books, encouraging preschoolers to learn problem-solving skills and foster an interest in and respect for nature.

Set in Potter's Lake District, the half-hour television series follows Peter,...

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Presidents' break for parents

You can still see the movie "Lincoln," playing

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We had some ideas about activities for the kids during this brief Presidents' break, but what about the adults? Here are five suggestions for parents to do when the kids head BACK to school:

1. See the movie "Lincoln" (still playing at AMC Loews, Roosevelt Field, Regal Deer Park Stadium 16, AMC Loews Stony Brook 17 to name a few) while you still have time to fill out your Oscar ballot...

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