Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas
When it comes to back-to-school, parents cite shopping for clothes and other essentials as a top concern, while kids rank waking up early as the No. 1 stressor, according to a new Ebates.com survey.
The online survey polled more than 1,000 adults and about 950 teens and found almost all American adults (96 percent) and teens (97 percent) are stressed as the start of the school year looms....Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious breakfast or dessert treat. I found the recipe in "Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill," by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig (Running Press; $20).
Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini with Avocado and Bacon(Makes 6 panini)
Ingredients- 1 pound chicken tenders-...Read more »
Emily Brafman, now 40, grew up spending summers on Fire Island. As a college assignment, she wrote a children’s book about what days were like on the barrier island: playing on the beach, getting ice cream cones at UnFriendly’s in Fair Harbor.
Every summer afterward she would think, she says, “I should do something with this.” The urge got stronger as she returned each summer with her own...Read more »
Many new moms struggle with finding time to fit everything in on their daily to-do list. More often than not, exercise falls by the wayside.
Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of DLVR Maternity, a digital community for expecting moms, encourages women to work out with their babies. Here, she provided three exercises that you can do using your baby stroller, perfect for when you're...Read more »
Sure, it's early August, but that doesn't mean you can't start stocking up for the beginning of the school year. And parents are always looking for the best ways to save as they shop for school essentials.
"The back-to-school shopping season is a close second to the holidays in terms of the amount of time and money consumers spend on retail goods — same goes for the number of deals we see...Read more »
Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breast-feed their babies while out and about!
Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in public — or on the cover of a magazine for that matter! And we’re so glad that celebrity moms such as Gwen Stefani, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kourtney...Read more »
The Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove is hosting a free outdoor movie event Monday.
"Rio 2" will be shown on a big outdoor screen in the mall's Lifestyle Village. Rich with catchy music and lots of laughs, "Rio 2" features the voices of Anne Hathaway (Jewel), Jesse Eisenberg (Blu), as well as a menagerie of characters voiced by Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars and Kristin Chenoweth. Follow...Read more »
Back to school doesn't have to mean swapping high-tech gadgets for low-tech notebooks. These new apps are so much fun your child won't even realize they're educational.
For ages 5 and younger
In MarcoPolo Ocean (free at iTunes), journey to the most unexplored part of the planet: This interactive app is all about the ocean. Kids can make dolphins jump, build a coral reef, explore the...Read more »
Family game night just got a lot more competitive. This week, Merriam-Webster released the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, making the dictionary's first major update in nearly a decade.
More than 5,000 new words will be added, making them officially playable in the game. The words include: beatbox, bromance, chillax, frenemy, hashtag, mixtape, mojito, selfie, sudoku,...Read more »
To kick off Discovery Channel's 27th annual Shark Week, the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the aquarium will be transformed into a shark-themed oasis, featuring a question-and-answer and autograph session with Shark Week on-air personality and shark expert Andy Casagrande, a sneak peek at Shark Week's...Read more »