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Matt Lauer asks GM's CEO if she can be a good mother, too

Matt Lauer interviews General Motors CEO Mary Barra

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You would think that in 2014, a respected journalist such as Matt Lauer wouldn't perpetuate the days-old debate about whether or not a woman can be both an executive and a good mother. However, on The "Today" show Thursday morning, Lauer asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she could do both her jobs, CEO and mother, well.

Barra sat down with Lauer for an interview that was supposed to be...

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Play in mud on Saturday at Suffolk County Farm

Jump in mud puddles, make mud pies and

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Put on rubber boots and old clothes and head to the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank on Saturday to jump in mud puddles, make mud pies and march in a rubber-boot parade during the farm's celebration of International Mud Day.

"It's an event to get the kids outside to celebrate the Earth and mud and the beginning of summer," says Lina Ospina, the farm's office manager. Though International Mud...

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Feeding the kids: Cheesy Eggs-in-the-Hole with Bacon

You can find the Cheesy Eggs-in-a-Hole with Bacon

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a hearty breakfast recipe I found on Foodnetwork.com

Cheesy Eggs-in-the-Hole with Bacon(Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients- 4 slices of bacon (about 4 ounces)- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter- 4, 1/2-inch-thick slices of bread from a whole-grain boule or pullman loaf- 4 large eggs- 4 tablespoons...

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Study: Over-fortified cereals may harm kids' health

A new report found over-fortified cereals may be

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Have cereal companies gone too far when it comes to adding vitamins? According to a new report, children today are getting excessive amounts of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, zinc and niacin, and fortified breakfast cereals are the number one source of these added vitamins and minerals.

The study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, D.C.-based health research and...

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Kidoodle.TV app: A subscription service for kids

Kidoodle.TV is a subscription service app for kids

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My 3-year-old daughter watches her favorite animated shows on repeat. Our DVR is filled with episodes of "Paw Patrol," "Peppa Pig" and "Super Why." When I stumbled upon Kidoodle.TV, a subscription service app for kids, I knew I wanted to give it a try. My daughter doesn't watch a lot of television, but when she does, I'd love to offer her a variety of options.

Kidoodle.TV is a family-friendly,...

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Summer crafts for kids at Michaels

Michaels craft store is hosting a summer crafting

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Now that the school year is winding down, you may be looking for fun things to do with the kids before summer camp. Recently, Michaels craft stores kicked off its annual in-store program, inviting kids to explore culture through crafts.

This year's seven-week program is called the Passport to Imagination. Michaels teamed up with seven of North America's top museums to create projects inspired...

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The Wiggles are coming to NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The Wiggles will be performing at NYCB Theatre

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The Wiggles are back on tour this fall and are making a stop at NYCB Theatre at Westbury in October. If your kids are ready to dance and sing along, you can purchase tickets now.

Anthony (Blue Wiggle), Emma (Yellow Wiggle), Simon (Red Wiggle) and Lachy (Purple Wiggle) will be celebrating the release of their new CD and DVD, "Apples and Bananas," which will be available August 26, as well as...

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Camp out in your own backyard on Saturday

Saturday, June 28, is the National Wildlife Federation's

(Credit: Great American Backyard Campout / Katherine J. Stanfield)

If you’ve ever had the urge to pitch a tent and spend the night in your backyard with your kids, now you’ve got the perfect excuse to do it: Saturday, June 28, is the National Wildlife Federation’s 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout.

More than 4,000 people have registered so far in most of the 50 states. The annual event encourages families to reconnect with nature.

 “From...

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'Bionic pancreas' offers glimmer of hope for parents of a diabetic

This undated product image provided by Boston University

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As a parent of a Type 1 diabetic child, I hope and wait for a “miracle cure” for my daughter and others like her who manage the chronic disease daily.

Two words in recent news — “bionic pancreas” — brought the latest glimmer of hope for what a number of us in the T1D community pray would be the closest thing to a cure. Boston researchers said they had successfully tested the bionic pancreas,...

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Books for college grads and their parents

College graduates should check out "Living On Your

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If your college graduate is one of those lucky ones who can afford his own living space, you might want to give him "Living On Your Own: The Complete Guide to Setting Up Your Money, Your Space, and Your Life," by Pierre A. Lehu (Quill Driver Books, $18.95). It has hundreds of tips on setting up a household, getting quite specific on items such as how to clean a toilet, basic tools to have in the...

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