Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas
College women who spent 20 minutes in a laboratory looking at their Facebook page demonstrated weight and shape concerns that could increase their risk for developing an eating disorder, according to a study led by researchers at Florida State University.
Women who placed greater importance on receiving comments and “likes” on their status updates and were more likely to untag photos of themselves...Read more »
Five children’s books have been selected as finalists in the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award competition. The award, given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo., recognizes excellence in children’s book illustration with a focus on wildlife and nature.
The finalists include “Cheer Up, Mouse!” written and illustrated by Jed Henry, “Frog Song,” illustrated by Gennady...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
The "mommy wars" continue, and this week, Gwyneth Paltrow is in the hot seat for comments she made about parenting.
In an interview with E! News, Paltrow said she believes parenting is more difficult for a movie star than for a typical working mom with a 9-5 office job. The 41-year-old actress said:
"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know,...Read more »
Children's book author Artie Bennett will be signing his new book, "Peter Panda Melts Down!" in Manhasset on Sunday.
Hailed as the "Dr. Seuss of your caboose," Bennett will also be reading his two other picture books"Poopendous!" and "The Butt Book."
"Peter Panda Melts Down!" follows Peter, a 3-year-old who throws tantrums -- in the car, in the library and in the supermarket -- when...Read more »
Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.
The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to Ocean Week and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
'The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites' at Tilles Center (Route 25A, Brookville). Three performances for children ages 3 and up include...Read more »
An “autism-friendly” performance of “Aesop’s Fables” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday at The Long Island Children’s Museum Theater, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. The live performance has been adapted to create a supportive environment that addresses the needs of those on the autism spectrum and with other sensory sensitivities, according to the museum.
Sound and light levels will be modulated...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious cake, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a sweet dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99).
Strawberry Cream Brunch Cake(Makes 16 servings)
Ingredients(For filling)- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened- 1/4 cup sugar- 2 tablespoons...Read more »