Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Eric Carle, renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, has teamed up with the best-known picture book illustrators for a new children's book, "What's Your Favorite Animal?" (Henry Holt and Co., $17.99).
Every spread in the book features an artist's favorite animal with a creative answer to the timeless question. Some animals are described with a brief poem, others with personal...Read more »
Music-loving children of all ages have the chance to audition for the Long Island Children's Choir (LICC). The chorus offers children opportunities to experience singing and is designed to enhance their musical education.
There are three choral ensembles in the LICC: Prelude, for grades 1-4; Harmonia, for intermediate and advanced singers in grades 5-12; and Lyric, for advanced singers in...Read more »
Most of us parents would be happy to change the way we talk to our kids if we thought saying something a different way would yield a better result.
Enter a new book called “Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Interpersonal Communication” by psychotherapist Carl Alasko (Tarcher/Penguin, $15.95) that aims to show us how to do just that.
The book isn’t a parenting tome; it deals with...Read more »
Would you pay your kids to eat healthfully? If you're shaking your head no, you may want to reconsider. A recent study from Brigham Young University (BYU) found that giving children a small reward may double their fruit and vegetable consumption.
According to a BYU news release, researchers from BYU and Cornell observed three schools that were adjusting to new school lunch standards requiring...Read more »
Dealing with scrutiny is part of a celebrity's job, from red-carpet looks to parenting choices. Now, Hollywood's tiny tots are in the limelight, with their first names at center stage.
BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting website, asked more than 5,600 moms to weigh in on the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2013.
According to responses, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's name choice,...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From bears and trouts to live performances featuring classic characters, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
All About Bears at Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue). Learn about black, grizzly and polar bears from naturalist Teepee Ted of the Wilderness...Read more »
High-pitched babble and cooing may help infants learn new words faster, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Connecticut examined thousands of 30-second snippets of verbal exchanges between parents and babies. According to a University of Washington news release, "they measured parents' use of a regular speaking voice versus an exaggerated,...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an easy weekday dinner idea. I found the recipe in the "Betty Crocker Cookbook, 11th Edition: Box Tops for Education Special Edition," by Betty Crocker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $29.99).
Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells (Makes 6 servings)
Ingredients - 18 large pasta...Read more »
Chewing gum could be causing your teen’s migraines or headaches, according to a new study out of Tel Aviv University in Israel. The research showed that 87 percent of kids who stopped chewing gum showed improved symptoms and those who later went back to the habit relapsed.
Younger children as well showed a connection between gum chewing habits and headaches, says Dr. Nathan Watemberg of the...Read more »
Breast milk jewelry and birth wreaths were among the top parenting trends last year. Take a look at what moms are buzzing about this year on Babycenter.com:
Postpartum corsets: Celebrity post-baby body stories seem to be fueling a new trend — mom corsets. New moms are very interested in these old-school body shapers to shrink hips and tummies after a baby, even if some of them come with a...Read more »