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You've heard of distracted driving, and smartphones now may be to blame for distracted parenting, a new study says.
Researchers from Boston Medical Center followed random families in 15 local fast food restaurants and observed the interactions between family members, noting in particular the reactions children had when a parent swiped through their smartphones.
The study, published in...Read more »
Instead of arguing about homework and chores, Jennifer Paquette, formerly from Smithtown, and her teenage son, Nicholas Perrotti, banter about dialogue and grammar. On weekends, the pair spend time discussing characters, plot development and more for a mythology series they are writing together.
"The Awakening of Agnostos" (Write More Publications; $9.95), written by Paquette and her then-14-year-old...Read more »
Love is a big topic of conversation around Valentine’s Day, and the meaning of crushes and dating and romance are topics that parents should discuss with their kids at age-appropriate levels, says a Purdue University child development expert.
There will be awkward moments in kids’ explorations of love, Judith Myers-Walls, professor emeritus of child development, says in a press release. “It...Read more »
Today's Millennial Mom is resilient, resourceful and optimistic. And according to BabyCenter -- a pregnancy and parenting mobile and Web destination -- Millennial Moms challenge generational stereotypes that include a backlash to helicopter parenting and the rise of entrepreneurs.
The 2014 Millennial Mom Report, the latest installment in BabyCenter's 21st Century Mom Insights Series, profiled...Read more »
Choosing a day care for your child is likely one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. Whether you choose a small or large child-care facility or a family center, one thing's certain: You'll want to make sure the day care meets the highest standard of care.
Between work, chores and taking care of the kids, finding time to research the best day care center for your child...Read more »
The term “role model” is too often used in pro sports, but if ever a pro athlete fit the bill, it might be Derrick Coleman.
The Seattle Seahawks running back, whose moving story was the subject of a Duracell ad (see the video below) viewed more than 19 million times on YouTube, has become an Internet sensation for being the first deaf NFL player to play in the Super Bowl.
Although he...Read more »
Head to your local Olive Garden on Feb. 7 and the Italian dining chain will pick up the baby-sitting tab as part of their "Parents Night Out" campaign.
Olive Garden and My Gym, a children's fitness franchise, teamed up to give parents a break while their kids enjoy an evening of free games and activities.
Here's how it works: At 6 p.m., drop off your registered child/children at a participating...Read more »
Parents take note: One in three teens will experience some form of dating abuse.
Sadly, as prevalent as it is, three in four parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
Talking about this often hidden issue is the first step to ending it, so to get the conversation rolling, "NO MORE Silence: It's Time to Talk Day," a nationwide day of conversations and awareness...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 »
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 »