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National Learn to Swim Day

National Learn to Swim Day, hosted by Swimways,

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Today marks the third annual National Learn to Swim Day, hosted by Swimways. As the weather heats up, you'll likely be packing up the kids and hitting the local pools, lakes and beaches to cool off. But families should know the importance of learning to swim as well as water safety tips before jumping in.

To help you get started, here are some water safety tips for parents to keep in mind...

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Nick Jr. characters send special birthday calls

By joining the Nick Jr. Birthday Club, kids

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As a parent, you do everything you can to make your children feel like little princes or princesses on their birthday. Now, you can make birthdays extra special with a personalized phone call from their favorite Nick Jr. character -- for free.

Joining the Nick Jr. Birthday Club is a really easy process. Simply enter your child's information such as his/her name, gender, age and birthday. Then,...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: 'Seussical Jr,' frog adventures and more

Pictured here is Marisa Guardino as Cat in

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "Seussical Jr." to frog adventures, beach combing and more, there are plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

"Seussical Jr." at the Smithtown Center for Performing Arts (2 E. Main St., Smithtown). Families can watch a youth performance based on the works...

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Baby DJ class comes to Long Island Sunday

Kids from 3 months to 3 years can

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Baby DJ — a class for kids ages 3 month to 3 years that teaches them about being a DJ — is coming to Long Island for one day only this Sunday.

Kids will push the buttons to create the music, learn about electronic parts such as USB cords, and sing original songs about being a DJ. The 45-minute-long classes are at 11 and 11:45 a.m. at Spin DJ Amityville, 16 Broadway, 631-608-8858 and 1:30 and...

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Feeding the kids: Cheeseburger and fries casserole

The Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun twist on a classic favorite. I found the recipe in “365 Comfort Foods: Inspiring Meals for Every Day of the Year," by the editors of "Better Homes and Gardens" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $19.99).

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole(Makes 6 servings)

Ingredients- 1 1/2 pounds lean...

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Robin Roberts on 'Everybody's Got Something,' her mom and more

This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows Robin

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"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is an inspiration to many. She has spoken publicly about her breast cancer and rare blood disorder, and this year, came out as gay. Her strength, determination and positive outlook influenced many people encountering similar challenges. Her latest achievement is the release of her new book, "Everybody's Got Something" (Grand Central Publishing, $27).


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Organize your playroom in 5 easy steps

Parenting blogger Jamielyn Nye of iHeartNaptime and HomeGoods

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Walk into my house on any given day and you'll be bombarded with toys. My children's “stuff” is not only in their playroom but also in our living room, their bedrooms and even in the backyard. We've started putting away toys that they no longer play with, but that only makes more room for the barrage of other products that are slowly taking over our house.

I know I'm not alone. In fact, parenting...

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LeapFrog unveils new wearable activity tracker for kids

LeapFrog's LeapBand, a wearable fitness tracker for kids,

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The brutally cold winter and many snow days most likely created little couch potatoes. But LeapFrog may have found a way to get your kids moving this summer.

The company recently unveiled its latest product, the LeapBand, a wearable activity tracker for children, that encourages healthy habits through play. Perfect for kids from ages 4 to 7, the high-tech gadget will be available in August,...

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The truth about late night feedings

The 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey found

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More than 90 percent of moms say they take on the majority of late-night feedings, whether their baby is breast or bottle-fed, while their partner sleeps through them, according to the 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey.

In fact, 44 percent of parents suspect their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late night feedings. The truth? More than one-third of dads surveyed (about 38...

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'Grey's Anatomy' star Sarah Drew talks new role in 'Moms' Night Out'

Sarah Drew of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars in

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Sarah Drew, best known for her television roles as Dr. April Kepner on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and Hannah Rogers on "Everwood," recently hit the big screen staring in the new movie "Moms' Night Out." She portrays Allyson, a high-strung mother of three, who is desperate for a night out.

When she's not working, Drew spends time with her husband, Peter Lanfer, and their 2-year-old son, Micah....

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