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National Adoption Day is Nov. 23, and Spence-Chapin is having an informational meeting in Hauppauge for people interested in adopting children who have already been born. Spence-Chapin is a Manhattan-based nonprofit that has been offering adoption services for more than 100 years.
During the free session, which begins at 10:30 a.m., prospective parents will learn about opportunities for adopting...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a savory soup, perfect for a chilly fall day. I found the recipe in "The Soup & Bread Cookbook: 75 Pairings for Simple, Satisfying Meals (Rodale; $23.99).
Curried Pumpkin Soup (Makes 6 servings)
Ingredients - 2 tablespoons butter - 2 teaspoons curry powder - 1 large onion,...Read more »
Today's kids are less physically fit than their parents were when they were young, a new worldwide study has found.
The effort, led by researchers at the University of South Australia and reported by the Associated Press, examined 50 different studies and found that on average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than it did for children three decades ago.
In a world where...Read more »
This week, Toyota launched the TeenDrive365 campaign, an initiative aimed at encouraging parents to adopt safer driving habits in hopes that their kids will follow suit.
According to a study conducted by Toyota and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, parents are believed to be the biggest influence on their teen's driving habits.
“We like to say that driver’s...Read more »
Port Washington author Beth Ain’s series for second through fifth graders, “Starring Jules,” has been chosen in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Books of 2013.
“We do the Ten Best every year because we are huge fans of children’s books. Helping parents sort through the thousands of children’s books that come out every year is a great service...Read more »
The Menurkey – a menorah shaped like a turkey created by a 9-year-old boy from Manhattan – has been a huge hit, his father told Newsday.
“They’ve been selling like crazy,” says Anthony Weintraub, father of Asher. They’ve sold more than 2,000 plaster Menurkeys to celebrate the fact that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlap this year.
Asher Weintraub created a 3-D prototype for the menorah...Read more »
As we enter the darker days of the year, one book may come in handy — “The Wild Weather Book” (Frances Lincoln, $14.95) by environmental educators Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.
The subtitle of the 2013 book describes why parents might want to add it to their parenting library: “Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind and Snow.”
There are 72 “projects,” from making an umbrella den...Read more »
This video of twins clinging to each other during bath-time has more than 9 million views on YouTube.
Once we got past the high water level, realized the babies were safe, and relaxed, we couldn't stop watching -- over and over again.
The sweet clip shows the siblings holding onto one another, as if still in the womb.
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Monday is Mickey Mouse’s 85th birthday. Disney Channel is celebrating by showing this year’s Mickey Mouse cartoons every half-hour beginning at 1:25 p.m., culminating in the 8 p.m. airing of “Potatoland," the first-ever extended episode of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. “Potatoland” is a brand-new short that is longer than the usual 3-1/2 minutes.
“Potatoland” is a seven-minute cartoon...Read more »
I cannot tell you how many women I know refuse to participate in the PTA. Forget about attending a monthly meeting; they won’t make cupcakes, not even from the readymade mix that comes in a box.
“No way,” my friends and acquaintances say in my hometown and elsewhere. “The PTA’s not for me.” They’ve said worse, too, but we won’t go there.
I’ve heard such sentiments not only from lawyers,...Read more »