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Beth Whitehouse is Newsday's parenting writer covering everything parents think about, talk about and do on Long Island. Her blended family includes Teen Son, Teen Stepdaughter and Hubby, whom she married in 2009, as well as cat Milo and guinea pig Wallace.
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. To help you get into the holiday, we found a few family-friendly events this weekend:
Decorate your own Blarney stone, anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. Free with museum admission of $12, $11 for seniors and free for younger than 1. 516-224-5800; licm.org.
Build a Leprechaun...Read more »
TV remotes. Key rings. A mirror. A dancing blue pig. A stuffed chicken. Rattles. Smartphones. And, by far the parental favorite -- yellow canisters of Gerber Graduates Puffs.
These are items parents used as bait to try to lure their babies down their race lanes at the first Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove on Sunday. It was hard to tell which was funnier -- the crawling babies,...Read more »
Wendy’s newest slogan: Doing good never tasted so good.
Through mid-April, customers can buy a Frosty Key Tag for $1 while supplies last, which will get them a free Jr. Frosty every time they present the tag with their purchase through Aug. 31. There’s a limit of one free Jr. Frosty per customer per purchase.
All sales of the Frosty Key Tag benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,...Read more »
Babies, start your engines.
Smith Haven Mall is having its first Diaper Derby competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Center Court. Crawlers under the age of 12 months who aren’t walking yet are eligible to compete. The fastest crawlers will win first, second and third place trophies and prizes.
The event will be hosted by Dana and Jayson from WBLI in the Morning. It’s free...Read more »
What's the first thing you think of when you hear "Jane Fonda"? It's probably not "adolescent sexuality expert."
Yet the 76-year-old actress says she spent several years researching and writing "Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More" (Random House, $17), which hits bookstore shelves this week.
"I have a...Read more »
Many U.S. preschoolers ages 3 to 5 know how to play a computer game before having achieved developmental milestones such as tying their shoes unaided or reciting their home phone number by heart, according to a new study by AVG Technologies.
The survey showed that of U.S. preschoolers, 14 percent can tie their shoes unaided, 26 percent know their home phone number, but 75 percent can play...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 »