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Sleep-deprived children can blame parents like me

A young sleepy boy.

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The TV is blaring a “Real Housewives” show of one kind or another. My son’s friend keeps calling to meet him in Minecraft. My husband’s got hours of work ahead of him but he is checking over Harrison’s homework first. The washing machine’s chugging. The pork chops are sizzling in the pan. I am emailing, Facebooking, tweeting, texting and trying to pick up dirty dishes and other Things Where They...

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School should be ashamed of 'My Little Pony' bullying solution

Nine-year-old Grayson Bruce is bullied at his North

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Pass me the dunce cap -- I have a school district that really deserves to wear it.

An elementary school in North Carolina told a 9-year-old boy who was being bullied because he carried a “My Little Pony” backpack – featuring a character from a TV show stereotypically seen as a girl’s domain – that he could no longer bring the bag to school.

That’s the way they solved the bullying problem?

This...

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Feeding the kids: Fish tacos with lime sauce

The fish tacos recipe can be found in

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a healthy fish dinner. I found the recipe in “Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods (Better Homes & Gardens; $19.99).

Fish Tacos with Lime Sauce

Ingredients- 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless tilapia fillets- 2 small carrots- 1 cup packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw...

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MommaCon parenting expo on Long Island

Businesses such as Music Together and Not Just

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More than 150 companies catering to North Shore Long Island families are set to gather Sunday at LIU Post in Brookville for the first MommaCon expo.

"It's like a trade show," says co-founder Jeannine Henvey, a Huntington mom of three. Vendors in booths will exhibit birthday party venues, summer camps, dancing schools and more. Businesses such as Music Together and Not Just Art of Oyster Bay...

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Stop hatin' on Barbie

Olympic Ice Skater Barbie, one of the older

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I grimaced when I saw Girl Scouts holding up Barbie dolls on TV the other day, my son nodding in approval of my distaste. Two groups — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — want Girl Scouts of the USA to end a partnership with Mattel that puts Barbie patches on uniforms and Barbie activity books in their hands.

And then after the segment, the...

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Toddler time at Long Island trampoline parks

Toddler Time at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset

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Parents of toddlers can rest easy at the new indoor trampoline parks that are popping up throughout Long Island.

Many feature toddler time sessions for kids ages 1-6 so that they can jump and play without parents having to worry about older kids or excessive noise. Here are the details:

Bounce! Trampoline Sports (310 Michael Dr., Syosset) features toddler sessions on Tuesdays at 11 a.m....

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Alicia Keys releases new app for kids

Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys launched a new

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Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys recently launched a new interactive app for kids. "Mama Mae: Mookey by Alicia Keys" is the latest installment in the "Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee" children's story franchise.

The singer-songwriter and mother of son Egypt (with hip-hop artist husband Swizz Beatz) teamed up with Jessica Walton and Bento Box Interactive to develop a series of storytelling...

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The Peter Lanza interview: Wishing a child had never been born

Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter

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It would be easy to damn Peter Lanza for saying that he wishes his son had never been born, as he did in an interview published this week in The New Yorker. Not only did his son Adam kill 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he terrorized them. All I can imagine is how victims looked in the seconds before taking their last breath as they heard and saw Lanza gunning...

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Dad writes Minecraft book to explain life lesson to son

Invasion of the Overworld: A Minecraft Novel by

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Mark Cheverton’s then-8-year-old, Jack, learned about bullying where it really hurt — Minecraft. The online game gave the quiet child a place where he could feel like an expert, where he could teach dad, a physics and math teacher, everything from creating a server to building a cannon that shoots TNT.

He spent hours creating a world with his friends, and then someone came along and destroyed...

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Blogging can be a rewarding experience for teens

Blogging for teenager "can be incredibly rewarding," says

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That teens might care to blog and share their views in more than 140 characters might surprise some parents, as I was when my 17-year-old announced she had started a blog. After all, blogging — writing and posting online commentaries, short or long, on any topic from fashion to politics or life in general — requires more effort and consistency than just updating a Facebook status, sharing snaps...

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