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Did you know that a pig was once tried for murder? Or that one man’s head is so strong that he can use it to balance a 363-pound quad bike? Or that Norway recognizes the videogame Dance Dance Revolution as an official sport?
Neither did I, nor my son, until some new releases from National Geographic Kids arrived on my desk.
We couldn’t put down the four colorful books, all aimed at children...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious, easy-to-prepare dinner dish. I found the recipe in "KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious and Family-Friendly Dishes" by teen star Reed Alexander (Rodale Books; $21.99).
Pasta Primavera (Makes 4 servings)
Ingredients - 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick...Read more »
A South Dakota mom has grabbed national attention for writing a provocative blog post speaking out against overprotective parenting.
Stephanie Metz, a 29-year-old mother to sons Hendrix, 4, and Jameson, 2, was inspired to write the post after her 4-year-old opted to choose a different toy for show-and-tell because he thought his initial pick could be mistaken for a gun.
Metz was outraged...Read more »
For my 9-year-old son, our pet lizard’s been as important a member of our household as a dog or cat, both of which allergies prevent us from getting. Roughie, a bearded dragon, may as well be Harrison’s brother, my son, my husband’s son and my mother’s other grandchild.
For Halloween, Roughie won a costume contest at the pet store, taking first place in the reptile round. Harrison and I teamed...Read more »
If you watch “Doctor Who,” you’ll know the Ood — the aliens with flaps of skin on their faces that look like fleshy noodles. They revolt me. My 9-year-old finds this fact endlessly amusing.
Then one morning over a diner breakfast as he imitated various characters from the British sci-fi show, he asked what I would do if an Ood suddenly appeared before me.
“I’d turn my back,” I said,...Read more »
If you’ve seen any of the “Star Wars” pop-up books over the years, you’re familiar with the work of artist Matthew Reinhart. He’s now outdone himself with “Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe” (Little, Brown, $37).
Just out, the book delves into the Transformer world of alien robots but here they leap off the pages. My 9-year-old especially enjoyed pulling a tab to transform a bulbous...Read more »
I’m a bad mama.
That’s what I thought as I entered my neighborhood theater for a certain matinee with my 9-year-old son in tow. Thankfully, the place was empty. I was embarrassed enough without mothers in town seeing me there.
“I feel guilty about this,” I told the clerks behind the cash register, “but I’d like two tickets to ‘Bad Grandpa.’”
That’s “Bad Grandpa” as in the latest...Read more »
Monday is Veterans Day, and that means that the kids are off from school. Here are five fun events to keep your family entertained all day long:
1. A Letter to My Hero at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can help honor America's heroes by sending them letters of thanks. Appropriate for all ages. Price: Free with museum admission.
2. School's...Read more »
Randi Zuckerberg is the former marketing director of Facebook, and the sister of its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, which is why the topic of her latest venture -- a children's book -- may surprise you. In Zuckerberg's writing debut, entitled "Dot," she tells the story a little girl who is way too obsessed with social media and technology. Dot may love tapping on her tablet, but by book's end,...Read more »
It's that time of year again. There might still be Halloween candy in your kitchen and a turkey in your freezer, but the holiday season and the start of Toys R Us' annual Toys for Tots campaign are upon us.
The toy giant, along with celeb spokesman Shaquille O'Neil (going by the affable holiday nickname "Shaq-A-Claus"), is asking kids and parents everywhere to give the less fortunate...Read more »