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It's the little moments that make parenthood great

I'm feeling a sense of pride as I

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Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m in a slightly zany commercial where Mom finds herself befuddled by behavior around her.

I recently left my almost-11-year-old son at home by himself to run to the store. When I returned, I saw him through a window of the house sitting quietly on the couch. I assumed he was on his iPod Touch. As I approached, I realized that the television wasn’t on, the Wii...

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'Henry Danger' and 'Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn' premiere on Nickelodeon

"Henry Danger" premieres on Nickelodeon on Saturday, Sept.

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Get the popcorn ready. Two new shows will be premiering tonight on Nickelodeon.

"Henry Danger" follows the adventure of Henry Hart, who gets selected by the legendary superhero Captain Man to be his new sidekick, “Kid Danger.” Henry's new identity is a secret from his friends and family, and he must navigate a double life by balancing the challenges of the eighth grade with the crazy adventures...

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More schools embracing 'Meatless Mondays'

Some schools are embracing Meatless Mondays.

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"Where's the beef?" Not at some school cafeterias on Mondays throughout the country.

Cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and other animal-based proteins will be taking a backseat as more schools embrace "Meatless Mondays." Schools in California, Maryland, Texas and even Long Island are replacing traditional, kid-friendly staples with tofu and other vegetarian foods.

As Newsday reported earlier...

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Sea Cliff teen featured on the Disney Channel

Dylan Brady, of Sea Cliff, will be featured

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A Sea Cliff teenager will be featured on the Disney Channel's "Make Your Mark" series Friday.

Teased by classmates because of tics caused by Tourette syndrome, Dylan Brady decided to take a stand. Diagnosed at age 4, Brady, now 15, helps to inform and enlighten others about the disorder as a youth ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association. While attending high school and pursuing his...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Family fall festivals and more

The Hallockville Fall Festival and Crafts show will

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and history walking tours to insects, art and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:

Long Island Family Festival at Tanner Park (Kerrigan Road, off Montauk Highway, Copiague). Music, carnival rides, food, activities for kids, pet expo...

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Enter the Stony Brook LEGO contest with your family

Last year's winner of the Lego Building Contest

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Spend some quality family time creating a Lego masterpiece for the 2nd Annual LEGO Building Contest and Exhibit at Stony Brook Village Center. Contestants must submit an entry form by Friday to secure a spot, but teams have until Sept. 26 to drop off their creations.

The entry fee is $20. The exhibit runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 26 at  Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Educational...

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Feeding the kids: Slow-cooker whole-grain breakfast cereal

The slow-cooker whole-grain breakfast cereal 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 healthy, make-ahead breakfast cereal, perfect for National Breakfast Month. I found the recipe in the Food Kitchen on FoodNetwork.com.

Slow-Cooker Whole-Grain Breakfast Cereal(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

Ingredients- ¾ cup dehulled whole barley- ¾ cup steel-cut oats- ½ cup cornmeal (not...

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Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K at Eisenhower Park

The Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K will be

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Calling all moms: Whether you're a runner or a walker, you may want to sign up for the Fit and Healthy Mamas 5K at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Saturday.

The third annual event celebrates and honors moms for all they do and sets out to serve as a reminder to make their health a priority. Runners, walkers and moms with strollers are welcome to participate. While this is a women-only race,...

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How I coped with my son's hospital visit

The worst case for my son was meningitis.

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I wasn’t sure how I would go on as I stood over my son’s bed in the emergency room. These are the mad thoughts that can consume a parent when forced to imagine the unimaginable, think the unthinkable.

Harrison lay in a weakened state – a life-threatening state? -- in the darkness created by the hospital track curtains. He had been sent to Huntington Hospital earlier in the day by his pediatrician....

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How sweet the start of school can be

A cake for Harisson for kids' blog. (September

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No matter how ratty the first day of school is, it is guaranteed to have a sweet end at our house.

And it did this week when my 10-year-old received a slice of cake after dinner to celebrate sixth-grader-dom. The vanilla cake with white icing, bought in a hurry at the supermarket and stashed in the fridge before I had to rush to work, said in blue: “Congrats, Harrison.”

It’s been a tradition...

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