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There were hundreds of toys unveiled at The Toy Industry Association's (TIA) 2014 International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan this week. Many products, games, electronics and other playthings are already creating a buzz.
"Whether kids are building with classic blocks, designing their own dolls, playing in virtual worlds or 'mashing up' play patterns, toymakers are giving...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly-food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a new twist on the classic cheeseburger. I found the recipe in "Delicious Disney Just for Kids," by the Disney Chefs with Pam Brandon (Disney Editions; $14.95).
Cheeseburger Calzones(Makes 8 calzones)
For the meatballs:- 12 ounces ground beef- 1/2 cup Italian-style...Read more »
Instead of arguing about homework and chores, Jennifer Paquette, formerly from Smithtown, and her teenage son, Nicholas Perrotti, banter about dialogue and grammar. On weekends, the pair spend time discussing characters, plot development and more for a mythology series they are writing together.
"The Awakening of Agnostos" (Write More Publications; $9.95), written by Paquette and her then-14-year-old...Read more »
As the first female Iron Chef on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and a mother of four children, Cat Cora knows a thing or two about healthy eating.
Along with multiple Food Network TV shows, the Santa Barbara, Calif. resident is a successful restaurateur with five restaurants, including one in Singapore, and author of three cookbooks and one children's book. She also has a signature shoe...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 »
Most schools are closed on Monday for Presidents Day, which kicks off the weeklong winter break. So if you're sticking around town for the long weekend, here are a few things to do on Presidents Day, including family friendly performances, crafts, indoor play, free events and more.
1. Celebrate the Winter Olympics at the Maritime Explorium (101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson). Kids can...Read more »
Harrison and I are taking a Long Island road trip. For the President’s Week break, he and I will heading out east and doing whatever we feel like doing along the way and back. I was lucky enough to take the time off from work; my husband, not so much. So this will be a special break with the boy, who has delighted in hearing that we would be driving the long way there and that it might take a couple...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 »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Harlem Globetrotters to Disney performances, crafts and more, there are plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Harlem Globetrotters at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale). The Harlem Globetrotters give fans the chance to decide which rules...Read more »
Haven’t had sex lately? You’re not alone: Thirty two percent of moms report going at least a few years without making love, according to a Family Circle survey.
That's not the only thing moms confessed. The majority of mothers polled (56 percent) say they drink too much too often and nearly one in five (18 percent) report they drink to excess about once a month to "let their hair down." Although...Read more »