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Smartphones may cause distracted parenting

A Boston Medical Center study found a third

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You've heard of distracted driving, and smartphones now may be to blame for distracted parenting, a new study says.

Researchers from Boston Medical Center followed random families in 15 local fast food restaurants and observed the interactions between family members, noting in particular the reactions children had when a parent swiped through their smartphones.

The study, published in...

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Nearly 60 babies compete in Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall

Lauren Marra, from Commack, lifts up first-place crawler

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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,...

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Unlimited Wendy's Jr. Frostys for $1

Wendy's offers a special deal on its Jr.

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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,...

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'Kendra on Top' star Hank Baskett on family, fatherhood and more

"Kendra on Top" star Hank Baskett talked to

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"Kendra On Top" star Hank Baskett is “honored and blessed” to host the 1st Annual Every Thing For Dads Convention on March 15 in Sarasota, Fla. The convention will be the launch of a long-term grassroots movement designed to raise awareness of the increasing need for dads to be involved in parenting and for their role to respected and recognized in the parenting process.

The...

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Butter! Minecraft is being turned into a movie

Mark Karasz (right), 13, of Mineola demonstrates his

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I could fall down a flight of stairs, and however curious and caring my son might be, he might barely ask if I’m OK. That’s usually when he’s in a Minecraft fog, playing intensely on his laptop or iPod Touch.

But this wasn’t the case when I told him last week that a Minecraft movie is coming out.

“Cool!” he said. Then the “stack” of questions came (for those of you not paying attention...

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A 'Frozen' parody: 'Let It Go' sung by a dad

After hearing his wife and kids sing "Let

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Parents and kids may be singing the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen," but one dad has had enough. 

To prove his point, Joshua Elson, a self-proclaimed "Frozen" fan, decided to recreate the lyrics with friends after hearing his wife and kids sing the hit song "mornings, nights and in between." The video, posted to YouTube by Scott S. Kramer, received almost 80,000...

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Kids' activities at flower and garden shows on Long Island

The Flower and Garden Show at Dees' Nursery

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Although the weather outside is still frightful, it doesn't mean we can't start planning for the spring season. And there's no better way to get into the spirit than with the flower and garden shows on Long Island that kick off this weekend.

The good news is, while you're checking out the flowers and collecting gardening tips, your kids will have a blast with all of the family-friendly activities....

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Ringling Bros., scavenger hunts and more

Alexander Lacey and his big cats are featured

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus to scavenger hunts and crafts, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank) Families...

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Infant baby 'works out' with Dad in viral video

Michael Stansbury of Lakeland, Tennessee posted "The Lilly

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Planks and push-ups? Eh, not so cute. Watching a 7-month-old 'work out' with Dad? Adorable!

Michael Stansbury, a father of four from Lakeland, Tenn., recently posted a video on YouTube titled "The Lilly Ann Workout." As of today, the tot's workout has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Today Moms reported that Stansbury's wife, Deidra, was doing a workout DVD when Lilly Ann started...

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Babies compete in Diaper Derby at Smith Haven Mall

A Diaper Derby comes to the Smith Haven

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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...

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