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Valentine's Day: Kids and chocolate

One of the Valentines Day chocolate offerings at

What little girl doesn’t remember getting that heart-shaped box of Russell Stover chocolates her daddy bought her from the drugstore for Valentine’s Day? At the time, the cheap, yet heartfelt sentiment seemed like a gift fit for a princess. That’s because little girls love their daddies and their chocolate.

Last year, my daughter was too young to have chocolate (The American Academy of Pediatrics...

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Teen shaming -- cyberbullying's latest iteration -- goes viral

"Teen shaming,“ is a form of cyberbullying where

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Cyberbullying’s latest iteration is a phenomenon called “teen shaming.”

“With this type of cyberbullying, photos that were once posted by someone, perhaps in good innocent fun, are being reposted in a very demeaning way . . . with subtle but mean messages or blunt advice” meant to attack another’s self- or body-image, said Florri Krefsky, school social worker for the Lindenhurst School District.

“What...

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Bach to Rock music school opens in Port Washington

Bach to Rock in Port Washington is a

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Back to Rock (B2R) in Port Washington boasts a fun, new way for kids to play instruments and learn music. The music school opened it's doors in January and is the Maryland-based company's first franchised location.

B2R's philosophy is based on the knowledge that children learn best when playing music together. Instructors combine individual lessons with band instruction that includes weekly...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year and more

Kids can make a special valentine on Saturday,

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Valentine's Day crafts and a Chinese New Year Celebration to Mardi Gras fun and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Valentine Paper Making at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove). Kids can make a special Valentine using recycled...

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Parents: Brush up on children's oral health habits

The American Dental Association recognizes February as National

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Since the American Dental Association recognizes February as National Children's Dental Health Month, it's time to for parents to brush up on their children's oral health habits.  

Although cavities are nearly 100 percent preventable, more than one in four American caregivers reported that their children had a cavity filled in the past year, according to the 2013 Delta Dental Children's...

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Feeding the kids: Pecan Granola Bars

The Pecan Granola Bars 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 granola bar, perfect for an afternoon snack. I found the recipe in "Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share," by Lucy Baker (Running Press; $19). 

Pecan Granola Bars (makes 24 bars)

Ingredients -2 cups rolled oats -1 cup shredded unsweetened...

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On stage at the Long Island Children's Museum in February

A contemporary production of "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" by

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A contemporary production of “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” by Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina comes to the Long Island Children’s Museum’s theater in February. In this version, the princess is an overprotected daughter who wants to break away from the castle not only to find true love, but to find her true self. Here are the show details, along with the other shows on the museum theater’s...

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How to stop yelling at your kids

"The Orange Rhino" blog encourages moms to stop

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Sheila’s quest to stop yelling at her kids for an entire year started one day when she was nursing her baby and her three other boys – all 5 or younger – were running around screaming. “I lost it," she said. "Our handyman was in the house, and he heard it. I came out, beet red, and said, ‘Did you hear that?’”

He did. But Sheila realized that the handyman wasn’t the person whose reaction...

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Dining out has its benefits

Sometimes dining out on a busy day has

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My guilty secret is that I take my son out to eat a lot. Probably about once a week.

It’s mostly on a day during the workweek when the thought of even putting a pot of water to boil on the stove makes me want to weep.

Being a single mom means having to do it all myself, but it also means I get to call the shots. So, if I don’t want to cook, we go out.

I love to cook, and my 10-year-old...

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Diaper bag essentials

Diaper Bag Dailies are compact kits that include

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There are many things I've mastered since becoming a mom: multitasking, the art of pretend play, patience. The one thing I still can't grasp is the diaper bag. Leaving the house with a baby requires so much preparation that sometimes things  slip my mind. I'm the mom at the mall who forgot to bring a change of clothes for her daughter who spilled milk all over herself, or who forgot to pack...

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