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So many books cross my desk. Here are two recent titles that so captured my 10-year-old son’s attention that he read them in one long sitting each:
-It wasn’t that author Sarah Albee also penned “Poop Happened! History of the World from the Bottom Up,” although that street cred helped. No, her recent new book “Bugged: How Insects Changed History” (Walker & Company, $17.99) engaged my son...Read more »
A homecoming dance was recently canceled at a high school in Vermont. The reason? Twerking. The principal and dean of students blamed Miley Cyrus for the provocative dance trend and why they called off the dance.
According to The Washington Post, Mount Anthony Union High School's principal, Sue Maguire, and the dean of students, David Beriau, explained that they wanted to "try to engage the...Read more »
Port Washington children’s book author Beth Ain is launching the newest chapter book in her Starring Jules series, “Starring Jules (The Third Grade Debut),” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington.(TheDolphinBookshop.com, 516-767-2650).
The series was named in the "Best New Series" category of Parents Magazine's 10 Best Books of 2013. The first book, "Starring...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From fall festivals and ship walking tours to a book signing and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities during the weekend:
Party in the Park at Blumenfeld Family Park (Main Street, Port Washington). Carnival atmosphere featuring trackless train rides, games, face painting,...Read more »
Hearing his parents’ voices for the first time led to an amazing moment for a 7-week-old baby.
As he’s fitted with hearing aids for the first time, baby Lachlan’s face says it all. Captured in a YouTube video, Lachlan squeals from the initial discomfort and shock — but then he hears his parents’ voices. His eyes widen, and a smile begins to grow across his tiny face.
“His reaction when...Read more »
My son started the sixth grade, so the following email recently caught my eye: “5 Essential Issues to Discuss with Your Tween or Teen.”
The tips are culled from Jay Scott Fitter, a family therapist based in California who advocates that showing respect for your children will help make you a better parent. Fitter, the author of the self-published 2010 hardcover book “Respect Your Children:...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious make-ahead breakfast treat. I found the recipe on FamilyFunMag.com.
Jam-Filled Scones(Makes 8 servings)
Ingredients- 2 cups flour- 3 tablespoons sugar- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon salt- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter- 1 egg- 1/2 cup milk- 1/4 cup berry jam- Egg wash...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout September to help you plan a fun-filled day.
"Winnie the Pooh" at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) on Saturday, Sept. 20 and...Read more »
You can call this baby the “Fonzie fetus.”
A baby was caught flashing a thumbs-up in an ultrasound taken last week, and since then that little gesture has gone viral in a big way.
Uploaded by the father, Brandon Hopkins, to Facebook after the ultrasound, the image then made its way to Reddit, thanks to his brother, HLN-TV reported.
“Recent ultrasound result looks...Read more »
Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in the Disney movie “Frozen,” hosts a new ABC special from 8 to 9 Tuesday, Sept. 2, on the making of the animated hit. During “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” viewers will hear from Gad, Kristen Bell (voice of Anna), Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa), and the "Frozen" filmmaking team.
Viewers will see the Norwegian villages and landscapes that...Read more »