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Beth Whitehouse

Beth Whitehouse is Newsday's parenting writer covering everything parents think about, talk about and do on Long Island. Her blended family includes Teen Son, Teen Stepdaughter and Hubby, whom she married in 2009, as well as cat Milo and guinea pig Wallace.

Support group for depressed new moms and moms-to-be

Depressed mother cuddling her newborn baby.

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Moms or moms-to-be who feel they are experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (formerly known as postpartum depression) can attend a free support group that starts April 22 in Babylon.

The “Mother’s Circle of Hope” group helps moms with this condition, which affects one of eight pregnant women and one of every five to seven mothers in the first year after giving birth, says nurse...

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Alicia Silverstone launches new pregnancy book in Huntington

Actress Alicia Silverstone's new pregnancy guide is "The

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Actress Alicia Silverstone will talk about her brand-new pregnancy guide, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale, $23.99), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. The book launches Tuesday.

The subtitle is quite a mouthful: “A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.” If the book is able to deliver...

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New craft books for kids

Former "Parents" magazine lifestyle director Amanda Kingloff has

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With public school spring breaks coming up next week, children across Long Island will be looking to fill their free time. Here are new craft books for kids:

In "Box! Castles, Kitchens and Other Cardboard Creations for Kids" (Lyons Press, $18.95), "Sesame Street" puppeteer Noel MacNeal embraces the magic of an empty box. Dozens of projects use cereal and packing boxes, even milk cartons. Creations...

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Kids, teens audition Saturday for LI variety show

Auditions for the fifth "Got Talent? Long Island,"

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Auditions for the fifth “Got Talent? Long Island,” a competition for performers 18 and younger, happen from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Center for Performing Arts, 310 New York Ave. Another audition is April 27 at Hofstra University.

Comedians, dancers, musicians, singer-songwriters, poets, magicians and others who think they have talent are encouraged to audition. Bands must...

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LI schools participate in 'Day of Silence' in support of LGBT people

Students participating in the "Day of Silence" wear

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It’s about 2:10 p.m. and scores of middle school students gather in silence in the Jericho Middle School library. “Don’t talk! Don’t talk until after the scream,” teacher Elisa Waters reminds the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders as they file in and form a circle.

Then, on the command of Waters – and in the presence of the school principal – the kids let out a raucous scream that goes on...

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GoldieBlox hopes for another viral video encouraging girl engineers

GoldieBlox hoping for another video hit.

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GoldieBlox – the California-based company geared toward getting girls from ages 4 to 9 interested in engineering – is out with another video it’s hoping will go viral.

The company had phenomenal success with the video it launched in November, which featured a Rube Goldberg-style Princess machine built by girls bored with the toys such as princesses and dolls offered in “the pink aisle.” It’s...

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Survey: Baby's name can affect future lovelife

When you name your baby, consider that the

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I suppose I need to thank my parents, who named me after my paternal great-grandmother Bertha but chose to use the first letter of her name to do so.

Because apparently being named Bertha would have negatively affected my love life, according to a survey conducted by BabyNames.com.

“Names do have an effect on choosing a mate,” Jennifer Moss, founder of the site, said in a news release.


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'Arthur' characters star in new kids' health website

Characters from the TV show "Arthur" play a

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Characters from the kids TV show “Arthur” star in a new Arthur Family Health website, aiming to make topics such as food allergies, nutrition and fitness understandable for children.

Binky, for instance, has a peanut allergy, and his segment features printable activities and an interactive quiz. The segment on nutrition shows how Arthur, D.W., and their friends struggle to maintain a healthy...

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5 young adult authors speak at The Dolphin Bookshop

East Meadow author Matt Blackstone, who wrote the

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Matt Blackstone has been dinged before.

He's hoping it won't happen again tomorrow, when the East Meadow author of the new young adult novel "Sorry You're Lost" participates in another "Tween and Teen Author 90-Second Read Event" at The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington.

Five authors of books for young adults are given a series of topics, such as "embarrassing parental moment" or "fury."...

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Study says babies can't learn to read

Babies aren't capable of learning to read, according

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As much as parents might want to give their kids a leg up in education, there’s only so much a baby can learn. For instance, they can’t learn to read, according to a study by researchers at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

The researchers examined 117 children ages 9 to 18 months, splitting them into two groups. One group received baby media...

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