Long Island Parent Talk
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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Well, this Christmas card is going to be tough to beat.
This year the Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., gave the typical Christmas letter a huge makeover when they recorded their family updates in a fun holiday video entitled "#XMAS JAMMIES."
Dad Penn, wife Kim, 6-year-old Lola and 4-year-old Penn sport matching festive PJs in the now viral video as they sing along to their...Read more »
There are few things that make a child happier than opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and, while it's easy to get caught up in the excitement, it's important to stay safe, too.
A new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission noted that there were about 192,000 toy-related injuries reported last year.
To make sure your family stays safe this holiday season, check out this...Read more »
Moms polled say youth sports have caused marital and family battles and poor job performance, due to practice and game schedules as well as the pressure on kids to perform, according to a recent study commissioned by i9 Sports, a youth sports league franchise.
The i9 franchise strives to make youth sports more fun and less stressful for parents by running sports teams that play just once a...Read more »
Nearly one-third of parents say they will spend less money on toys this Christmas, a new survey by Harris Interactive has revealed.
According to the poll, which surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults, 50 percent of people ages 18 and up said that they would be purchasing toys this holiday season. Of that 50 percent, 32 percent said they would be spending less on those toys than they did last year,...Read more »
Keep your family safe from holiday hazards with this safety checklist from AFC Doctors Express walk-in medical centers:
Be careful with packaging --Sometimes, people become so frustrated with hard plastic wrapping around toys and electronics that they cut themselves on the sharp-edged packaging or with scissors, tools or knives when trying to pry the packages open. An average 6,000 people...Read more »
In an age of technology, instant gratification and an "I want more" mentality, it's easy to believe that today's generation of kids would mostly value material things, but a recent survey by Nickelodeon actually showed the opposite.
According to the study, the majority of kids ages 9 and under believe that being nice, smart and funny are more important than having the best clothes...Read more »
The teacher sent a midday email to me the other day. I knew when I saw her name appear in the inbox that it wouldn’t be good news.
My 10-year-old refused to do a math lesson about partial quotients because, she said, he “did not like this method.” I learned later that he was defiant in the classroom, claiming that the new Common Core Standards are “pointless.”
When he got home after...Read more »
The Selden Fire Department is hosting a special breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Head to Selden's Fire Headquarters (44 Woodmere Place, Selden) at 8 a.m., where families can enjoy breakfast and fun photo ops with Santa himself-- so make sure to bring your camera.
A donation of $7 is encouraged and proceeds will go toward funding fire department operations. Donations will also...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From making gingerbread houses to seeing holiday performances and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
Gingerbread House Workshop at Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m....Read more »
With a certain interpreter causing a lot of controversy this week, it's nice to see one that definitely has it together (and is totally adorable to boot).
A video of 5-year-old Claire Koch signing the words to the songs at her holiday concert is getting lots of attention on YouTube.
As her classmates show off some cute holiday choreography to classics like "Jingle Bells" and...Read more »