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How son and I will have 'more fun' in the new year

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Harrison is the most diplomatic person I know. He chooses his words carefully, stepping around anything that might unnecessarily offend.

So when I suggested on New Year’s Eve that we make a resolution “to have more fun,” I knew I touched something inside him.

“You mean like old times?” he asked.

My heart sank, because I knew exactly what he meant.

By old times, he meant those...

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Royal baby trends to follow

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate smile

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Always a fashion icon, Kate Middleton is making us all abuzz with her maternity style as she sports her royal baby bump. 

Dubbed "The Dutchess Effect," Middleton's style is coveted by many Americans. From wrap dresses to sleek coats, her classic yet elegant wardrobe has left many wondering how the Duchess of Cambridge's maternity clothes will influence new moms all over the...

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Flu and young kids: Safe ways to relieve symptoms

Flu season and young kids: Safe ways to

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Flu season is especially bad in the United States this year, and young children with the flu tend to suffer more than others because they can't take over-the-counter medications to help relieve their symptoms.

Cough and cold medications can have serious side effects if taken by young children, including a rapid heart rate and convulsions.

"These medications should never be used...

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Son gets the picture

Nashville, December 2012

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My son earned a new nickname over the holidays: Conviction Boy.

Harrison and I were walking down Nashville’s loud and boisterous Broadway on a recent Friday night, as live music and even livelier revelers spilled on to the neon-lit sidewalks, when we passed a young girl playing drums on the ice-cold concrete. Her brother sat next to her on one side and her mother on her other.

We both...

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Top Latino baby names of 2012 announced

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BabyCenter en Español has announced the top 100 baby names for Latino parents in 2012: Sofía for girls and Santiago for boys have stayed in the top spot for the sixth consecutive year.

Making the girls list for the first time are María José and Jimena (Ximena), both names of players on the “Pequenos Gigantes” (Little Giants) Latino children's-talent reality show broadcast in the United States...

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Teen charged with drugging parents to use web

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My first clue that something was up would have been the fact that my teenager voluntarily went out of his way to buy me a milkshake.

ABC News reported that a California teenager who was annoyed that her parents wouldn’t let her surf the Web after 10 p.m. allegedly bought her parents milkshakes and spiked them with a friend’s prescription sleeping medicine. Mom and Dad fell asleep and she went...

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Oscar poll: Vote for your favorite animated film of 2012


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It's award season, and if you're like me, you may not have had the time to see any of the movies up for best picture. With a little one at home, it's not easy finding time to get to the movies, let alone finding a babysitter. But if you have children, I'd be willing to bet you've caught at least one of the films up for best animated feature. 

My daughter is still too young to sit...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Disney on Ice, Jack Hanna, rubber duckies, science and more

Disney on Ice presents "Treasure Trove" at Nassau

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Disney on Ice and Jack Hanna Live to a Rubber Ducky Party, a musical comedy and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale). Mickey, Minnie and all your...

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Jewish performer Mama Doni performs in East Hills

Pictured here is Mama Doni, family show performer,

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Jewish performer Mama Doni will perform an acoustic family concert called "Mama Doni Gets Cooking" and sign her new book, "Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin' Mama Doni Celebration" (Behrman House Publishing, $19.95) at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills.

Her book includes recipes such as Matzah...

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Feeding the kids: Classic Apple Tart

This classic apple tart recipe can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose an easy apple tart. I found the recipe in "Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week," by Melissa d' Arabian (Clarkson Potter; $24.99).

Classic Apple Tart (Makes one 9- or 9 1/2-inch tart)

Ingredients -1 stick unsalted...

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