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Jokes explained in kids' flashcards

"Just for Laughs" teaches kids why jokes are

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Do you find that your child has a hard time understand jokes? “Just For Laughs” helps kids ages 8 and older understand multiple meanings in jokes.

For instance, can you explain why this joke works? “Q. What did the bald man say when he got a comb for a birthday present? A. I’ll never part with it.”

How about this one: “Q. Do you know why the waffle iron was invented? A. Sure. For people...

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Fisher-Price voluntarily recalls 800,000 Rock 'N Play sleepers due to mold

The CPSC and Fisher-Price voluntarily recall more than

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Parents take note: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price are voluntarily recalling the Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers due to risk of mold exposure. This recall hits close to home because the Rock 'N Play Sleeper was the only thing my daughter would sleep in when she was a newborn.

The CPSC warns that  "mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and...

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Finding downtime for the overscheduled kid

Between school and after-school activities and their full

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Sometimes I think my kids lead busier lives than I do. Between school and after-school activities and their full social lives, it seems the kids are overscheduled and don’t catch a break.

Smithtown psychologist Dr. Deena Abbe agrees children today are overscheduled. She says they “should be limited in their after-school activities. Although these activities are enjoyable and often serve a...

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South Dakota mom should not have posted YouTube video

South Dakota mom video

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Call me sadistic, immature, uncivilized and irresponsible, but the viral video where a South Dakota mother pranked her 8-year-old into believing that he accidentally bought a car on eBay isn’t all that bad.

Although I probably wouldn’t tape such an incident with my own son, and if I had, never would have posted the video on YouTube.

Thirty-five-year-old Paula Papen recently told the...

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Sesame Street offers kids help through a divorce

Sesame Street has launched a new, free multimedia

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Did you know that Sesame Street's pink fairy Abby Cadabby is a child of divorce?

Sesame Street has launched a new, free, multimedia initiative called “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce” to help children ages 2 to 8 adjust to the transition in an age-appropriate way. The video component begins with Abby Cadabby drawing her two houses, one where she lives with mom and one where she lives...

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App for kids: Sesame Street Elmo Story Collection

The Elmo Story Collection iPad app is available

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If there's one character who can entertain and make my daughter laugh, it's Elmo. So I was thrilled when I saw the new Sesame Street Elmo Story Collection iPad app.

The app includes six popular Elmo titles, plus two exclusives including:

Elmo’s ABC Book Counting with Elmo Mommy Loves Elmo Tickle Me, My Name Is Elmo (audio e-book) Elmo and His Friends (exclusive audio e-book) Monsters...

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'Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know' review

Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to

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If you are parent or caregiver of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the book “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know” can help you better understand the diagnosis and develop an autism management plan. It also can show you how to access care and services so your child can reach his full potential.

The book -- published by the American Academy...

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Parents focus on kids, neglect own diet and exercise needs

Parents focus on kids, neglect their own health

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While you're focused on your child's health and nutrition needs, you may be forgoing your own.

According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's 2012 Food & Health Survey, parents with children younger than 18 are so focused on their children's health that they're less likely to think about their own.

"Parents are being responsible and conscientious...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: The Ugly Duckling, family winter walks, a trout birthday party, more

The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & The

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From new twists on classic children's tales to a trout birthday party and a family walk, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:

1. Broadway: Through the Decades at St. Joseph's College (155 W. Roe Blvd., North Patchogue). Kids of all ages are welcome...

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An adoptive parent's perspective on Russia's adoption ban

Russia's President Vladimir Putin. (Dec. 25, 2012)

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Bad parenting move No. 999: We were sitting on my bed when I told my 10-year-old son that Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the rest of the Russian lawmakers to ban adoption of Russian children by Americans as of Jan. 1.

His eyes teared up as he said, "You mean they can come get me?" It took me a nanosecond to tell him no one can ever take away him away from me or his happy...

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