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BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Shameka Dudley Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
As 2013 debuts, we thought we'd reflect on our New Year's parenting resolutions. Here's what we had to say and be sure to add your resolutions in the comment section below.
As a working parent, I'm often overwhelmed with "mommy guilt." I know I'm a good parent, but some days, I feel like I could do it better. So this year, my resolution is to play. It may sound trivial, but...Read more »
When the kids went back to school in September, they also returned to the fields, tracks and courts, and many may have already had a concussion.
“Play is the work of childhood,” said Michael G. Vitale, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. From organized sports to unorganized play, such as bike riding and playing on swing sets, children are more prone to...Read more »
Kidsday reporters polled 140 fifth-graders at the Lakeville Elementary School in Great Neck to find out their top 12 picks of 2012. Here are their favorite songs, movies and sports moments from the past year.
Top 12 sports moments of 2012 -by Daniel Goldberg, Spencer Kern and Britney Trachtenberg, Kidsday reporters, 10 and 11, from Great Neck and New Hyde Park
12. New...Read more »
Harrison recently started band, which meant he had to go to the high school for his first rehearsal.
As I pulled up that early morning, I wondered if I needed to accompany him inside as fathers and mothers of other fourth-graders were. Then I wondered aloud.
I really didn’t want to go in without makeup and in workout clothes, so I selfishly said, “You don’t need me to go in, right?”
As...Read more »
There's more to Gayle King than just being Oprah's best friend.
She's not only editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine and the co-host of "CBS This Morning," but she also has two kids, William and Kirby.
In May of this year, King was one of the honorees of the annual Outstanding Mother of the Year Awards at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, and I had the chance to...Read more »
American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year is Saige Copeland, a 9-year-old fourth-grader who loves painting and horseback riding at her grandmother’s ranch in Albequerque, N.M., the U.S. hot-air balloon hotspot. The 18-inch doll has freckles, long-auburn hair and turquoise eyes. The doll, which comes with a paperback book called “Saige” by Jessie Haas, is $110.
Here’s Saige’s story, as explained...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Blue's Clues, Silly Dilly Band, snowflakes, lighthouses and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family-friendly activities this weekend:
1. Blue's Clues Live at Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore). Meet Blue and her friends after watching a live, interactive performance on Friday and...Read more »
Parents take note: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as well as Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us are voluntarily recalling the Nap Nanny, a baby recliner made by Baby Matters, LLC, due to infant deaths.
According to a statement from the CPSC, “the four retailers agreed to voluntarily participate in the recall of the Nap Nanny because its manufacturer...Read more »
I recently called our local Head Start to sign up Jonathan, who’s eligible to participate in the 4-hour program when he turns 3 on Dec. 1.
I’m so excited for our little boy to be starting school, but also sad that he’s growing up so fast. It seems like just yesterday he started walking, now he’s running and riding a tricycle and singing the theme songs to his favorite shows, “Little Einsteins”...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious chicken dish that's easy to prepare on busy weeknights. Plus, it's a great way to sneak in spinach for picky eaters. 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,...Read more »