Long Island Parent Talk

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Study reveals new moms are distracted drivers

Baby in car seat while his mom is

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The National Safety Council named April Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so moms, listen up: 10 percent of new mothers have had an accident with a baby in the car, which is about three times the average for all drivers, according to a new study.

New moms struggle with a world of disruptions while on the road, from fatigue to nonstop crying from the backseat. The "American Baby"...

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Mom-approved YouTube videos

A scene from "Lady Fishbourne's Complete Guide to

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As my son and I searched for YouTube videos to show our pet lizard — crazy sounding, yes, but for a science fair project this year — it became clear that there is little material free of expletives, violence or sexual innuendo.

So I set out to compile a list of videos that my 9-year-old likes and, more important, this parent approves:

“The Black Hole” In this short, a copy machine spits...

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Crafts for kids: Sweet sock art

Create wall art for your child's room using

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Not sure what to do with your little ones' socks? This memento from your tot's early days will help you remember his/her tiny tootsies long after he/she's graduated to shoes. I found this craft on Parents.com.

Sweet Sock Art

What you'll need - foam core - shadow box (20 inches square) - colorful fabric or paper - duct tape - 6 to 10 baby socks - glue dots - card stock and marker

How...

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Screen-free week impossible for teens

Screen-Free Week challenges families to turn off electronics.

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Ah, Screen-Free Week. It kicks off today. Am I dating myself to say I remember when it was just simply “TV Turn Off Week”? I remember my son coming home from elementay school with photocopied packets of suggested alternates to occupy us while we missed “The Wild Thornberries” or our other favorite shows. Life was so easy then.

Now it’s called Screen Free week and includes everything with a...

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5 family movie night tips

Reserve time on your schedule for a

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The average parent spends less than 40 minutes a week in meaningful conversation with their children, according to a survey by the A.C. Nielsen Co. Parents often find it difficult to walk away from work and household chores and concentrate instead on talking with their children. Unfortunately, as children get older, communication often grows more difficult.

So if you're looking for something...

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Take the 'Teddy Bear Challenge' at Roosevelt Field

The World's Softest Teddy Bear Challenge comes to

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The creative minds at Toy Island believe they've invented the World's Softest Teddy Bear -- and to try to prove it to Long Island kids, the toymaker is bringing a "Pepsi Challenge" style competition to Roosevelt Field mall on Saturday and Sunday.

The "World's Softest Teddy Bear Challenge" is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Mall visitors will be blindfolded...

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YMCA's free 'Healthy Kids Day' this Saturday

Kids having fun at the YMCA in Bay

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Saturday? Four YMCA centers on Long Island will be hosting a Healthy Kids Day, offering free, fun-filled activities, classes and programs for the whole family (even to non-YMCA members) in Huntington, Bay Shore, Glen Cove and Patchogue.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the event which features family-friendly activities such as sports,...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Arbor Day, Ducks games, spring festivals and more

A young girl enjoying the festivities at Arbor

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Ducks games to Arbor Day, "Martha Speaks," spring festivals and more, there's much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:

1. Long Island Ducks vs. Sugar Land Skeeters at Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip). Cheer for the local team and enjoy a baseball...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Katie Couric: Can moms have it all?

CelebrityBabyScoop.com asked celebrity moms: Can women really have

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This is a question all moms struggle with. Can we really have it all? CelebrityBaby Scoop.com reached out to Hollywood moms on this subject.

Drew Barrymore New mom Drew Barrymore recently opened up about the illusion of having a "perfect" life. When asked how she does it all, she replied: “I can’t and I don’t.”

She added: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain...

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Feeding the kids: Make-ahead breakfast casserole

The Make-Ahead Overnight Breakfast Casserole 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 make-ahead overnight breakfast casserole. I found the recipe in "The Recipe Girl Cookbook," by Lori Lange (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $24.99).

Make-Ahead Overnight Breakfast Casserole (Makes 10 servings)

Ingredients - 8 cups day-old French bread or focaccia cubes (half...

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