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'Switched at Birth' star Lea Thompson: 'My kids are my friends'

Lea Thompson recently spoke with Celebrity Baby Scoop

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"Switched at Birth" actress Lea Thompson recently starred as Rene in the UP Original Movie "My Mother’s Future Husband." In the movie, the former "Back to the Future" star plays a widowed mom whose daughter works to find her a new husband.

Lea recently caught up with Celebrity Baby Scoop about her role in the “romantic and really sweet” movie. The mother to daughters Madelyn, 23,...

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'Got Talent? Long Island' competition for kids

Finalists in the Huntington Arts Council's "Got Talent?

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Finalists in the Huntington Arts Council’s “Got Talent? Long Island” competition for performers age 18 and younger will hit the stage Saturday at the Dix Hill Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College (305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills).

The winner will receive $1,000, an opening performance at the 49th annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival and more.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and...

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Dancing Korean baby video goes viral

The 'chubby Korean baby dancing' video on YouTube

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If this video of a chubby, adorable Korean baby doesn't make you smile, I'm not sure what will.

Already a YouTube sensation, the video, uploaded by a user called IMAX, has received more than 3.6 million views. The boogying babies are encouraged to dance by a person speaking Korean off-camera.

Move over Psy -- the tiny dancer may be the latest star to come out of South Korea. As soon...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Strawberry Festival, 'Alice' exhibit and more

An exhibit based on the Lewis Carroll classic,

(Credit: Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose)

Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Strawberry Festival to Sci-Fi day, an "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit and more, there is plenty happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Nassau County Strawberry Festival at Nassau BOCES in Bellmore (2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore) Located on Newbridge Road in North Bellmore,...

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Rosie Pope talks motherhood, maternity line and more

Rosie Pope attended the Diva Moms' Mom Moguls

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Mother of four Rosie Pope knows a thing or two about parenting. In March of this year, she welcomed another daughter named Bridget Monroe with her husband, Daron Pope.

The star of Bravo's "Pregnant in Heels" is also the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of "Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy" (It Books; $19.99).

I recently caught up...

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Feeding the kids: PB & J Pancake Layer Cake

The PB&J pancake layer cake 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 a fun twist on a childhood favorite. I found the recipe on mom.me, an online destination for moms that provides real-world advice and lifestyle content.

PB & J Pancake Layer Cake(Makes 8 to 10 servings)

Ingredients- 5 cups buttermilk complete pancake mix (like Krusteaz)- 3 cups...

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Kidville coming to Wantagh this summer

Kidville, a popular destination for children's classes, athletics

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Kidville, a popular destination for children's classes, athletics and more, is coming to another Long Island location.

Set to open in August, the new Kidville Wantagh will be located at the Willow Wood Shopping Center (1183 Wantagh Ave.). The first Kidville on Long Island opened last year in Roslyn Heights.

The new 4,000-square-foot Kidville will feature three classrooms, an indoor play...

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The latest front in the mommy wars

BabyCenter revealed results of a new survey addressing

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The battle between working moms and stay-at-home moms has raged on for decades. The 'mommy wars' unfortunately don't end there. Even today, moms face tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only to find themselves judged or criticized by others — including other moms. From choosing to go back to work or what to feed your baby, to the best ways to educate and discipline, everyone...

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Five children a day treated for baby gate-related injuries

A new study found about five children a

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Baby gates used incorrectly can lead to injury, according to a new study. In fact, baby gate-related injuries nearly quadrupled since 1990.

Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that from 1990 through 2010, emergency departments in the United States treated an estimated 37,673 children younger than 7 years old...

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Boating tips to keep kids safe

Make sure kids alway wear life jackets on

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Summer means boating on Long Island – and the following tips can help keep kids safe. The advice comes from the Sea Tow Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to boat safety and education:

-- Be sure all kids on board are wearing life jackets. This is the law. The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all children under 13 years of age must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket unless the child is below...

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