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Jennifer Berger runs the Kids section on exploreLI.com, covering all things kids and parenting on Long Island including news, trends, family-friendly events, product and book reviews, reader highlights and more. She lives in Oceanside with her husband, Jason, and their young children, Maggie and Benjamin.
Parents and kids may be singing the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen," but one dad has had enough.
To prove his point, Joshua Elson, a self-proclaimed "Frozen" fan, decided to recreate the lyrics with friends after hearing his wife and kids sing the hit song "mornings, nights and in between." The video, posted to YouTube by Scott S. Kramer, received almost 80,000...Read more »
Although the weather outside is still frightful, it doesn't mean we can't start planning for the spring season. And there's no better way to get into the spirit than with the flower and garden shows on Long Island that kick off this weekend.
The good news is, while you're checking out the flowers and collecting gardening tips, your kids will have a blast with all of the family-friendly activities....Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus to scavenger hunts and crafts, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center (350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank) Families...Read more »
Planks and push-ups? Eh, not so cute. Watching a 7-month-old 'work out' with Dad? Adorable!
Michael Stansbury, a father of four from Lakeland, Tenn., recently posted a video on YouTube titled "The Lilly Ann Workout." As of today, the tot's workout has been viewed more than 1 million times.
Today Moms reported that Stansbury's wife, Deidra, was doing a workout DVD when Lilly Ann started...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a comforting soup to help you warm up on a chilly day. I found the recipe on mom.me, an online destination for moms that provides real-world advice and lifestyle content.
Pasta e Fagioli(Makes 4 servings)
Ingredients- 1/4 cup olive oil- 1/4 cup chopped onion- 1/4 cup chopped carrot-...Read more »
Chef Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network's "Ten Dollar Dinners," knows a thing or two about healthy eating for less. The mother of four and cookbook author was raised on a shoestring budget, which is how she developed a coupon-cutter mentality.
Through her cooking show and various cookbooks, d'Arabian has shown it's possible to feed a family of four for under $10. She recently teamed up...Read more »
Moms today 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 has an opinion.
To help end the mommy wars and the judgments moms have toward each other, The Bump and CT Working Moms teamed...Read more »
Need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week? There are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month. Whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events in March.
Nature Tales at Seatuck Environmental Association (550 South Bay Ave.,...Read more »
It's National Read Across America Day -- an annual reading motivation and awareness event encouraging children to celebrate reading on the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. Although kids may be choosing to play with tablets and video games rather than traditional toys and books, it's important for parents to still read with their children every day.
"Reading with your children daily...Read more »
Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout March to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale) on Wednesday,...Read more »