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New car seat guidelines and how they affect you

New car seat guidelines went into effect February

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New car seat guidelines, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements, went into effect in February. They are aimed at manufacturers.

Julie Prom, child safety advocate and certified child passenger safety technician instructor from Chicco USA explains the new guidelines:

"The requirements are simply clarifying LATCH lower anchor limits and harness weight limits," said Prom....

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'Arthur' characters star in new kids' health website

Characters from the TV show "Arthur" play a

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Characters from the kids TV show “Arthur” star in a new Arthur Family Health website, aiming to make topics such as food allergies, nutrition and fitness understandable for children.

Binky, for instance, has a peanut allergy, and his segment features printable activities and an interactive quiz. The segment on nutrition shows how Arthur, D.W., and their friends struggle to maintain a healthy...

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Bobbi Brown on 'The Pretty Powerful Campaign,' her sons and more

Bobbi Brown recently spoke to Celebrity Baby Scoop

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For the second year in a row, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has launched "The Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls" through a partnership with Girl Rising, the global social action campaign for girls’ education. The goal is to raise awareness for the importance of girls’ education in an effort to remove barriers such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking,...

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Where to after prom on Long Island?

Members of Oceanside High School's Class of 2013

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Although it’s only April, chances are most high school students are already thinking about the upcoming prom season – which likely means that many of the parents of said students also have the big galas on their radar – and not just the actual events, but any intended after-prom adventures their kids may be planning as well.

Naturally, concerns for both prom-goers and their guardians involve...

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'Spring into the Mall' kids expo at Walt Whitman Shops

The exterior of Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington

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Head to Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Saturday for their first "Spring into the Mall" kids expo.

Sponsored by Your Local Kids Source of Long Island, a shopping and service magazine, the event will present parents with information on children's services, products and more. Exhibitors include Village East Gifted (an enrichment center for the gifted learner), DeLiceful (lice removal...

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Crying foul over Met Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

New York Met Daniel Murphy took heat this

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It’s such a cliché, but guys, even when they are trying to be funny, can sound so crass when they talk about women and issues important to them — their insecurities, their needs, their bodies. The boors on sports talk radio fell right into that trap when they circled around Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to take time off to help his wife bring home their newborn son.

“That’s...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Spring Freshwater Fishing Festival and more

Jerry LeClaire, 53, of Bay Shore, holds the

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From the Spring Family Freshwater Festival to breakfast with the Easter Bunny and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake State Park (Exit 38 off Southern State Parkway, North Babylon). The...

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5 young adult authors speak at The Dolphin Bookshop

East Meadow author Matt Blackstone, who wrote the

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Matt Blackstone has been dinged before.

He's hoping it won't happen again tomorrow, when the East Meadow author of the new young adult novel "Sorry You're Lost" participates in another "Tween and Teen Author 90-Second Read Event" at The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington.

Five authors of books for young adults are given a series of topics, such as "embarrassing parental moment" or "fury."...

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Feeding the kids: Corn chowder

The comforting corn chowder recipe 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 hearty soup. I found the recipe in “Better Homes and Gardens: 365 Comfort Foods" (Better Homes & Gardens; $19.99).

Creamy and comforting corn chowder(Makes 8 servings)

Ingredients1 16-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1⁄2...

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Why I decided to have my son opt-in on standardized tests

One Long Island mom talks about why she

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Opt-in. Opt-out.

If my sixth-grade son learned nothing else this year, he learned what those phrases meant.

After the first day of the state English Language Arts assessments, he said to me, “Why didn’t you opt me out?” I explained that I believe the tests will give both the school and us a good measure of how he is learning this year, and that test-taking and being evaluated is a part...

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