Long Island Parent Talk
Get the inside scoop on all things kids and parenting on Long Island.
BloggersJennifer Berger Valerie Kellogg Beth Whitehouse Shameka Dudley Leema Thomas Patrick Whittle
Shameka Dudley is an assistant editor for newsday.com and contributor to Newsday's Kids section. She lives in Bay Shore with her fiance, Andre, and their young son, Jonathan.
On Saturday, grab your putters and hit the greens with your family at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford.
In honor of National Mini-Golf Day, Boomers is offering a free round of mini-golf for families. Miniature golf became an official competitive sport in the U.S. in the 1930s and has been a treasured leisure time activity for kids and adults alike.
To enjoy the free round of mini-golf,...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? After celebrating Mother's Day, pack up the family and meet Buzz Aldrin, explore the outdoors and head to a performance of "The Little Princes." Here are my top five picks for fun, family friendly activities this weekend:
1. Meet Buzz Aldrin at Cradle of Aviation (Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City). Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will...Read more »
What better gift is there for mom than a good, heartfelt laugh? Here are 10 recently published or about-to-be-published parenting books that should tickle the funny bone on Mother’s Day and beyond: The famed, funny and fake toddler who tweets with the Twitter handle “The Honest Toddler” has written a book, supervised by his mother, Bunmi Laditan. “The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting”...Read more »
In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun twist on traditional pizza, perfect for an appetizer or served with a salad for lunch. I found the recipe in "Fresh: Recipes for Enjoying Ingredients At Their Peak," by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $29.99).
Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza...Read more »
TOMY, the maker of Chuggington, a popular preschool line of toys, is attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the Tallest Toy Train Layout in Manhattan this Saturday.
Builders will use Chuggington StackTrack, a durable die-cast railway system that enables kids to achieve elevation in toy train play. The toy train will be featured as part of the Grand Centennial Parade of Trains in Grand...Read more »
In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, CelebrityBabyScoop.com asked some celebrity moms how they’re planning to spend the special day.
From new moms Holly Madison and Giuliana Rancic, to mom-of-four Tori Spelling and single mom Kelly Bensimon, let’s look at how the stars celebrate all things mom.
Giuliana Rancic Reality stars Giuliana Rancic and...Read more »
Hey moms, looking for a night out? I know I am -- I'm exhausted, but forcing myself to have fun always ends well.
National Mom's Nite Out, a free evening filled with pampering, refreshments, entertainment, fashion and beauty services, is taking place on Thursday, May 9 from 5-8 p.m. at Simon malls across the country.
This year, National Mom's Nite Out is sponsored by Rethink Varicose...Read more »
Pregnancy symptoms are not pretty — along with fluctuating hormones, unusual food cravings and a bulging belly, many women experience swollen legs and feet. And if you're like Kim Kardashian, you show off your not-so-glamorous pregnant body while many women try hide it.
Along with tight dresses and super high-heel shoes Kardashian, pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, isn't...Read more »
Parenting isn't easy, especially when it comes to making decisions for your children. Just the other day I was at a store with my 2-year-old daughter and someone commented on the fact that she was still in a stroller. Really? Why does she care what I do with my child — it's the easiest way for me to shop with her!
Moms today face tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only...Read more »
As a new season of sports begins, it’s no better a time than now to remind kids of what it means to be a good loser. Here are six tips from Jude Bijou, a California-based psychotherapist who wrote the 2011 book “Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life” (Riviera, $16.95):
1 Encourage your child to express disappointment. “But in a safe and private place,” says Bijou....Read more »