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The countdown to kickoff has begun and with only a few days left until Super Bowl Sunday, you may be planning family-friendly festivities. To keep young football fans entertained, I found this fun, sporty game, a pigskin version of the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.
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What happens when teenagers go from sending 100 or more texts per day to zero overnight? When they go from using electronic media for eight or more hours a day to none overnight?
The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge is urging middle- and high-school students to find out by disconnecting for a few days from the digital world – no cell phones, no social media – to reflect on their dependence...Read more »
As you're gearing up for Super Bowl 2014, the Toys R Us Times Square flagship store in Manhattan is kicking off family-friendly events for football fans of all ages. Here are some of the highlights:
Play gamesTomorrow through Saturday, Toys R Us will host product demos of Madden NFL 25 by EA Sports on Xbox One kiosks, NFL sticker album collections by Panini and NFL RUSH ZONE “Kickoff”...Read more »
Eric Carle, renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, has teamed up with the best-known picture book illustrators for a new children's book, "What's Your Favorite Animal?" (Henry Holt and Co., $17.99).
Every spread in the book features an artist's favorite animal with a creative answer to the timeless question. Some animals are described with a brief poem, others with personal...Read more »
Music-loving children of all ages have the chance to audition for the Long Island Children's Choir (LICC). The chorus offers children opportunities to experience singing and is designed to enhance their musical education.
There are three choral ensembles in the LICC: Prelude, for grades 1-4; Harmonia, for intermediate and advanced singers in grades 5-12; and Lyric, for advanced singers in...Read more »
Most of us parents would be happy to change the way we talk to our kids if we thought saying something a different way would yield a better result.
Enter a new book called “Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Interpersonal Communication” by psychotherapist Carl Alasko (Tarcher/Penguin, $15.95) that aims to show us how to do just that.
The book isn’t a parenting tome; it deals with...Read more »
Would you pay your kids to eat healthfully? If you're shaking your head no, you may want to reconsider. A recent study from Brigham Young University (BYU) found that giving children a small reward may double their fruit and vegetable consumption.
According to a BYU news release, researchers from BYU and Cornell observed three schools that were adjusting to new school lunch standards requiring...Read more »
Dealing with scrutiny is part of a celebrity's job, from red-carpet looks to parenting choices. Now, Hollywood's tiny tots are in the limelight, with their first names at center stage.
BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting website, asked more than 5,600 moms to weigh in on the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2013.
According to responses, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's name choice,...Read more »
Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From bears and trouts to live performances featuring classic characters, there's so much to do on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:
All About Bears at Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue). Learn about black, grizzly and polar bears from naturalist Teepee Ted of the Wilderness...Read more »
High-pitched babble and cooing may help infants learn new words faster, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Connecticut examined thousands of 30-second snippets of verbal exchanges between parents and babies. According to a University of Washington news release, "they measured parents' use of a regular speaking voice versus an exaggerated,...Read more »