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Their House, Your House
To be honest, I had never heard of the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) before I was asked to review its new exhibit, Your House, My House. But with winter on its way, I have now added this treasure trove of kids’ activities to my list of great indoor things to do. (read the story...)

Reliant on Technology
We used to get ready for car trips by packing snack bags of Cheerios and raisins, and by bringing along lots of board books and stuffed animals. Now we rush around charging various appliances and looking for the E-Z Pass. (read the story...)

Confessions, from a Partially Rotted Brain
Growing up, I was oblivious to my television addiction. (read the story...)

On the Radio
Just as some people keep the television on during the day as background noise, I like to have the radio on in my house. (read the story...)

Last-Minute Mom
You may be reading this issue in 90-degree heat, or at the pool, and you’re thinking, “Back to school already?” (read the story...)

Back from the Brink
A not-very-funny thing happened to me on the way to having three children. I had become quite chubby. Not just plump but soft, jiggly, mushy (read the story...)

Century 21 Extends Its Hours for One Night Only
Everyone knows Century 21 Department Stores has "fashion worth fighting for." On Thursday, Aug. 2, Century 21 Department Store's Manhattan location only will be extending its store hours and staying open until midnight to give all their loyal customers a chance to shop for their favorite fashion -- without the fight. (read the story...)

Liars and Cheaters
The last time my parents came to stay with us, my 4-year-old, Ben, wandered into the guest room and found a bunch of my father’s change on the nightstand. (read the story...)

Hidden Prospect Park
I was the kind of kid for whom a door marked “private” meant I needed to see inside; a fence was an invitation to climb. So I have long been intrigued by an area marked “Friends or Quaker Cemetery (Private)” on my local Prospect Park map. (read the story...)

Re-Living Prom!
Some well-known New Yorkers tell us why, for better or worse, prom was a night to remember. (read the story...)

Sticks & Stones
There are words that cause me pain — like racial epithets and certain stereotypes. Sexual taunts are up there, too. But words that refer to body parts, words that I find in the dictionary, don’t alarm me. (read the story...)

Shame & Neglect
What has become of the sanctity of the library? Am I just a blind devotee to the magic of these places, or have things changed? (read the story...)

Mother Courage
I had always hoped that I’d be at least somewhat prepared to answer my kids’ tough questions when they came up. (read the story...)

Selling Wireless “Love”
Cell phones are a growing trend among the ‘tween set, as manufacturers have figured out how to tap into this gold mine demographic. (read the story...)

Sugarland Express
While some kids dream of becoming astronauts or ballerinas, mine fantasize about being appointed Willy Wonka’s heir. So a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar is almost educational. This bright and shiny shrine to all that is sweet gives you a sugar high from the moment you enter. (read the story...)

Happy Hunting?
Every year, parents around New York City go through an elaborate process of getting their kids into school. (read the story...)

Mixed (Drink) Messages
My bubble has burst. I used to consider myself a somewhat enlightened mother, but apparently I was pretty ignorant about the world. (read the story...)

What We Take For Granted
As a mother, whenever I read about people forced from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs, my first thought is, what about diapers? (read the story...)

Holiday Spirit, All Year Long
My husband and I were raised with different religious backgrounds, and once we married, each winter season brought with it the question of the best way to blend our traditions. (read the story...)

The Way Back to Self: a parent’s guide
One of the greatest dangers of parenting is losing yourself and forgetting who you are and what was once important to you. (read the story...)

SOS – Save our Spinach
Just when my 8-year-old started to eat spinach, the tender, baby leaves that come in bags, it was pulled off the shelves by the E. coli scare. (read the story...)

The Fun of Fitting Feet
My second child so hated shoe shopping that when we entered a shoe store, she would cover her feet and scream. (read the story...)

A Rose is Still a Rose?
My 15-year-old, Hallie, was indignant when her friend’s father didn’t know who she was. (read the story...)

Fear Of A Beige Planet
Almost every minority group my son and I have encountered has attempted to claim his features as their own. (read the story...)

Pedaling the Dolomites — Family Adventures on Wheels
Careening down a steep path on a mountain bike I picture myself — or one of my kids — hurtling over the handlebars. But the screams they are emitting are ones of joy. (read the story...)


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