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Thanks for the memories, 2011

Our writer looks back at his favorite moments of the year. Comment.

A perfect read for your little animal lover

In “A Pet for Miss Wright,” Miss Wright tries to find the perfect pet. Comment.

Helping kids overcome fear

In “Pig Kahuna,” Fergus overcomes his fear of water in order to save his friend. Comment.

Teen tackles bullying in new book

Stop the bullying already. Little Mikey can’t get to sleep at night, because he’s far too worried about the big thugs at school. He doesn’t want to strike back, and he’s tried to ignore them, but all his efforts have failed. Teen author Angel McGowan addresses this very real situation in her break-out book, “Stomp Out the Bullying!” Comment.

‘Legend Award’ provides cash grant and exhibition opportunity for student visual artists

Staten Island: You’ll want to get in on this dollar-packed deal if you’re a high school student on Staten Island with designs on a career in the visual arts. Comment.

Set the stage for sleep & play

New & Noteworthy: Creative decals are a fun way to decorate a nursery or child’s room. Comment.

Improve sleep habits for teens

South Nassau Communities Hospital offers tips to help parents guide their teens in creating a healthier lifestyle. Comment.

Unlock your winter: Get out and frolic in our frosty wonderland

Get inspired by the beauty of the season, and use your time inside to enjoy a family game, day of sight-seeing or inspiration to create art. Comments (3).

Premature birth: You’ve come a long way, babies!

Thanks to advances in medicine, these premature babies had a greater chance of surviving outside of their mother’s protective womb. Comment.

The cost of having a baby

Having a baby is expensive. But with some planning, there are ways to cut expenses and get the most for your money for you and your little bundle of joy. Comment.

Over the river: Fostering a bond between kids and grandparents helps both

A child’s relationship with a grandparent is one of the most valuable relationships she can have. Here are some ways you can help strengthen the bond. Comment.

They’re back! Has anyone even seen their college kids?

Your college student is back home for the first time since September. Our writer helps to dispel confusion about what the rules, if any, should be for the young adult. Comment.

Why you love Christmas

By instilling holiday traditions within our children — such as giving back to others at holiday time — we teach them moral lessons that they will continue to remember through adulthood and beyond. Comment.

Vegecontrarian!

A meat-loving dad tries to understand his son’s selective vegetariansim. Comment.

Toys don’t bring joy

Family Health: Parents can help children shift the spotlight away from materialism and onto more precious “gifts” such as love, tradition, and family. Comment.

Sugarplum madness: Help your family handle weighty holiday temptations

Good Sense Eating: Keep your children — and yourself! — from gaining pounds this holiday season. Comment.

The power of touch

Our Relationships: When things are going well in a relationship, gentle, loving touch is an integral part of the interaction. But when touch is gone, something in the relationship is going badly. How do you get it back? Comment.

The best last-minute gifts may be virtual

Growing Up Online: A recent study reveals that virtual assets — music, photos, Facebook gifts , and items in online games — are more important to young people than material possessions such as clothes. Comment.

Spread the gelt: Enjoy holiday boutique and telethon

Featured Event: Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel... Comment.

Mouse King arrives in Queens

Featured Event: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s delightful ballet, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a holiday favorite fit for the whole family. Comment.

Strike out

Parents Helping Parents: Here are some strategies that have helped parents of children who are hitting others. Comment.

Time flies when you’re having fun

Newbie Dad: Our columnist contemplates his time spent as a stay-at-home-dad as he re-enters the workforce. Comment.

Boy crazy: Tips on how to help brothers gets along

Twice the Advice: When sons don’t get along, these sisters have tips on how to promote harmony. Comment.

Our children’s future — serious thoughts at year’s end

Letter from the Publisher: My college student daughter recently asked me if I knew what she should do after she graduates. Her original plan to go to law school is being reexamined. The word is out that this career choice is not necessarily viable any longer with a glut of law graduates and very few jobs for them. Outsourcing of this type of work is as prevalent as call centers, apparently. Who of us has made a call to a customer service center of any kind lately and spoken to someone in the 50 United States? Not many, I would imagine. Comment.

Parentification: A damaging role reversal

Separation and divorce can be very hard, and can often lead parents to rely on children for help and emotional support. Doing so, however, can have negative results on your child. Comments (6).

Temporary solutions: Ways to save on maternity wear

Now that you’re pregnant, you could spend a fortune on clothes that you are only going to wear for a short amount of time. Or you could read these tips on how to spendy wisely. Comments (1).

Baby food for thought

You’ve consulted all the books, logged onto websites, and asked your friends — but you’ve still got nagging questions about feeding your baby safely, and no one seems to have the answer. Until now. Comment.

Go camping at the Prospect Park Zoo

Featured Event: This bird won’t be left out in the cold at the Prospect Park Zoo. Franklin, the resident wild turkey, made it safely through another T-Day with his feathers on, and he’s at the zoo every day to welcome visitors. Stop by any day, from 10 am to 4:30, for a visit with all of the zoo’s inhabitants. Comment.

It Figures: Holiday Edition

Here are your December fun facts. Comment.

Nutcracker set in colonial Yorktown

Featured Event: Performed by the Dance Theatre in Westchester ballet troupe, “The Colonial Nutcracker” comes to the stage at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 11 at 2 pm. Comment.

Help teens get into the holiday spirit

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Teach them to balance holiday obligations with desires Comment.

Zoo fun in December

Featured Event: From learning about polar bears to enjoying crafts while school is out, the zoo is the place to be. Comment.

Channel your inner elf: Join Wave Hill’s weekend workshop

Featured Event: There’s always lots to do at Wave Hill — even in the winter. During “Holiday Workshop Weekend,” make a one-of-a-kind wreath, using fresh greens from the gardens, or handmade felted soaps with artist Paula Morvay. Comment.

Gift ideas for teachers

Your guide to what to what will charm your child’s teacher this holiday season. Comment.

Five tips for alleviating holiday stress

The thought of having to get shopping, cooking, and cleaning done — not to mention visiting in-laws — can leave anyone feeling frazzled around the holidays. Here are some ways to reduce your holiday stress. Comment.

“Kung Fu Panda 2” has fur-ocious anger-management message

Cinematters: Watch “Kung Fu Panda 2” with your family and then use our activities to learn about mastering your emotions. Comment.

‘Room’ for art

An 11-year-old uses her bedroom’s walls as a canvas. Comment.

Deck these halls: This is the dollhouse they really want

New & Noteworthy: It’s the ultimate, seasonally appropriate dollhouse! Comment.

Choo-choo real: See “The Polar Express” in 4D

Featured Event: The Matrix” has nothing on The New York Aquarium’s latest film. Comment.

Haunting Christmas story

Featured Event: It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from Jacob Marley. The Conference House presents “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” performed by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theater ensemble, Dec. 2-18. Come and experience the classic story re-told through Jacob’s eyes. Comment.

All aboard ‘The Polar Express’

Featured Event: The Bronx Zoo is now presenting a trimmed down version of “The Polar Express” in chilly 4D! Comment.

Laugh between the lines: Comedy ensues in new children’s book

New & Noteworthy: You’ll have more luck encouraging your tot to sit still for storytime if you read him Oliver Jeffers’ hilarious new picture book, “Stuck” (Philomel Books). Recommended for children ages 3-7, this is the tale of Floyd, whose kite gets stuck in a tree. Comment.

The halls are decked at Farm Museum

Featured Event: Whether you make a wreath, buy a plant or visit the museum during its open house, you’ll catch the holiday spirit at the festive Queens County Farm Museum this month. Comment.

Kick up your heels: The Rockettes are back

Featured Event: The world-famous Rockettes are back in high-kick mode for the annual “Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall. With dazzling new costumes, new music and state-of-the-art, 3-D technology, this year’s show promises to be the greatest ever. And of course what would the holidays be without a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa? Comment.

Holiday gifts that keep giving

This holiday season, why not shop for gifts that give back to charity, or help the environment? There are so many websites and catalogs that can add a ray of hope to those in need. Comment.

Company XIV brings back acclaimed production of ‘Snow White’

Featured Event: Poison apples and enchanted comas should be reserved until after the show. Comment.

Keep your family safe around holiday lights

Family Health: With some planning and safety awareness, celebrating the holidays with lights can be a fun and memorable experience. Comment.

A new holiday favorite

If reading a holiday book has become a beloved tradition in your family, reach for “Musher’s Night Before Christmas.” Comment.

A new Christmas tale for your family to love

A perfect read this holiday season is “The Christmas Eve Ghost,” something different than the usual holiday stories. Comment.

Monster match! A colorful doll set to help your tot learn about colors

New & Noteworthy: Who needs plastic, mass produced dolls, when you could have something unique and handcrafted? Comment.

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