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Can pets be good for the new baby?

A new study reveals that having a cat or dog during a baby’s first year of life may help reduce the baby’s risk of developing allergies to pets. Comment.

Fighting junk food and sedentary lifestyles of teens

Parents Helping Parents: How do you get glued-to-screens, junk-food-snacking tweens and teens interested in being active and eating well? Comment.

Staten Island University Hospital providing burn patients with delicate care and compassionate staff

Family Health: A burn can change a life forever,” explains Dr. Michael Cooper, the surgeon who heads Staten Island University Hospital’s Jerome L. Finkelstein Regional Burn Center. Comment.

Heart-healthy foods for teens

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Here are some ways you can help your teen eat healthier foods. Comment.

Helping children manage stress in a tough economy

With some parents working two jobs and others losing theirs, how can we help ease children’s fears? Comment.

Nap time: It’s not just for sleeping anymore!

Our columnist can’t wait until his baby takes her afternoon nap. Comment.

Pertussis: Big whoop or not?

Family Health: Can children still contract whooping cough, and what does treatment of the disease involve? Comment.

Wrapping up loose ends

The Book Worm: Steven Arntson’s “The Wrap-Up List” is an excellent, creepy, sweet story for anyone age 12 and up. Comment.

Calling young artists!

Kids will love learning about art at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan. Comment.

Tax changes for 2013

Ask an Attorney: Do taxpayers need to change or update their estate planning documents in light of the “fiscal cliff” tax changes? Comment.

Acrobats take a whirl at CSI

Featured Event: Expect plenty of pageantry when Peking aerialists perform at the College of Staten Island. Comment.

At what level is my child reading?

On topics ranging from appropriate reading levels to social skills, reputation, and organization, teachers answer parents’ questions. Comment.

Join Scooby and the gang

Featured Event: Crack the case with Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of the slueths at the Beacon Theater. Comment.

How to fold your daughter’s thong

Death by Children: Our columnist faces a new realization about his little girl. Comments (1).

How teens can combat bullying

Letter from College: Our teen columnist writes about her personal experiences with bullies, and how she got help. Comments (1).

Attention: Tots to tweens, Milkshake performing live!

The popular kindie band Milkshake returns to New York in March to celebrate the release of its fifth studio CD. Comment.

Must-have cupcake accessory

New & Noteworthy: This ferris wheel cupcake holder by Godinger will take your dessert table to new heights. Comment.

February it figures

It Figures: Interesting tidbits about the Super Bowl, birthday parties, presidents, and more. Comment.

Collaborative divorce: An introduction

Divorce & Separation: For many couples, there’s a better way to proceed when divorcing a spouse. It is called collaborative divorce. Comments (4).

The right to know

How can you really know if your apartment building is smoke-free? Comment.

Princely puppets

Featured Event: The classic children’s tale, the “Prince and the Magic Flute,” comes to the stage at Puppetworks now through March 24, with special performances on Feb. 18 and 19. Comment.

Happy birthday to George

Featured Event: I cannot tell a lie, it’s just one heck of a cheery good time at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden on Feb. 17 in celebration of George Washington’s birthday. Comment.

The science of love

Healthy Living: It’s said that chemistry is a big part of attraction, but how much else of love is scientific? Comment.

Oh, Romeo

Featured Event: Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, performed to Prokofiev’s ballet, comes to the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 16. The company of 51 classically trained dancers from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia is sure to delight audiences of all ages with this most romantic ballet in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Comment.

Jambo’s new CD has roots in happiness

New & Noteworthy: Latest album is an infectious, toe-tapping collection of songs featuring finger-flying guitar playing, the Texicali Horns, and the vocals of “Mad Men” actress Melinda McGraw and much more. Comment.

Find your family roots

Featured Event: The Queens Historical Society hosts a workshop with genealogist Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly on Feb. 17. Comment.

Isobella Jade: New York City’s hidden gem

Author and model Isobella Jade shares how she is teaching her son about the importance of reading. Comment.

Set sail for adventure

Featured Event: Children get ready to set sale on a great adventure during Kids Week aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Feb. 16 through Feb. 24. Comment.

Visit Africa — in Queens!

Featured Event: Africa comes to Queens when the York College Performing Arts Center presents, “The African Drum,” where kids ages 3–7 sing and dance their way on a trip through the grasslands. Comment.

Parents shouldn’t make snap judgements about SnapChat

Growing Up Online: Conversations with your children about SnapChat will go better if you don’t rush to make decisions about the social media site. Comment.

Find your Valentine

Featured Event: Will you be my Valentine?” Find out on Feb. 14 at Sony Wonder Technology Lab. Comment.

Organic: Worth the cost?

Good Sense Eating: Is buying organic food that much better for children — and worth the cost? Comments (1).

Sent to the principal’s office

Our writer explains how her excitement about school led to a trip to the principal’s office. Comment.

Why romance is dead

Our columnist is horrified by the dating tips being taught to young men and women. Comment.

Get fancy

Featured Event: Fancy Nancy the Musical” is singing and dancing its way into the McGinn Cazale Theatre Feb. 2 through April 28. Based on the children’s picture book series by Jane O’Connor, this musical production has Fancy Nancy and friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel, competing for the coveted role of mermaid in their inaugural performance of “Deep Sea Dances.” When the role goes to another girl, Nancy is stuck with the part of the dreary old tree. Will Nancy bring her usual “fancy-flair” to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted? Comment.

Get your cupid on this Valentine’s Day

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day by treating yourself and your honey to some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. Comment.

Mom and Dad, stop hovering and let your kids fly

Despite good intentions, parents who hover over their children throughout every stage of their development do more harm than good. As children grow older, they need opportunities to become self-reliant and responsible. Comment.

Poop-tastic literacy day

Featured Event: “Poopendous” author Artie Bennett delivers the hilarious lowdown on one of our most important functions. Comment.

Building confidence in your children

Building a child’s self-esteem starts with their parents. Comment.

Sparkling smiles

Here’s how you can protect and promote your child’s dental health. Comment.

Father Goose rhymes

Featured Event: Grammy-winner Father Goose strums onto the stage at Littlefield on Feb. 10 for the Hip Tot Music Fest. Comment.

The terrible twos

Mommy 101: Our columnist looks for tips to stop toddler tantrums. Comment.

Call for love

Letter from the Publisher: The Beatles knew what they were talking about when they famously sang, “All You Need is Love.” Comment.

Meet Julie Andrews

Featured Event: The shelves are alive with the words of Dame Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton at the Bank Street Bookstore on Feb. 5. Comment.

Find your beat

Featured Event: Who’s Got The Beat?” You do when you visit the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. Comment.

Everyday ways to say ‘I love you’

Show love to your children everyday with these simple tips. Comment.

Know how to stay safe from the flu

The flu has hit the city hard this year. Keep yourself and your family safe. Comment.

Vered at Greenlight

Featured Event: It’s a green light in honor of Valentine’s Day for Brooklyn singer-songwriter Vered Benhorin at the Greenlight Bookstore on Feb. 10. Vered will sing kindie-friendly songs from her album “Good Morning My Love” during the store’s weekly baby story time. Children 6 weeks to 3 years old can sing along, listen to a story, and enjoy interactive playtime. Stop by for a musical and storytime extravaganza. Comment.

Local romance

Romantic activities in Manhattan for you both to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Comment.

All fur love: Accessories for your wee Valentine

New & Noteworthy: Edoche’s luxe mittens, booties, and hat will keep baby snuggly warm till spring. Comment.

Heartfelt gift: Jammies benefit early literacy program

New & Noteworthy: A portion of the sales of Hanna Andersson’s organic cotton long johns in the Funky Hearts and Cross My Heart prints will be given to the nonprofit Reach Out And Read, which promotes early literacy and school-readiness. Comment.

Spend Sunday with the family

Featured Event: Sundays are much more fun now, thanks to Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art! Comment.

A symphony of sound

Featured Event: It’s a symphony of hand clapping, foot stomping, and fun music at Symphony Space throughout the month. Comment.

Grand birthday: Inside the 100-year-old train station

New & Noteworthy: Just in time for the centennial celebration of Grand Central Station, Nancy Paulsen Books reissues Maira Kalman’s colorful, funny children’s book “Next Stop Grand Station.” Comment.