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Laughter is the best medicine

Family Journal: Laughter is a free, miracle drug with no bad side effects. So, start laughing! Read more…

Why our overactive society views shyness as sickness

Healthy Living: If you are raising a shy child or were one yourself, have you ever considered that being shy might not be a bad thing? Read more…

A great read for outdoorsmen and dog lovers

The Book Worm: If you have a teen who loves the outdoors and his pooch, “The Dogs and I” by Kenny Salwey is the perfect read. Read more…

‘Don’t Push the Button!’ a fun and silly read

The Book Worm: Meet Larry, a purple monster, in Bill Cotter’s “Don’t Push the Button!” Read more…

Siberia comes to Brooklyn College

Featured Event: Children enjoy the costumes, leaping, and folkloric music at this dance extravaganza on Feb. 1 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Center. Read more…

Common sense about selfies

Growing Up Online: People, especially kids, are taking a lot of pictures of themselves and posting them on social media sites. Here are some topics to discuss with your kids about images they are putting out there. Read more…

Additional resources for parents

Here are a few websites where you can find great tools to get your kids brushing. Read more…

Making magic in the kitchen

Good Sense Eating: You’re on your way home after work with no idea of what to serve for dinner. Sound familiar? Utilize your food pantry and rethink those leftovers. Read more…

What’s your baby’number?

Mommy 101: Everyone has their ideal number — the ideal number of children they want to have — and more often then not, the number in their heads doesn’t match the number of actual children they will have. Read more…

The ‘marble game’

Ask Dr. Karyn: A fun and effective way to teach the whole family routines and responsibility. Read more…

Prepare for an estate planning meeting

Ask an Attorney: Here are a few issues you — and, if you’re in a relationship, you and your spouse — should discuss before meeting with an estate planning attorney. Read more…

Teach children how to cope with failure

Elementary: Teachers answer parents’ questions about failure, phonics, and the kindergarten-readiness assessment test. Read more…

Milking it: Pushing the limits of parental privileges

Dad Stuff: Our writer appreciates people helping him because he has a kid with him, but doesn’t want to take it for granted. Read more…

Divorce and domestic violence

Divorce & Separation: A look at whether mediation should be completely ruled out for a couple with a history of domestic violence. Read more…

‘Butt Book’ and ‘Poopendous’ author reads from his latest book, ‘Peter Panda Melts Down’

Children’s author Artie Bennett will read from his new book — aimed at diffusing wee ones’ temper tantrums — at Barnes and Noble. Read more…

Older children enjoy a comic performance about performances

Featured Event: Enjoy President’s Day with a kids’ comedy show at the Gotham Comedy Club. Read more…

Quintessentially happy

Elementary: Jamie and Kevin Ferrante’s four girls and one boy are now in kindergarten — and thriving. Read more…

What’s your name?

A new study examines why parents mistakingly call their children the wrong name. Read more…

The good grandparent guide

Check out some common issues parents have with grandparents. Read more…

Out-of-this-world dinos

Featured Event: Dino-Light, an innovative theater experience, comes to the Center for Performing Arts, College of Staten Island, on Feb. 23. Read more…

With love and care — from home

Letter from College: A care package is the perfect way to tell your college student you are thinking of her. Read more…

Children celebrate Chinese New Year at Flushing Town Hall

Featured Event: The PoeMobile celebrates the year of the Horse with music, dance, and poetry on Feb. 23. Read more…

Understanding tonsilitis

February is part of the cold and flu season and it is a prime time to talk about one of the most commonly misunderstood conditions: tonsilitis. Read more…

Rx for an art attack

New & Noteworthy: Recycled, heart-shaped crayons from the MeltedHappiness shop on Etsy.com are a sugar-free — yet terribly sweet — gift for your little Valentine. Read more…

Embrace family, embrace life

Downtown Mommy: Being parents has changed one couple’s values and idea of family. Read more…

A piece of cake

Loss & Grieving: A Brooklyn “mompreneur” coped with the terrible grief of losing her infant son by pouring her energy into creating cake pops. Read more…

Children enjoy a concert from the Grammy award-winning duo.

Featured Event: Sympony Space Concert Series brings the best in Kindie Rock on Feb. 22. Read more…

Time to tango with the Tooth Fairy

Babies: What is developmentally normal when it comes to baby tooth loss? How does the tooth-obsessed fairy collect her pearly prizes? And what is the paying pixie’s going rate for a baby tooth? Read more…

Young rockers pass music class with flying colors

New & Noteworthy: New CD features the students of San Francisco’s Rock Band Land music program and the professional musicians of Rainbow Beast putting their very original spin on polar bears and zombie roosters. Read more…

Hand-me-up shoes

Death by Children: Our columnist likes his son’s high-top Converse sneakers so much — and has such small feet — that he likes to wear them more than sometimes. Read more…

Children of all ages explore the Intrepid

Featured Event: Spend mid-winter recess week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum’s Kids Week from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23. Read more…

Steps to get out of an abusive relationship

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Share these steps with your teen. Read more…

Helping newborns have a healthy smile

Family Health: Parents should take steps to provide good oral care for their newborn from day one. Read more…

Scripting: Sprucing up social skills this wintry season

Autism: How you can help your autistic child script in a social manner. Read more…

Let kids be kids

Just Write Mom: Today’s children have less time for unstructured play, with all the afterschool classes they attend. Is it hurting their creativity? Read more…

High school admissions: Seven steps to a successful result

Education: Getting your child into a city high school can be daunting. Here are some tips to help. Read more…

‘Tiny King’ has a big heart

New & Noteworthy: Taro Miura’s wonderful picture book, “The Tiny King,” reminds children and adults alike of the heart-swelling joys of being with the ones you love. Read more…

Program strives to end bullying

Bullying: A program called Strengthening Tween and Adolescent Relationships is making its way through city schools to teach students how to cope with the stress of being bullied. Read more…

Love is in the air — Valentine’s Day crafts and treats

Here are some creative, delicious ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of the little sweethearts in your family. Read more…

February It Figures

It Figures: Fitness facts and Super Bowl data make up February’s It Figures. Read more…

Children enjoy a presentation by the Scottish troupe

Featured Event: Long Island Children’s Museum hosts the Pupet State Theater group from Feb. 11 to Feb. 16. Read more…

Make brushing teeth fun during National Children’s Dental Health Month

Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease in children, despite the fact that it could be easily prevented. Here are some fun ways to get kids brushing. Read more…

Real gouda time: Cheese-loving Geronimo returns to DVD

New & Noteworthy: Children’s book character stars in four animated adventures in “Geronimo Stilton: Intrigue on the Rodent Express” DVD. Read more…

Brutal boyfriends: What every parent should know

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Experts offer tips on how to help your your teen daughter avoid or disengage from an abusive relationship. Learn the warning signs. Read more…

Children enjoy ‘The Frog Prince and Peter and the Wolf’

Featured Event: Queens Symphony Orchestra performs the classics for children on Feb. 9 Read more…

Supporting adolescent romantic relationships

Teens: Parents can help kids learn what is appropriate in a healthy, loving partnership by taking a consulting role in early romance. Read more…

Children explore the art work of graffiti

Featured Event: New exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York introduces children to the wonders of grafitti and city art. Read more…

Dogs compete for agility in this new contest

Featured Event: The Westminister Kennl Club holds the first ever Agility for all dogs. Read more…

The chorus performs in honor of Black History Month

Featured Event: The Feb. 8 concert features Delfeayo Marsalis and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the hip-hop group Run-DMC. Read more…

Thinking of love

Letter from the Publisher: Love is in the air. Read more…

John Q. Public and Jane Doe are the unsung heroes of a new history exhibit in Brooklyn Heights

Featured Event: Handmade History at the Brooklyn Historical Society presents “In Pursuit of Freedom,” a showcase of the Brooklyn anti-slavery movement’s unsung heroes. Read more…

New musical hits New Victory Theater

Featured Event: Chhildren delight in the jusic of Bob Marley in this fanciful musical based on the children’s book. Read more…

For Valentine’s Day: A gift that will touch her sole

New & Noteworthy: Itty Bitty & Pretty’s Baby Blossom Booties are adorable accessories for an infant’s twinkle toes. Read more…

African folktales at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture

Featured Event: Kijana and her animal friends share folktales and more from Africa’s grasslands. Read more…

Traditional African tales and music at the Bedford Village School.

Featured Event: Kijana and her animal friends share tales of adventure in the grasslands in “The African Drum.” Read more…

A tropical vacation in the Bronx

Featured Event: Take part in scavenger hunts through the tropics when you visit New York Botanic Garden’s Tropical Paradise exhibit now through Feb. 23. Read more…

When will winter end? Find out on Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo.

Featured Event: Staten Island Chuck makes his prediction on the weather at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 2. Read more…

Children discover their inner musician

Featured Event: Classical music and Bach is on the agenda at the 92nd Street Y on Feb. 1. Read more…
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