Refrigerator Photo Gallery

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Over the years, in addition to displaying my daughters’ art work and photos of them, all secured with magnets from our travels, our refrigerator had served as a giant photo album. I have 15 nieces and nephews, and each year I changed their photos, whether they were school photos or the photos that came with Christmas cards. I also added my friend’s daughters who are... Read More

Artful Jack O’Lanterns Like You’ve Never Seen

Some of the creations on display at Rise of of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens this month.

Some of the creations on display at Rise of of the Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens this month. Sunday night I took a walk in Old Westbury Gardens and saw the Corpse Bride, Scooby Doo, the Adams Family, Frankenstein, and some classic art work too, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and M.C. Escher’s “The Scream.” And they were all carved or painted on pumpkins. While... Read More

Apparently, I’m Not Polite Enough

What was my mom thinking?

I consider myself to have excellent manners. I’m still unclear about on which side of the plate to place the forks. But my etiquette skills were so well ingrained in me as a child that it is still hard for me to call my parents’ friends by their first names. What was my mom thinking? But if you ask my daughters, I am woefully lacking in my technological etiquette, and it’s... Read More

Can We Be Screen-Free-ish for a Week?

For three years Long Island Parent magazine has been a media sponsor of Screen-Free Week, organized by the Early Years Institute (EYI) in Plainview. The idea is to limit–not eliminate–the time you and your children spend watching TV and using technology, including hand-held devices. Instead, we recommend that you and your children get out and play. The event takes place... Read More

Babies Get 24 Vaccines in 24 Months? No Wonder They Don’t Like Needles

Watching your infant receive their first vaccine is one true instance when you can believe it hurts you almost as much as it hurts them. Of course not literally, but it’s one of the first times we realize that something we’re doing for their own good is the cause of their pain. And there are just so many instances of this to experience with them. In their first two years,... Read More

Ongoing Impact of Sandy on Our Children

How do you answer the three-year-old who asks you: “When will my bed float back to me?” These are the questions that those who work with children are facing in the aftermath of Sandy. Meanwhile, teachers are seeing increased behavior problems, like one student who has never been in trouble before. But since he lost his home and he had to be rescued by fire fighters,... Read More

Wound Too Tight: Many kids are already on holiday overload, racing from activity to activity. But parents can help them slow down.

FLIPPING THE calendar over to December is a little like opening the starting gate at the Kentucky Derby. Before you have a chance to rein them in, your kids are off on the track of holiday parties, school plays, concerts, recitals, visits with Santa, at least one “Nutcracker” performance and special invites with friends and family. In between there’s homework and... Read More

Hurricane Sandy Stress-Relief: Recover From Within

The storm is over but for many of us on Long Island, the stress still lingers. Whether you’ve lost electricity or something much more meaningful, superstorm Sandy has affected us all physically, mentally and emotionally. As we start this holiday week that emphasizes gratitude, many of us may still feel the loss of control that the storm left in its wake: the realization that no... Read More