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Opinion: 'Imagination Playground' Lives Up to Its Name

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'Jail' Playground in Brooklyn Public Housing Project Sparks Outrage

A maintenance worker cleans a fresh coat of paint covering the jail-themed playground at the Tompkins Houses in Brooklyn, NY. Credit: Robert Stolarik/The New York Times/Redux
At a city housing project in Brooklyn, N.Y., an orange jungle gym embla...

Girl, 12, Taken Away in Handcuffs for Doodling on Her Desk; Dept. of Ed. Admits To Excessive Punishment

Alexa Gonzalez was handcuffed and detained for doodling on her desk with erasable marker. Credit: Bryan Pace, New York Daily News
A 12-year-old girl in New York City was not only suspended Monday, but taken in handcuffs to the police precinct ac...

SpongeBob Debuts at Madame Tussauds

In honor of his 10th Anniversary, SpongeBob SquarePants will be immortalized at the famed Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City, becoming the first cartoon character to receive a statue made entirely out of wax.
Kid-Friendly W...

New York Moms Go Nuts for Twins

No doubt about it, having twins is a blessing -- but it can also mean a complicated pregnancy, double the bills, and more sleepless nights than you bargained for. However, these days in New York City, having twins also means something else: Elevated ...

Third-Hand Smoke Harming Kids

Smokers-and your children--beware. Even though you may smoke outside, or roll down the window to let in fresh air when you're smoking in the car, toxins remain in your hair and on your clothes that can ultimately poison your kids. Sound scary? well, ...

GPS Prevents Thefts of Baby Jesus

Sure, it sounds hysterical, but leave it to modern technology to solve a long-standing problem around the holidays. No, I'm not talking about how Santa's sleigh makes it to the houses of good boys and girls the world over in one night. Rather, I'm...

NY Governor Wants to Tax Soda

New York State Gov. David Patterson proposed this week that all non-diet sodas be taxed, as part of his $121 million budget plan for 2009. Patterson's so called "obesity tax" would levy a 15 percent tax on carbonated drinks like Coca-Cola. The tax...

In Defense of the Fake Christmas Tree

Growing up, if you'd ever asked me if I'd have a fake Christmas tree, I'd have laughed in your face. The fake trees I encountered as a child were tacky, cheap and, frankly, highly flammable. In fact, my grandparents had an artificial tree that nearl...

Teacher Binds Girls' Hands and Feet to Teach About Slavery

I'm all for a hands-on teaching experience. I think kids can get so much more from touching, experimenting, and doing than they can from books and lectures. But when a hands-on moment humiliates a child, it's taking things way too far. A seventh-g...

Tom Cruise Hopes for More Kids with Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise is looking to be a father again, but not until wife Katie is ready to take the time. Papa Cruise and wife Katie Holmes are already parents to two-year-old Suri (and Tom is dad to Isabella and Conner from his former marriage to Nicole Ki...

I'm Thankful for My Children - But Not the Way You Might Think

Thanksgiving is such an odd holiday. It is the only time of year when we're generally asked to pause and take stock of what matters to us most. Generally, what matters most is family, friends, a roof over our heads and food to eat. This year we're t...

Taking the Kids to see Santa

Will you be taking the kids to see Santa Claus this year? I know I will. My son will be about twenty months old this Christmas, which I think is about the right time to start in on an ages-old tradition. That tradition includes a lot of magic, myste...

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Spend Second Anniversary Apart

Fueling speculation that something is amiss in their marriage, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes spent their second anniversary apart ... on opposite coasts. Katie's in New York appearing on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, while Tom is hard at wor...

More New York Moms Choosing to Birth at Home

Wow. Here's a loaded topic! Want to have your baby at home? Home birth is a process that has been eschewed--well, OK, to use the word from a recent New York Times article on the subject, "condemned"--by the American College of Obstetricians and Gyne...

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