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Crazy U, or, Getting Your Kid Into College: Author Q&A

Crazy U. Credit: Andrew Ferguson
Add this to the laundry list of things that were simpler when you were a kid: Applying to college.
Back then you selected your reach and safety schools, filled out the applications, wrote an essay, d...
Add this to the laundry list of things that were simpler when you were a kid: Applying to college.

Diane Falanga's 'P.S. I Hate It Here!' Helps Homesick Kids Adjust to Camp

Desperate pleas for food, strapless bras and tickets home fill the pages of Diane Falanga's new book. Photo courtesy of Diane Falanga
Diane Falanga's new book, "P.S. I Hate It Here!" is a compilation of 150 hilarious letters written by kids at ...

Earth Day: Everyday Activities for Kids

Earth Day comes only once a year, but in our neighbourhood many families are making small changes to honour the Earth every day. If your family is looking for inspiration and practical ideas to bring Earth Day home, every day, look no further than ...

Come On, Get Happy - Author Tells You How to Have More Fun

Happiness tip: Get more sleep. Credit: Amazon.com
It's no secret: Everybody wants to be happy. So, in an attempt to put a permanent smile on her face, author and mother of two Gretchen Rubin spent a year testing the wisdom of the ages. She loo...

MSNBC Anchor: It Took A Serious Fall With My Baby To Change My Life

Mika Brzezinski shares her struggles with balancing a demanding career and motherhood. Credit: Brian Nice.
It's been said before, motherhood is a balancing act. Unfortunately, MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski found that out the ha...

Expert Tips for Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

"You don't need to be an expert to cook," Elisabeth de Mariaffi tells Cabin Fever. Elisabeth is the author of Eat It Up!, a colourful and practical new cookbook for children, and she's just the person to reassure a harried and hopeful parent that c...

Roald Dahl: Children's Author

Roald Dahl (Sept. 13, 1916 - Nov. 23, 1990) was a British-Norwegian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter most famous for "James and the Giant Peach," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Matilda" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Dahl developed h...

Do Bad Manners Indicate Developmental Issues or Just Bad Parenting?

Does your pediatrician ever discuss your child's manners with you? My son, who is 21 months, has not been the subject of such a discussion but will be soon. He is nearly two, prime time to really start teaching him some manners; up to now we've been ...

Which is the Best Christmas Carol?

Ah, Christmas carols. These days they start the sun-up after Halloween and carry is through most if not all of December. Some radio stations play nothing but Christmas carols throughout the holiday season. We get a kick out them, find them nostalgic...

Is the world ready for a teen version of Sex and the City?

Author Candace Bushnell seems to think so. Just when the world may have thought it'd had enough of SATC after the recent move to the big screen, and just when Gossip Girl lost its minimal intrigue, sights have been set to unleash a teen version of t...

Maurice Sendak turns 80, doesn't think he's so great

Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, The Little Bear series -- are these the work of a "mere illustrator"? I asked my kids and they said absolutely not -- they are the work of a great artist. If you ask the man himself, Maurice Sendak, ho...

Vegetable deception ok to get kids to eat healthy?

Is hiding vegetables in your kids' food wrong? What if that's the only way to get your child to eat something green (that isn't a booger)? One cookbook author strongly disagrees with the notion that it's ok to sneak healthy foods into unhealthy ones,...

Are your kids noisy?

And, if so, does it bug your neighbors? Do your neighbors go so far as to complain to you about it? And, if they do, do you care? I live in New York City, in Brooklyn, in an apartment. I am surrounded, in my condo complex, by people to the right of ...

Swedish author builds homes for orphans in Mozambique

Author Henning Mankell, best known for his detective novels, has donated more than $2 million dollars to build homes for orphaned children near the city of Chimoio in Western Mozambique. Mankell has divided his time between Sweden and Maputo, the cap...

Madeleine L'Engle steps through A Wrinkle in Time

Susan Wagner picked A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle as a favorite of hers back on Read Across America day, and I'm sure a lot of folks remember that and many of L'Engle's other books as favorites. The sad news is that Madeleine L'Engle passed ...

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