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Sneak Peek of What to Expect at the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference Next Week

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

We’re less than one week away from the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference, where experts will gather to discuss some of the most prevalent parenting issues moms and dads face today.

One of parents’ top concerns involves raising children in a digital world. Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author and international speaker, is one of the conference’s panelists — watch below to see what he says about controlling your child’s digital interactions:

And don’t forget: Parents and American Baby editor in chief, Dana Points, will also host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with Thompson and the other panelists after they have spoken. Tickets for the event can be purchased on but if you are unable to attend, watch a live webcast of the conference on

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Mark Your Calendars for the 92nd Street Y Parenting Conference

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

What do you really need to know as a parent?

On February 11, five experts will host presentations on a slew of topics at the 92nd Street Y’s Parenting Conference to answer that question. Topics aimed to help moms and dads meet today’s parenting challenges include: language learning and literacy, parental anxiety, and raising independent children.

Parents and American Baby editor-in-chief Dana Points will then host a roundtable discussion and Q&A with the panelists. On February 12, parents can also join experts for an intimate Q&A breakfast.

If you live in the New York City area, consider attending! Interested participants can find more information about the conference, register, and buy tickets on the site. Parents can also follow the 92Y Parenting livestream video on or the webcast on Be sure to check out the live updates on Twitter via #92YParenting, as well.

For a sneak peek, watch Dr. Michael Thompson, a best-selling author, international speaker, and one of the conference’s panelists, talk about controlling your child’s digital interactions:

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New Disney Channel TV Series ‘Sofia the First’ Premieres Tomorrow

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Last November, Disney introduced its first-ever little girl princess with the premiere of the TV movie, “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.”

Following the success of the movie, Disney created a television series that follows Princess Sofia on her adventures. In the premiere episode, Sofia strives to become the first princess to join her school’s all-male flying derby team. She pursues the role with determination while learning to believe in herself and in anything she sets her mind to.

Throughout the show, she tackles such obstacles as making new friends, dealing with bullies, and trying to fit in.  She presents herself as a strong role model for children, learning about important values like kindness, honesty, and loyalty. Older Disney princesses Ariel, Aurora, Belle, and Jasmine also appear in the series to offer Sofia advice.

Catch the first episode tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel and at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. For a sneak preview of what to expect from the series, watch the video below:

To coincide with the series premiere, Disney has also released a Sofia the First app for iOS users. The app follows the show’s opening storyline and includes illustrations, interactive animations, and digital features that allow kids to create and record their own personal stories. Sofia the First: Story Theater is available at the iTunes store.

Image and video courtesy of ©(DISNEY JUNIOR)

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Nominate Your Favorite Blogs In Our 2013 Parents Blog Awards

Monday, January 7th, 2013

It’s that time of the year again: our annual blog awards!

Between now and January 27, you can nominate your favorite blog (or your own) in one or two of six blog categories:

  • Most likely to have you reaching for the tissues
  • Most likely to make you laugh
  • Most likely to inspire you to change the world
  • Most likely to make life as CHO (Chief Household Officer) easier
  • Most likely to wow you with photos or  videos
  • Most likely to help you achieve a personal goal

We’ll select five finalists in each category, and then leave it up to you to select the winners!

Voting will take place between February 6 and February 24. The winners will be announced on on March 1, and then featured in an upcoming issue of Parents.

Visit our Facebook page today to cast your votes.


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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Obesity Declining in Young, Poorer Kids: Study
The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or “extremely obese” has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. (via Reuters)

Video Games Fail to Stoke Kids’ Appetite for Fruit
Healthy food advertising in the form of online games doesn’t make kids crave more wholesome snacks, according to a new study from the Netherlands. (via Reuters)

Farewell to Aspies: Some Families Reluctant to Let Go of Asperger’s Diagnosis
The news that the term “Asperger’s syndrome” will soon cease to exist has some parents concerned – especially parents raising “Aspie” children. (via Today)

City Prepares for a Strike, Maybe This Week, by School Bus Drivers
The possibility of a strike by New York City’s school bus drivers inched closer on Sunday, with the schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, detailing contingency plans for the 152,000 public and private students who could be affected, as, steps away, hundreds of bus drivers, union leaders and parents noisily protested the loss of job security in new contracts. (via New York Times)

11 States Get Failing Grades on Public School Policies From Advocacy Group
In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in performance evaluations and expanding charter schools. (via New York Times)

Jeremiah, High School Junior, Creates Social Accounts To Spread Compliments At School
To combat bullying and boost positivity at his school, one student is going online and posting compliments on Twitter about many of his classmates. His account, @westhighbros, has tweeted over 3,000 nice messages since it launched in October 2011. (via Huffington Post)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Single-Sex Schools Have Negative Impact on Kids, Says Study
Boys and girls may be opposites, but new research shows that in the classroom, separating the two sexes may not be the best way for either gender to learn and grow. (via ABC News)

Women Getting Unneeded Paps Post-Hysterectomy
Many women don’t need to be screened for cervical cancer after a hysterectomy, but a new study says most get the test anyway. (via NBC News)

Is the Medical Community Failing Breastfeeding Moms?
When women have trouble breast-feeding, they’re either prodded to try harder by well-meaning lactation consultants or told to give up by doctors. They’re almost never told, “Perhaps there’s an underlying medical problem—let’s do some tests.” (via TIME)

Obama Administration Okays More Health Insurance Marketplaces
Injecting a rare shot of bipartisanship in the nation’s contentious health care overhaul, the Obama administration cleared four Republican-led states to build their own consumer-friendly insurance markets on Thursday. (via NBC News)

An Embryo That Is Neither Male nor Female: Impact of Three Unexpected Sex Determination Factors Analyzed
So, is it a girl or a boy? This is the first question parents ask at the birth of an infant. Though the answer is obvious, the mechanism of sex determination is much less so. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) attempt to shed light on this complex process by identifying the crucial role played by insulin and IGF1 and IGF2 growth factors, a family of hormones known for its role in metabolism and growth. (via ScienceDaily)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Boy Suspended For Making Gun Gesture With Hand, Saying ‘Pow’ At Maryland School
A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his Maryland elementary school last month for making a gun gesture with his hand, aiming his fingers at a classmate and saying, “Pow.” Now, his family is fighting the one-day suspension with the help of legal counsel. (via Huffington Post)

Sandy Hook Children Head to School for First Time Since Attack
Twenty days after the massacre that left 20 first graders and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, classes resumed on Thursday for the more than 400 students who lived through the harrowing assault. (via Reuters)

Child Support Claim Rankles Sperm Donor to Lesbian Couple
A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple so they could have a child said on Wednesday he is shocked the state is now trying to make him pay child support. (Reuters)

Are Recession Babies Prone to Riskier Behaviors?
A new analysis of data on U.S. teens born during the early 1980s ties slightly higher rates of adolescent smoking, drinking, arrests and thefts to macroeconomic conditions during the first year of life. (via Fox News)

Viral Pranking Mom: Teaching Kids Humor is Important
When a South Dakota mom tricked her 8-year-old son into believing he accidentally purchased a $50,000 car on eBay, she couldn’t resist filming the prank. And then, like so many before her, she posted it online. (via Today)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Language Learning Begins in Utero, Study Finds; Newborn Memories of Oohs and Ahs Heard in the Womb
Research led by Christine Moon, a professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, shows that infants, only hours old showed marked interest for the vowels of a language that was not their mother tongue. (via ScienceDaily)

Circumcision On The Decline? What Parents Need to Know About The Procedure
Having your newborn baby boy circumcised used to be a common practice in the United States, but in recent years, more parents are opting out. According to Charge Data Master, newborn circumcision rates declined from 58.4 percent in 2001 to 54.7 percent in 2010. Yet these numbers don’t take into account circumcisions performed outside of the hospital – such as those for religious reasons. (via Fox News)

Ultrasound Parties: New Frontier in Pregnancy Oversharing
Thanks to improved ultrasound technology, parents-to-be can now invite friends and family to share in an intimate viewing of baby in utero. (via Today Moms)

Philadelphia School District Plans to Close Dozens of Schools
Now, facing deep financial problems, the Philadelphia School District has proposed an unprecedented downsizing that would close 37 campuses by June — roughly one out of six public schools. If the sweeping plan is approved, the district says it will improve academic standards by diverting money used for maintaining crumbling buildings to hire teachers and improve classroom equipment. (via New York Times)

More Food for Hungry Students: USDA Tweaks School Meals
Schools across the country continue to struggle with implementing the first new nutritional guidelines in 15 years governing meals served to nearly 32 million U.S. students every day. Some schools are finding it a challenge to meet the new requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program, put in place in January 2012. Amid pressure from government officials, the USDA recently loosened up on some of its requirements on meat and grains. (via TIME)

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