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    Don't Touch That Toy

    Tue Dec 2

    Every time there’s a toy recall, I worry. How are parents supposed to know that the innocent little red bracelet from the dollar store in Chinatown, the Barbie dog from Toys R Us and the Thomas the Tank Engine from FAO Schwarz are filled with poison? One wacky press release we received on this issue suggested that parents "ask for or research the lead-level policies for any toys you may purchase." Yeah, that'll work. "Hi, Mattel? It’s me, Susan. Howyadoin’? You know, the holidays are coming and I was hoping you could tell me the lead levels for all your Barbie stuff--the dolls, clothing, accessories, cars, houses, all that?” Even if some nice lady got on the phone and gave me the stats, I wouldn’t know safe from toxic numbers anyhow.   Ed Mierzwinski, the consumer program director for the United States Public Interest Research Group, commiserated with me.   “I can believe a parent is going to go to that much trouble before buying a toy,” he bellowed into the phone...

    Parenting Poop: What Big Apple Moms and Dads Are Buzzing About

    Tue Dec 2

    Schmoopfest ’08 Just when you thought the Obamas couldn’t get any cuter—ugh—they do. In this clip on The Huffington Post’s website, taken from Access Hollywood’s multi-part interview with the President Elect’s family, 10-year-old Malia sounds off on her appreciation of her parent’s regular PDA. If that’s not enough to up the aww-factor, click through the slideshow of more cheese-tastic Obama family moments. Let’s swoon together, shall we? Brit’s back! And yes, her life is still as much of a Circus as it was when she released her last album a year ago, as evidenced by her MTV documentary “For the Record,” aired last night. However, the pop princess turned maniac mommy seems to slowly be getting her life back on track with the release of her latest album, Circus; to celebrate, she’ll be performing a few tracks on Good Morning America live from—you guessed it—the Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center. If there is a God, Brit Brit and Grandma the Clown will perform a duet...

    Kids' Picks Review: Madagascar 2

    Mon Dec 1

    Sure, we thought Madagascar Back 2 Africa was cute. But it's nowhere near as adorable as the precocious critics at Kids Picks, who share their take on the animated sequel.

    You Must Be My Lucky School

    Wed Nov 26

    As Madonna’s quickie divorce comes to a (relatively) discreet close, rumors are swirling about her impending return to New York with the kids. And what’s the first thing any mom—especially a material one—needs to investigate? The school situation of course.   Madge, if I may be so bold, here are some suggestions:  The Earth School/P.S. 364: Take your kids back to your East Village roots. The parent body is made up of artist types and the kids get to call the teachers by their first names. We’re sure that they’d welcome a parent chat-and-chew on Kabbalah. And, when it comes to donation time, a mere $100 will seem generous at this grassroots institution.  P.S. 199 Jesse Isador Straus School: Solid school with excellent academics, located near your pad at 64th and Central Park South.  This choice makes your life--and their playdates—pretty convenient.  United Nations International School: If you’re gonna go private, best to go with the most global school on the planet. 117 countries are...

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