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    Share your parental wisdom with other moms and dads

    Thu Jul 16

    Our friend Brett Berk, a.k.a. everyone's favorite gay uncle, alerted us to this opportunity for opinionated parents which, being New York moms and dads, we're going to assume you are (I know I am!) A writer named Heidi Stevens has launched a new column for the Tribune papers, The Parent 'Hood, in which real moms and dads write in with questions, and get answers from their peers. That's right: You no longer have to quietly cluck at the bad mommies in your neighborhood. You can tell them what you think (well...if they happen to live in an area that's serviced by Tribune publications). If you have a succinct solution to any of the issues listed below, e-mail your answers to parenthood@tribune.com. Be sure to include your first and last name, your hometown and a mention of the question you're responding to. Upcoming topics: 1. You've gotten in the bad habit of buying your child a "special treat" every time he/she behaves at Target. Now he/she expects a gift every time you enter a store....

    iPhone app maps out public toilets in the city

    Tue Jul 14

    It's every parent's nightmare: You're out on the town with your little one when the dreaded statement comes: "I gotta use the potty!" Then begins the lengthy search for a (preferably clean) bathroom. Now you can avoid frantic emergencies with the cool iPhone application Diaroogle , which maps out toilets in Manhattan (other boroughs to follow). You can search by street, zip or even by nearby parks and landmarks, and many of the results offer snapshots taken by locals who have seen the pooping palace firsthand. And with a rating for each porcelain thrown, you'll always know what to expect (and how much hand sanitizer you'll need) at each spot. This isn't the first time someone has attempted to round up local porcelain thrones: mizpee.com and sitorsquat.com got there first. Which one do you use? Or do you just take your chances?

    Kids defend Heidi Klum's privacy at West Village park

    Fri Jul 10

    It's tough being a parent in NYC, and tougher still for celebrity moms and dads, who can't even take their kids to the park without the paparazzi hounding them. Just ask Heidi Klum: Last Friday, she thought she'd let her kids have a bit of fun in a West Village playground, but soon found herself hounded by photographers who relentlessly documented the outing from just outside the park. Aggravated at the disruption--not to mention the invasion of privacy--the other parents in the park asked the lensmen to leave. When the photogs persisted, the parents went straight to the local cops who explained that as long as they remained outside the playground, the shutterbugs were within their rights. After a couple of hours, some parents were so miffed they turned vigilante, encouraging their kids to lob water balloons at the paps. "It wasn't right," says one parent who was there, "and I told my kid that's not how we deal with things. But, honestly, I'm kind of glad it happened." Klum and...

    Big Apple Games begins! Free sports activities for kids in all five boroughs

    Fri Jul 10

    The DOE has officially launched Big Apple Games , a six-week program offering free recreational activities for kids ages 8 to 19. The no-cost fun has been organized by the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), which oversees competitive high school sports during the academic year. There are 48 spots in all five boroughs where your brood can participate. Not only will there be tons of traditional sports (including basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, football, soccer and lacrosse), but arts and crafts activities are on the agenda, too. Want some extra incentive to take part? Various locations will offer special programs with local pros, including basketball clinics with players from the New York Liberty and Harlem Wizards. Time to get your game on! Big Apple Games run through August 13. Click here for a list of activities and locations, or dial 311 for additional info.

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