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    All's well that ends Wen

    Wed Mar 18

    As we've previously reported, parents of pre-K students at Shuang Wen--a District 1 public school that accepts kids via lottery and teaches part of the day in Mandarin--were fighting for their kids' right to automatically advance to kindergarten, since they were promised continuity by the principal. Well, after months of lobbying, it seems that most parents have got their happy ending. As an email sent from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer states, "It is with great pleasure that I tell you the Department of Education has committed to allowing the current Shuang Wen pre-kindergarten children to matriculate to kindergarten. Due to the dual-track program at Shuang Wen, the students will continue receiving their education in Chinese language and culture. Please see the attached letter from DOE for full details." The expanded letter states that student who live in the district will get priority in terms of admission. However, it also says that students who do not live in...

    A "revolutionary" parent product: the shoulder pillow

    Tue Mar 17

    We here at TONY Kids are great fans of Brett Berk's blog. Author of The Gay Uncle's Guide to Parenting (Random House, 2008), Berk has many children in his life...none of which are his (and we suspect he likes it that way!) He recently wrote an amusing post, oozing with his signature sarcasm, about the "revolutionary" shoulder pillow, and he agreed to share his thoughts on our blog. A loyal reader recently wrote in with a note. "For Vol. 2 of Gay Uncle's Guide , I think you should swap out the wipe warmer references to make room for this gem." Shut. Up. What is this extraordinarily significant new product that will revolutionize the way in which children are reared during these cruel, pain-inducing times? Well, it's a patented, fashionable, 100% cotton, washable, biomorphically molded...(wait for it)...Shoulder Pillow!! Oh my god! Is this not exactly what you have been praying to god to deliver? Screw extending your unemployment benefits, or rebuilding our...

    Car craze at Grand Central Terminal

    Tue Mar 17

    If you've got a vehicle-obsessed little boy at home, you probably already know that you "ought-to-go to the auto show " with him. But you may not realize that you can cater to his car fantasies at Grand Central Terminal. The New York Times reports that from March 25th through April 6, four BMW art cars, outlandishly decorated by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg, will be on display at the station. These rides are infinitely cooler than those flower sticker taxis, and you can gawk at them for free. Rev your tot up with this awesome slideshow .

    Looking for more Girl Scout cookies?

    Mon Mar 16

    Sorry, that's a rhetorical question. Who isn't dying for more of these once-a-year treats? In my home state of California, you can buy the goodies at the supermarket, where little Daisies and Brownies hawk at the front door. So you can imagine my devastation when I moved to NYC and discovered that I had to preorder the cookies from an actual Scout, since that's the only way they're available (or so I was told). I don't know any Girl Scouts here, so my mom sent me a giant shipment of Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs. Unfortunately, these puppies are going fast (I blame my editor). But I came across this juicy tidbit: There's a secret Cookie Cupboard that sells individual boxes! They are only open for a few hours every week, but if you have a minute I recommend popping in and snagging some before Girl Scout cookie season is over.

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