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    New shop on the UES

    Tue Sep 29

    True, there's no shortage of boutiques for kids on the Upper East Side, but we're always excited when a new one opens. The latest player on the block is Lemonade . Located on Lexington Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets, the shop specializes in goodies for girls and boys ages newborn to eight. Owner Maggie Eigen, a former preschool teacher, fills the shelves with clothing from companies like Appaman , Kule , L.A. Made , Oeuf and more. There's also a nice selection of kid accessories—think alarm clocks, headbands and blankets. Make sure to stop by the next time you head uptown on the 6 train—we know we will!

    Jon Cryer and wife adopt

    Tue Sep 29

    Congratulations to Jon Cryer and his wife, Lisa Joyner, who recently adopted a baby girl. Cryer may be an Emmy winner for his role on Two and a Half Men, but he'll always be Duckie from Pretty in Pink to us. Just remember, Jon: Young girls, they do get weary.

    The Great Home-School Debate

    Mon Sep 28

    If you haven't already seen this Salon.com article in defense of home-schooling, it's worth a read-through. In his essay, Brooklyn dad Andrew O'Hehir touts the benefits of the option, especially in such a field-trip-rich city like New York, as well as trying to squash some outdated stereotypes: "Some people suspect we have a hidden ideological or religious agenda we're not telling them about. We may look like your standard-issue Brooklyn creative-class family—two 40-something parents, two kids, two pet rabbits and a battered Chrysler minivan—but who are we really? Home schooling has become a lot more mainstream and diverse in recent years, but familiar sterotypes endure. As Alicia Bayer, a Minnesota home-schooler and blogger who's one of Leslie's [O'Hehir's wife and home-schooler of their five-year-old twins] online mentors, puts it, 'People think we're all conservative Christians who hate the government and wear denim jumpers.'" If you still haven't had your fill on...

    Obama wants a longer school day

    Mon Sep 28

    By now, you've probably seen the headlines about President Obama proposing to cut down summer breaks in favor of more time in school, as well as extending hours and opening schools on weekends. And while inevitable moans, tears and tantrums may ensue from your backpack-carrying bunch, the effects could prove monumental—both to you and your tot. Kids love summer vacation, but three months away from the classroom can be a scheduling nightmare for a busy parent. Instead of stressing over lining up and paying for after-school care, you might feel more at ease knowing your children are safe at school. But there are, of course, downsides. The cost would be extreme, especially in an economy that's drowning in a swamp of debt, unable to adequately pay educators for their current hours. And we know exactly who will be footing the bill—you. How do you feel about your youngsters spending longer hours in school on top of a longer academic year? Would you rather pay more tax money...

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