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    LeapFrog releases iPhone apps for kids

    Wed Apr 15

    Ask any kid and he'll tell you: Daddy's iPhone is really Junior's plaything. Well, Papa no longer needs to have a panic attack when he spies his son messing with his cell. This week, LeapFrog launched a line of iPhone apps that cater to the sandbox set. The first of several planned learning games, "Number Rumble" invites 6 to 10-year-olds to shake, tap and spin their way to mathematical mastery on the iPhone. The game opens with a fill-in-the-blank query. Once completed, kids shake the iPhone to move on to the next puzzler. Unlike a real math quiz, though, kids can shake past the questions they don't know how to answer. Score! The lack of annoying sounds is, forgive me, a plus. I'm well beyond gradeschool and yet I had a blast getting jiggy with it. Education doesn't come cheap though: LeapFrog is charging $2.99 for the application at the Apple store . On the bright side, your newly numbers-minded kid will be able to figure out how much of his allowance the app eats up.

    New book giveaway!

    Wed Apr 15

    Our friend Brett Berk, who you've heard about from Time Out Kids on more than one occasion, is holding another book giveaway ! This time, you can win copies of Romi Lassaly's True Mom Confessions: Real Moms Get Real, a compilation of two-line confessions from mamas around the globe. And, really, who doesn't want to know the deep, dark secrets of other parents? Chances are, you're thinking the same things they are...

    Why are people so afraid of childbirth?

    Tue Apr 14

    Our buddy Brett Singer, a proud papa who has written for Time Out Kids and contributes to Babble.com, pens his own parenting blog, Daddy Tips. He recently wrote an amusing post, rife with snarky observations, on the whole birthing process and its inherent gross factor. Below, he shares his take on the most momentous event in any parent's life. A recent viral video reminded me of something that I've been saying for a while now: What is it about birth that freaks people out so much? Welcome to the world, kid I must be missing something. What's the big deal? It's just a baby. Sure, they look kinda slimy and blue when they first come out. But that stuff washes off. (I'm actually very glad that I was told about the blue part. Otherwise I might have thought that my wife had cheated on me with E.T. ) I'm not going to wax rhapsodic about "the miracle of childbirth" and all that other garbage. Yes, it's true. It's pretty amazing to watch, whether the...

    Easter Parade 2009 Photos!

    Mon Apr 13

    [node:] I may be Jewish, and yet every year, my daughter and I hit the Easter Parade (really more of a promenade) on Fifth Avenue. (Hey, there's no Passover Parade!) Although she's not yet four, this was her fourth edition, so I can honestly say she's grown up with this tradition--and she's only been to the Mermaid Parade twice. We took a bunch of photos (yes, Marlena has her own camera, and frankly she seemed more interested in taking pics than in posing for them). See below. If you've never been, put it on your to-do list for next year. It's like the fun of Halloween without the stress.

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