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    Train in vain

    Fri Dec 12

    Talk about hurting the little guy: Citigroup's much publicized financial woes, which resulted in a $45 billion government bailout, also mean the end of its beloved holiday train show. The beleagured company is withdrawing sponsorship of the display after this season ends, so if your family plans to take in the expansive model railway, catch it by January 2. Continuing the free-to-the-public display next year would cost Citigroup about $240,00—a lot of money to most of us, but a paltry sum to a company that is spending $400 million to slap its name on Shea Stadium 2.0. As a Queens resident, I call shenanigans.

    The Dog Ate My Homework, But Mom Saved My Ass

    Wed Dec 10

    It was 10am on a school day when my middle school-age daughter called. "What's wrong?" I answered, knowing something was up. She's not the kind of kid who sneaks in calls during the day, so I was sure it was something bad. "I totally forgot my homework and English is in 20 minutes!" she whispered. "Can you e-mail it to me?" I breathed a sigh of relief before becoming annoyed. Remembering her homework is her responsibility. Yes, I could send it to her with a click of a mouse, but should I? What kind of message would I be sending along with her essay? Ultimately, I agreed. But within the email I added some motherly advice. "Honey, you really need to organize yourself so this type of thing doesn't happen again." Then I deleted the sentence and hit send. Thankfully, I don't (usually) have an absent-minded kid, so this was an anomaly. But the experience made me think about my childhood: no phone access, no computer, no e-mail. If I had ever forgotten my...

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

    Tue Dec 9

    Barker's new babe Noted fashion photographer turned America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker (and bona fide hot-tie) welcomed his second child with model wife Cristen Chin Barker on Sunday in New York. The baby girl, named Jasmine, weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and is little sister to the couple's 2-year-old son, Jack. Frozen assets Mom Made Foods, a company that makes organic baby and toddler food, has struck a deal that will put its line of frozen children's foods in 121 SuperTarget stores around the country. Since there's yet to be a SuperTarget in NYC, be sure to stock up over the holidays while visiting Aunt Millie in Manassas, Virgina, or search for other locations set to stock the goods. Perfect pairing KidZui , a site that offers one-click access to more than 1.5 million kid-friendly websites, games, pictures and videos and safe social networks, announced a new Mozilla Firefox 3.0 add-on that integrates its browser into...

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

    Mon Dec 8

    Savior sitter The massacre in Mumbai is getting endless news coverage , most of which leaves readers disenheartened with the world. This story , however, will warm your ticker up: A nanny risked her life by rescuing her two-year-old charge in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. It is easy being green Looks like the Grinch isn't the only one being green this holiday. CNN offers suggestions in buying safe and environmentally friendly toys made out of wood, organic cotton, bamboo, wool or hemp. Remedy your parenting quandaries Got a few questions about your babe's habits that need answering? Like, um, is that spitup supposed to be putrid orange? Urbanbaby.com is talking up a storm about the hour-long Swellbeing Webinars , courtesy of the go-to NYC-based parenting resource, which help urban parents navigate particular child-rearing humps through live interactive webcasts. At just $30 each, you can afford to query all of Junior's...

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