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How Today's World Affects Your Family by Gina Chen



Updated: 2017-06-30T20:47:02Z

 



Hidden dangers at home

2009-07-27T20:03:58Z

Hello readers! I'm working on a story for Sunday's Home and Real Estate section about hidden dangers even careful parents can miss when childproofing a home. I thought it could be helpful to run an anecdotal list (maybe in the... Hello readers! I'm working on a story for Sunday's Home and Real Estate section about hidden dangers even careful parents can miss when childproofing a home. I thought it could be helpful to run an anecdotal list (maybe in the...



Recession doesn't mar summer camp season

2009-07-02T08:22:01Z

Camp directors across Central New York were worried this summer might be a slow one for camp -- given the economy. But they were happily mistaken. It's shaping up to be a pretty normal camp season around the region. Read... Camp directors across Central New York were worried this summer might be a slow one for camp -- given the economy. But they were happily mistaken. It's shaping up to be a pretty normal camp season around the region. Read...



Child care rating system, Get Moving CNY

2009-07-02T08:21:04Z

Here is an overview of my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Quality Stars: New York state plans to launch its own child care rating system, and the Syracuse area is vying to be among communities to pilot the program. The... Here is an overview of my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Quality Stars: New York state plans to launch its own child care rating system, and the Syracuse area is vying to be among communities to pilot the program. The...



Gina Chen says goodbye

2009-06-30T15:06:40Z

Here I am at my nearly empty desk on my last day of work. Goodbye. In my 20 years as a print journalist, writing this blog has by far been the most fun I've had on the job. Sometimes, I... Here I am at my nearly empty desk on my last day of work. Goodbye. In my 20 years as a print journalist, writing this blog has by far been the most fun I've had on the job. Sometimes, I...



Auburn man wins Cicero Engraving gift certificate

2009-06-30T14:01:49Z

Congratulations to Craig Wright, of Auburn. He won a $50 gift certificate donated by Cicero Engraving. Thanks to all who entered.... Congratulations to Craig Wright, of Auburn. He won a $50 gift certificate donated by Cicero Engraving. Thanks to all who entered....



Enter to win gift certificate for free engraving

2009-06-26T16:43:26Z

Cicero Laser Engraving sent me a gift certificate for $50 to give away on the Family Life blog. Whoo-hee. Cool gift, I think. If you'd like to win it, e-mail me at gchen@syracuse.com and type "laser" in the subject line.... Cicero Laser Engraving sent me a gift certificate for $50 to give away on the Family Life blog. Whoo-hee. Cool gift, I think. If you'd like to win it, e-mail me at gchen@syracuse.com and type "laser" in the subject line....



Study: New York's child care least affordable in nation

2009-06-26T08:17:42Z

Here is an overview of my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Child Care costs: New York state is again among the states with the least affordable child care centers costs in the nation. The average cost of a full-time infant... Here is an overview of my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Child Care costs: New York state is again among the states with the least affordable child care centers costs in the nation. The average cost of a full-time infant...



Two Central New Yorkers win baby photograph books

2009-06-26T14:36:43Z

Two Central New Yorkers won this book. Congratulations are in order for two local readers: Greg Ronneburger, of Cicero, and Alice Johnson, of Marcellus, each won a copy of "How to Photograph Your Baby." Thanks to all who entered!... Two Central New Yorkers won this book. Congratulations are in order for two local readers: Greg Ronneburger, of Cicero, and Alice Johnson, of Marcellus, each won a copy of "How to Photograph Your Baby." Thanks to all who entered!...



Explaining the school's spaghetti-strap tank ban

2009-06-24T17:28:32Z

Jupiter ImagesI'm guessing the spaghetti-strap ban at my kids' school is aimed more at preventing this than a sweet first-grader from wearing a tank top. Apparently, my kids' school doesn't allow pupils' to wear tanks with "spaghetti straps." I didn't... Jupiter ImagesI'm guessing the spaghetti-strap ban at my kids' school is aimed more at preventing this than a sweet first-grader from wearing a tank top. Apparently, my kids' school doesn't allow pupils' to wear tanks with "spaghetti straps." I didn't...



Onondaga County aims to improve child care

2009-06-24T15:40:53Z

Onondaga County today unveiled its latest plan to improve child care for needy families. The plan calls from using $731,031 in federal stimulus money to help lower income families and the child care centers that serve them. Under the plan... Onondaga County today unveiled its latest plan to improve child care for needy families. The plan calls from using $731,031 in federal stimulus money to help lower income families and the child care centers that serve them. Under the plan...



The Tooth Fairy visits my daughter for first time

2009-06-22T19:10:45Z

Here is my daughter with her missing tooth. My daughter finally lost her first tooth. She's been waiting for this moment for, well, more than a year. Most of the kids in her first-grade class have lost not only one... Here is my daughter with her missing tooth. My daughter finally lost her first tooth. She's been waiting for this moment for, well, more than a year. Most of the kids in her first-grade class have lost not only one...



Happy Father's Day, dads of Central New York

2009-06-21T08:04:52Z

Lauren Long / The Post-StandardKeith Gatling, of Syracuse, and his daughter, Sofie, 6, are trying to replicate an experiment using Mentos and Diet Coke. What has fatherhood taught you? We asked some Central New York dads. Here's what they said:... Lauren Long / The Post-StandardKeith Gatling, of Syracuse, and his daughter, Sofie, 6, are trying to replicate an experiment using Mentos and Diet Coke. What has fatherhood taught you? We asked some Central New York dads. Here's what they said:...



FDA: E.Coli may taint Nestle Toll House cookie dough

2009-06-19T18:40:42Z

Health officials say you should throw out any Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough because of risk of E. coli contamination. They say you shouldn't cook the dough because you still could get E.coli on your hands from the raw... Health officials say you should throw out any Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough because of risk of E. coli contamination. They say you shouldn't cook the dough because you still could get E.coli on your hands from the raw...



Oh, frugal me, I'm making my own laundry detergent

2009-06-19T16:18:23Z

Well, you may not believe it. But I am making my own laundry detergent. Yes, making it. It's a frugal step I never thought I would take. In fact, I never knew you could make laundry detergent until I read... Well, you may not believe it. But I am making my own laundry detergent. Yes, making it. It's a frugal step I never thought I would take. In fact, I never knew you could make laundry detergent until I read...



Syracuse mom wins four kids' construction books

2009-06-19T13:20:57Z

This is just one of the four books a Syracuse mom won. Congratulations to Elisabeth Mastracco, a mom of two from Syracuse. She's the winner of the coveted four-book prize of kids' construction books. She won: "Dig! Lift! Push!" "Plow!... This is just one of the four books a Syracuse mom won. Congratulations to Elisabeth Mastracco, a mom of two from Syracuse. She's the winner of the coveted four-book prize of kids' construction books. She won: "Dig! Lift! Push!" "Plow!...



Body board recalled for lead paint

2009-06-19T12:37:34Z

This product has been recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the recall of 18" Kick Body Boards because the green surface coating of the screened logo "Big Lizard body boards" on the underside of the body board contains... This product has been recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the recall of 18" Kick Body Boards because the green surface coating of the screened logo "Big Lizard body boards" on the underside of the body board contains...



Contest winners, lead task force, study results

2009-06-19T08:09:22Z

Here are highlights from my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Congrats: Here are the winners from last week's weeklong giveaway: Jen Comfort, of South Otselic, won "Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting and 'Mom, can I have... Here are highlights from my Family Notebook in today's Post-Standard: Congrats: Here are the winners from last week's weeklong giveaway: Jen Comfort, of South Otselic, won "Teenagers Suck: What to Do When Missed Curfews, Texting and 'Mom, can I have...



We had a morning of gooey messes at my house

2009-06-18T13:58:33Z

It's not a good sign when you step in dog urine all over the entryway floor before you've even changed out of your pajamas. I shouldn't have known at that point that the dog's "accident" was a harbinger of the... It's not a good sign when you step in dog urine all over the entryway floor before you've even changed out of your pajamas. I shouldn't have known at that point that the dog's "accident" was a harbinger of the...



'Womenomics' offers look at value of women in workplace

2009-06-18T13:48:56Z

Came across an article through Twitter this morning about a new book, "Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success." It sounds like an interesting read to me. It's all about the power women wield in the workplace, and why women... Came across an article through Twitter this morning about a new book, "Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success." It sounds like an interesting read to me. It's all about the power women wield in the workplace, and why women...



Sweatshirts, jewelry sets recalled

2009-06-18T12:37:02Z

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the following recalls. Each is a clickable link, where you can reach more information. This product has been recalled. Epic Threads and Greendog Hooded Sweatshirts were recalled because the sweatshirts have a... The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the following recalls. Each is a clickable link, where you can reach more information. This product has been recalled. Epic Threads and Greendog Hooded Sweatshirts were recalled because the sweatshirts have a...