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One of the indelible moviegoing moments from my childhood came in 1990, when my parents took me to see R-rated Civil War drama “Glory.” I was a 10-year-old with a deep interest in history, and while I certainly was not in the target audience, the film had a profound impact on me. It left me wanting to learn more. This is the power of historical cinema, and “First Man” is a…

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When you’re a mom, you come last. Dead last. Eating meals. Showering. Getting dressed. Going to the bathroom. Everything. Every. Single. Thing. Dead. Last. So you adjust.  You learn to deal with it. You move quickly, accept that you'll barely have time to put on your shoes, let alone mascara. So, you deal. I had a morning like that not too long ago. It was a cr…

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Parents have to get out sometimes. We need alone time, date nights and shopping trips without kids hanging on our hips. That basically means we have to rely on babysitters. We have to leave our children, our precious, beautiful children with people that aren't us. It's always tough. I feel so grateful to have found some really nice, reliable and sweet sitters. It's toug…

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There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids? The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's …

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It's another thing to worry about, right? Kids and their screens - television, tablet, phone, computer - all of them. I know I'm not telling you something you didn't already know. As a mom of four girls, I watch and worry. I talk about my days growing up on 17th Street in the Falls when I'd play outside all day, come in only when the the lights came on. They've heard it a …

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If your kids are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, they'll be thrilled to hear this: Thomas is chugging into town. The annual "Day Out with Thomas: Friendship Tour 2017" will zip into Medina, giving little engineers a chance to head to the mainline for some family fun. "Day Out With Thomas" includes a 25-minute ride to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway. …

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The weather is great, isn't it? The temperature is warming up into the 50s and 60s. I love it. My kids do, too. Sure they're very much looking forward to the dog days of summer, but a nice spring is a step in the right direction. Now, it's time to visit some of our favorite spots. We like free places, mainly because my 2-year-old, Ella, doesn't like to stay in one place ve…

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If you've never heard of "Music with Mar," it's a national program that brings music and learning to kids. Classes are designed for children ages 6 months through 6 years to teach educational concepts through music. And it's a whole lot of fun, too. There are dozens of different classes around, taught by different teachers, but they all follow the same basic idea - use …

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Itching to hit a few? Ready to show your little one why you love golf so much? Teach them a thing or two? OK, maybe you just want to get your kids interested in something besides video games. Either way, you can head over to The Dome, the year-round indoor golf establishment on Wehrle Drive. I know what you are thinking, my kids are too young. That's what I thought, …

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I am not a good cook. I'm average, at best, although, I do try. Still, I hope my kids are better in the kitchen. That's one of the reasons I was excited to take my daughter to a kids cooking class at Wegmans. We headed over to the store at 8270 Transit Road for a class on a Monday afternoon. The class is for kids ages 4 and older. I brought Emma, 5, to see what it was a…

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Baby, it's cold outside. And babies, of course are tiny, fragile and need the most protection from the chill. That being said, those heavy, bulky coats might be even more dangerous to your baby and small children, than the elements. That is why experts are reminding parents of some very important information concerning your children and their car seats. New York State P…