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Don’t Walk in Worry on the Way Back to School

Don’t Walk in Worry on the Way Back to School

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Can we please stop telling parents that it is normal to be terrified for even the shortest periods of time when kids are doing the most mundane of activities: walking to or from school? Because here’s what NBC’s Alyssa Newcomb reported the other day in a piece on “Back-to-School Safety Tech That […]

Bending Over Backwards to Teach Resilience

Bending Over Backwards to Teach Resilience

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Kids will start leaving for college during the next few weeks, and it’s nice — or maybe just weird — to know that at least one university is offering a new class this fall in “adulting.” The program at East Carolina University will attempt to teach incoming students how to be […]

Stop the Pokémon Go Predator Panic

Stop the Pokémon Go Predator Panic

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Our governor wants us to panic about a problem that does not exist: sex offenders preying on kids playing Pokémon Go. About a week ago, state Sens. Jeff Klein (D–Bronx-Westchester) and Diane Savino (D–Coney Island) proposed legislation banning Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from playing the popular new phone game. […]

We Can Take a Joke (Kidding!)

We Can Take a Joke (Kidding!)

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Just a few weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11, Gilbert Gottfried took to the stage of the Friar’s Club and explained he had to leave early to catch a plane to California. “I couldn’t get a direct flight,” he said. “We have to make a stop at the Empire State […]

Achieving Vision Zero

Achieving Vision Zero

BY NYC COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON | On June 6, a 67-year-old woman was crossing W. 38th St. when she was struck by a motorist making a turn onto Eighth Ave. Tragically, she did not survive the crash. She is now one of 123 New Yorkers who have been killed in traffic fatalities in 2016 alone. […]

Mulling Over Mail-Order Matrimony

Mulling Over Mail-Order Matrimony

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Years ago, when Marcia Zug read a GQ magazine article about mail-order brides, she was revolted. In it, a high-flying New York City photographer fed up with all the demanding models he was dating wanted to find a subservient woman to make him happy. So he ordered a pretty bride from […]

Farfetch’d Fears of Pokémon Go Won’t Stop

Farfetch’d Fears of Pokémon Go Won’t Stop

BY LENORE SKENAZY | By now even if you have not yet played Pokémon Go, you are more aware of it than your own breathing. You have read that the game has been more downloaded than any other app, ever, and that it has actually convinced kids to leave the house to go play outside […]

Fast Food: The Next Generation

Fast Food: The Next Generation

BY LENORE SKENAZY | You can tell a person’s age by his teeth. No, not by whether they’re missing or yellowed (or, if they’re really old, wooden!). They key is what the teeth are sinking into. “Generation Z” — the folks born after 1995 — have already established different eating patterns from the rest of […]

The Other July Holidays

The Other July Holidays

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Feeling a little down because the big July holiday is already behind us, with nothing to show for it but leftover red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes? (And isn’t blue frosting repulsive? And isn’t that why the cupcakes are left over?) Take heart, die-hard celebrants. It turns out July is chock-full […]

Our Empty Nest Comes Home To Roost

Our Empty Nest Comes Home To Roost

BY LENORE SKENAZY | What is it like to have two teenage boys you never met before move in and stay for the whole school year? Funny you should ask, as the two boys we’ve had living with us for the past 10 months are leaving today. I am hoping the goodbye will not be […]

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