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Stand Back 200 Feet (from your kids)

Stand Back 200 Feet (from your kids)

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Helicopter parents who hover over their kids are the most popular of punching bags. Remember the mom who sued her four-year-old’s $19,000-a-year preschool because the kid was spending time with the two-year-olds, thus ruining her chances of getting into Harvard? You might figure I’d join the chorus of shame, since I […]

Gifts That Keep on Giving — Headaches!

Gifts That Keep on Giving — Headaches!

BY LENORE SKENAZY | November means December is around the corner, and December means it’s time to buy presents. FOR THE KIDS G.I. Tract Joe: The first action figure to come with a retractable intestine. Hours of fun! EZ-Break Oven: Minutes of fun! Cabbage Patch Cabbages: Adorable heads of real cabbage with tiny arms and legs. Store in […]

City Council Race Talking Points: Affordable Housing

City Council Race Talking Points: Affordable Housing

The incumbent and challenger in District 3’s City Councilmember race were asked to weigh in on NYC’s affordable housing landscape, and then conclude with a bid for your vote. For info. on the Tues., Nov. 7 election, visit nyccfb.info/voterguide. The Future of New York City Depends on Affordable Housing | BY COUNCILMEMBER COREY JOHNSON (Democrat […]

The Scariest Thing About Halloween

The Scariest Thing About Halloween

BY LENORE SKENAZY | “Trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something lethal to eat!” That’s not the actual rhyme — but from all the warnings about Halloween, you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting, “A responsible adult should closely examine all treats.” But why? How […]

City Council Race Talking Points: Small Business Strategies

City Council Race Talking Points: Small Business Strategies

The incumbent and challenger in District 3’s City Councilmember race were asked to weigh in on NYC’s small business landscape. For info. on the Tues., Nov. 7 election, visit nyccfb.info/voterguide. Small Business Survival | BY MARNI HALASA, JD, MS (Eco Justice candidate; challenger) | It is no secret that one of the most important issues that need […]

Single Mom Success Story, and Then Some

BY LENORE SKENAZY | When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. After all, she’d been raised by one. And while she appreciates her mom’s hard work and how it paid off, the bottom line is, they were broke. Emma didn’t ever want to […]

Film Yields Bumper Crop of Food for Thought on GMOs

Film Yields Bumper Crop of Food for Thought on GMOs

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s sent a text asking if she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, “You can borrow some milk, but I don’t have organic.” The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that […]

Disbanding a Homeless Encampment 101: These Are People

Disbanding a Homeless Encampment 101: These Are People

BY JOHN A. MUDD (President, Midtown South Community Council) | There is no avoiding them. Whether you’re bustling through the city or enjoying a leisurely Sunday, you are bound to step over one. You could simply shrug them off. You could eek out a pitiful sigh and turn away, uncomfortable with their discomfort. You could get […]

Life With a Son on the Spectrum

Life With a Son on the Spectrum

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Manhattanite Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK, […]

Berry’s Very Paranoid Flick Kidnaps the Facts

Berry’s Very Paranoid Flick Kidnaps the Facts

BY LENORE SKENAZY | “Marco!” Halle Berry calls to her insanely adorable son in the new movie, “Kidnap.” “Polo!” the six-year-old gleefully calls back. “Marco!” Halle calls again as they play in a sun-dappled park. “Polo!” If you’ve seen the poster for this movie — or heck, noticed its name — it will come as […]

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