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May30

What do you do when your kid rejects a friend?

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There comes an uncomfortable turning point in the parent/child relationship when the child realizes that he has opinions about whom he wants to befriend, and that his opinions do not necessarily jibe with his parents’. Usually, or at least over here in New Jersey (in our house, to be precise), this takes the form of […]

May23

Teenagers and the Internet: can we survive them?

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A few months ago, Frontline aired an episode on Teens and the Internet: “Growing up Online.” I had missed it when it first appeared, but I was sure to catch it when it aired again this week. It was a sober, balanced look at the influence of technology’s influence on the next generation, and as […]

May13
Five Great Chapter Books To Read With Your Kids

Five Great Chapter Books To Read With Your Kids

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Did you know May 12-18 is Children’s Book Week according to the Children’s Book Council? I didn’t either until I decided to write about the chapter books my kids and I have enjoyed reading together. What a lucky coincidence. When Max was three he loved a book called The Truck Book. The Truck Book was […]

Apr18

When is it okay to lie to children?

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“The Easter Bunny’s not real, right?” Henry asked me one night. We had just finished reading a bedtime story, and had moved on to the bedtime deep philosophical discussion. Without thinking, I replied, “Nah.” He didn’t say anything. Crap, I thought. Had I made a grave error? I didn’t think much was at stake, when […]

Mar07

Boys on this side,girls on the other: is single-sex public education a good idea?

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The New York Times magazine this week covered the single-sex public education movement. Of course single-sex education is nothing new—just ask parochial and private school students. But as stories crop up of how our school system fails boys and girls, the idea of segregating students in public schools by sex is gaining credibility. In the […]

Jan09
Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

Teenage Wasteland (of Stretch Marks)

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Dearest Amy, I’m pretty sure you have probably addressed the issue of stretch marks due to pregnancy, but I have a different question regarding stretch marks. My 15-year old daughter has gained quite a bit of weight in the past year and has rather large, gaping stretch marks on the sides of her waist. They […]

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