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Jun20

The city or the suburbs: which is better for kids?

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As readers of Finslippy probably know, Scott and I once lived in Brooklyn, where we wrestled with the nagging question: now that we’re a family, are we ethically and morally bound to live in the suburbs? It seemed to be a question that most people answered in the affirmative. Children need space, they said, and […]

Jun06

When sacrificing for your kids does more harm than good

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A friend of mine –let’s call her Julie—faced the following dilemma: she had organized a night out with her best friends, the first time they could all get together, without kids, in months. Her friends all being busy mothers, organizing that particular night took a great deal of planning. Needless to say, she was looking […]

Jun05
Top Baby Names of 2007

Top Baby Names of 2007

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A couple of weeks ago while at a friend’s birthday party, I found myself making small talk with the screenwriter for the hit 80s movie, Splash. Bruce Jay Friedman had no idea (seriously) that the name Madison had risen to be one of the most popular girl’s names of the 90s and this century, having […]

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 […]

May22
Gallop! a Scanimation Delight

Gallop! a Scanimation Delight

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Gallop%20Scanimation%20book.jpgI love innovation and this book takes the ubiquitous picture book to the next level using “scanimation” technology to make art literally move. Watch horses gallop and butterflies flutter across the pages.

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