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December, 2017

Do we have to feed the beast?

Fearless Parenting: Can humans change, or are we trapped by our inhuman human nature? Comment

The Apple of my eye: Why the Downtown Apple Store matters

Perspective: Who cares? I do, that’s who. Comments (12)

This exhibit makes sense of our senses

Rhymes with Crazy: You won’t believe your eyes (or your ears or your fingers) when you head to the Museum of Natural History. Comment

November, 2017

We’re Biden our time until Joe runs for President

Spin Cycle: Our columnist can’t wait until 2020! Comments (16)

Steph’s Fearless Thanksgiving dream

Fearless Parenting: This week, our columnist has a special message on a special day. Comment

Not helping kids is a good way to help kids

Rhymes with Crazy: When’s a good time to step back and let your child learn on his own? Right now. Comment

Best of times, worst of times for the media

Spin Cycle: The industry is suffering in America, but all is not lost. Comments (1)

Steph figures out what’s right. Right?

Fearless Parenting: Who’s to say what is right and what is wrong? Comment

Here it is! Your fake holiday gift guide!

Rhymes with Crazy: Finally! Some things you can’t buy anywhere. Or can you? Comment

October, 2017

This much is clear: Tom Allon is a fair-weather fan

Spin Cycle: Sure, he’s a Met fan, but that doesn’t mean he can’t love these Baby Bombers. Comments (1)

Devastating news, followed by shopping

Fearless Parenting: Loving is hard, life is harder, and sometimes, we just have to persevere. Comments (2)

On Halloween, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Rhymes with Crazy: Here’s an idea: Let you kids go out by themselves and have fun on All Hallow’s Eve. Comments (1)

Looking back — and forward — at college

Fearless Parenting: You can get more out of a college education than a degree. Comments (3)

Shanghai surprise: Who teaches kids better, U.S. or them?

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist weighs the benefits of two countries’ educational systems, with help from a mom whose son is a product of both. Comments (5)

Allon: The Patriots aren’t just an NFL team — they’re its kneeling players

Spin Cycle: This week, our columnist says players have a right to speak their minds — and they should. Comments (2)

September, 2017

Remembering my mistakes, and telling my kids about them

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie thinks about the things she did wrong as a teen, and how her kids can learn from them. Comment

Kickass: The updated guide to being a single mom

Rhymes with Crazy: This mom says the single mom can have it all, as long as you kick ass. Comments (3)

Let’s be prepared for the next hurricane

Spin Cycle: This week, our columnist says it is time we make sure the city becomes storm-proof. Comments (3)

Seven Fearless ways to de-stress

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie breaks down what you have to do to make sure you stay calm. Comment

What’s so bad about making food easier to produce?

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist wonders why we fear genetically modified food. Comments (2)

She’s overcome tragedy — and written some great books

Spin Cycle: How Tom’s old college acquaintance overcame the murder of her father, started a synagogue, and wrote a touching memoir. Comment

August, 2017

Let’s talk about sex. But how?

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie tries to figure it out. Comment

Meet Gus, the boy who fell in love with Siri

Rhymes with Crazy: No, he’s not “normal,” but so what. Comment

Memories of college — as I send my daughters off

Spin Cycle: Ah, the circles of life! Comments (1)

Steph gets to the heart of the matter

Fearless Parenting: This week, our columnist learns to live without anger, and embrace forgiveness. Comments (2)

Why ‘Kidnap’ isn’t worth your worry

Rhymes with Crazy: What are the chances your kid will be napped? Not very likely. Comment

A convenient time for an ‘Inconvenient Sequel’

Spin Cycle: This week, our columnist cheers Al Gore. Comments (2)

A 16-year-old, a foreign country, and mudslides

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures out how to deal with the unknown. Comment

July, 2017

Buddy can you spare a kidney?

Rhymes with Crazy: If you have a kidney to spare, of course. Comment

Twenty-five reasons I love traveling with my son

Fearless Parenting: This week, Steph goes on a road trip with her 13-year-old. Comments (3)

You won’t believe why the Popsicle is called ‘Popsicle!’

Rhymes with Crazy: Warning: Reading this column may have the same effect it had on the woman writing it. (I must have a Popsicle or Good Humor right now!) Comments (5)

No time like summer to learn how to go with the flow

Fearless Parenting: The season’s long, idle days offer a lesson in keeping an open mind, says our columnist. Comment

Let’s save free parking for Monopoly

Rhymes with Crazy: Our columnist says every driver’s dream needs to die a necessary death. Comments (26)

June, 2017

Stef’s not-so-great expectations for the summer

Fearless Parenting: Let’s face it, you can’t spend every day drinking on the beach. Comments (4)

The very great story of a very bad student

Rhymes with Crazy: He was left back in first grade — but now look at him! Comments (1)

The sisterhood of the traveling rants

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie travels to Europe with her siblings. And they all got along. Kinda. Comment

The bungalow colony time machine

Rhymes with Crazy: In upstate New York there is this magical place where kids play manhunt. Comments (4)

May, 2017

Steph can’t make her teens love Pink Floyd as much as she does

Fearless Parenting: But are they able to make “good art?” Comments (6)

Finsta-gram: Inside the heads of Millennials

Rhymes with Crazy: What makes these guys tick? Read to find out. Comments (5)

Native American fashions go way beyond beads

Rhymes with Crazy: And you can see it all at the Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan! Comment

It’s easier to raise a kitten then a kid. Or is it?

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie gets a kitten and learns a lesson from its mother. Comments (2)

April, 2017

It’s time to stop buying bottled water

Rhymes with Crazy: You know, it costs a lot to put that stuff in bottles. Comments (7)

You go, girl! How to write an instant bestseller!

Rhymes with Crazy: Just put “Girl” in the title! Comments (2)

How listening to the others brings us all together

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie travels to Spain and Morocco, where she learns — and teaches — lessons on bigotry and sterotypes Comments (1)

Hot model! Now you can see the world in Times Square!

Rhymes with Crazy: Now that we’ve got your attention, we’ll tell you about a miniture model of the cities of the world on display at the crossroads of, well, it. Comment

Steph needs to stop telling her kids how to be her kids

Fearless Parenting: It’s tough being a fearless mom. Comments (2)

Here’s the new things you soon won’t be able to live without!

Rhymes with Crazy: Or, how I stop worrying and learned to love new, unnecessary gadgets. Comments (6)

March, 2017

Designer babies part of the brave new world

Rhymes with Crazy: Who would have thunk that we could make sure our kids were healthy before they were even born? Comments (3)

The future is female? What about my boys?

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie sees a woman wearing a “Future is Female” T-shirt, and then the magic happens. Comments (5)

Why we need a Playboy museum! In Vegas!

Rhymes with Crazy: Because how else are we going to remember the great things Hugh Hefner did for womankind! Comment

It’s time to release ‘violent’ criminals from jail

Rhymes with Crazy: And we also need to stop violent crime before it happens. Comments (3)

There needs to be time for work … and play

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie wants to make sure her son has his priorities straight. Comment

Go the way of the dinosaur — Manhattan!

Rhymes with Crazy: Lenore offers some fossil fuel for thought. Comment

February, 2017

How to deal with an accute case of Sudden Onset Ugliness

Rhymes with Crazy: What do you do when you’re suddenly hideous? Comment

It’s okay to be your kids’ friend

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie questions her mother’s wisdom on mothering. Comment

Maybe we shouldn’t say something when we see something

Rhymes with Crazy: If you see something, say something. Comments (1)

I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist wants to share a Coke with everybody! Comments (1)

Brooklyn melting pot teaches us to love, not fear

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie thanks the heavens she is raising her kids in Brooklyn. Comment

Scare tactics: How movies make us fear for our children

Rhymes with Crazy: Turns out the most dangerous place for your kid is Hollywood. Comments (4)

January, 2017

Let’s give singing back to the public!

Rhymes with Crazy: This is the column Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, I’m stealing it back! Comment

This week, Steph goes extreme hippie

Fearless Parenting: And, yeah, her kids think she is weird. But she’s cool with that. Comment

Who’s to blame? Mom, that’s who.

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore explores the phenomenom of mom’s being blamed for, well, everything. Comments (1)

Vernacular spectacular: Lenore breaks down subway talk

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist schools you on this underground language. Comments (1)

Fearlessly seeking out peace and harmony

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie reaches for the stars. Comment

Science fiction: How (and why) researchers scare the bejesus out of us!

Rhymes with Crazy: Guess what causes cancer now. Comments (3)

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