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Rhymes with Crazy

November, 2017

Rhymes with Crazy

This exhibit makes sense of our senses

You won’t believe your eyes (or your ears or your fingers) when you head to the Musueum of Natural History. Comment
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Always helping kids isn’t helping any kids

Now’s the time to step back and let your kid how to learn on his own. Comment

October, 2017

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The only thing we have to fear on Halloween is fear itself

It’s time to let kids have fun — by themselves — on All Hallow’s Eve. Comments (1)
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China syndrome: Whose kids get a better education?

In China, they force kids to eat eggs. Here, we don’t learn our times tables. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Comment

September, 2017

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Kickass: The single mom’s updated playbook

When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. Comments (2)
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What’s so bad about making food easier to produce?

This week, our columnist wonders why we fear genetically modified food. Comments (1)

August, 2017

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Her son fell in love with Siri, so what?

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, then take “the A train from Howard Beach to West Fourth and then change to the B or D to Broadway-Lafayette. He’ll arrive at 77 Bleecker…” At which point, the boy continued, Daddy and Mommy “will do sex…” And then he went back to explaining more about the train transfers. Comment

July, 2017

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Time for ailing mom to receive rather than give

Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero. She was now a 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. Comment
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The first cold war: Popsicle vs. Good Humor

As a warning, it may be important to note that 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 (1)

June, 2017

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Rethinking the concept of free city parking

What if you could rent a place to store a giant pile of your stuff in New York City for free? Comments (1)
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He flunked First Grade — and now look

This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, falling through the cracks, overeating, under-achieving, or spending all day playing video games — and for all the kids doing just that. Comments (1)
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Bungalow colony lets kids free-range

About 15 years ago, some friends whose kids went to the same pre-K as ours invited us to visit the bungalow colony an hour upstate where they spend their summers. Comment

May, 2017

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Young, social, worried and eating

Do you know what a Finsta is? Neither did I, because I am not between the ages of 13 and 34. Anyone aged 13 to 18 is being labeled “Gen Z,” while those 18 to 34 are the much-discussed Millennials. Dan Coates studies them both. His company, yPulse, is a marketing research firm based in Manhattan, and lately some of its research has been on Finstas. Comments (1)
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Native American fashion relavant as ever

When you think about Native Americans and fashion, your first thought might be “Beads.” (Well, at least mine was). Wait, no. Feathers! No — buckskin with fringe. Comments (1)

April, 2017

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Is bottled water really safer than NYC tap?

Charming, handsome, and homeless, the 25-year-old we’ll call Bruce decided to join me for dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water. Comments (1)
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Not Gone, Girl

If you’re thinking of writing a bestseller, I’ve got a word of advice for you. Comments (2)
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All work, no play: Not healthy for kids

Every day after school, and all day on weekends, kids run outside … to get to their soccer league, or ballet lesson, or origami boot camp. It’s all good, but here’s what it isn’t: Play. Comment
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Tour Lilliputian World in Times Square

A new airport is about to open on 44th Street, just west of Times Square. It has 17 gates, plenty of parking, 34 gift stores and, of course, planes taking off and landing day and night. Best of all, a ticket only costs $25. Comment

March, 2017

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My pillow’s smarter than your pillow in world of high-tech gadgets

If you’ve been wondering what to do with all that extra cash you’re so sick of, I hope you hightailed it over to the Luxury Technology Show last week in Chelsea.Otherwise, you might not be aware of some of the must-haves coming soon — or already upon us — like the smart pillow. Comments (1)
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Medical field embraces genetic testing

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and how about the odds of acne? Comments (1)
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Playboy’s return to prominence

Playboy Magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers. Comments (1)

January, 2017

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Science fiction: Research shows ‘research’ just grabbing headlines

Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gear shift! Comments (1)

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