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9/11 lessons in kindergarten

BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |  In a post-9/11 world, with active shooter drills in schools and bag scans at theaters, the question of how much we should share with our kids comes up a lot. We live two blocks from the Twin Towers, turned Ground Zero, turned Freedom Tower/One World Trade Center, and we’ve been here […]

By Victoria Grantham | We helped our friends move recently from a suburban community in New Jersey to a more rural area in New York. (By “we” I mean I paid for the pizza lunch and lounged in the pool with the kids while my husband Jay and his best friend sweated through their clothes lifting […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |   One of the things you learn when you become a parent is that you’ve taken on a responsibility for life. You can never truly get a vacation from your role as a mom or dad…but my husband and I aren’t above trying. This summer Jay had a large chunk of […]

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By VICTORIA GRANTHAM| Apparently summer technically comes to a close on Sept. 23, but we all know we can kiss sun and fun goodbye before that. For parents, especially, Labor Day marks the start of a new school year, back-to-school chaos and an adjustment to new, more rigid routines. All this to say: we only have […]

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By VICTORIA GRANTHAM | We were in P.S. 234’s cavernous cafeteria sitting at a long lunch table with a bunch of other families waiting for kindergarten orientation to begin, when I noticed the little boy sitting across from us was crying. The child was telling his mother he was worried about leaving his preschool and his pals there […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |  When we moved to Tribeca more than a dozen years ago we noticed that there was a well-regarded public school — P.S. 234 — across the street. At the time we weren’t even married and kids shimmered like a mirage on a far-off horizon, so the whimsical looking red brick building […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS   |  Advocates want to restore $65 million in cuts to public libraries made since 2008 as city councilmembers negotiate the city’s budget this summer. They have enlisted residents to write reams of support letters. But where the written word reaches its limits, they have another tool in their lobbying arsenal in […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |  I was in the elevator with my husband when a guy who looked vaguely familiar walked in with a baby. I started playing peekaboo with the boy and cooing. “How old?” I asked. “Nine months,” he replied. “Oh we have a 24-month-old!” I exclaimed as if this was an incredible coincidence. I […]

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BY VICTORIA GRANTHAM  |  We planned meticulously… or so we thought. When my husband and I decided to take our two kids to Disney for the first time this spring we did the requisite research, polled friends with kids the same age, mapped out the day-by-day agenda on the “My Experience” website, downloaded the app, […]

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