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BY LENORE SKENAZY Birds do it, bees do it — but we don’t. See exceptionally well, that is. When bees look at a flower, they see it almost as a neon sign pointing “This way to the nectar!” The petals that look so pretty to us are dark to a bee, while the nectar-and-pollen gathering […]

BY LENORE SKENAZY Helicopter parents who hover over their kids are the most popular of punching bags. Remember the mom who sued her 4-year-old’s $19,000 a year pre-school because the kid was spending time with the 2-year-olds, thus ruining her chances of getting into Harvard? You might figure I’d join the chorus of shame, since […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY November means December is around the corner, and December means it’s time to buy presents. Just not these. For the kids  Anxious Barbie: This is a Barbie that prefers to stay in her Dream House. Really. Go away. Ken has taken to driving his Corvette to the bar, grousing to anyone who […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY “Trick or treat, trick or treat, give us something lethal to eat!” That’s not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is still insisting that “a responsible adult should closely examine all treats.” But why? How many […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Four months after Lenora Chu and her family arrived in Shanghai from the United States in 2010, Shanghai high-schoolers scored tops in the world in math, reading, and science. America landed somewhere in the middle of the pack of about 70 countries. As a mom, a reporter, and the American-born child of […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY  When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. After all, she’d been raised by one. And while she appreciates her mom’s hard work and how it paid off — “My brothers are really good guys, we all turned out okay.” — […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY It all began when a neighbor of filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy sent a text asking if she could borrow some organic milk. Kennedy texted back, “You can borrow some milk, but I don’t have organic.” The friend politely declined, which set Kennedy to thinking. His family drank conventional milk. Did that make […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY 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 […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY “Marco!” Halle Berry calls to her insanely adorable son in the new movie, “Kidnap.” “Polo!” the 6-year-old gleefully calls back. “Marco!” Halle calls again as they play in a sun-dappled park. “Polo!” If you’ve seen the poster for this movie — or heck, noticed its name — it will come as no […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, a physical therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero, was now 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. As the mom watched, Barbie got down […]

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