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BY LENORE SKENAZY Why didn’t the American men’s soccer team make it to the World Cup finals … or even the semi-finals? Simple: Because kids in America grow up playing soccer in shoes. Oh, that’s not the whole answer, of course. But after literally decades of coaching youth soccer, Carlo Celli and Nathan Richardson (language […]

BY LENORE SKENAZY Every couple of weeks I get an e-mail from someone time-stamped 2 or 3 am, because the sender can’t sleep. Here’s one that came three weeks ago, shortened a bit: “Dear Lenore: I am a special police officer in Washington, DC. I wake up at 4 am to work 6 am–6 pm […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY It’s been a summer or two since kids suddenly burst outside in pursuit of virtual Pokemon. Now the question is how to get them outside again, considering the lure of all things air-conditioned and pixilated. The games that most of us adults played managed to entertain not just us, but children for […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Not too long ago, a guard scolded Victoria Johnson for poking around in the planters in front of Rockefeller Center. But the historian wasn’t doing anything wrong. She had simply come to pay her respects to the man whose name is on a plaque tucked away there — the man perhaps most […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Little Red Riding Hood went into the woods to take a basket of bread and jam to her ailing grandmother. On her way there she met a wolf, who asked where she was going and when Red Riding Hood told him, the wolf replied, “Oh my God, I haven’t visited my grandmother […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Babies haven’t changed much in about a million years. But how we view them, what we expect of them, and how we raise them is changing all the time and, in the process, changing us, says Janet Golden, a professor of history at Rutgers and author of the new book, “Babies Made […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY “Who are you wearing?” That’s a question Oscar contenders answer easily — their designers are sometimes as famous as they are. But it wasn’t always so. For instance, have you heard of Kiviette, or Zelda Wynn Valdez? Neither had I. But then I got, “The Hidden History of American Fashion: Rediscovering 20th […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY Oh, to be as ahead of the curve as… Utah! That state just passed the first-in-the-country Free-Range Parenting Law, based on the movement I founded, Free-Range Kids. The law guarantees that parents who choose to let their kids play outside, walk to school, wait briefly in the car (under some circumstances) or […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY “I always thought if I lost a child, I wouldn’t be able to stop screaming,” Liz Alderman, a Westchester mom of three, told journalist Mark Miller. But then one of her children, Peter, age 25, was killed in the 9-11 terror attacks — he was on the 106th floor of the North […]

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BY LENORE SKENAZY So your little girl’s about to have a birthday and you’re getting her a doll? Lovely! But remember: Today’s dolls are not the dolls of yesteryear. A recent article in the New York Times noted that the “My Friend Cayla” doll is basically an online computer with golden hair. Cayla, who “talks […]

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