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Parenting and the Art of Distraction

17 Jan 2019
A Practicing Parent
Yesterday was like any other day at 5pm. I was making dinner, and my son (Luke), four, was absorbed in his one, daily-allowed TV episode. Me: “Look at you! You’re so cute!” I gushed to my dog Snoopy as she wagged her tail at me. Luke: “I’m cute too.” (I guess he wasn’t that absorbed.) Me. “Of course you are.” Luke: “I’m cuter than Snoopy.” Me: “I am allowed to tell Snoopy that she’s cute. It doesn’t mean that I don’t think you’re cute too.” Luke: “But I’m cuter!” Thankfully, he turned back to his...
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Generational Teen Angst

24 Oct 2018
A Practicing Parent
I heard an eye-opening anecdote today that reveals how difficult it is to be a parent of a teen. Melissa*, my friend, relayed the narrative of her challenging morning. “You’re going to school today? With me?? On the bus???,” said Ally*, her 13-year-old daughter. Melissa was attending a talk at Ally’s school, so it made sense for her to just hop on the school bus. But it did not make sense to Ally. Melissa positioned herself at a window seat leaving space for Ally, who just rolled her eyes and moved past her mom, choosing...
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Honoring Our NYC Superheroes

29 Sep 2018
A Practicing Parent
“Hey buddy, we’re not going to the playground. Today we’re doing something special.” I said to my 4 1/2-year-old son at school pick-up a few weeks ago. My 13-year-old daughter accompanied me. “What are we gonna do then?” he asked. “We are going to Dunkin’ Donuts and getting a big, big box of Munchkins,” I said. My son’s eyes lit up. Previous years with my daughter, we’ve purchased flowers, cards, and one year we made chocolate chip cookies. “Can we get chocolate ones?” he asked. “I think we should get assorted ones because they’re not...
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JUUL: The Cigarette of Today’s Youth?

07 May 2018
A Practicing Parent
My head is still buzzing with information about vaping, e-cigarettes and JUULing after attending a fact-filled seminar a few weeks ago, co-hosted by Parents in Action and Hallways at the Collegiate School. Attention to vaping and JUULing has risen sharply with recent articles in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal questioning whether it is becoming an epidemic in schools. Let’s start with a simple explanation: E-cigarettes appeared more than 10 years ago, marketed as an alternative to cigarettes and a way to kick the habit. Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of the vapor produced by an...
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