How Can You Be Six?

By Lani Serota

Local mom Lani Serota wonders aloud how her daughter has grown up so fast—and how glad she is to be watching it.

photo How can you be six? My little baby girl who surprised us from conception onward…  How can you be six?  You kept us on our toes in utero, with your early but robust arrival, with your epic colic, your freakishly early verbosity, and freakishly late full head of hair and mouth full of teeth. How can you be six? I still see your [more]

Mama Gets Schooled

By Lorraine Duffy Merkl

With her teenage daughter now enrolled in an alternative school, one NYC mom wonders if she’ll be able to buck tradition.

1275249_study_table “I want to be homeschooled,” said my then-14-year-old daughter Meg. Her request was greeted with a resounding, “No.” As I lack the gifts required of an educator, I’m not equipped to teach her at home or anywhere else. As a freelance writer who works from home, I also can’t have my daughter and an actual tutor here with me all day. I [more]

A Bad Start To Our Wednesday Morning

By Eric Messinger

Our editor wishes he could maintain his own composure when his eight-year-old son loses his cool.

em2 Perhaps my worst instinct is to let myself get as riled up as my children are when they are at their worst, plummeting our conversation into fits of yelling and bad feelings. I know better. Someone has to be the adult. I need to be doing the best I can to impart tools of calm and perspective that will help [more]

Interview With Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler On Fostering Family Happiness

By Nick Bell

A prominent writer on family issues suggests creative team-building and problem-solving methods for parents in his new book, “The Secrets of Happy Families.”

SecretsofHappy hc c As first-time parents, author Bruce Feiler and his wife Linda found themselves completely overwhelmed with the notion of raising twin girls while trying to build and develop a family identity. Searching for answers from friends and family proved fruitless; their parents were working with dated methods and their friends were equally clueless.  Met with the same tiresome answers from the [more]

A Neighbor’s Gift

By Eric Messinger

Our editor discovered the Sesame Street gang in the most unlikely place

door1 Some neighbors on my floor, a retired couple (she’s a teacher, he’s a geologist), have created a menagerie of miniature Sesame Street plush dolls on the bottom half of their front door. They went so far as to buy little Elmo, mini Grover, and all the others in the gang, open up their backs, embed magnets, and restitch them--so the [more]

March Issue Editor’s Note

By Eric Messinger

New York Family’s Eric Messinger on politics and parenting.

em I voted for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last November, but only after reading our cover interview with her do I feel like I have a real sense of her, both as a person and politician. It didn’t surprise me to discover that she is impressive, but I was surprised by what impressed me. Her high standards and high hopes—things that presumably [more]