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On the Left Hand, On the Right Hand

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Pippin Through The Eyes of My Daughter

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe While Traveling

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Lentil Adai with Tangy Tomato Chutney, Brown Sugar and Cold Butter Curls

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Bully-proof Your Child with Emotional Intelligence

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Halloween Costume Convention

Helping kids create the perfect Halloween costume has its challenges.

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Trauma of Privilege

I have been in the center of the swirl of awareness about the unintended consequences of affluence and privilege on our children. I meet these youngsters and their families when crisis penetrates the denial system and they arrive at Beit T’Shuvah, the recovery community I founded 30 years ago. I have listened to their baffled, bewildered parents who “gave them everything” only to have it thrown in their faces. I coined the family dynamic: “I hate you; send money.”

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Traveling the World, with Kids

My husband Pierre and I decided to travel the world (or at least part of it) with our two young kids for one or two years—or more, if we can swing it. ...

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A Children's Book About Burning Man?

Of course! Why should the grown-ups have all the fun? Children have been going to Burning Man since it’s inception in San Francisco in 1986. And Burning Man encourages the inclusion of kids with free tickets through age 12. And why not? The kids already get it. It’s the rest of us who have to remember to have fun as we walk through life. ...

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The Parenting Slump

Have you ever been in a parenting slump? Well, I am pretty confident that I am in one. I doubt there is any objective criteria. I venture to say that you know you are in one when you feel it. Let me tell you, it is not a fun place to be. While it feels lonely right now, I doubt I am the only one in this situation...

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Lies

During a family trip to Yosemite this spring, I snapped a photo of our 6-year old, Claudia, in a contemplative moment: perched on a fence, gazing up at the granite massifs. She seems at peace, imbued with a serenity rare among 6-year olds....

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So, I’m Moving to Oakland

I’ve lived in San Francisco on and off since 1998 and, after returning from a stint in the Central Valley in 2008, I vowed never leave again. Sure, the rent’s always been high and my husband and I, a couple of broke journalists, always found a way to make it work. And when my husband went to law school and landed a high-paying job at a big firm, I thought, yeah, we’re set no matter how high these rents rise. We might even be able to buy. ...

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Give me!

Most days it seems you are hardly inside the door of a store when the asking starts. And as we get closer to the candy strategically placed at eye level the parent dread creeps in. “I want a cookie” “ Can I have a toy pleeeeease”....

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The Default Conversation

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Exhibit Documents the Lives of Foster Youth

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Throwing Away the Diaper Bag

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10 Ways to Reduce Sibling Rivalry in Your Home

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10 Excercise Tips for Busy Moms

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Her Deepest Sympathies

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Uncharted Waters

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