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When Summer Camp Turns Racist at School of The NY Times; A Powerful Lesson for Black & White Moms in Naming Racism & Moving Forward From Charlottesville

The School of The New York Times and President Trump seem to have something in common: apparently both find it really hard to name racism. The inability to call out racist behavior is a widespread problem, even at so-called liberal media institutions. Imagine of group of white kids, dancing and jumping in a mob-like circle [...]

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Family Vacation Special: Club Med Cancun Yucatan

We love to travel as a family! Whether you’re ready to escape the cold or plan your next summer vacation, Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Cancun is certainly a great, all-inclusive family-friendly spot. We had a ball! Of course, you will love the location. As one of the first all -inclusive resorts to open in [...]

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7 Hacks For the Perfect Road Trip

Going on a road trip has its pros and cons. Pros, you’re going on an awesome adventure; cons, it can be costly. Here are some hacks you can try to balance those pros and cons to reach vacation nirvana. 1. Download a gas app: One of the most costly aspects of any road trip, especially in [...]

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Helping Kids To Be Present In This Pokemon Go Age

During a family vacation this summer I was strolling along the harborfront of Lake of the Woods in Ontario. The lake is my spiritual home, a refuge to escape into the almost five thousand square miles of sun spackled water dotted with 14,000 wooded islands. The beauty and tranquility soothes my mind and provides an [...]

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Why I Forgave $38,750 in Child Support: Revaluing Fathers This Father’s Day.

As we celebrate the fathers and father figures who have impacted our lives, let’s also think about championing fatherhood. Not just as a holiday to buy ties and tools, but also as an opportunity to redefine and revalue fathering as important work. Last year, I made the apparently very controversial decision to forgive $38,750 amount of my ex husband’s child support arrears. Read why below in my piece on NYTimes.com, and let me know what you think..

But too often, fathers are seen as accessory parents or bumbling second rate caretakers. On the other side, our society only defines fathers as deadbeat or not, solely by financial contribution. And we lump the unwilling to pay and the unable to pay in the same prison-bound barrel, regardless of what other meaningful contributions that father may make to the child’s welfare.

Here’s my story:

Earlier this year, I spent three hours sitting on a hard, wooden bench in the Queens County Family Court, waiting for a judge to approve my petition to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from my ex-husband.

The judge said, “Well this is a rare one,” then asked me several times if I was aware of what I was doing and if I had received legal counsel. When I told my single mom friends, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of treason. “Child support is all we have!” one friend exclaimed.

Is it?

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National Lung Health Week: A Mother’s Story, Her Kids’ Resilience and Ms. Patti LaBelle

By: Chandra Lye   Susan Lee was in her 30s when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 20 years later, Lee had to live through her own journey with lung cancer. Today she is an advocate for Lung Cancer survivors, serving as a spokesperson for the LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health [...]

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Best Tips for Co-Parenting with an Ex

In this day and age, a divorce can be a daunting situation for a couple to deal with, especially when children are involved. Once the divorce has been finalized, it’s still not necessarily over for the children who may continue to need support from both parents through the transition. So, what are the best ways [...]

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Got Monster – In Laws? 5 Tips for Surviving the In-Laws

Got Monster – In Laws?: 5 Tips for Surviving the In-Laws By Dr. Deanna Brann author of Reluctantly Related Revisited: Breaking Free of the Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law Conflict     With Spring Break around the corner, everyone is planning their family get-together’s. ‘Yay?’ you think, as you fill your suitcase with dread and postpone that vacation to Aruba. With [...]

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Need a Nanny? New NYC Nanny Concierge Service Helps Families Find Best Fit

  1-800 Need a Nanny? With parents juggling full time jobs and raising their families, nannies have become more commonplace. However, the process and criteria for choosing a nanny has dramatically changed thanks to novel ideas such as, the NY Nanny Concierge Services. Founded by Lindsay Bell and Tammy Gold, author of Secrets of the [...]

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Bye, Bye Helicopter, Hello “Third-Child” Style: The Top 6 Parenting Trends for 2016

Want to know what’s hot in parenting? Care.com released their predictions for the parenting styles that will dominate 2016. At the top of the list is the prediction for the end of helicopter parenting in favor of a more relaxed approach that encourages greater independence. The rise of the more credentialed, “professor nanny” and hybrid [...]

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