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December, 2014

Holiday time with — and without — my daughters

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders how much time he should demand his kids hang out with him. Comment.

Steph seeks the perfect holiday season

Fearless Parenting: All she wants for Christmas this year is sanity — and some pecks on the cheek. Comment.

The Dad ponders racism in diverse Brooklyn

The Dad: Let’s face it. Racism exists everywhere. Comments (7).

In football as in life

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie uses her son’s gridiron metaphor to help explain things. Comment.

November, 2014

When suicide and the holidays meet

The Dad: This week, the Dad ponders the empty seat at the Thanksgiving table. Comment.

The boy has boobs on the mind

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie talks sex with her tween. Comment.

Sports, and the rules fo the game

The Dad: This week, the Dad thinks back to a time — his — when being an athlete meant more than just winning. Comment.

Steph puts her kids in their place

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom does all she can to help her kids succeed. Comment.

October, 2014

How Ebola affects the Dad’s decisions

The Dad: This week, the Dad faces his fears. Comments (3).

Down on the farm — on Columbia Street

Parenting: Families came in droves to the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden Harvest Festival, an annual celebration held on Oct. 25 by the Columbia Waterfront District community garden. Comment.

Boo-klyn zoo: Prospect Park’s menagerie goes ghostly

Fuzzy Brooklyn: Halloween came early to the Prospect Park Zoo over the weekend. Comment.

Yes, I think I’ve got problems

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures out that its best to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before blowing off their problems as insignificant. Comments (1).

Getting back into the college life

The Dad: This week, the Dad goes to Parents Weekend at his kid’s college and has the ride of his life. Comment.

To monitor or not to monitor

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie contemplates how much she should stick her nose into her kids’ business. Comments (1).

This Dad wants to make the world a better place

The Dad: This week, the Dad contemplates religious intolerance as hate crimes continue to rise. Comment.

September, 2014

Finding my way back to happy

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie breaks down her way of keeping a smile on her face. Comment.

Boys, girls walk in the sun at Nickelodeon play-date in P’Park

Parenting: Kids just want to have fun. Comment.

Teaching the lessons of Ray Rice to my teens

The Dad: This week, the Dad has a teachable moment. Comments (1).

My junior stress relived — through my kids

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie remembers what is was like to be locked out in sixth grade. Comments (2).

To curfew or not to curfew

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders what’s best for his youngest when it comes to staying out late. Comments (1).

August, 2014

Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to screaming

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures there’s got to be a better way to transition from play time to school time. Comment.

The case of the college kid’s car

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders if he should help finance his oldest plan to start cruising the campus. Comments (1).

Steph takes the road less travelled

Fearless Parenting: This week, our columnists looks for herself with just her pooch by her side. Comment.

Food and family: Perfect together (sometimes)

The Dad: This week, the Dad talks turkey — and ice cream and waffles and French toast. Comments (1).

July, 2014

War, peace, and tweens

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie dicusses the Middle East with her kids. Comment.

Feeling the pain of the Mid-East conflict

The Dad: This week, the Dad goes all international on us. Comments (3).

Steph gets wild — with a guide, of course

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie decides she’d rather live in the great outdoors than eat at Burger King. Comment.

Archiving the lives of our kids

The Dad: This week, the Dad picks and chooses what he should keep — and what needs to go. Comments (1).

Sometimes it’s fine to be fine

Fearless Parenting: In this week’s Fearless Parenting column, Stephanie’s fear is a fixture, and maybe something she shouldn’t instill in her kids. Comment.

June, 2014

The importance of visits with the grandparents

The Dad: This week, the Dad plans his summer — and visits with the older folks. Comments (1).

Positively, Steph will remain positive

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom says she sometimes needs an antidote to all of here negativity. Comments (5).

The Dad remembers dads past and future

The Dad: This week, the Dad celebrates Father’s Day the only way he knows how. Comment.

Reader’s rebuke drives home a point

Fearless Parenting: Look, in the end, Stephanie is happy with what she is doing — even if she doesn’t show it all the time. Comments (4).

May, 2014

Father-Daughter vs. Mother-Son

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders if he’ll think of his kid like his mother thinks of him. Comment.

Are my kids living up to their potential?

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie wonders if she needs to push her kids more, of if they’ll figure it all out on their own. Comments (1).

Finally! A safe place to breastfeed

Parenting: The mall office of a Bedford-Stuyvesant politician might not be the first place breastfeeding moms think to go when nature suckles — and the pol wants that to change. Comments (5).

Dad to daughter: Keep Mace handy

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders if it’s safe for his daughter to date while she’s away at college. Comments (3).

Work stoppage looms for Fearless family

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie considers going on strike. Comments (3).

Giving it the ol’ college try

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders what’s more important: making his youngest do the things necessary to get into a good college — or letting her be a kid. Comments (2).

April, 2014

Boy’s entrance to teen-hood most anxiety-producing moment, bar none

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie’s boy’s 13th birrthday comes and goes without a bar mitzvah, causing her to wonder whether meat pie and paintball can fill the void created when she gave up on religion. Comments (5).

Heights kids on the hunt

Parenting: PHOTOS: Brooklyn Heights youngsters scrambled after hidden treasure at an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Comments (1).

A family decision gone horribly wrong

The Dad: This week, the Dad ponders the decisions he, and his felow parents, have made. Comment.

Eggcellent: Easter egg hunts and activities around Brooklyn

Parenting: Get hopping to these sweet Easter events. Comment.

Siri-ously. My kid is conversing with a computer

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures she may be able to use technology to answer the tough questions. Comments (3).

Dad’s left the baby home alone — again

The Dad: This week, the Dad realizes his two daughters are being raised differently. Comments (1).

March, 2014

Coming to terms with the terms of mom-hood

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures out that the older her boys get, the more she’ll have to give ground. Comments (3).

Is college about finding a husband?

The Dad: This week, the Dad questions the concept of the new book, “Marry Smart.” Comments (1).

Today’s women can’t have it all. Or can they?

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie looks back on her choice to stay home, keep the house clean, and raise the kids. Comments (2).

The Dad says ‘Reach for the ceiling!’

The Dad: This week, the Dad questions whether we should ask our kids to do so much athletically. Comments (3).

February, 2014

Our vacation to New York City — and Brooklyn, too!

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie discovers that there is more to her hometown than Prospect Park — and learns that even when you get lost, you can have a great time. Comments (3).

College try: Should the Dad make sure his kid goes to class?

The Dad: This week, our fearless father wonders if he should monitor his freshman daughters attendance at the school he’s paying for. Comments (3).

Lost boy: A lesson learned

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie recalls a time when she went to watch her son’s baseball game — and he wasn’t there. Comments (6).

Legal weed puts Dad in a tizzy

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders what to tell his kids now that Colorado has legalized pot. Comments (6).

January, 2014

Steph’s mission: Inner peace

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie travels to the Catskills by herself, to learn something about herself. Comments (4).

Lessons learned

Fearless Parenting: Here’s what Stephanie was taught by Mahadev Chaitanya during here weekend seeking inner peace in the Catskills. Comment.

Too-cool winter Schoolfest gathers little scholars and their parents

Parenting: Parents, students, and teachers gathered on Saturday to check out the wealth of academic and recreational options available to Brooklyn kids. Comment.

Will the Dad pass his drivers test?

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders if he should give his daughter the keys when it is a little rainy outside. Comments (12).

Steph leads her kids to water

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures there something to be said for taking the reigns. Comments (2).

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

The Dad: This week, the Dad figures it is time to get certain particulars worked out — even if it kills him (no pun inteneded). Comment.

Ten things Steph wants to work on

Fearless Parenting: This week, the headline says it all. Comments (3).

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