November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from The Dad

The Dad: On this Thanksgiving Dad, a very special The Dad. Comment.

Lost and found: Why is it so easy to get things back theses days?

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore loses her phone, but finds out where it is before she even knew it was gone Comment.

Steph gets to the heart of the matter

Fearless Parenting: In case you don’t get it, she’s talking about forgiveness. Comments (5).

Good evening, ladies and germs

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore points out that germs are a good thing. Comment.

Three weeks later, should he get married?

Health: This week, Sofviea takes on the timely topic of mail-order brides. Comments (5).

Kids, grandparents, and dealing with old age

The Dad: This week, the Dad uses his keen skills to ensure his kids take care of him when the time comes. Comment.

Lenore longs for the days of Wonder Bread

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist takes us back to a time when food was processed and fruit came in pies. Comments (3).

Taking time out for me

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie realizes that if she must paint, she must paint. Comment.

A Broadway star reads to deaf children

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore heads to an elementary school in Manhattan to prove that teachers can make a difference. Comments (1).

October, 2015

Introducing Love and Life: A new Brooklyn Paper column

Health: This week, we launch our new Saturday column “Love and Life” — about the relationships we have between family and friends. Enjoy! Comments (6).

When to push, and when to shove

The Dad: This week, the Dad makes sure his daughter does the work necessary to get into a good college. Comment.

Kick the can! Lenore implores kids to learn old games

Rhymes with Crazy: Look, once in a while its okay for parents to interfere in thier children’s playtime — especially when it comes to ‘Ringolevio.’ Comments (1).

A time to speak, and a time to bite your tongue

Fearless Parenting: The boys are getting older, and now they have to make their own decisions. Comment.

Time to make Brooklyn’s roads less car friendly

Rhymes with Crazy: The facts are in — people aren’t using cars as much, and we need to fund trains more. Comments (17).

The Dad’s reasonable discourse on gun control

The Dad: The Dad wants us to face the facts: Guns are bad. Comments (2).

This week, Lenore teaches us about Queens

Rhymes with Crazy: It’s a faraway place, but she says Jackson Heights is cool. Comments (4).

Steph learns the importance of having fun

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom hits the gym at 5:30 am, then learns why she loves to do it! Comments (1).

Cancer makes these survivors best of friends

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, stories of women who fought breast cancer together. Comments (1).

The importance of check-ups for our daughters

The Dad: This week, the Dad tells the difference between his trips to the doctor’s office and his daughters’. Comments (1).

September, 2015

Graduation from the school of hard knocks

Rhymes with Crazy: Can the United States prison population be cut in half by 2030. This week, Lenore vists with a group that says that dream is wimpy. Comment.

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Steph is kind to her kids

Fearless Parenting: This week, our Fearless mom throws caution into the wind and sees what comes back. Comment.

Lucky ‘7’! Train’s new station is awesome

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our intrepid columnist hops on the Seven train and takes it to its new last stop. Comments (13).

The destructive force of a Kentuckey County Clerk

The Dad: This week, the Dad takes on Kim Davis, who cited religious belief and refused to marry a same-sex couple. Comments (4).

A substitute teacher’s guide to public schools

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore explores the good, bad, and ugly of the Department of Education. Comments (2).

Take a breather! Steph learns the importance of oxygen in the lungs

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless parent realizes she has to breath before she can speak, or think, or do anything. Comment.

A good old fashion history lesson

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist explains at the genes of your jeans. Comment.

The end (of parenting high-schoolers) is nigh

The Dad: This week, the Dad gazes long into the abyss of his daughter graduating high school, and his own future gazes back at him. Comment.

August, 2015

New Jersey: Where it is now OK to leave your kid in the car without being charged with child abuse

Rhymes with Crazy: It pains me to say it, but New Jersey is suddenly a light unto us all. Last week, its Supreme Court ruled that it isn’t automatically child abuse to let your kid wait in the car while you pick up the dry cleaning. Comments (4).

Back pains, growing pains, and summer camp

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie’s kids come home from camp — and it’s a painful experience. Literally. Comments (4).

The smells of August

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnits reminds you of the odors that take you back to yesteryear. Comments (5).

Kids today just can’t commit!

The Dad: This week, the Dad looks into the problem with teens. Well, his teens. Comments (1).

When Texas came to New York

Rhymes with Crazy: That famous New York brash? You can thank says a Texan, says our columnist. Comments (2).

Piece of mindfulnes

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie offers a meditation on the benefits of meditation. Comment.

When teens have sex, its not always rape

Rhymes with Crazy: In fact, it mostly isn’t. Comments (3).

Suddenly, I want to say ‘No.’

The Dad: This week, the Dad wrestles with the fact that his college-aged daughter is taking a trip to a far off place on her own. Comments (2).

Urbane dictionary: The new New York City slang

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist defines the words we’ve all been using — or will soon. Comments (9).

July, 2015

Wonder Dad, or the guy that did everything right

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie wonders if a guy she met raised his kids the right way, and if she’s doing it all wrong. Comment.

The non-date movie: Our columnist check out ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist checks out a non-date movie. Comments (3).

It’s official: The Dad’s against Confederate flag

The Dad: And if you don’t know why, just ask his daughters! Comments (2).

Killing yourself isn’t always suicide

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist speaks out for those who choose to die when suffering from the effects of a terminal disease. Comments (3).

Not playing by the rules

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie wonders if her laissez-faire parenting style is good for her boys. Comments (10).

Lenore takes a bite of New York history

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist explores the surprisingly controversial history of New York’s Jewish delis. Comment.

The Dad celebrates marriage equality

The Dad: This week, the Dad revises his opinion on the institution of marriage in light of the Supreme Court’s historic decision. Comment.

How comics saved America — and made the world safe for gay marriage!

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist gives you the inside scoop on all things comics, and how they made the world safe for, well, just about everything that’s right. Comments (4).

The many loves of Stephanie Thompson, or ‘How do I teach my kids about chemistry?’

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie cotemplates the coming hormonal storm that will produce love in her boys. Comment.

June, 2015

Looking back on the Apple Watch

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist wonders what will become of the latest World’s Coolest Gadget. Comment.

The ghosts of Father’s Day

The Dad: This week, the Dad contemplates his life without his dad, and his daughters’ future without him. Comment.

Wrongly convicted of rape and murder, Jeff Deskovic fights back

Rhymes with Crazy: The New Yorker spent 16 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit — but was forced to admit he did. Comments (1).

Not yet a grandmother, but getting there!

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie realizes her tween and teen don’t need her as much anymore. Comment.

Now, that’s what I call old New York!

Rhymes with Crazy: To me, “old New York” is the city I moved to in 1981. Back then, the subway cars were so covered with graffiti, you couldn’t see out the windows. You always added a 20-minute cushion to your commute, just in case. And Times Square… Comments (1).

My daughter’s home — and then she’s not!

The Dad: This week, the Dad has one brief moment with her college-age daughter before she’s off to someplace else. Comments (3).

A visit from the school of hard knocks

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, Lenore goes to bat for those wrongly accused of sex offenses. Comments (4).

Feminism, wife bonuses, and the right to choose

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie says a story in the Times rubbed her the wrong way. Comments (3).

May, 2015

Three cheers to your local bodega!

Rhymes with Crazy: It is the place you can grab a gallon of milk or a can of frosting at midnight, but is it possible it is also one of those amazingly New York things that, like Central Park, makes us all a little calmer and happier? Comments (1).

What will they do when disaster strikes?

The Dad: This week, the Dad contemplates his daughter’s life without him. Comments (5).

Taking stock: It’s tough to find sale items these days!

Rhymes with Crazy: Not everyone shares my hobby, but let me put it out there. It is grocery shopping. Nothing I enjoy more. And since we live in the city, I’m shopping all the time, because who has space for those container ports of Country Crock the folks in the suburbs stock up on? Comments (1).

Steph heeds the advice of her astrologer. Wait. Steph has an astrologer?

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom remembers that she shouldn’t panic. Comments (3).

How to stop imagining ‘The Next Etan’

Rhymes with Crazy: This week, our columnist explains why worrying about your kids walking home alone is not something you should worry about. Comments (7).

The Dad annihilates ‘The Giving Tree’

The Dad: This week, our columnist takes aim at Shel Silverstein’s masterwork. Comments (6).

Brooklyn has Designs on its makers

Perspective: It is like a light went on over their heads. Comment.

He’s back! Carmine reappears like Jason in those ‘Friday the 13th’ movies!

Sunday Screech: This week, we bring you Carmine’s first-ever column — written a few months before his 10th birthday! Comments (8).

Do kids and adults playing together mix?

Rhymes with Crazy: The city says kids shouldn’t interact with adults they don’t know in parks. Our columnist says that’s nuts. Comments (4).

The time my son told me ‘No, I won’t do that.’

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie found out she does, in fact, have a teenager in the house. Comment.

A Happy (worried) Mother’s Day!

Rhymes with Crazy: Lenore’s reasons not to worry, and her rally to get kids to walk home from the park — by themselves! Comments (1).

April, 2015

The Dad enjoys the college experience

The Dad: This week, the Dad likes what he sees when he looks at his daughter’s sophomore year in college. Comment.

Take that Kodachrome away! Our columnist doesn’t need to see every photo of your kid on your smartphone

Rhymes with Crazy: Face it, folks, there is a limit on how many out-of-focus photos of your little angel I can take. Comments (4).

Steph learns to relax while traveling abroad

Fearless Parenting: “I loved being in Guatemala. I loved the slower pace. I loved seeing the ladies wash their bright clothes in communal areas where they scrubbed them by hand and then packed them up in fabric bundles to hang out to dry, no machine necessary,” says our Park Slope mom. Comments (2).

College shopping sheds light on daughter No. 2

The Dad: This week, the Dad learns more about his second offsping during the weeks he spent looking for a new college with her than he had in a while. Comments (3).

It was a week ago today that Carmine went to Walmarts

Sunday Screech: That and other interesting anger in this week’s Carmine, which may be one of his last. Comment.

Yes … Yes … Yes! Steph has the answer for everything

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures it is better to say “Yes” than “No.” Comments (1).

Carmine’s still here — until you replace him!

Sunday Screech: Look, we asked for a Carmine replacement last week, and still haven’t found one yet. So here’s this week’s instant-classic! Comments (2).

The Dad assesses his value

The Dad: This week, the Dad tries to stack stock of what he has to offer his almost-grown-up girls. Comments (2).

March, 2015

It’s over! Carmine’s column canceled, replacement sought

Sunday Screech: Oh, man, wait until Carmine reads about this! Comments (14).

‘Fearless’ parenting is the goal — not always the reality

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie aspires to live up to the name of her column. Comment.

Carmine loses power — and his mind!

Sunday Screech: In this week’s Screech we find out what happens when Carmine is trapped in his apartment without power or water. Fact is, it gets pretty ugly. Comments (6).

My daughter and drugs on the college campus

The Dad: This week, the Dad hashes out his expectations of his college-age daughter when it comes to taking illegal drugs. Comment.

Snowblind! Whiteout cancels Carmine’s awards night!

Sunday Screech: This week, the Screecher can’t tell you what he ate, because the snow ruined his night! Comment.

Hooray! Eli got into Stuyvesant! I mean, holy s---! Eli got into Stuyvesant!

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie once again learns you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it! Comments (8).

Carmine takes a tumble in front of pol’s office, finds sanctuary inside

Sunday Screech: A terrifying sidewalk scooter accident becomes a love-fest for Councilman Mark Treyger’s staff in this week’s riveting edition. Comment.

How can I keep my kids from joining the Islamic State?

The Dad: This week, the Dad wonders what it will take to make sure his kids don’t go to extremes. Comments (3).

It’s March, and Carmine comes in like a lion!

Sunday Screech: You hear that screeching? That’s Carmine, dabnabbit! Comments (2).

February, 2015

The Californians: Steph and the family go West

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom learns the difference between traveling and vacationing. Comment.

Carmine: Al Gore lied about global warming, and I’m freezing!

Sunday Screech: “Why can’t politicians ever keep their promises?” wonders the Screecher. Comments (22).

Letting this one lie: What to do about a fib

The Dad: This week, the Dad ponders how he’ll handle his youngest one’s big whopper. Comment.

Why can’t Carmine get the information he needs?

Sunday Screech: The Screecher is a Yellow Pages man in a Google world! Comment.

When to talk, and when to keep your trap shut

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie figures out — again — that sometimes it’s best to be quiet. Comment.

Hoots and hijinks with Carmine!

Sunday Screech: Sunday, on Carmine! The Screecher gets stuck in the snow! Will he survive? Did he bring enough provisions for the trip? Did he wear his diaper? Find out on this week’s Carmine! Comment.

The Dad passes the wine

The Dad: This week, the our columnist trains his kids to drink responsibly. Comments (1).

Carmine says fire the weatherman!

Sunday Screech: Yeah, right. Like you didn’t see this one coming from a mile away (not that it’s hard to see Carmine coming from a mile away, him being so large and all). Comment.

January, 2015

Steph’s tall tale on honesty

Fearless Parenting: This week, our fearless mom learns to let things go before fears go too far. Comment.

Here’s your reminder to read Carmine this week

Sunday Screech: You didn’t think he could do it, but he did — Carmine does it again! Comments (1).

The Dad’s cautious approach to the NYPD explained

The Dad: This week, the Dad let’s you know his rationale for his questioning of the men and women in blue. Comment.

There are hundreds of reasons why Carmine won’t change a bit!

Sunday Screech: In this week’s Screech, Carmine explains how he stays the same way no matter what anybody says — even Katherine Hepburn! Comments (2).

Proving I can: An alcohol-free January

Fearless Parenting: This week, Stephanie vows not to drink for a month — even if it kills her. Comments (7).

Christmas memories whet Carmine’s appetite!

Sunday Screech: This week, the Screecher recalls his greatest Christmas dinner ever — the ones he had this year! Comment.

The Dad’s ruling on rules

The Dad: This week, the Dad considers — for just a moment — doing away with regulations. Comment.

Another year, another Carmine

Sunday Screech: Some of you ask us, “When will this end?” The answer? When Carmine stops screeching! Comment.

This year, Steph plans to be more fearless

Fearless Parenting: Our coulmnist’s New Year’s resolutions are inspired by her kids. Comments (1).