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How to Live a Meaningful Life Without Religion

In January 2013, I published an article in Boston magazine called “Losing Our Religion” about raising kids without religion. The story started out small, as a […]

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When Normalcy Finally Started to Creep Back

During Friday’s lockdown, someone in our house kept turning on all our lights. I’d spent the morning reading up on the Red Cross’s rules of […]

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Parents: How to Talk To Kids About the Boston Bombings

One of the joys of parenting is seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Years ago, my daughter told me I was the best mother […]

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As Harvard Considers an Honor Code, Parents Should Ask a Few Questions

Last week, Harvard’s academic integrity committee proposed that the school institute an honor code in which students promise to conduct themselves ethically in their academic […]

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Martha Coakley Addresses Women at Ad Club Leadership Forum

Yesterday, the Ad Club, the Boston-based trade association for the New England marketing and communications industry, hosted its annual Women’s Leadership Forum. Speakers ranged from […]

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Can Boston Really Become the Premier City for Working Women?

It appears Mayor Menino has been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, the Facebook exec’s bestselling new book urging women to let their natural ambitions—not their […]

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Ten Things You Missed at the Harvard Forum on Bullying

On Monday evening Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, spoke to […]

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‘Fat Letters’ Sent to Parents No Laughing Matter

Child photo via Shutterstock Some parents in North Andover are outraged that their kids’ schools recently sent home so-called “fat letters” alerting them that their […]

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Nathaniel Fujita Trial Conjures Up Painful Evidence

The murder trial of Lauren Astley, the bright-eyed Wayland High School graduate killed on July 3, 2011, is underway, which means the public is getting […]

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Five Lessons for a Happy Life from Obama’s State of the Union

By now, we’ve all heard the ambitious policy proposals President Obama put forth in last night’s State of the Union address, among them: effective climate […]

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Boy Scouts Consider Opening Their Troops to Gays

The Boy Scouts of American (BSA) is considering lifting a ban on gay troop leaders and scouts as early as next week. Bowing to pressure […]

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Rehma Sabir's Death Brings Up Heartbreaking Questions

On her first birthday, Rehma Sabir, who lived with her parents on Ash Street in Harvard Square, received head trauma so severe that she died […]

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When Mom and Dad Pay College Tuition in Full

It’s a common belief that any financial contribution a parent can make toward his or her child’s college education will help the kid in both the short and long run, […]

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Wellesley Schools Want Every Fifth-Grader to Have an iPad

Photo credit: Brad Flickinger via Flickr Tomorrow night Wellesley schools will host a parent forum to discuss a proposal requiring every fifth grader to bring […]

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Think People Don't Change? Think Again.

Tis the season of scrapped New Year’s resolutions. But while we’re busy feeling bad about how quickly we’ve jumped ship on the new person we […]