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PARENTING

Charting the puzzles and peeves of kid-herding — from Huggies to homework, Pilates to pinatas.

  • Turning the Other Cheek on Spanking
    March 8, 2007
    Starshine reveals the bare-bottom truths about spanking.
  • The Third-Grader’s Guide to Girls
    February 7, 2007
    Starshine answers for her puzzling, pony-tailed gender in The Third-Grader's Guide to Girls.
  • The Business Trip
    January 4, 2007
    Business trips sound enticing to this work-at-home mom, but kidlessness - it turns out - has its price.
  • Season’s Bleatings
    December 20, 2006
    Dearest Friends and Family, We hope this holiday letter finds you merry, gay, and all the other pleasant emotions the…
  • Confessions of a Mall Santa
    December 14, 2006
    Starshine gets to the bottom of what makes all those mall Santas tick. She finds that there are three types…

SKIRTING THE ISSUES

Sex, politics, fashion and everything else a gen-X everygal loves to dish about.

  • Are You a Lawnmower Parent?
    April 1, 2019
    College Admissions Scandal Reveals Dangers of Clearing Smooth Path for Kids You’re really not a parent of import anymore unless…
  • My Climate Just Changed
    March 7, 2019
    From Hormones to Ozone, Irreversible, Existential Change Is a Bitch An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan is moments away from…
  • A Control Freak’s Funeral
    February 22, 2019
    It’s My Party and You’ll Dance If I Want You To Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to plan a…
  • A Drink with Dr. Chill
    February 22, 2019
    Taking the Stress Out of Stress Management He promised me a beer but made me order tea instead. “Hot tea is…
  • An Interview with Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage
    January 13, 2019
    Lawyer Gloria Allred Talks ‘War on Women’ and ‘Age of Empowerment’ Love her or hate her, Gloria Allred is the master…

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My columns are collected in three lovely books, which make a SPLENDID gift for wives, friends, book clubs, hostesses, and anyone who likes to laugh!
Keep Your Skirt On
Wife on the Edge
Broad Assumptions
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