How to become a model in Seventeen magazine, Part 3

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My daughter, now 17, is modeling right this minute in Seventeen magazine for the third time. She’s  17, in Seventeen…sweet!!! The experience taught both of us even more about how she can get out there to catch her own dreams. After all, never too young to learn persistance, patience, disappointment, failure — and the glory of  perseverance. More on that later. …

5 reasons why “Beasts of the Southern Wild” inspires me as a parent — & daughter

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I saw “Beasts of the Southern Wild” with my daughter and it had us both sobbing. We will probably weep again since I’ve ordered a copy of it on Amazon.com — and not just because this Oscar-nominated flick was made by a kid from the neighborhood. Since I really want you to see “Beasts,” there will not be any plot details revealed …

3 Tips for surviving the holidays as a single person

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What a relief. After a dozen post-divorce years of figuring out how to deal with the holidays, I actually had a very happy, stress-free Thanksgiving. Now I’m sailing into the Christmas season feeling very serene. And grasshoppers, there is no turning back. This relaxed positivity is totally new. The initial phase as  a single mom was quite frantic. It seemed …

Giving thanks: you helped my kid’s video to win!

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Back in September, I asked for your help in “liking” and watching a video that my daughter Gabi made about her summer camp trip to Tanzania. Guess what — she won! The photo here is of us at JFK International Airport on that July afternoon when she set out for that adventure. The journey changed her from a somewhat spoiled …

Facebook can hurt college applications

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When I went to College Night at my daughter’s high school last week, I was totally shocked to hear that colleges hire experts to snoop around the Facebook profiles of prospective students. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking about how hard it is to be a kid. Sure, the guidance counselors talked about application deadlines, financial aid and SAT scores. …