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Malina Saval

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Parent Bullies on the Playground

(468) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:47 PM

There was a day last weekend when I had to fend off three separate sets of parents at the playground who wanted to square off in a heated match of Your-Kid-Hit-Mine-And-Now-I'm-Going-To-Hold-You-Accountable-For-Everything-Bad-In-The-Universe.
Like all gripping playground dramas, this one started over by the monkey bars. Boaz, my behavior-challenged...

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Why Telling My Kid Not To Hit Is Completely Useless

(479) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 12:52 PM

My son Boaz, who turns 6 in August, spent the last two weeks of his four-year preschool career beating up kids left and right. He pushed a classmate at a birthday party for reasons unclear. He elbowed a skinny pigtailed girl because she allegedly cut him in line and socked...

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EVIL TEENS: Irony, Prison Make-Up and Other Horrifying Truths about Teenage Life in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 1:31 PM


In a classroom, a group of eighth graders dressed in skinny jeans, shrunken cardigans and obscure indie rock band tees gather around a long, rectangular table. Various hairdos include: clip-on feathers, angular Emo bangs that obstruct an eye and side ponytails secured with Japanese animation character hair...

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My Kid, the Jewish Day School Reject

(118) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Thin envelopes in the mail never fail to remind me of senior year in high school, when flimsy rejection letters from colleges floated softly into my mail box like dead leaves off an oak tree in winter. Good news arrived in thick manila envelopes stuffed with enrollment information like tuition...

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Going Places

(519) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 2:24 PM

A typical drop-off scenario at my five-year-old son Boaz's pre-school goes something like this: We arrive fifteen minutes late and Bo refuses to get out of the car. He's screaming that he wants to go home and watch "Ben 10 Alien Force" YouTube videos. I have to prop Ayla, Bo's...

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