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Steph Thompson
Steph Thompson is a freelance writer covering health, education, parenting and the arts. She writes for a variety of nonprofits helping to promote their incredible missions. A former Advertising Age reporter, Ms. Thompson writes the Fearless Parenting column for The Brooklyn Paper and has written for The New York Post, Huffington Post, Spirit of Women Magazine and and has appeared on CNN, Fox & Friends and NPR. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of arts education nonprofit InspireCorps (

Entries by Steph Thompson

Sustainable Global Health Demands Connections

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:16 PM

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA - I danced with a Dominican plastic surgeon one night in Panama, and it all made sense: what really needs to happen to ensure quality healthcare for people in developing countries is to help them connect.

Dr. Miguel Santos, my dance partner, is the chief surgeon...

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Offering Immigrant Children the 'Write' to Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Freedom is hard to appreciate when you have it. It is easy to take for granted being able to walk down the street safely and unbothered. It is easy to take for granted going where you want when you want to. It is easy to forget that so many people...

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True Feminism Means Choices Not Judgment

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 6:11 PM

When I became a stay-at-home mom, I learned a lot. There are things you can hear about and think you understand, and then there is what you know from your own experience -- things you feel deep in your soul.

When I saw The New York Times article "

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Bushwick Storefront a Model School

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:04 PM


There is an incredible teacher whose free store-front after-school program down a narrow side street in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood is educating at-risk kids, ages 5-13, the way Alcoholics Anonymous saves those who once thought alcohol was the answer: with storytelling, listening and love....

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Take Your Own Good Advice and 9 Other Tips for Parenting in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 3:27 PM

I am always so happy to have a reason to think about starting anew, to wipe the slate clean and build up again with a whole fresh perspective. Boy, that's appealing!

And so it is that I enter 2015 with a whole spate of resolutions, borne out of the wisdom...

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Why Do We Love Boobs? In a Word: Bonding

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:14 PM

"How come if boobs are just big blobs of fat, they're so interesting?" my son Oscar asked me recently on the way back to school from the doctor.

This is what I love about having older kids (Oscar, 11, and Eli, 13) the conversations that start like this, out...

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You Can't Take the Country out of Brooklyn!

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The borough may be best known as a hub of hip-hop and artsy indie rock, but Kings County is also home to a vibrant country music community, made up of both urban musicians with Southern roots and city-slickers who just have something to croon about. Here are just a few...

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Finding Your Way Back to Happy

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:08 PM

It is funny how important topics come up out of the blue with kids. On walks with the dog, for example.

Someone on the sidewalk laughed out loud, prompting my sassy, straight-shooting nearly 11-year-old to look at me with a narrowed gaze, sizing me up.

"You laugh really loud, Mom,"...

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Pondering Religion's Absence as Son Turns 13

(9) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 3:02 PM

I have a teenager.

Yes. There is a 13-year-old in my house. With smelly armpits and the faint trace of facial hair on his upper lip. My baby is getting up there.

Terror grips me. There was no pomp and circumstance on the big birthday, April 15. For breakfast I...

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The Best Way to Arm and Engage Kids Is With Arts

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:25 PM

He was a fighter, this one, I could see it in his eyes.

Bored easily, passionate when lit.

When I see them, this kind of human, I know I need to step it up.

"Have you ever read The Little Prince?" I asked. Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic...

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Give Arts, Not Tests: Metrics Make Failures Out of Fabulous Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:44 PM

To see students and teachers often at odds dancing together in the aisles to the rhythmic beats of a local musician; to see a kid who's usually fighting take up a colored pencil and learn to draw a car with a local illustrator; to hear a super bright boy who...

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Arts Brings Joy to Learning

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:33 PM

With all the complicated metrics and assessments that make up education these days, what is often lost are basic fundamentals, like joy.

Why not just rigorously enforce the principles of math and science, hammer home equations and facts repetitively until a child can regurgitate them in their sleep?


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My Top 10 Parenting Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The list of things I want to work on about my parenting in 2014 is long. I'll fess up to the top 10. I'll make copies for my kids or give them the URL to offer up to their future therapists to show at least I was AWARE of my...

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No Connection. But Is It Really the Technology?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 6:28 PM

Imagine dogs in the park texting instead of barking. Imagine that instead of sniffing out each other's privates, they just tweeted one another or "liked" one another on Facebook. Imagine if they never nuzzled noses.

Of all the "screen time" horror stories I've heard, what hits me hardest about...

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How to Inspire Kids? Show, Don't Tell

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 1:22 PM

I want to inspire my kids.

Even as I write the words, though, I am cowed. I can just see them cover their ears and roll their eyes, hear their various protests.

"BORING lecture..." The older one might say.

"Hey Mom!" The younger one might shout, to make me...

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How to Tell a Story That Needs to Be Told

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 7:20 PM

It is official: you are better off letting your kids watch How I Met Your Mother than the evening news. I reaffirmed this assessment shortly after I attended a conference on the power of the narrative at Boston University a few weeks back.

Oh, and after the bombs went off...

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In Defense of Capitalism, Hope and Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 1:26 PM

"Give us your poor, your tired, your hungry... "

It is that promise made to people from all nations that we think of when we see the long arm of Lady Liberty reaching out, holding up the welcoming torch to all wayward citizens, everywhere.

They have poured in to...

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Aging Disgracefully: Sex as Discourse

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 1:07 AM

I saw him pushing his walker, on wheels, down the steep public library ramp.

"Do you need help?" I asked.

He looked up at me quizzically, his weathered face more wrinkled as he squinted against the sun, his full head of grey hair waving slightly in the wind....

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Breaking "The Rules" of Marriage, One Party At a Time

(64) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 6:18 PM

A few years back, my new friend from a writing class, I'll call her Nancy, invited me out for a drink in the West Village. Before too long, in front of a curious bartender badly pretending not to pay attention, she let on about her passionate pastime, her inclination to...

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Out There Again... If Even Just for the Night

(200) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Finding themselves newly single in their 40s, my friends have epiphanies about themselves as if they have been reborn, as if who they see in the mirror is someone new. It is not always pretty, that vision, the one they have to present to others to judge.

"My skin..." one...

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