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‘Free Range’ Mom Lenore Skenazy To Advise Forward Readers

Columnist and humorist Lenore Skenazy will be answering readers’ questions as the Forward’s next Bintel Brief advice columnist.

Skenazy, a former New York Daily News and New York Sun columnist, now writes a syndicated column that appears in more than 100 newspapers. She also runs The Week magazine’s topical humor contest, “hat’s Next?”

She is, perhaps, best known for letting her 9-year-old take the subway by himself, and writing about it last spring. Skenazy then found herself on “The Today Show,” “Dr. Phil” and even the BBC — defending herself as NOT “America’s Worst Mom.” She launched the blog “Free-Range Kids” to explain her parenting philosophy and when this proved popular, she went on to write the book, “Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry” (Jossey-Bass).

In June, Penguin published her totally unrelated book, “Who’s The Blonde That Married What’s-His-Name? The Ultimate Tip-of-the-Tongue Test of Everything You Know You Know – But Can’t Remember Right Now” — the first trivia quiz book with questions that are all worded the way Skenazy’s parents used to talk. (for example, “Honey, what’s that Catskills dance movie with the guy in the tight pants and the ugly duckling actress before she had the nose job whose real life dad was the Cabaret guy?”)

Skenazy lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two sons.

If you have a question for the Bintel Brief, e-mail [email protected]. Questions selected for publication are printed anonymously.

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