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Gail O'Connor

Editor and Writer

Writer, editor, and content consultant. I'm currently a consulting editor at Scholastic. Prior: senior editor at Parents magazine and health editor at Shape and Fitness magazines. My work has been published in Parents, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times, Scholastic, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among other publications.



The New York Times
You Can't Go to College With Your Kid. But You Can Pretend on Facebook.

STYLES: Cure for the empty nest or parental monitoring gone awry? Jenny Tananbaum was at home in New Jersey one Saturday morning last September when she noticed a flurry of activity in the Facebook group she had joined for parents of students at American University in Washington, D.C., where her son was a freshman.

What Happened to My Child?

HEALTH INVESTIGATION: Could a sudden change in behavior be caused by something as routine as strep throat? A report about a controversial, pediatric neuropsychiatric disorder that's caught the attention of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Ready, Set, Code!

COMPUTERS: Teach students about the language and history of code, then try free coding activities from Google's CSFirst.


FEATURE WRITING (FOLIO AWARD WINNER): A sensitively written article about parents who learned, more than they imagined possible, about loving their children for who they are.

Exploring Aerospace Careers
The Polar Eye Project

SCIENCE: How a team of aerospace engineers built a drone to withstand Arctic elements to track the loss of sea ice and its effect on polar bears

Hack-Proof Your Life!
My Cool Cyber Job

TECH: Cybersecurity smarts, and profiles of professionals in the field

Jobs of the Future

CAREERS: These ELA/life skills lessons and activities introduce middle schoolers to future careers and apprenticeships they can aspire to.

Rock the School Year

SERVICE: Fresh grade-by-grade advice for school lunches, smooth organization, and more

Why We Need to Lean Back

FEATURE WRITING: A thought-provoking article about why it can benefit us and our children if we're (a little) less hands on

5th-Grade Milestones

ESSAY: "This is the year it's going to hit you, with the weight of an orthodontist's bill, that your kid has become a big kid."

12 Weeks to a Healthier Family

THREE-PART SERIES (HEALTH INFORMATION AWARD WINNER): You and your family can get fitter, healthier, and happier in just three months.

Break Out of Your Rut

SERVICE/HUMOR: We have the antidotes to Groundhog Day Syndrome, where every day of parenting young children seems exactly the same.



SPECIAL REPORT (MIN AWARD WINNER): An investigative feature about "parenting vigilantes" and the rise of reporting "bad parenting" to authorities

Crushing It

SERVICE FEATURE: The working mom's practical, spirited handbook for navigating the personal and the professional.

Fear and Parenting in America

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (MIN AWARD WINNER): A special report about the current climate of fear and its impact on American childhoods

The Future of Play

SPECIAL REPORT: A few of the exciting changes in technological and outdoor play that could be in your family's near future.

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