Eva Amurri Learns a Tough Lesson About Parenthood

When my oldest daughter was only a few weeks old, I carried her down the stairs in the middle of the night and slipped. Thank God, I landed on my backside and she was barely jostled as she landed in my lap. The combination of being a klutz by nature and having not slept for … Continued

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Beware Outsource Parenting: You May End Up Missing the Good Stuff

Couples imagining the joys of parenting tend to think of those quintessential Hallmark moments—babies cracking their first gummy smiles, hand-made crafts scrawled with “I luv Mommy,” excited kids arranging cookies for Santa Claus. Few look forward to well-known parenting horrors like the 2 am shift with a colicky infant, potty training an obstinate three-year-old, or … Continued

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Parents, Make Less Screen Time New Year’s Resolution #1

With parents busy juggling the run-up to the holidays, it’s nice that the media is taking a break from their usual alarmism and guilt-mongering. A recent report from Common Sense Media about technology use among parents elicited gentle rebukes, such as this from PBS‘s Laura Santhanam: “If you want to scold your teen or tween … Continued

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Want Happy Kids? Let Them Roughhouse with Dad

Whenever our kids climb, jump on, or otherwise maul my husband, I laugh and think, “Better you than me.” When he’s not home, my youngest often tries to roughhouse with me in the same manner, to which I tell him, “Sorry dude, that’s your dad’s job. Mommy doesn’t do that.” Having grown up without a … Continued

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Dads, Here’s What to Expect When Your Wife is Expecting

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, my lovely wife gave birth to our first child—a girl—whom we named Evelyn Inez Moeller. On the heels of a miscarriage last winter and nine eventful (albeit healthy) months of pregnancy this time around, to say that we were excited to welcome Little Evie into the world would be quite … Continued

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child a Hatchimal

“What the what?” That’s about the only response I could muster when someone sent me an article about parents writing their kids a note from “Santa” apologizing in advance for the fact that some kind of toy called a “Hatchimal” was temporarily out of stock. Apparently I am out of the toy loop, because despite … Continued

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How Disney Became the Most Vulgar Purveyor of Pop Culture

When Philo T. Farnsworth invented television back in the late 1920’s, it’s clear that neither he nor anyone else associated with this revolutionary technology could imagine a future where we would have hundreds of channels of programming at our fingertips, or homes where the television replaced the hearth as the gathering place for families. Television … Continued

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Kids Don’t Like Veggies. So What?

As a toddler, my oldest child was an infuriatingly picky eater. Although I envied his carb-heavy diet of bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta, I worried that he wasn’t eating nutritiously. Each time I took him to the pediatrician, I braced for the diagnosis: scurvy or rickets or some other nearly obsolete condition last seen in … Continued

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