Stop Parenting from the Couch

“Daddy, when can I get an iPhone?” asked my nine-year-old daughter. “What makes you ask?” I replied, surprised. She told me her ten-year-old friend at the YMCA has her own iPhone and tablet and “she can play Minecraft whenever she wants.” This was big news to me since we’ve recently limited tablet time to the … Continued

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Why You Can’t Always Trust Parenting “Experts”

When I was pregnant with our first child, more than a couple of friends warned me not to read What to Expect When You Are Expecting unless I wanted to add to my already overdeveloped sense of fear and anxiety at giving birth. I’m glad to have heeded that advice, but it didn’t stop me … Continued

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A Simple Way to Be a Better Parent: Keep Nagging

Parents hear a lot about what they need to do to support their children’s development. Mothers of daughters in particular are told that we need to fight against cultural norms that shortchange girls. We are lectured not to tell our girls that they are pretty, and to encourage them to pursue science and math classes … Continued

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Why New Jersey Wants to Tell You How to Raise Your Kids

For the last year, New Jersey was sane. Well, in one way at least. For anyone familiar with Jersey, however, it’s probably not a surprise to find that even that bit of sanity went out the window recently. In August of last year, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that it isn’t automatically child … Continued

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The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys

Christina Hoff Sommers—who literally wrote the book on the war on boys—notes that there’s a movement afoot to de-gender toys. Target has pulled the “boys” and “girls” labeling from their toy aisles. The White House recently hosted a “summit” on the perils of gender-specific toys. Time proclaims that “the next generation of kids will play … Continued

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Down Syndrome and the Changing Face of Beauty

Is Down syndrome making a comeback? That may sound strange, especially because the numbers make plain that people with Down syndrome have been slowly disappearing from our society. That’s not because science has eliminated the genetic disorder. It’s because nine of ten women who learn their baby has Down syndrome have an abortion. A baby … Continued

Culture

Confessions of a Former Sanctimommy

So I have a confession: I used to be a sanctimommy. Well, I still kind of am one, but I’m working on it, I swear. What is a sanctimommy, you ask? You know the type—the sanctimonious mother you avoid because she judges every single parenting decision you make, such as how you feed your kids, … Continued

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How the Government Became the Worst Helicopter Parent

Uncle Sam is the worst helicopter parent in America. The number of stories detailing mothers, fathers and guardians who have been harassed, threatened, humiliated, and arrested for allowing their kids to be alone and do for themselves is nearly endless. The adults affected by the overreach of police, judges, medical, educational, and social-service personnel come … Continued

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