Why Parents Need to Stop Attacking Each Other

Summer has only just begun, and already, Americans have been riveted by two stories of children facing life-threatening danger. First, a four-year-old boy fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and had to be rescued by zoo personnel who shot the primate to death. And then, most horrifyingly, at a Walt Disney World … Continued

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Why Brushing Your Teeth Doesn’t Need to be “Gamified”

Like every other parent in the throes of summer vacation, I wake up every morning vaguely panicked about how to meet the biggest challenge of the day ahead: how to get more screen time for my children. In between the video games and the television, the smartphones and the tablets, with the occasional Super Smash … Continued

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The Kids Are Alright. It’s the Parents That Need Limits on Technology

Parents know that they are supposed to limit our children’s exposure to technology. Television, the internet, game consoles and tablets tend to suck in kids’ attention, and can discourage the type of imaginative play, free-thought, and physical exercise that we know is important for their mental and physical development. But you know who really struggles … Continued

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Parenting and Prudence

Among the many controversies to emerge from the recent incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, the responsibilities of parenting is perhaps chief among them. I’m only a few years into parenthood, but I can say this with absolute confidence: Parenthood is the ultimate teacher and tester of the virtue of prudence. Let’s get this out of … Continued

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Pinterest Parents and the Perils of Perfection

Comedy is the best antidote to sanctimony, particularly in an age when almost anyone can express an opinion about anything regardless of their qualifications for doing so. And there is no greater vein to mine for sanctimony than contemporary parenting, which is why this video, which takes aim at parents obsessed with broadcasting the details … Continued

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It’s OK to Let Your Baby “Cry it Out”

A half-dozen friends posted news of a new study with some variation of the caption “Vindicated!” on social media recently. The research, released by the Journal of Pediatrics, indicates that in a small study of higher-income and well-educated parents, different methods of sleep training, including letting children “cry it out,” aren’t physically or psychologically harmful … Continued

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How to be a Lighthouse Parent, not a Helicopter Parent

A YouTube star named Kristina Kuzmic had a big week when her vlog entitled “I’m not your friend, kid! (Because I love you)” got over a million hits and some strong negative reactions from parents who didn’t like her criticism of their child-rearing philosophy. Kuzmic’s basic point shouldn’t have been controversial. While eating from a … Continued

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