Why Parents Should Stop Listening to Parenting Advice

Pity the parents of today. While plenty of people would argue that modern parenting has never been easier thanks to a free-market economy that delivers essentials like diapers and wipes to your doorstep and an entire market that performs any range of childcare duties from babysitting to nursing your newborn at night, it all comes … Continued

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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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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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