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Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum. She and her husband live with their five children in Berlin.



In Defense of High-Tech Parenting

Summer presents a lot of challenges for parents. Finding (and paying for!) childcare, keeping kids at least a little engaged in academics, and helping kids learn to grapple with boredom and entertain themselves are all on the list. Many people would also add controlling their kids’ access to technology: We don’t want our kids wasting … Continued

Parenting

Maybe Our Public Officials Are Working ‘Too’ Hard

It doesn’t take much to start a tweet war, which is something that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley found out over the July Fourth holiday. Her tweet—Spending my 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea—set off a parade of angry rejoinders, pointing out how many other Americans, including soldiers, police officers and other emergency personnel, are working … Continued

Politics


Why Today’s Kids Are Over-Celebrated

This year, I’m as happy as my children are to have passed the last day of school and welcomed summer. I’m not alone: Even though summer brings new challenges, like finding childcare and paying for camps and extracurricular activities, most parents I talk to are as relieved as I am to put the rigors of … Continued

Parenting

Why Emotionally Abusive Women Are Given a Pass in Pop Culture

Cultural commentary is usually interesting because it’s easy to relate to. Even if you don’t agree with the author’s conclusion or any soft political message, you recognize the scenes and situations that the writer describes. Yet as I read Karen Rinaldi’s article in Motto (an online project of Time), I thought she must live on … Continued

Culture

Do I Want to Be Able to Call My Son a Feminist?

Melinda Gates is proud of her son, Rory, who just turned eighteen, for many good reasons. Yet in this article on Motto (a new Time magazine outlet), she focused on the one that she says makes her proudest: Rory is a feminist. The term “feminist” can be confusing, meaning different things to different people. Today … Continued

Celebrities



Why Country Music Values are Better than Pop Music Nihilism

Even for those who don’t care much about music—like me—the songs we hear are an important element of the culture that surrounds us. In recent years, most of what I have heard has been dictated by my oldest, tween-age daughter. She’s programmed all the top 40 pop music stations into our van’s radio, so I’ve … Continued

Entertainment