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Why Hollywood Should Rethink the Romantic Comedy

As far as romantic comedies (rom-coms) go, the reason women (and some men) like them is because they’re light, funny—and romantic, obviously. Who doesn’t get warm fuzzies during the scene at the end of You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan’s and Tom Hanks’ characters reunite after falling in love online yet feuding in real life? … Continued

Entertainment

Are Kids’ Sports Out of Control?

Fall is not only back-to-school season; it’s back to kids’ sports season. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who will soon be juggling practices and games for multiple kids playing multiple sports. While I try to keep our family’s costs minimal and the effort only moderate—my children play mostly in recreational leagues—balancing family, finances … Continued

Parenting


The Culture Wars Aren’t The Only Reason People Homeschool

It’s a common myth that homeschool parents wear denim skirts and lock their children in closets never to see friends or develop social skills. It’s also a common myth that parents choose to homeschool because they believe the public school system is the Devil Incarnate and fear that if their children attend they will turn … Continued

Culture

It’s Time to Stop Caring About Celebrity Breakups

This week, news broke that actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were separating after eight years of marriage. As the headline in Elle magazine signaled (and many upset Twitter users noted), “Love is dead.” Why do we care so much about celebrity break-ups? Consider the long-running saga that is (or was) the partnership of Angelina … Continued

Celebrities

Is the Real Goal of the LGBTQ Community ‘Genderless’ Children?

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in the public sphere, one common denominator in every protest, Supreme Court case, or other legal challenge is activists’ claim that equality is their movement’s only goal. When opponents offered slippery slope arguments, they were sneered at as silly, logical fallacies. If parents expressed concerns about their children’s … Continued

Politics

It’s Okay to Regret Your Abortion

In the last decade or so, as the number of abortions has slowly waned—they are at an historic low since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973—there’s been an increase in think pieces that promote not only abortion but also the idea that women shouldn’t regret having one. This is both morally disingenuous and psychologically … Continued

Culture

The Importance of Fathers in an Age of GirlPower

Granted, Father’s Day is a silly holiday—a commercialized, homogenized Hallmark-fest of grills, BBQ, and “Best Dad Ever” coffee mugs. If it’s good for anything though, it’s good for reminding us how important fathers are in an era obsessed with whether or not feminism will finally smash the patriarchy. While not all fathers do a bang-up … Continued

Politics

How to Navigate the Brave New (Under) World of Social Media

For all the connectedness that social media can bring—the excited Facebook status updates, the perfectly-posed Instagram photos, the enlightening political banter on Twitter—recently-leaked guidelines about how Facebook moderators wrangle with content on the platform show a disturbingly dark side of humanity. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, people often seem compelled to … Continued

Parenting

Don’t Overschedule Your Kids This Summer. Leave Time for Play.

Every year about this time there are at least three reactions parents have to the prospect of a long, hot, sweaty (did I mention long?) summer break: 1. Yaahhhooooooooooo it’s time for the BEEAACCCHH!!!! 2. What the heck am I going to do with these kids for three months?! 3. Summer? What summer? The kids … Continued

Parenting