What the Theater Can Teach Us About Living in the Moment

A movie chain in southern California recently announced the opening of a new theater with an indoor jungle gym situated alongside stadium seating. The goal is to “exhaust” children ahead of the movie so parents can sit back and enjoy the flick. The kids, meanwhile, will “then sprawl out on beanbags and lounge seats and … Continued

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Stop Sending Mixed Messages About Transgender Kids

What if your ten-year-old child said he wanted to be a dolphin when he grew up? Would you just laugh? Would you even entertain the idea? Of course not. How could you? Hardly any parent, community or school system would go along with this. But every day, more and more, the idea that kids can … Continued

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When the Duchess of Cambridge Talks About Motherhood, Should We Listen?

When the world’s most-watched mother of preschoolers talks about motherhood, we stop and listen to what she has to say. Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge, mother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has been speaking out about the challenges of being a mother of young children. Her sincerity and willingness to talk about her own … Continued

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How High-Pressure Parenting Undermines Character Building

Writing recently in the Economist’s bimonthly cultural magazine 1843, Ryan Avent reflected on the intense, achievement-focused parenting style that has become so prevalent among America’s upper class. Fueled by the sense that (a) college admissions have never been more competitive and (b) attending the “right” school has never been more important to one’s future success, … Continued

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Why the World Needs Tinder for Moms

The other day at the park, I overheard one mom plainly ask another mom if she wanted to be friends. The other mom heartily agreed. “Yay, a new friend!” the first mom gleefully exclaimed. The exchange was a bit embarrassing to overhear, as it was quite similar to interactions I often hear between my four-year-old … Continued

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The Latest Overhyped Danger to Your Children? Walking

Did you give your stroller away when your kids turned five or six? Well start asking for it back; if you have young teens, you’re gonna need it. Apparently, we are now to believe that kids younger than fourteen cannot cross the street without a grown-up. This comes after the leading organization of American pediatricians, … Continued

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Should Parents Limit Kids’ Exposure to Virtual Reality?

How do you know which rides your kids should go on at Universal Studios? This is the question I confronted last week. The map of the park lists no fewer than 14 symbols by which to judge the rides, including whether there are sign language interpreters available. Obviously, there are the height requirements, which meant … Continued

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Coding Isn’t Reading

Ivanka Trump recently announced that she will be attending a coding class this summer with her five-year-old daughter. “We’re excited to learn this incredibly important new language together,” Trump said, speaking at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “Coding truly is the language of the future.” Like Ivanka, many tech gurus … Continued

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Stop Going Down the Playground Slide with Your Kids!

Playgrounds are for children. I know this seems obvious, but apparently no one mentioned it to Anne Hathaway. The Oscar-winning actress recently told Jimmy Fallon about how she “almost killed” her one-year-old son by going down a slide with him. “I [pulled my] skirt around me, and I put Johnny there, and we are going … Continued

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The Accidental Benedicts

One of the toughest parts of parenting is guiding our kids through the minefield of a culture that wants them to grow up much more quickly than they should. Do we let them wear the same clothes other kids are wearing even if we think the necklines dip too low and the skirts cover too … Continued

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