Pictures at an Opioid Overdose Exhibition

Is a picture worth a thousand public service announcements? That’s a question that the loved ones of overdose victims are facing now. Last week, Cheryl Towery posted a picture of herself with her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Elaina, right before Elaina passed away at a Detroit hospital from an apparent heroin overdose. “’She’s my only daughter, my … Continued

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Facebook Fear-Mongering About Risks to Kids Ruins Summer

Has your Facebook feed been filled with scary articles warning about “dry drowning” this summer? Mine too. “Dry drowning” and “secondary drowning” happens when a kid dies later on from complications related to getting water into his or her lungs. It’s also not a real thing. According to a newswire sent out this summer by the … Continued

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Don’t Feel Guilty About Helping Your Child Succeed

Does providing your children with enrichment activities give them a head start for success or an unfair advantage? A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times argues that for college educated parents, it’s the latter. “Over the past generation, members of the college educated class have become amazingly good at making sure their … Continued

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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

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Why Are American Kids as Sedentary as Senior Citizens?

When I first started talking to my husband about the possibility of homeschooling our children, he warned me, “You’re almost certainly not going to be able to convince me, but you’re welcome to try.” These days, whenever we see a new study on education or the state of American childhood, he exhales and says, “Thank … Continued

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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

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Say Anything. . . Just Not to a Mom?

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles that tell people what not to say to mothers: What not to say to a mom What not to say to a mom who had a C-section What not to say to a mom of boys What not to say to a mom of girls What not to … Continued

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The Dad Who Wants an Age Limit for Cellphones Might Be on to Something

We have age requirements to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and even Sudafed. So perhaps it was inevitable someone would suggest that you should need to be a certain age before you can purchase what has become the real scourge of youth—the cell phone. Tim Farnum, an anesthesiologist in Colorado, is trying get enough signatures for a … Continued

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Celebrating Father’s Day Without a Father

In the classrooms of my childhood, almost every other kid around me was crafting something for their dads in June. Painting photo frames for desks, decorating hammers and making pretend ties; all pretty cliché objects for kids to create in order to hand over to their Dads on Father’s Day. With one or two other … Continued

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