My First Year as a Father

It’s hard to believe it, but my daughter just celebrated her first birthday. Twelve months ago—as the country reeled from a Trump election and her father reveled in a Chicago Cubs World Series victory—the world was introduced to Evelyn Inez Moeller in a boisterous Santa Monica hospital delivery room around 2 P.M. local time. Nothing … Continued

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The Weaponization of Distraction

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. “Let’s go bowling!” my son suggested on the first weekend of winter vacation. It sounds like such a wholesome, old-fashioned idea for family fun. It’s an activity that people of any age and … Continued

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Why You Shouldn’t Lie to Your Kids About Santa Claus

When my father was a little boy, he told his brother that he was excited for Christmas because Santa was coming. His brother called him an idiot, spelling it out clearly: “Santa isn’t real.” My dad ran to his mom and asked tearfully, “Is Santa real?” She looked into his innocent eyes and told him … Continued

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What the Keaton Jones Bullying Story Tells Us About Young Men Today

The internet is forever. It is the most powerful tool in humanity’s arsenal and it is unrelenting and it is cruel. This is a lesson parents should be teaching their children over, and over, and over again. Which is why it’s so disappointing to see parents not only not understand the internet, but also subject … Continued

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What Parents Should Know About Facebook’s New Messenger Kids

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. When it comes to children and technology, we always seem to be worried about the wrong things. If you needed any more confirmation of this, just check out the media coverage of Facebook’s … Continued

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Are ‘Wrongful Birth’ Lawsuits the Future of Pregnancy?

On the cover of New York magazine this month is an eye-popping headline: “The Son I Adore Is The Son I Shouldn’t Have Had.” The accompanying photo features a gorgeous blue-eyed toddler, looking over his mother’s shoulder straight into the camera. What kind of mother could possibly write such a piece and what could be … Continued

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Why Kids Benefit from Family Traditions

Helping my kids prepare for Christmas always makes me nostalgic for the holiday traditions of my own childhood. It also makes me realize just how important family traditions are to a child’s sense of happiness, continuity, and belonging. I’ve been thinking about family traditions more than usual this year, after reading Mary Eberstadt’s Weekly Standard … Continued

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