Why Kids Should Trick-or-Treat in Their Own Neighborhoods

Halloween is only one day of the year but its celebration tells us a great deal about modern American culture. Just think of how you would explain to a time traveler why you dressed up your child as a Poop Emoji (yes, I saw kids walking around with this costume a couple of weeks ago.) … Continued

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Write It Down: Passing On Life Lessons to Our Children

What is the most important thing we need to teach our children? A year ago, Erick Erickson, a writer and podcaster at The Resurgent, explored that question in his article, “If I Die Before You Wake….” It was the height of the 2016 election, and Erickson’s family was reeling from life-threatening medical diagnoses both he … Continued

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Why ‘Uncomfortable’ Books Like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Are Precisely the Ones Kids Should be Reading

Another book has made the infamous “banned books” list. The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi decided to pull To Kill a Mockingbird from the eighth grade reading curriculum this year because, district officials said, “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” If the language in To Kill a Mockingbird makes … Continued

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Why I Am Not Raising My Daughters to be Feminists

HuffPost reported recently on a project created by photographers and partners Sham Hinchey and Marzia Messina called “Dear Daughters,” in which 22 men posed for artsy portraits with their daughters, ages eight to eleven, and chatted informally but a little awkwardly, with them about feminism. As you might expect from HuffPost, a half-hour video of the … Continued

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If Gender is ‘Fluid,’ Why are Gender Reveal Parties So Popular?

It’s definitely a girl. Definitely. That’s what family and friends of Matt Ostergaard and Adrianna Zbik learned last week when Ostergard arranged for the 187-foot-tall SkyWheel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to be lit up in pink for his child’s “gender reveal.” Amazingly, this was not the first Ferris wheel gender reveal. In the spring, … Continued

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What Jane Austen Teaches Us about Texting

First email, then texting, Facebook messaging, and now Instagram—platforms for written communication in the twenty-first century are constantly expanding. Parents are often baffled that their children prefer “impersonal” communication forms like texting instead of the telephone. They worry this will compromise younger generations’ ability to interact with each other properly. What our parents and grandparents … Continued

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What ‘It’ Can Teach Helicopter Parents About Kids and Resilience

If you’ve seen the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, you may have acquired a new fear of clowns. But the movie offers more than thrills and chills—it also inadvertently offers some useful lessons on parenting. The movie, set in 1988, features a group of preteens who find themselves terrorized by a supernatural being … Continued

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Why are Kindergarteners Having ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties in School?

Homeschooling in America is growing by leaps and bounds and it isn’t difficult to understand why. In many traditional schools, parents are being treated as bystanders in the education of their own children, and the perception of what is considered acceptable and unacceptable for the classroom is topsy-turvy. In California, the Rocklin Charter School was … Continued

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Why More and More Women Don’t Mind Being Called ‘Bad Moms’

Are there any good mothers left? It’s a question that some people may be pondering because popular culture seems to be filled with “bad moms.” The trend probably started earlier but writer Ayelet Waldman was probably on the cutting edge with her weird admission that she loves her husband (novelist Michael Chabon) more than her … Continued

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