The Oversharing Parent Problem

Parents embarrassing their kids is a time-honored tradition. No matter how cool the parent, OR how innocent the offense, kids invariably find something their parents do positively mortifying. Growing up, it was the fact that my mother gave me a hug and kiss in public or that she spoke at a school board meeting for … Continued

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What Jeff Bezos Gets Right About Parenting

Jeff Bezos was recently interviewed by his younger brother, Mark, at the Summit ideas conference in Los Angeles. The nearly hour-long discussion included a loving portrait of their childhood as well as the Amazon founder’s theories on childrearing. For those of us who believe in the importance of greater independence for our children and have … Continued

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Today, Even Snow Pants are Accused of Promoting Toxic Masculinity

“If we are serious about tackling the toxic masculinity which persists in our culture, we must look at the images we market to our children.” That’s the message that mother Angela Nickerson sends to Lands’ End this season in an open letter she published on Medium.com. The company, which last year featured an extensive interview … Continued

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This is Why Your Kids Don’t Play Outside

If you want to know who is in charge in American households, look no further than a recent survey by Gallup. When parents were asked how they wanted kids to spend their time, sixty-two percent said they would like the kids to be playing outside and only twelve percent said they should be using electronic … Continued

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What I Told My Kids About the Church Shooting in Texas

It’s impossible, and probably unwise, to shield one’s children from every evil in the world. Still, at the ages my kids are—ten, eight, six, and three—they don’t need to be aware of every political happening, national tragedy, or bit of celebrity gossip. That said, my oldest heard the news about the massacre in Texas recently, … Continued

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No, Bolshevik Parents Weren’t Early Free Rangers

The whitewashing of communism since the end of the Cold War is evident in recent polling that shows, alarmingly, that Americans have growing affection for the political theory and form of governance. According to a poll released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund, twenty-three percent of American millennials consider Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong … Continued

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Should High-School Athletes Compete in their Underwear?

When the late, great George Sheehan took up running in the 1960s, his children were mortified when neighbors would ask, “Why is your father running around town in his underwear?” He wasn’t, but in those days, few people ran on public streets unless they were being chased by police, and so any man running publicly … Continued

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