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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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 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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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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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 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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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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