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

Parenting

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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Keyshawn Johnson: Father of the Year?

For sports fans of a certain age, the name “Keyshawn Johnson” is not one closely associated with terms like “humility” and “wise counsel.” Drafted as the overall #1 pick in 1996 by the New York Jets, for more than a decade the hot-shot wide receiver from the University of Southern California made headlines and football … 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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What the Theater Can Teach Us About Living in the Moment

A movie chain in southern California recently announced the opening of a new theater with an indoor jungle gym situated alongside stadium seating. The goal is to “exhaust” children ahead of the movie so parents can sit back and enjoy the flick. The kids, meanwhile, will “then sprawl out on beanbags and lounge seats and … Continued

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Media Perplexed: Four Children are “Work”

You don’t have to be a fan of Kellyanne Conway to be angry at how the headlines treated her last week. All you have to be is a parent blessed with a large family. In the latest public skewering of an advisor to the president, Conway was roundly mocked for the reason she gave when … Continued

Culture, Parenting, Politics

Raising Honest Kids in a Post-Truth World

All kids have a sometimes-fluid relationship with the truth. I have often wished that I had the skills of an FBI profiler, especially when faced with the smiling cherubs in front of me who certainly look like they have been up to something, even as they insist they have not. Kids can lie like an … Continued

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Why Parents Should Stop Listening to Parenting Advice

Pity the parents of today. While plenty of people would argue that modern parenting has never been easier thanks to a free-market economy that delivers essentials like diapers and wipes to your doorstep and an entire market that performs any range of childcare duties from babysitting to nursing your newborn at night, it all comes … Continued

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