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


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


Kids Are Back to School. Why Don’t More of Them Have a Choice About Where They Go?

Someone is always complaining about schools—the media is full of stories about problems with the curriculum, safety, the mountains of homework, the one-size-fits-all approach to education. Still, those same critics often advocate for a one-size-fits all fix. Instead, educational opportunities should be as varied as the children who need them. This doesn’t just benefit kids; … Continued


Are Kids’ Sports Out of Control?

Fall is not only back-to-school season; it’s back to kids’ sports season. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who will soon be juggling practices and games for multiple kids playing multiple sports. While I try to keep our family’s costs minimal and the effort only moderate—my children play mostly in recreational leagues—balancing family, finances … Continued


Stop Going Down the Playground Slide with Your Kids!

Playgrounds are for children. I know this seems obvious, but apparently no one mentioned it to Anne Hathaway. The Oscar-winning actress recently told Jimmy Fallon about how she “almost killed” her one-year-old son by going down a slide with him. “I [pulled my] skirt around me, and I put Johnny there, and we are going … Continued


Can’t Sleep? Blame the Patriarchy

It’s been nearly two weeks since we changed the clocks in our household for Daylight Saving Time and we are still not over it. No one wants to go to bed on time. No one wants to get up in the dark. Hey Congress, the kids want their hour back! It is times like this … Continued


January Jones Thinks a Manny is as Good as a Father

In a sane world, any father who abandons his children (and his children’s mother) would be deported and sent to a penal colony on some snake-infested island in the South Pacific. I’m not referring to the breakdown of a marriage, subsequent divorce, and a father splitting custody with his ex-wife while staying actively engaged in … Continued