Fatherland

Against the Tyranny of Natural-Childbirth Elitists
Doulas and hot tubs aren't better than doctors and hospitals
May 04, 2014

And hot tubs aren't better than hospitals.

The Sailing Couple Saved at Sea Are Neither Bad Parents Nor Rebels. They're Just Like Us.
April 08, 2014

The Kaufmans may have been on a high-seas adventure, but their lives were depressingly similar to ours.

Would You Send Your Kids to a School Where Students Make the Rules?
January 05, 2014

This school claims to take the angst out of education. The results make it look that way—among other things. 

I Have Nothing Against Classical Music—But That's Exactly My Point
September 20, 2013

I’m really grateful to Paul Berman for his reply to my recent New Republic column “Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument,” a reply that is good-humored and sympathetic.

Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument
September 16, 2013

Our daughter Rebekah, who is in second grade, takes three after-school classes every week. On Monday there is violin; on Wednesday, Hebrew; and on Thursday, ballet.

The New Puritans
When did liberals become so uptight?
July 15, 2013

When I read last month that voters in Portland, Oregon, had defeated a bill that would have fluoridated their drinking water, I was reminded of my first experience with an anti-fluoridation wacko.

"Daddy, What's a Sperm Donor?"
This is the question I fear most
May 08, 2013

This is the question I fear most.

Raising Children Requires Outsourcing
All parents do it, whether they realize it or not
April 03, 2013

All parents do it, whether they realize it or not.

Making Time for TV
Why parents who love television should let their kids watch, too
March 05, 2013

Why parents who love television should let their kids watch, too.

Maybe It's Time I Picked Up a Pot Habit
A father of three considers a late-night high
January 30, 2013

A married father of three considers doing what he's never done: smoke pot habitually.