Kids

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth
A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology
February 17, 2014

A new history of the Lamaze technique explain the origins of our earth-mother, natural-birth fantasies.

The Wild, Unregulated Business of After-School Programs
How well do you know that soccer coach or piano teacher?
December 02, 2013

How much do you really know about that soccer coach or piano teacher?

China's One-Child Policy Has Had Some Surprising Consequences for Kids
November 15, 2013

What your child would be like in a country of only children

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.

"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.