Kids

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth

A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology

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

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The Wild, Unregulated Business of After-School Programs

How well do you know that soccer coach or piano teacher?

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

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

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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. The past day has actually been a rather difficult one for me, as that piece upset a lot of people.

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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. One of these classes connects her to a religious tradition going back three thousand years. Two of them are pretty well pointless.

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"Daddy, What's a Sperm Donor?"

This is the question I fear most

This is the question I fear most.

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Raising Children Requires Outsourcing

All parents do it, whether they realize it or not

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

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Making Time for TV

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

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

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