Parenting

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

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Has anyone thought through what it means when kids scream at robots?

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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 Atlantic magazine left a key group out of its discussion about fatherhood.

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In Sunday’s paper, The New York Times reported on a rising phenomenon: Powerful female financial executives who are abetted by husbands willing to “stay at home” and be the primary caretakers of the couples’ children. “These bankers make up a small but rapidly expanding group, benefiting from what they call a direct link between their ability to achieve and their husbands’ willingness to handle domestic duties,” report Jodi Kantor and Jessica Silver-Greenberg.

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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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In our most recent print issue, New Republic science editor Judith Shulevitz writes about the range of officious and downright scary technologies available to parents who want to track their kids’ every move—online and on earth.

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Big Mother Is Watching You

Technology now lets you spy on your kids all the time. Why you shouldn't.

The creepy new technology of spying on your kids

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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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