Parenting

Big Mother Is Watching You
Technology now lets you spy on your kids all the time. Why you shouldn't.
October 29, 2013

The creepy new technology of spying on your kids

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.

American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How
In defense of the wild child
September 02, 2013

Self-regulation is the new ideal for American school children. It does away with traditional discipline and encourages students to control their own impulses. But it turns out kids may be better off when they're allowed to act their age.

New York Times Relegates Fathers to the Grammatical Sidelines
July 08, 2013

A front-page news article in today’s New York Times on a representative working mother is the first, we are promised, in the “Balancing Act” series, which “will look at the ways working mothers from varied backgrounds are balancing careers and family

Money Alone Won’t Make Men Better Parents
July 03, 2013

Recently, I argued that it was time for a “Daddy Wars” to complement the wide-ranging debate among women about how to be working parents.

Fatherhood Memoirs Multiply
Bring on the daddy wars
May 15, 2013

Genre memoirs stink. I don’t mean the books themselves. Plenty of them do stink, surely, just like any other kind of book. But some of them are great.

"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.

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