Parenting

American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How

In defense of the wild child

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.

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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 responsibilities.” I fear for the rest of the series.

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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. I called for us to confront the cultural expectation that fathers be career-oriented, and to demand that men include themselves in a conversation that heretofore has been dominated by women. And this conversation, I said, should involve both economic and policy issues like paternity leave and social issues like what kind of dads we expect fathers to be.

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Fatherhood Memoirs Multiply

Bring on the daddy wars

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.

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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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Maybe It's Time I Picked Up a Pot Habit

A father of three considers a late-night high

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

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