Parenting

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.

Don't Leave Future Fathers Out of the Daddy Wars
January 07, 2014

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

Rich Stay-At-Home Dads Aren’t the Future
December 09, 2013

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.

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?

Don't Spy on Your Kids. Let Them Spy on Each Other.
October 29, 2013

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.

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

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