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Watchful eye

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Watchful eye

From Big Brother to Big Mama/Papa, new Japanese technology promises to let parents track everything their children see, as well as their heart rates in response to stimuli: "Parents can find out if their kid’s eyes waver from the blackboard, and ...

Preparation

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 1 Comment »

Does it strike anyone else as odd that a man can write no less than four books about God, yet be unprepared to answer his five year-old when she asks him whether God listens when she prays? "In my panic, I ...

On the confessional parent

Monday, October 18th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on On the confessional parent

Susan Stiffelman writes at ParentDish about the indignation some readers of mamapundit felt upon learning that, in the midst of writing about parenting, she was privately coping with a teenaged son's drug addiction, which recently took his life: "The shame of ...

The brokenness of homes

Monday, October 18th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on The brokenness of homes

A new study finds that children of divorced or never-married parents are considerably more likely to have behavioral problems than children in natural-parent homes. Those displeased with the results are calling for . . . . . . wait for it ...

On parenting with a broken heart

Friday, October 15th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on On parenting with a broken heart

Leo has hydranencephaly. This is some of what his father has to say: "From the beginning he has asked me to put my desires to death, so to speak. What I want for him is basically out of reach. I find ...

Do as I do and don’t let them listen to what I say

Friday, October 15th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Do as I do and don’t let them listen to what I say

Eminem doesn't curse around his children. And apparently he believes good parents won't let their children listen to his music. I wonder if his record label agrees?

Because your business empire won’t gather round you at your deathbed

Friday, October 15th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Because your business empire won’t gather round you at your deathbed

Carrie Lukas takes a former Planned Parenthood president to task for treating stay-at-home mothers as traitors to the cause of women's liberation: "Feldt may consider raising children “a necessary task” — much like taking out the trash or scrubbing the bathroom ...

Turn off the internet just as soon as you’re done reading this

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 1 Comment »

Still more evidence that, when one hears a politician (or increasingly, some hack shilling for an IT company) go on about the need to plop every schoolchild in America down in front of a computer screen, it's best to kick ...

A picture used to be worth 1,000 words, but with inflation…

Monday, October 11th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 1 Comment »

Parents of small children, says The New York Times, are pushing them away from picture books toward prose-heavy books at earlier ages. Teacher Monica Edinger disagrees, arguing that parents are exposing their children to both kinds of books in fair ...

The Dad’s Life

Friday, October 8th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on The Dad’s Life

I don't want my previous post to imply that I'm opposed to all hip-hop.  

It must be true; it was on the Internet

Friday, October 8th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 4 Comments »

It's how an ill-educated sophomore might construct an argument: load down your opponents with propositions they don't in fact hold (in the case of this idiotic essay attacking the two-parent family, that both parents should be white, that happy children should ...

The battlefield for self-control

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 2 Comments »

My self-controlled friend Jon points me to this outstanding article on the connection between self-control and life success. It might lead one to despair, simply looking at the studies showing how children with low self-control are far more likely to ...

The pedagogy of the fart

Monday, September 27th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting, The Artful Life | 8 Comments »

Thomas Spence, president of Spence Publishing, has a must-read piece in last week's Wall Street Journal, titled "How to Raise Boys Who Read." He takes aim at the latest fad, which is to get the video-game and television-besotted little cretins ...

Not every good thing should be mandated, nor every bad thing forbidden

Friday, September 17th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 2 Comments »

The Las Vegas Review-Journal gets it exactly right -- all this handwringing over a looming onslaught of commercials disguised as cartoons leaves out that it's the job of parents to police what our children watch. If the Feds are the ...

You say potato, I say clear your plate or else

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 5 Comments »

From recent research into childhood nutrition: "Children will come to love vegetables more after they are exposed to activities employing multimedia and personalities they can identify with. . ." Or, you can put veggies in front of the spoiled little wretches ...

Shaming

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 2 Comments »

Local officials in Florida fret over what to do about rotten teenagers infesting a local park. One seems to hit upon the right idea in a rhetorical plea: ""What are we going to do, other than sending their parents back ...

Little emperors

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 2 Comments »

Modern parenting, says U.K. psychologist Aric Sigman, is yielding a generation of "little emperors." He no doubt acquired his perspective through years of education and research, whereas I reached the same conclusion after one too many visits to McDonald's.

Happiness Overrated

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 4 Comments »

Some of you might appreciate my "Case Against Happiness" over at Megan McArdle's site, which got some angry comments, as well as some nice words from Rod Dreher and Joe Carter.

A father’s waning day

Monday, June 21st, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 3 Comments »

As I write, there are nine minutes left in Father's Day, which is just right, given that every father I know feels like he has so much left to do, and just a scrap of time in which to do ...

Wise parenting is bravest

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 5 Comments »

Bruce Barcott argues in The L.A. Times that parents of 16 year-old Abby Sunderland, recently rescued from the Indian Ocean after trying to sail around the globe by herself, are not irresponsible for letting their daughter attempt such a feat, ...

Dressing up

Monday, June 14th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 3 Comments »

In London, parents decry high heels for little girls as another instance of oversexualizing children. Their opponents say that little girls simply want to be like grown-ups. Which seems to be precisely the point of the protest. But in an age ...

Millstones

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 3 Comments »

Yet another way we increasingly fail children in our supersized, high-fructose corn syrup besotted, electronics-enslaved, why-walk-when-I-can-ride culture: fat kids. "At the core of the problem is the fact that less than one third of all children ages 6 to 17 get ...

News flash: parents affect the behavior of their children

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on News flash: parents affect the behavior of their children

Scientists finally confirm the age-old wisdom that parenting matters -- in this case with a study showing that parents with permissive attitudes about underage drinking have children who -- be sure you're sitting down for this one -- are more ...

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 3 Comments »

Yet another reason to rid yourself of the notion that you should be perfect: new mothers who labor under this weight are more likely to suffer post-partum depression.

Spin

Friday, May 28th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Spin

I love the part at the end where this seemingly unhinged mother -- who after arguing with her son hijacked his Facebook account and posted vulgarities on it -- makes her discipline by the court an example of government stopping ...

“Looking at children was the real shocker for us”

Friday, May 21st, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on “Looking at children was the real shocker for us”

U.S. children are posting sharp increases in drug use for chronic illnesses -- one-quarter of all insured children and 30 percent of adolescents, according to a health company study. A large portion of these are antipsychotic and diabetes drugs. What are we ...

Do you smell smoke?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Do you smell smoke?

At last, my insecurities have a silver lining.

On the excommunication of a child

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting, Theology | 24 Comments »

I remember, the day they told us our three year-old daughter would die, sitting on her hospital bed, Celeste and I together, holding her and weeping. We never really knew despair, I don’t think, until that day. We held Caroline ...

Do as we say, not as we do

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | 1 Comment »

A new Barna survey reveals that young Christians emphasize career and travel over faith, marriage, and parenting. Golly, I wondered where they learned to think that way.

First, do no harm

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on First, do no harm

"Immigrant kids begin school with surprisingly good social skills, eager to engage teachers and classroom tasks, even though many are raised in poor households . . . This stems from tight families and tough-headed parenting. Our findings shatter the myth ...