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Opting for Lazy Parenting

The “snow plow” parents: they clear their children’s paths to success, pouring resources into their children’s happiness, exhausting themselves for their children’s sake: I get it. The post-Millennial generation (born 1997-2012) is on track to be the most educated generation in U.S. history, with parents who are wealthier than previous […]

Betty Friedan Was Right

Today marks exactly 6 months since our local public schools closed. The last time Adam and I logged this many active parenting hours — no childcare, no school, no extracurricular activities — was when our children were babies and we were on parental leave. It’s made me think about how […]

The Tiger Mother v. Quintilian

I recently finished reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The author, Amy Chua, observes that Chinese parents demand perfect grades and overall excellence — and to get there, they embrace drilling and rote learning, from a young age. Chua approves of this strategy: What Chinese parents understand is that […]

Obedience Isn’t a Virtue

When I was 5, my mom started reading Little House in the Big Woods aloud to me. We slowly worked our way through all 8 of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Once Elizabeth turned 5, I read the entire series aloud to her. Now that Abigail is 5, I’m reading […]