How Our Anti-Boy Culture Affects Mothers Like Me

Et tu, American Psychological Association? If anyone was going to hold the line on masculinity’s being a psychologically healthy phenomenon, this descendant of social workers would have hoped it would be mental health professionals. Instead, the APA released guidelines for treating the traditionally masculine, those recognizable by their “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of … Continue reading

Why Parents And The Media Need To Stop Injecting Children Into Politics

If any feeling defines the Trump Era, it’s anger. Without channeling the anger of Americans who felt ignored by Washington, Donald Trump might never have been elected president. And since the 2016 election, anger — even white-hot rage — has fueled his political Resistance. This is the emotionally polluted air we, including our children, are … Continue reading

Lawyer’s 7 Miscarriages Lead To The Infertility Memoir Everyone Needs To Read

If ever there were a predictable story, it’s the one about the birds and bees. However, as we become adults, we learn that even when we want to become parents, things can go sideways for all sorts of reasons. Elizabeth Katkin, an accomplished lawyer who experienced numerous medical obstacles on her winding way to motherhood, … Continue reading

Jewish Continuity Isn’t Sexist — It’s Necessary

Is Jewish continuity inherently sexist? In some people’s minds, like the author of a recent op-ed in these pages, Jewish continuity is toxically identified with Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen. I’m neither judge nor jury, but if the #MeToo allegations against Cohen are true, and they may well be, the prominent sociologist should be held … Continue reading

Mona Charen Wants You To Be Happy, And That’s Why She Advocates Sexual Sanity

Oprah’s not the only one who wants you to “live your best life.” Syndicated columnist and author Mona Charen does too, and she’s not afraid to say so, even in this era of “no judgment!” Charen’s vision of the good life is decidedly less about pampering oneself and buying the world’s best products than it … Continue reading

6 Reasons Millennials Should Stop And Embrace Parenthood

Americans love babies. At least, we do in theory. It’s just not clear we all enjoy raising flesh and blood miniature humans anymore. Last Friday, Pew Research released the results of a June survey showing that “41 percent of U.S. adults think that families of three or more children is ideal. . . . the … Continue reading

‘The Cat In The Hat’? We’re Too PC To Publish That

My three-year-old recently noticed “The Cat in the Hat” on her bookshelf, a book my parents saved from my own twentieth-century childhood, which I don’t think I’ve read since I was my daughter’s age. It has appealing rhymes and a story my daughter liked. (The cat is very mischievous!) But reading the book as a … Continue reading

Why I’m Conflicted About Drew Barrymore’s Working Mom Comments

Is there any Hollywood star more likable than Drew Barrymore? I’ve long been a fan, so I was interested to read about her widely applauded mothering post. But when I read that Instagram post, “Olive has a working mother,” I found myself having rather mixed feelings — not the non-stop feel-good reaction I was expecting. … Continue reading

5 Lessons About Life And Love From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Warning: This piece contains spoilers. Mrs. Maisel is indeed marvelous. She may have been jilted by her husband of four years and left to raise their two kids while he plays house with his dimwitted secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous. She soon discovers she can not only take care of herself, but also … Continue reading

How I’m Teaching My Kids To Behave Better Than Donald Trump Does

Is Donald Trump a good role model for children? Quinnipiac University has a new poll out showing that two-thirds of Americans don’t think so. Where does that leave American parents, considering that 90 percent of respondents said it matters to them whether the president is a role model? I’ve repeatedly heard people remark that parents … Continue reading