A Conservative Plan for Supporting America’s Families

Whether Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) intended to throw down a gauntlet when she introduced her Family Bill of Rights recently is sort of beside the point. As a conservative who cares about family policy and who was disappointed by Sen. Gillibrand’s plan, I believe there is a crucial conversation to be had about families and … Continue reading

How Vanity Fair’s Instagram Mommy Murfer Celebrates Traditional Living

Growing up, it was all about fiction for me. I loved vicariously visiting new places and gaining insight into how others live and might think. These days, I don’t have time for novels, but I do have Vanity Fair profiles. VF’s recent profile of Instagram influencer Courtney Adamo and her murfer (a.k.a. surfer mom) friends … Continue reading

Anti-vax: It’s worse than you think

Not everything retro is chic. Especially when it comes to preventable contagious diseases. A small but growing number of parents disagree, though. Through their actions — or their inactions, as it were — these families are resuscitating already cured diseases dreaded by our grandparents. And as these parents question the value of lifesaving vaccines, whether … Continue reading

12 Things Americans Can Learn From Israel’s Pro-Parenting Culture

Do rising expectations for parents help explain falling fertility rates? It certainly sounds logical, at least as one piece of a complex puzzle. Consider that our culture frequently paints parenting as joyless, anxiety-inducing, and expensive. So why would millennials and Generation Z be gung-ho about it? In his Father’s Day column, Ross Douthat wondered whether … Continue reading

Four Weaknesses in Senator Gillibrand’s ‘Family Bill of Rights’

Presidential candidate and New York senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) recently announced a Family Bill of Rights, a 21st-century list of rights related to pregnancy and raising a young family. In a field as crowded as the Democrats’ 2020 primary, there’s a logic to Sen. Gillibrand—whose brand is feminism and families—trying to stand out by offering … Continue reading

Buying Votes With Family Handouts Won’t Work If People Don’t Want Kids

Will a major story of the 2020 election be Democrats challenging Republicans’ long-time reputation as the “pro-family” party? Child-care proposals have cropped up across the crowded Democratic presidential primary field. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed nationalized childcare, which Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar support with their own plans. Sen. Cory Booker supports … Continue reading

Dear Wives: Publicly Criticizing Your Husband Makes You Look Horrible

As a 22-year-old, I didn’t know who I would end up dating or marrying, but I felt sure there would be no fellow writer, especially not a fiction writer. There was something intrinsically off-putting about the thought of getting close to someone who might use my life and quirks to tell my story their way. … Continue reading

For All Jews, The Shooting At Poway Chabad Hits Too Close To Home

There’s nothing quite like logging onto Twitter on a Saturday night after spending the day with family and learning that there’s been another synagogue shooting. Momentarily, you forget to breathe. Then you find yourself thinking about the dead and the injured with a knot in your stomach. Sixty-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye should still be here. … Continue reading

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