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

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