This Progressive 1970s Kids Album Sounds Reactionary Now, But Should It?

Music important to your past has a way of finding your present. Feeling suddenly nostalgic recently, I told my daughters I’d play them one of my favorite childhood records. So, with Spotify’s help, I streamed “Free to Be…You and Me,” an album I haven’t heard in 30 years. The album came out in 1972 as a … Continue reading

How American Parents Spend Their Time

Two-parent households have more time to spend reading and doing other activities with their children (WTOP.com).   Do you live to work, or work to live? Regardless of where their hearts are, many Americans spend more time with their colleagues each week than they do with their own families. Work sets the rhythm of our … Continue reading

Marriage, Economics, and Culture

Economics is not the only force pushing couples toward, or away from, marriage (gettyimages.com).   In recent decades, the face of the American family has changed considerably, along with our understanding of marriage. Consider that over 40% of all U.S. births occurred to unmarried mothers in 2014. The rate was even higher among non-college-educated mothers, at … Continue reading

The Pences’ Marriage Boundaries Make Sense in Today’s World

The Pences have taken marriage seriously since day one (twitter.com/GovPenceIN). The most fascinating thing about The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker’s now viral tweet about Vice President Mike Pence’s marriage has been the response. Last Wednesday, Parker tweeted, “Mike Pence never dines alone w a woman not his wife, nor does he attends events w alcohol, w/o her by … Continue reading

The Real Anachronism In ‘Victoria’ Is Skerrett’s Refusal To Marry Francatelli

A look of love (kpbs.org).   While Queen Victoria and Prince Albert fell in love upstairs, we watched Mr. Francatelli and Miss Skerrett fall in love downstairs. The palace chef, Mr. Francatelli, took an early interest in Miss Skerrett, the queen’s head dresser, and during the first season of PBS’ “Victoria,” we watched as he … Continue reading

Go Ahead, Congratulate the Newly Engaged!

Writing in Redbook magazine, Ashley Mateo recently pronounced, “I absolutely hate wishing people congratulations on their engagement, and I won’t do it anymore.” It’s a free country. Ms. Mateo, like everyone else, is entitled to speak (or not speak) as she likes. But let’s run through some of her objections to “congratulations,” a word most people would consider … Continue reading

The “Brangelina” Break-up: Shocking or Predictable?

The Brangelina break-up is like the big earthquake that seismologists missed. Angelina Jolie serving Brad Pitt with divorce papers just two years into their marriage has sent shock waves through the entertainment and parenting press, inspiring panicked headlines like, “If Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Can’t Make It, Who Can?”But should we be so surprised? The … Continue reading

Don’t Take Hillary Clinton’s Dating Advice

Being young and single in the city sounds so glamorous, yet it can be truly challenging. Especially now that feminism has largely disrupted traditional norms for love and courtship, it can be hard for young men and women to know how to behave when they meet that special someone. Who should initiate that first date? … Continue reading

‘Married At First Sight’ Explains Why Americans Can’t Commit

Finding love is hard. Making love deepen and last is even harder. If reality TV is any indication, love has gone off the rails in America. Contrary to so much of what women read about modern romance, the men on FYI’s reality show “Married at First Sight” are eager to commit. It’s the women who … Continue reading

The Elusive Perfect Life

This year’s 4th of July weekend found me in a secluded Maine ski town for a friend’s wedding. Seated with some old school friends, all of whom are living single, I was the lone representative of the married-with-kids contingent. “You must be so happy now that you’re not single,” one of my old classmates remarked … Continue reading