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

We’re Still Waiting For A Better Memoir About Infertility

We have become a nation of oversharers. And yet, even in the Era of TMI, it’s rare for women—or couples—to broadcast their struggles with infertility. In this regard, the publishing world largely mimics real life. If you’ve been searching for a book that personalizes the excruciating pain of infertility or repeated pregnancy loss, you’ve likely … Continue reading

Family Is On Fleek

Parenthood is having a cultural moment. It’s striking, because in our materially oriented society, we’ve recently seen a number of celebrities speak out publicly not only about the joy of children, but also acknowledging that their professionally successful lives feel incomplete without children. Indeed, it has become cool to publicly praise family. Should we credit … Continue reading

Single Motherhood on “Parenthood”

According to Twitter, I’m in the minority. Everyone else who tweeted about a recent episode of #Parenthood found it heartwarming. Viewers especially enjoyed Amber’s baby shower, which was held at a hospital, after her grandfather Zeek’s heart attack. Amber’s baby shower certainly showcased the bonds of family and warmth of motherhood, but it was hard to ignore the … Continue reading

Where Are Television’s Good Dads?

  Where are the men? In the Father Knows Best era, we could assume they were in (nearly) every home with a wife and child. As David Frum referenced in his recent, provocative Atlantic article, that’s no longer the case: As the wages of non-college-educated men have tumbled, marriage has looked like an increasingly pointless and even dangerous choice … Continue reading

Parenthood’s Kristina Braverman Deserved to Lose

I appreciate that Kristina Braverman finally acknowledged on Parenthood that she should have gone negative in her race for mayor of Berkeley. But my opinion remains unchanged: she deserved to lose. Kristina is generally likeable, and her seizing the day and running for office in the wake of her cancer is admirable. However, even by her … Continue reading

TV Moms Can’t Have It All Either

We watch TV to escape. Yet sometimes, TV writers borrow from reality, and that can be surprisingly satisfying because it speaks directly to challenges in our own lives. In recent episodes of Parenthood and Grey’s Anatomy, both Julia Braverman-Graham and Meredith Grey have struggled with the realities of modern motherhood, and that pesky question about whether … Continue reading