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

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

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

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

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