September 1, 2016 |
If you've become a parent - for the first, second or fifth time - within the last six months, e-mail us why we should feature your story:. Giving birth, adopting, or becoming a stepparent or guardian all count. Unfortunately, we can't respond individually to all submissions. If your story is chosen, you will be contacted.
August 7, 2016
The End of American Childhood A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child By Paula S. Fass Princeton University Press. 334 pp. $29.95 Reviewed by Glenn C. Althschuler Fearful that even a momentary lapse in oversight will ruin their children's future, many American parents micromanage. Others worry that "helicopter parents" may produce individuals who are overcontrolled, overindulged, and ill-prepared for a competitive world in which competence must be earned through hard work and independent thinking.
April 15, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My cousin had a stillborn baby at 35 weeks about nine months ago. In our family, there are a few people with kids under 5, myself included. Sometimes when we get together, the talk turns to difficulties around parenting. Every time, my cousin will say something like, "I wish I had that problem. " I understand where she is coming from, but I'm sure once she has children she will see how difficult parenting can be. She is just accusing us of being ungrateful, which we are not. Her response typically stops all conversation about parenthood, and people feel guilty for bringing it up around her at all. I think this is unfair; it is possible to love your children deeply but still have issues you want to discuss.