The Iron Lady: Wonderfully, Conservatively Subversive
Rebecca Cusey has a review of The Iron Lady, which opens tonight in New York and Los Angeles:
Conservatives have nothing to fear from the controversial and wonderfully subversive Margaret Thatcher biopic, “The Iron Lady.” Because the creators, whatever their ...
The Hazards of Being a Wal-Mart Greeter
Today, I read this story about how a belligerent customer (who was not a cop, as previously reported here) punched a 70-year-old Wal-Mart greeter in the face when the employee asked her to see her receipt on her way out ...
The Dark Knight Rises trailer is now officially out, and the movie seems to echo the current economic woes. Rebecca Cusey has it on her site:
“There’s a storm coming Mr Wayne,” whispers Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, “You’re ...
Raising Men (and Women) of Grit
Amy Henry reflects on last week’s anniversary of the first person to reach the South Pole:
Have you ever wondered how people with such pluck got to the point where they were able to pull off such almost-inhuman feats? ...
Do You Watch Dexter? You Might be a Democrat!
Rebecca Cusey breaks down television-viewing habits of red-state versus blue-state Americans.
Do you fit the stereotype?
It’s hard to know exactly how to acknowledge Pearl Harbor Day. I think I’m like many young Americans who suddenly realized how much pain and heartache these days represent, only after 9/11 awakened us to the real suffering hiding ...
War Is Over, If You Want It to Be -- Really?
I’m in a hotel room in Des Moines, working on a writing project while The Sing Off’s Christmas special drones on in my room. Though I’ve watched the show pretty religiously with my kids, it’s background ...
Hipster Homemakers and 'Extreme Domesticity'
Okay, can you tell I’m avoiding some other writing projects? One more post on the Home Front, and — I promise — I’m going to leave you good readers alone. But I found Rebecca Cusey’s recent article about “Hipster ...
Greg: I, for One, Can't Watch It
When my husband finally home came home from Iraq, after his year with the 3rd Armored Cav Regiment in the Diyala province, we decided to surprise the kids at school. Perhaps we had seen one too many of the types ...
Bella Swan – Anti-Feminist? Pro-Life Advocate? Swoony, Misguided Teen?
Okay, so I admit it. I watched Breaking Dawn, Part One last night, even though I’d had a little fun making The Twilight Hater’s Survival Guide for those less enamored with the vampire/wolf/human love triangle.
What Does Your Pizza Say About You? Herman Cain Weighs In
GQ has an interview with Herman Cain, in which they ask him about . . . pizza! One thing I learned in the interview is that Godfather’s Pizza is still around. (I knew of it when I was growing up in the 1980...
Warning: If you adopt a kid from Africa, you might one day find something like this sweet self-portrait in her backpack and be overcome with gratitude for afros and sweet bows. November is National Adoption Month, and some of you ...
Make it Twenty: The Duggars’ New Pregnancy
Greg, forget any “Kate Plus Eight, Minus One” drama. The real family-math news is that Michelle Duggar is pregnant again . . . with her 20th child.
“Jim Bob and I are excited to announce that we’re pregnant with baby number 20. We’...
Taking Responsibility for the Cost of Education
Chris, great post about the ridiculously escalating cost of a college education.
Although I’m not sure how the government can make this situation better, I do know that individual families — and students — can make better decisions about handling this ...
The Other Woman: Adjusting to Marriage with Siri
“I love you,” I heard my husband David say, though he wasn’t talking to me.
“But you don’t even know me,” a female voice responded.
Okay, so maybe hers was a slightly robotic, disembodied voice, but still. It ...
Watching the Debate with Your Kids: Getting to the White House Ain't Easy
Julie, I agree — there was so much rudeness on display last night.
I watched it with clenched teeth. Then I went back and let the kids see some key exchanges. (You might be happy to know that no black fingernail ...
The High Cost of Watching the Recent Economic Debate with a Toddler
We watch the GOP debates in the French household with the amount of intensity most families reserve for football, as David and I live-blog, tweet, and Facebook our way through the evenings. Our two older kids watch in amusement as ...
How Adoption (and Steve Jobs) Changed Our World
This week, we’re in Gatlinburg, Tenn., for fall break with the kids. (Dollywood is great in October, by the way. No lines!) We’ve hiked six miles, seen eight bears, eaten ice cream every day, and are preparing to ...
Not Letting Garbage into Your Own Home or onto Your Barley Field
There’s been a lot of talk about not letting people say and do things on television that you wouldn’t let them say or do if they were real people walking into your home. Why let the profanity and ...
America’s Got Transvestites: Putting the X in X Factor
What can families watch together anymore?
If you judge by the commercials, there are a number of good talent-based options. America’s Got Talent indicates that it’s a family-friendly show geared toward finding diamonds in the rough. ...
Are We More Like the Over-Spending President Than We Care to Admit?
When I met my husband at 20, I didn’t know how to balance a checkbook.
For the first seven years of marriage, David and I didn’t keep track of our checks or ATM withdrawals. Whatever financial penalty we suffered ...
Will SpongeBob Make You Gay? No, But He Might Make You Stupid
In November 2004, the We Are Family Foundation released a kids’ music video featuring over 100 characters from children’s television programs, such as SpongeBob and Barney. The DVDs were sent to over 61,000 elementary schools, along with teacher’s guides for after-viewing ...
One afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., my kids were playing on the swing sets in the park when a little tike wearing a football jersey ran into my daughter’s path. I lunged for the swing — I jerked the chain ...
Coming Clean About That Dukakis Tattoo
The New York Times recently had a series about how much you should tell your children — and when — about “life before kids.” Perhaps a “starter marriage,” a punk phase, or a drug charge?
While these topics could make for some ...
The Parents Are Not All Right
Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, has two teenagers who sometimes ignore him. I know this because his recent New York Times op-ed called “The Kids Are Not All Right” begins this way:
When I ...
In West Africa’s pre-colonial period, the Igbo people believed twins were a bad omen. Single births were considered “human,” but multiple births belonged to the realm of animals. When a mother delivered two healthy babies instead of one, the ...
Michele Bachmann Is Not Running for Wife-in-Chief
When John Kennedy ran for president, he had to dispel the notion that the Pope would be calling the shots. Michele Bachmann’s Christian faith has put her in a similar position pertaining to her husband.
“Given the insistence of ...
How Should Parents Think about Teen Sex?
Alex P. Keaton, 17, lost his virginity to a college student he wooed over a discussion about his favorite economist, Milton Friedman.
I realized this after we began showing our kids 1980s-era TV shows, after running out of bandwidth for Hannah ...
Kids' Movies vs. Capitalism
Land developers are evil.
At least according to popular kids’ movies. The most recent offender is “The Battle of Nessie,” a beautiful short film that features the work of award-winning directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, and Oscar-winning composer Michael ...
Packing Heat to See the Green Bay Packers?
My friend and I were walking ahead of our not-yet-teen daughters at dusk in rural Tennessee, separated by a tenth of a mile so we could engage in our own private conversations. When the truck sped by, we rolled our ...
I Spank My Kids: Come and Get Me, Judge Longoria
When I lived in New York and Philadelphia, I was cautious about publicly disciplining my children, since I knew mothers in liberal northeastern cities differed greatly with my approach. For example, I once was chided by a mom in a ...
Oprah's Legacy, For Better and Worse
I no longer wear pantyhose because Oprah Winfrey taught me that it was okay to shirk that old-fashioned trend.
She encouraged me never to order the same thing twice from a restaurant, a philosophy I kept up for several months (...
Thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the phrase “love child” is splattered across newspapers and blogs around the nation to describe his (surprise!) son, as journalists struggle to find the right word to use to describe the ten-year-old boy.
Of course, illegitimacy ...
America doesn’t have royalty, a fact of which we were all reminded when William and Kate got married in shoes which likely cost more than the White House’s art collection . . . or maybe the White House itself.
At least ...
Remembering David Wilkerson
In New York, I attended an interdenominational church located at 51st and Broadway called Times Square Church, even though the blue awning over the entrance proclaimed “The Church that Love Is Building.” I mean, honestly. Love? In a church? It ...
Are you feeling bad that your gold-embossed invitation to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding must’ve gotten lost in the mail? You’re in good company. The guest list for this week’s royal wedding has been published ...
Because I was born in 1974, I didn’t know Liz Taylor as an actress. I didn’t even know her as an AIDS activist, because she started that crusade several years before I’d heard of the disease. The first ...
Why Do I Write About the Military So Much?
I got an interesting comment on my last article, which I wanted to respond to more publicly:
Mrs. French, I read NRO several times a week, and never miss entries in the Home Front blog. Thus, I read pretty much ...
What's the Key to a Sane Family Christmas?
Our houses are decorated, our stockings are hung, our perfectly decorated trees aren’t even big enough to provide a canopy over the large number of gifts we’ve bought.
So, why is it sometimes so hard to enjoy? Why ...
The Theology of Christmas
Obviously, during this time of year, many of us are thinking a great deal about Christ. (My favorite part of the season is our candlelit Christmas Eve service at my hometown church — not the present-opening. Could that be the very ...
How Should Parents Deal with 'Santa Truthers'?
If you’re teaching your kids about Santa, you’re afraid that your children will meet one of those kids in school or on the playground. You know the kind: the ones who purposefully burst the holiday bubble by telling ...
Scholastic's One-Sided 'Occupy' Coverage
Michelle Malkin has been writing about Scholastic’s lop-sided coverage of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement:
Scholastic Inc. is a nearly century-old educational publishing company that distributes books, magazines, and other teaching materials through the schools.
If you have kids (...
Return of the Mainstream Biblical Epic?
Rebecca Cusey reports:
Anne Rice’s “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” an exploration of the early days of Jesus’s life, is coming to the big screen. Rice, who famously wrote about inky-hearted vampires in “The Vampire Chronicles,” converted ...
My friend Tom Walsh, who has been with PEPFAR since 2004 and was even the acting head of it in 2009, writes about an event today you might want to check into:
Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine something that could bring ...
What's the Problem with Black Fathers?
Now that I’ve adopted a baby from Africa and brought her to a new home in rural Tennessee, I’m looking at racial issues in a totally fresh and more serious light. That’s why Rick Banks caught my ...
Kathryn, I didn’t see your post asking for Thanksgiving recipes until now, because I was so busy preparing my completely preassembled Thanksgiving meal that I bought from a company that specializes in meals for people like me who are ...
Confessions of a Library Fugitive
As someone who once had to pay a $300 library fine, this article made me smile. Then, I felt bad about my own ineptitude. Then, I smiled again.
Society makes mothers feel we must take our kids to the library for ...
Andrea Ferrell’s kids appear to be happy though they do not eat enough vegetables:
Motherhood comes with a lot of guilt. My kids don’t eat enough vegetables. I don’t do enough crafts with them. I don’t ...
On Veterans' Day, the Church Matters
My husband went to Iraq in 2007, a year when Veterans’ Day fell on a Sunday.
This might seem strange to you, but it never dawned on me that my husband — my attorney husband who joined the Army Reserves after 9/11 — could ...
Exhausted by the Encroachment of Liberalism, One Mom Fights Back
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., we stayed at a comfortable, mid-level hotel that offered free breakfast and didn’t hurt the pocketbook. However, the woman who helped us check into our room was wearing a black bracelet ...
Barbie Gets Inked... Yawn...
In my philosophy class at NYU, I used to passionately argue against the feminists that Barbie dolls are acceptably hyper-feminine in the same way that G.I. Joe action figures are hyper-masculine.
But 15 years — and three kids — later, I have ...
Couple, Married 72 Years, Dies Holding Hands
In an age when you rarely hear good news about marriage, this poignant story about an Iowa couple who died one hour apart is bound to bring some tears.
Is the Avon Lady More Important Than You Think?
Makeup was always treated with a certain degree of contempt in my household growing up — a necessary evil to which my parents eventually and reluctantly relented sometime during middle school. But the New York Times reports that a new study ...
The Yawning Cultural Gap Between Military and Non-Military Families
My oldest daughter, the reigning president of Zion Christian Academy’s sixth grade, ran for president of her seventh-grade class the week that Osama bin Laden was killed.
Like any skilled leader, she adapted her message and quickly made a ...
Watching The Kennedys with My Daughter
Forget the Obamas, the Kennedys are the stylish Democrats now.
Forty-seven years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy was interviewed on tape. It was soon after her husband’s assassination, and she talked candidly about many topics and influential people, including Charles de ...
Why I Watch Reality Television with My Kids
After “Putting the X in the X Factor,” I got some mail suggesting that I just turn the television off instead of watching these reality-television shows with my kids. But there I sat on Monday night, watching The Sing Off, ...
Kathryn, I enjoyed your post below about how homeschooling allows parents to teach children through problems.
On a related note, Reb Bradley has a heartbreaking, wonderful reflection on homeschooling, which will challenge all parents to examine their strategies, techniques, and ...
Watching the Debate with Your Kids
Last night’s debate was exciting for people who awaited it as anxiously as some anticipate the next episode of The Bachelor. As my husband and I watched the candidates spar, we shushed the children so we could hear every ...
Re: You Can't Keep My Child Down
Jennifer, I also think there’s a political angle to the idea of self-importance and raising children. I live in Tennessee, and if my daughter came home from school and said, “I am the smartest kid in my whole class,” ...
Y'all Want a Divorce? Blame the Church
I met a man in Nashville when I was 20 years old and fell in love immediately. By the second date, I knew I’d marry him if he asked me. Within a few short weeks, he did just that — so ...
Parents Playing Favorites
For all you parents out there trying to make sure you halve the chocolate bar right in the middle:
Perceived favoritism on the part of a mother can cause long-term psychological effects on all her children well into adulthood, according ...
If you’ve never been infertile, you simply can’t comprehend the unique pain and anguished complexity that comes every month — like a bill in the mail you don’t have the emotional currency to pay. So women struggling through ...
Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to the 'Gay-borhood'?
Bert and Ernie are not going to get married.
You didn’t realize they were gay?
Well, they are men who live together, have effeminate characteristics, and bicker.
What? We aren’t supposed to categorize homosexuals based on stereotype?
The Smurfs Finally Give Up Communism
Hollywood’s newest offering is a film version of the iconic 1980s television show, which ran for nine years on NBC. The little blue guys — and one girl! — are back.
And guess what? They are no longer Commu-Smurfs.
Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War.
When Corey Spates died, something changed in David. Our nightly instant-message chats became more one-sided. He told me less and ...
NYT Asks: How Can We Get Men to Be Women?
Last week, the New York Times ran a symposium titled “How Can We Get Men to Do More at Home?” The series was prompted because of a recent study showing that German and other European women are making strides in ...
Harvard Reports Says Fourth of July Weather During Childhood Affects Political Beliefs
Why does your co-worker still drive around with a Clinton bumper sticker on his old Camry? Maybe Milli Vanilli was onto something when they (didn’t) sing, “Blame It On the Rain.”
Bocconi University assistant professor Andreas Madestam and Harvard ...
Brad Paisley’s hilarious song “Online” talks about how easy it is to have romantic adventures online — even sci-fi fanatics (mild asthmatics) can suddenly lose weight and grow an extra foot by logging on and creating false profiles. You can ...
Husbands Relax Best When Wives Are Busy
“A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done,” my mother used to mutter under her breath while sweeping beneath the dinner table or vacuuming.
A new study has confirmed the stereotype that women ...
Put Politics Aside and Enjoy Tina Fey
When you tell a joke, you take a risk, according to storyteller Bill Harley. “The joke teller is making an estimation of what the group is, and then telling a joke that helps to define that group,” he explains. “A ...
Turn on the television for commentary on who’s who in the wedding processional, go to Facebook for your closest thousand friends’ thoughts about the oh-so-traditional dress, and go to Twitter for info on William’s kissing his bride twice ...
It May be a British Thing, But ...
Andrew, Rush Limbaugh joked on his show that if the Palace’s “Knights of the Garter” explanation was true, then President Clinton would’ve been invited.
The Oppressively 'Normal' Royal Wedding
Elizabeth, I appreciated your post about why you’re watching the royal wedding with your daughter, but to me there’s something about this royal wedding that is quite different from the one you and I watched as children — something ...