On the Mother's Day Front
Andrea Caumont and Wendy Wang of Pew Research dug up all kinds of facts and figures about motherhood in our nation. According to a U.S. Census report in 2012:
There are more than 85 million moms in the U.S., and 4 ...
An Extra Special Contestant on Wheel of Fortune
Props to Wheel of Fortune for having their first special-needs contestant. Other contestants have been accommodated in the past, including a few contestants unable to spin the wheel for themselves who had a “designated spinner,” but this was a first ...
When sufficient amounts are offered to better teachers, merit pay works.
Should financing college degrees be similar to mortgages, with appraisals and determination of future earnings to repay?
“High Schools Increasingly Worried about Immodest Moms”… and saggy-pants-wearing dads.
A mom ...
Women Having Fewer Children Than Their Hearts Desire
. . . and it isn’t just here in the States. The Pew Research Center came out with a report today in which they asked women in more than 30 countries, aged 40-54, what was the ideal number of children to have, and ...
Number of Stay-at-Home-Moms Continues to Rise
In the good news/bad news department, fewer American mothers are working outside the home — but many are doing so not by their own choosing. The Pew Research Center released new data today that includes moms who choose to stay ...
The Missing Factor in Latest Breastfeeding Study?
A study of children within families, some breastfed and some not, seemed to show no significant advantages for children who were breastfed. The researcher felt it was important to check the data within families as opposed to across families.
Increasing Graduation Rates for Community College Students
The good news is that young people are enrolling in college in record numbers. The bad news is their graduation rates are less than stellar: little more than half for four-year programs and only about a third for community college ...
A Pediatrician's Argument for Vaccines
It’s getting scarier as childhood diseases that had been held at bay through vaccinations are now making a comeback. Whooping cough (pertussis) cases alone reached a fifty-year high in 2012. More and more we hear heartbreaking stories from parents who ...
The More Parents Realize How Poorly Their Schools Perform . . .
. . . the more they want reform.
Findings reveal that when respondents learn how their local schools rank in comparison to the performance of schools elsewhere in the state or in the nation as a whole, they become more supportive of school ...
A Reminder to Be a Discerning Parent on the Internet
My goal is to be as informative as I can here on the Home Front, but if I were to review all my posts — well, once or twice I may have fallen into the trap that Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry warns about ...
Celebrating "Good" Motherhood
It’s funny how a simple single line from a television show can jump out at you. While enjoying the season premiere of Downton Abbey last night, Maggie Smith’s character — who often has pointed gibes, but also age-old wisdom — ...
The Most Uplifting Video of the Day
Almost forgot about this one I saw a few weeks ago — maybe you’ve come across it on Facebook or elsewhere. It seems that Unilever is trying to make amends for some past wrongs.
Unilever has a new campaign called “...
What The Hunger Games Is Really About?
The author of The Hunger Games trilogy is not tipping her hand on her political leanings. Susan Collins merely says she came up with the idea of the first book while switching channels one night and seeing a reality show ...
Hey Networks -- Families are Starved for Good Entertainment
Oh, the haters were out last night for Carrie Underwood’s performance in The Sound of Music, broadcast live on NBC. But who cares if the producers couldn’t — as someone wished — dub her acting? It wasn’t about trying ...
ADHD: Do the French Know Better?
New research by the CDC reveals that 6.4 million American children have been diagnosed with ADHD — an increase of 43 percent since 2003. That’s two million more children since 2007, indicating that more than one out of ten kids have received the diagnosis, ...
How Parents' Unemployment Affects Children
From a story by Joanna Venator and Richard V. Reeves at Brookings:
While economists and policy makers rightly worry about today’s jobless, there are potentially some long-term costs, too, not just for the individual out of work — but for ...
Miracle of Life in a Concentration Camp
Somehow I missed this article from last summer about the eight babies that were liberated from Kaufering I, a satellite concentration camp near Dachau. Miriam Rosenthal, the mother of the last child born, shared her story. The most amazing part ...
Hospitals Use New Methods to Soothe Little Patients
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed some of the new ways of easing the pain and trauma that children undergo during hospital stays.
More children are facing painful and invasive procedures, as medical advances have made survival ...
Do We Need Anti-Bullying Programs?
The bad news is that anti-bullying campaigns do not seem to have much effect and may even cause more bullying.
A new study recently published in the Journal of Criminology suggests that the anti-bullying programs that have become popular in ...
No Choice for the Children of D.C.
The Daily Caller presented just one heart-breaking story from amongst the hundreds of a D.C. family who will be losing their scholarships to attend private schools. Even thought the District will spend $10,000 more per child to educate these children ...
A Closer Look at the Pay-Gap Myth
Last week I wrote about an article in Verily magazine that pointed to the main reason women are earning less than men: Women are choosing a more fulfilling life over a larger paycheck. I found two articles that take a ...
While The New York Times declares that college tuition costs have been stable over the past decade . . .
. . . the Wall Street Journal cites experts who say costs are bloated and suggest ways to cut them.
The new state systems that give ...
Are We Focusing Too Much on Common Core?
Eric Hanushek at U.S. News & World Report thinks we are.
The continuing emphasis on Common Core is often interpreted as indicating that these standards are a really big deal in school reform. The data suggest otherwise. Indeed, moving to ...
Everyone is a "Math Person"
An article has been making the rounds that explains that there is one main difference between those who excel at math (and other subjects) and those that don’t.
We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. ...
Conservatives Should Jump on the Breastfeeding Bandwagon
Mark Lewis makes the case at the Daily Caller that supporting mothers who breastfeed is a position conservatives should consider as an extension of family values.
Breastfeeding advocacy is perfectly consistent with the values that cultural conservatives ought to espouse. ...
A Whole New Way to Create Geniuses?
Wired magazine has a very intriguing story in its current issue about an unconventional teaching method – that’s actually been tossed around for centuries.
[A] new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and ...
Championing 'Choice' Doesn't Include Choosing Fecundity
It seems it’s not enough simply to disagree with people. Some find it necessary to slam – with malice – those who make different life choices. Today’s case study: couples who choose to have a larger family. Mollie Hemingway has ...
Stretching the Boundaries of Parental Ethics
New York Magazine ran this article last week looking at the myriad ways parents breach ethical standards to get their children ahead in life. All I can say is I’m thoroughly depressed by the idea that my children are ...
At Odds with School 'Health Programs'
The first lady is taking credit for a drop in kids’ obesity rates, though she takes a lot of criticism for her efforts. But she isn’t the only one whose attempts to fight obesity in the young are controversial. ...
Tackling the Marriage Crisis Would Help the Income-Inequality Problem
In The Atlantic this week there was a piece that pointed out that income inequality shouldn’t be blamed only on tangible changes in the workplace, such as automation replacing middle-wage workers. A sincere effort to stem the gap between ...
H.S. Football Coach Suspends Entire Team to Teach Lesson
Another cyberbullying incident. But this time — even though the culprits were not specifically caught — a thoughtful coaching staff was able to fight back and teach a lesson that brought a team back together.
Matt Labrum believes football helps create great ...
Instilling Religious Faith in Our Children
A new interview with Vern Bergtson, a scholar who has studied the impact of faith in families for 35 years, was published in Christianity Today this week. He has released a new book, Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down ...
Couple with Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming King and Queen
The feel good story of the day. The couple have been together since fifth grade and are planning a special trip after graduation. More in this video.
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That mom was bursting with pride!
Thoughts on the Rise of Single Parenthood
Back in May there was a lot of talk about a Pew Research Center report that indicated that women were the main breadwinners in nearly 40 percent of households. But a new piece over at AEI points out that this was ...
On Leveling the Playing Field for Female Graduate Students
Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a lengthy piece on Harvard Business School’s attempt last school year to address the difficulties that female students faced. The results of the experiment were mixed, to say the least.
Untreated Abuse and Neglect Can Have Lifelong Effects
A dire report was covered in the Washington Post yesterday:
In the first major study of child abuse and neglect in 20 years, researchers with the National Academy of Sciences reported Thursday that the damaging consequences of abuse can not only ...
On Taking Your Kids to the 9/11 Memorials
We live 50 miles outside D.C., but we haven’t gone to the Pentagon Memorial yet. Our oldest daughter lives in NYC, but we haven’t been to Ground Zero with her siblings. I am a founding donor for the ...
A Home-Schooled Teen Speaks Out
In a Wall Street Journal article called “I’m Homeschooled – Hold the Pity, Please,” high-school sophomore Veronica Andreades shatters the stereotypes of home-schooled kids.
I’ve gotten used to seeing pained or perplexed reactions when I talk about going to ...
Special-Needs Children Are Great Friends for Every Child
A study has shown that special-needs children have a positive influence on other children.
A study of 1520 children ages 7 to 16 found that those who regularly interacted with people with disabilities generally had better attitudes toward people with special needs. They ...
. . . on the newborn miracle baby of Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.
On the Back-to-School Front
Giving students computers does not help them academically.
Scientific American: “Just Thinking about Science Triggers Moral Behavior”
The 50 most expensive private high schools in the U.S.
For “crunchy cons”: A great BPA-free plastic container for school lunches.
Texans urged ...
Most Disabled Children Facing Lifelong Government Dependency
The rise in the number of children receiving disability benefits in the last 40 years is shocking.
[The] government is turning millions of kids into permanent wards of the state through the federal Supplemental Security Income program, which provides cash benefits ...
The 'BroChoice' Assault on our Daughters
While we can do our best to raise our daughters to follow our values, embrace abstinence, and respect life, ultimately there are forces we can’t shield them from. But we can prepare them to stand up to everything life ...
A Mom Responds Thoughtfully to Hateful Letter about Her Autistic Son
I had hoped it was a hoax. Could someone really write such an uncharitable, downright hateful letter to a mom who clearly had a lot on her plate already? Here is just a taste from the anonymous coward who placed ...
Companies Vie for Spots on Back-to-School Lists
Whether it’s through a ready-made list, or by offering coupons and freebies, companies are all vying for the attention of teachers and parents looking to purchase school supplies this time of year. From the Wall Street Journal.
The school ...
Ugh. Do I *Have* to Comment on Miley?
I mean, Kathryn Jean Lopez not only had her own take, but she linked to an even better one. And Victor Davis Hanson presented a learned comparison to the ancient Romans. And the Parents Television Council released a scathing rebuke.
On the Parental Angst Front
Just listening to their own music can distract teens and cause accidents. (Let alone fiddling with the radio or iPod.)
Last year, 36 percent of millenials (age 18-31) were living with their parents.
Sugary drinks — including fruit juice — cause weight gain ...
Should Disney Princesses Depict 'Reality'?
A few months ago I joined those who objected to the overglamorized version of the heroine Merida from Brave on Disney’s website. While I don’t have a problem with a princess who is dressed to the nines, I ...
The Curious Case of High-Powered Moms Opting Back In
You haven’t had the time to read Judith Warner’s lengthy New York Times article from last week about moms who “opted out” of high-powered, high-paying jobs to stay at home with their children — who are now looking to ...
Just last week Greg Pollowitz linked to a story about Prince William putting his newborn son in his car seat incorrectly. Well, apparently we’re all doing it wrong. This article is from March 21, 2011 — how many of us missed this? ...
The Social Mobility of Baby Boom Women
One of the latest political footballs is how women are faring in the workplace, particularly their wages. A report from Pew’s Economic Mobility Project has six key facts that Brookings found notable. When comparing Baby Boom daughters to their ...
The Mixed Messages Radical Feminists Send about Sex
The “women are empowered when they control their sex lives . . . as we see fit” message from radical feminists has produced a contradictory gem from PolicyMic, a website for twenty-somethings (? not sure, since it never exactly defines who they are) whose ...
The World's Toughest Job Pays No Taxes
I think you’ll agree no one holding this position should pay taxes (though it’s a wonder anyone signs up given this job description):
More Pinocchios for White House Wage Gap Claims
The Fact Checker at the Washington Post had previously examined the claim reiterated by President Obama that women only make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, and awarded it one Pinocchio for its lack of truthfulness. The President has ...
The Bright Side of Prenatal Screening
Over on the Corner Andrew Johnson posted about Planned Parenthood’s president being pressed on when she personally felt life began. I hope the video goes viral, so that people will begin to see that simply ending your answer with “...
The Perplexing Decision of Waiting to Have Children
A review of The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock by Tanya Selvaratnam says the book has an important message but fears it will be lost on those who need to hear it most.
A Brilliant Idea for Kids Who Don't Fit In
Is there anyone out there who hasn’t had to deal with the problem of a child being labeled ”weird” or having trouble making friends? Kristen Chase wrote about how proud she is that her daughter embraces being different, but ...
The Left's War on Conservative Women Contd.
While the Left is wringing their hands over how poor Wendy Davis is being questioned regarding discrepancies in her bio — that she herself put out there — they find no problem attacking conservative women for, well, simply having conservative principles.
Encouraging Married Parenthood
The buzz generated by MTV’s show 16 and Pregnant may have played a part in the decrease of teenage pregnancies, although it may have also led to more abortions. (Though, the teen abortion rate overall is down.) Jessica Grose at ...
With an uptick in cases of measles and whooping cough, many states are considering making it more difficult for students to opt out of having vaccinations.
Citing problems created when students don’t have enough to eat at lunchtime, the ...
It's Not Too Late to Spread the Cheer
While certain people were sitting in their pajamas, drinking hot chocolate, and inexplicably finding it appropriate to discuss health care, Governor Christie had a better idea.
There are plenty of ways to express the real meaning of the season through ...
What's the 'Truth' about Santa?
In case you missed it on the Corner, Nancy French “outed” her family as “Santa truthers.” For them, it boils down to the real meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas story is this:
God gave us the perfect gift even when ...
Are Laptops in the Classroom a Good Idea?
The response to that question can run the gamut from “what a great learning tool for advancing a child’s education” all the way to “what a colossal waste of our taxpayer dollars.” I have to say my own reaction ...
Stop Helicopter Parenting, Save Yourself Therapist Bills
The rate of depression in millennials attending college is soaring, with about 44 percent experiencing symptoms. Some have blamed it on narcissistic personality disorder, but others are suggesting another cause.
The big problem is not that they think too highly of ...
Thanksgiving History Lessons for Kids
Cool Mom Picks suggested some sites to help teach your kids about the origins of Thanksgiving. For older kids there is Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian from the Plimoth Plantation. Kids can play the role of detective as they ...
Introducing Children to Economic Concepts
Over on GeekMom.com, I ran across an interview with the authors of Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go? The book goes beyond simply talking to kids about their allowance and what to ...
What's So Bad about Being a Princess?
It’s been tough walking the princess line with my daughters. I didn’t mind if some of them choose to dress up — even with a tiara — and dream of someday finding their handsome prince. But of course, I always ...
New Studies on Delaying Gratification Reveal Interesting Results
Perhaps you heard of the simple study that a Stanford researcher performed in 1972 testing the ability of children to delay gratification. Test subjects had a marshmallow (or other treat) placed in from of them, and they were told they could ...
Who Loses with Minimum-Wage Increase? Our Teenagers
. . . and those under the age of 25, who comprise half of those who earn minimum wage. And we can imagine that many of those are young people living at home, trying to earn some extra money as they go to school. (...
Barbie Reboot in China -- Appealing to Tiger Moms
Barbie flopped when Mattel introduced a flagship store in Shanghai in 2009, closing up shop after only two years. But now Mattel is trying again after reexamining the market.
Mattel Inc. is making a new effort to sell Chinese on the ...
Changing Who Waits in the Foster-Care System
Perhaps, like me, you attended a church service this past weekend that was called “Orphan Sunday.” Our church had speakers who told their personal adoption stories, the pastor reminded everyone they could sponsor a child in the South Sudan, and ...
For Many Women, Less Pay is More
Erika Rudzis at Verily points out that the wage gap between men and women is smaller than is usually reported. Many women choose to work fewer hours in lower-paying jobs and so bring home less pay. But does that mean ...
In the “terribly misguided” department: A woman in North Dakota (who seems to have maintained her anonymity so far) was planning to pass out letters about obesity to children she felt needed a warning more than a piece of candy.
There are many conservatives who shun Halloween altogether — and they have valid reasons. Then there are those of us who still like to embrace the good aspects — recalling that its origins were from Christians who dressed up as saints — and ...
A Well-Known Hipster Defends the Value of Motherhood
Gavin McInnes has been described as the “godfather of hipsterdom,” but he found himself in hot water with feminists after he made some comments on Huffington Post Live last week. McInnes felt he was emboldening women to feel good about ...
Rebuttals to School-Choice Doubters
A couple weeks ago Politico pronounced that vouchers don’t do much for students. But AEI’s Michael McShane begged to differ – and gave the ammunition needed to refute those who denounce school choice.
1. There is almost no discussion of ...
'Dear Prudence' on Prudence and Campus Drinking
Last week Emily Yoffe, a.k.a. “Dear Prudence” at Slate, tackled binge drinking on college campuses and its most troubling repercussion — sexual assaults on overly intoxicated young women. She went ahead and declared what we all know, but too ...
Why You Might Want to Check School Assignments
Alec Torres reported a couple days ago on a sixth-grade class in Arkansas that had been instructed to rewrite the “outdated” Bill of Rights. Now comes this story out of Illinois about a high school sophomore class that was assigned ...
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the success of the school-choice program in New Orleans.
And despite what the DOJ thinks, the NOLA program is promoting racial integration.
The decision upholding the Arizona school-choice program is a great ...
Kids Need to Be Taught the Skill of Paying Attention
We all know — or like me, may have — a child who struggles with paying attention. A Slate article by psychology professor Barry Schwarz is not about clinical diagnoses. It’s about a generation that is growing up with under-five-minute videos ...
When a Man Loves a Pregnant Woman
I forgot to check out Verily, a relatively new women’s magazine which has been highly recommended by Kathryn Jean Lopez. Thankfully a tweet brought a touching tribute to my attention (and now I’m following Verily so I will ...
'Preschool for All' Not Beneficial, but Head Start Is
Really it is, but I’ll get to that.
If you haven’t heard about the president’s “Preschool for All” plan, chances are you will soon hear a lot about it. The program will most likely be a core ...
Selling the Rewards of Parenthood: Couples Ain't Buying
For all the hue and cry about overpopulation it is becoming clear that there is a baby bust in our country (and across most of the globe). Several factors seem to be contributing to this trend. Nearly one out of ...
Georgetown study determines the highest paying college majors.
One hundred apps and games designed to help kids with special needs.
Good nutrition, exercise, and hydration can boost your child’s brain power.
A school in Austin, TX, is teaching kids ...
A Royal Boost for Artists with Down Syndrome
The royal family is bringing the talents of the disabled into the limelight.
Duke and Duchess William and Kate are purchasing a painting from an established British artist for Prince George’s nursery. That wouldn’t be such headline-making news ...
Encouraging Boys to Be Emotionally Engaged
Rosalind Wiseman, the author of Queen Bees and Wannabees (the inspiration for the movie Mean Girls), has now written a book that explores the emotional lives of boys. In an interview with The Atlantic she explains that boys are less ...
Animated Video Explains the Events of 9/11 to Children
My son is six years old, and when I asked him if he knew what “9/11″ referred to, he didn’t know. I simply told him that very bad people flew airplanes into two buildings and killed about 3,000 people. He understood ...
The Decision Whether to Have Children Cannot Be Made Rationally
This is a great message for all the young women and men out there weighing the reasons for and against having children: The decision cannot be made rationally.
Philosophy Prof. L.A. Paul argues that there is no rational way ...
Heartbreaking Investigation of 'Re-Homed' International Adoptees
Reuters has investigated the practice of “re-homing” children adopted from other countries. What they uncovered is truly devastating.
America’s underground market for adopted children, a loose Internet network where desperate parents seek new homes for kids they regret adopting.
Rethinking and Redefining Schools and Teachers
Michael McShane at the American Enterprise Institute is the go-to guy for the latest innovations in classrooms across the U.S. His latest piece discusses the success of hybrid schools that are truly thinking outside the box.
All across the ...
Lessons for Teens on Modesty and Respect
A post from a mommy blog by Kim Hall caught fire and made the rounds on social media a couple days ago. Apparently the message to teen girls about posting questionable photos and videos of themselves really hit home.
The Vaccine Debate Continues
Old rumors die hard: Today the Washington Post had another story about how some parents still believe that vaccines contain thimerosal. Of course, that hasn’t been true for years.
The preservative thimerosal, which contains a form of mercury called ...
Public versus Private Ed: Who's Really the Bad Guy Here?
I wanted to ignore the obviously ill-conceived rant, which the author dubbed a “manifesto,” about parents who send their children to private school being “bad” people. Nancy French had already written on its folly, and members of the National Review ...
On the Pregnancy and Fertility Fronts
New types of DNA, amniotic, and maternal-blood testing leads to more prenatal diagnoses, but not necessarily more certainty. And the increase in prenatal testing is taking its toll on parents’ nerves.
A new at-home test gives an estimate of how ...
A New Superhero for Girls' Education
A children’s animated series premiered in Pakistan last month, with a strong female character fighting for the rights of Islamic girls. “Burka Avenger” takes down the bad guys with books and pens:
She was not born into royalty. She ...
This Football Player with Down Syndrome Could . . . Go . . . All . . . the . . . Way
. . . and he does! Feel good video of the day. (And also check out the video at the bottom of that page showing a news feature from when he joined the team.)
Should American Grandparents Follow Chinese Example?
In a piece titled “Lean In, and Lean on Grandma” in the Washington Post, Kelly Yang points out that Chinese women do not suffer the angst of choosing between having a career and staying at home to raise their children ...
Teaching Our Teens to Find the Sweet Spot
David French had a great post on The Corner yesterday in which he examined the way so many parents — and society at large — push kids to be “awesome.” He pointed out that the “cult of self-esteem” seems to be breeding ...
Baby Boomers are buying cars that automakers developed with young hipsters in mind.
More and more “euro stores” are popping up, following the dollar-store model.
A posh development on the Upper West Side of NYC will have a separate entrance ...
Multi-Generational Family Ties
We’ve heard about all the college grads moving back home, and about the sandwich generation caring for parents and children. But more and more, it seems to be the grandparents who are making the necessary sacrifices to ensure financial ...