A Lesson from This Cultural Tsunami
‘How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?” a seemingly emotional Today Show host Savannah Guthrie said after learning that her colleague Matt Lauer had been fired for inappropriate sexual conduct. “I ...
The NYT's Identity Myopia and the So-Called “Mommy Problem”
Steve Carell is a “fommy.”
The actor, who stars in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, says he’s a father — like his character — who also functions as a mother. What does that mean? Well, in ...
Lands' End Apologizes to Customers for Sending Pornographic Magazine as a Customer Bonus
Lands’ End infuriated parents who went to the mailbox and found GQ magazines with a topless model and such helpful articles as “The Most Important Moments in Naked TV History” and “The Gentleman’s Guide to Anal Sex.”
Married to Your Soul Mate? You Might Be in Trouble
An interesting new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology reveals there are two common ways of talking about relationships . . . and the way you talk about your spouse might reveal whether your marriage is headed for trouble.
The first ...
‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ and the Power of Words
I was standing in front of my house. It was a hot Saturday afternoon and visiting neighbors provided the perfect excuse for not trimming my shrubs. One neighbor was telling a story about a recent boating adventure.
“So, I was ...
Maleficent Scene Symbolizes Rape, But That's Not a Bad Thing
My family was on a Trans-Atlantic Disney cruise when Disney’s Maleficent debuted. Half of my family (the half that wasn’t six years old or taking care of the six-year-old) stayed up to watch it at 12:01 a.m. Thursday ...
Bitter New Trend: “Divorce Cakes”
Anna Quinn writes about a disturbing new trend in the bakery business:
“Let them eat cake,” Marie Antoinette may have mockingly said upon hearing that the French peasants had no bread to eat. Recently divorced couples seem to have taken ...
Dress Code for Parents Dropping Kids Off at High School?
When I walked my daughter to her inner-city Philadelphia school, I was astonished at the wardrobes — or lack thereof — of the parents. One mom used to wear what was essentially a bikini top in the warmer months as we stood ...
White House Pastry Chef Leaves Post: 'I Don't Want to Demonize Cream, Butter, Sugar, and Eggs'
Bethany Jenkins at the Gospel Coalition explores food and healthy choices in her article “Watching What We Eat,” which mentions the White House pastry chef who recently left his post:
Under the direction of Mrs. Obama, the White House executive ...
Al Roker Calls Mayor Bill de Blasio Out over School Closing
There’s no better feeling than that produced by these two words: Snow Day.
In New York City today, excited kids hoping to stay warm and cozy in their beds for a few minutes longer were met with the cold ...
How to Be Rich: a Review of Andy Stanley's New Book
My dad, the son of a coal miner, grew up in the Tennessee mountains in a two room house with seven brothers and sisters. He used an outhouse, didn’t have a toothbrush until he was fifteen, quit high school ...
Frozen's Hidden Biblical Truth: Don't Trust Your Heart
A beautiful princess, an evil protagonist, melodic tunes, pretty gowns, and — yes – Prince Charming. Disney movies have always included certain staples. But Disney’s new movie Frozen has a striking Biblical truth that differentiates it from its predecessors. Frozen tells ...
Five Marriage Tips from Jeff Bridges
It’s a feat when a couple’s been married thirty-five years. But in Hollywood? Well, let’s just say it’s really notable.
Tom Rapsas recently wrote about the long relationship between actor Jeff Bridges his wife Susan by ...
When Colette mentioned that depression in young adults is soaring – and suggested it might have something to do with narcissism or helicopter parenting – I had to weigh in on a recent study that suggests a different cause altogether: casual sex.
Two New Kids' Movies Have Interesting -- and Sometimes Troubling -- Subtexts
By now, conservative parents know they have to be on guard when their children graduate from high school and go to colleges full of hedonism and liberal professors eager to indoctrinate students with leftist ideology. But, judging from two recent ...
Why I Cried When Reagan Replaced Carter
Chris Cillizza of WaPo’s The Fix asked his readers a question about our first memories of election days. Well, this isn’t an election-day story per se, but it is about the first time I “felt” the ramifications of ...
Ann Romney's New Cookbook: Family, Fun, and 'Fluff'
In a USA Today interview with Susan Page, Ann Romney talks about her new cookbook, The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions (Shadow Mountain). The beautiful 224-page book features stories from the Romney family, gorgeous ...
After my husband and I adopted our daughter Naomi, we were thrust into the world of “adoption politics.”
I’d figured adoption was universally considered to be wonderful, like chocolate cake, rainbows, or a heavy snowfall that keeps everyone home ...
Texas High-School Text Book Redefines the Second Amendment
Sean Getts, a dad in Denton, Texas, was surprised to open his daughter’s AP United States history book and find it had rewritten the Second Amendment. He snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook with this caption:
Which Political Party Is More Charitable?
Recently, a Chronicle of Philanthropy study evaluating the giving patterns of conservatives and liberals revealed that liberals are an uncharitable bunch:
People who live in deeply religious regions of the country — the solid-red states of the Bible Belt and Utah — ...
If You Send Your Kid to Private School, Are You a Bad Person?
Allison Benedikt over at Slate has a provocative manifesto about how parents who send their kids to private school are basically evil. Her reasoning is that we all have to be in it together or the whole system falls apart. ...
"Millennials in the Workplace" Training Video
If any of you have ever had to hire — and fire — millennials, you might need this handy “workplace training video” to help you navigate their world of iced coffee and ironic tee shirts:
Hard Work, Ashton Kutcher, and Bristol Palin's Quest for Jeans
Colette, thanks for pointing out Ashton Kutcher’s amazing speech about the value of hard work. It’s great to see that that clip has generated a great deal of conversation. I sent the clip to Bristol Palin who loved ...
Breastfeeding or Manners? Let’s Have Both
A mom in Texas was breastfeeding her child at a recreational-facility, when an employee asked her to cover up, or to use a private room that the recreational facility would provide. The ensuing incident was caught on video – and, of ...
Imagine Getting into a Cab and Realizing Your Driver Was the President
You overslept on the very morning you have that very important appointment. Instead of navigating the subway, you stick your hand in the air and hope the next cab has vacancy. When it stops, you slide into the weathered seats, ...
The Chilling History of How Hollywood Helped Hitler
The Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating book excerpt of “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” (Harvard University Press, Sept. 9) by Ben Urwand which chillingly shows how far major Hollywood studios went to collaborate with the Nazis during the ten ...
Men and Women are the Same — Except When Women Are Better
A recent New York Times article makes a fascinating claim: that females make males more generous, brothers who have sisters are more sympathetic, and corporate execs who have baby girls are less tight-fisted than execs who have bouncing baby boys.
Newsroom: Like Watching the Inner Lives of People who Hate Me
I was recently asked to write a weekly article following HBO’s Newsroom, a drama about an anchorman who apparently — in the first season — decided to save network news by telling the truth and covering only “important” stories. I’d ...
Monsters University Is Far from Leftwing Propaganda
Like many of you, my husband and I packed up our three kids and headed to the movie theater this weekend to see the latest Pixar movie, a sequel to Monsters, Inc. called “Monsters University.” It was a delightful little ...
Delayed Effects of Deployment
‘I want to join the Army,” my husband said.
I was standing in our apartment in Philadelphia in 2005. It was around five o’clock in the afternoon, and the sun poured through the windows that overlooked the Walnut Street Theater, ...
Teacher Asks if Student Is Mentally Unstable Because of BB-Gun Photo
Joseph C. Phillips — the actor who played Denise’s husband on The Cosby Show (and later became famous as Justus Ward on General Hospital) is speaking out after a social-studies teacher asked his 15-year-old son if ...
Todd Palin Finishes Iron Dog, Honors Chris Kyle
Recently, Todd Palin and his partner Scott Davis headed out again on their annual Iron Dog race. As you heard many times during the hysteria of the 2008 election, he’s won the race several times — four at last count! This ...
SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden: “Is This the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done, or the Worst Thing?”
Phil Bronstein, executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting, wrote an amazing article in conjunction with Esquire. The piece is a profile on the man who killed the most wanted terrorist of our time — Osama bin Laden — ...
Rubio Rejects the "Conservative Messiah" Label
I cringed when I saw Time magazine’s cover, depicting a handsome Marco Rubio under the headline: The Republican Savior.
After all, there is no “perfect” Republican presidential candidate, and we’ll be sorely disappointed if we continually look for ...
Women in Combat Hurt Women Back Home
Newsmax contacted me about my opinion on the new “women in combat” decision. Here’s my response:
The media is focusing on how women in combat will affect military readiness. But no one is talking about the impact ...
Spanking, Circumcision, Guns, and Stigmatizing Each Other into Oblivion
Earlier this week, my kids and I pulled up to an old Jeep decorated with political stickers, some of which can provide amusing reading at red lights and some that might evoke the scene in Fried Green Tomatoes ...
George and Laura Bush Will Become Grandparents in 2013
I’ve been spending a great deal of time in Midland, Texas, lately due to a book project, and I’ve grown to love the oil-rich town half-way between Fort Worth and El Paso. Its shrubby mesquite crawls along the ...
Parenting through Politics
“My eye itches,” eight-year-old Camille said one morning as she rolled out of bed.
“Scratch it,” I said without looking at her. It was a cool March morning, and my husband and I were headed out of town for the ...
Moms Rejecting Obama: “The Mister Rogers Effect”
Call it the Mister Rogers Effect: Moms want their kids to grow up in a neighborhood where the adults are virtuous. Whether it’s the baker, the postman, the mayor, or even the President, we want our children to have ...
Navy Lacrosse Team Meets WW2 Vets at Airport
I get a little lump in my throat every time I see military men and women at the airport . . . even though I sometimes travel with one! It always reminds me of the reality of war and the fact that so ...
This was an actual exchange in my house last night after the debate:
Me: “Obama’s just an empty suit.”
Thirteen-year-old daughter: “No, he’s an empty chair.”
I Won’t Back Down about Civil Rights . . . or from Teachers’ Unions
Parents magazine published my latest article today:
When I dropped my daughter off at an inner city Philadelphia School for kindergarten, I tried to keep my emotions in check. It was the first time in five years I’d been ...
Just Say No To the "Fast Food" Approach to Teen Contraception
In an ideal world, no one would have extramarital sex, and all children would have moms and dads tuck them into bed at night. However, teen pregnancy is so common that some high schools now have been forced to open ...
“Hello, are you married? No, I’m not trying to pick you up… I’m trying to determine which candidate you support!”
According to a new study released today by Gallup, marriage is a significant indicator of party affiliation:
Because my husband and I have moved a great deal, we’ve bought and sold our fair share of homes. Usually, we’ve let behind odds and ends — the leg to an old Barbie or a DVD we’d rented ...
Nickelodeon Promotes Jason Biggs's Anti-Republican, Anti-Christian Twitter Feed
Remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Well, they are apparently making a comeback. In fact, Nickelodeon recently hired American Pie star Jason Biggs to voice a character in the new cartoon version of the show, and is sending ...
ParaNorman Has Gay Sub-Plot
When we lived in Philadelphia, one of my daughter’s acquaintances was being raised by two women in a lesbian relationship. My friend explained the girl had two mothers– and, due to the circumstances surrounding the insemination, “two” fathers. It ...
Rachel from Chick-fil-A Forgives Drive-Thru Bully
Remember the Chick-fil-A employee who was bullied by the corporate executive who was ordering a water just to have a chance to berate anyone associated with the fast-food restaurant? Well, a few things have happened since that video went mega-viral.
Grown-up Romance: Hope Springs
Rebecca Cusey reviews the new Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones movie Hope Springs:
It’s become quite fashionable to cluck and sigh at romantic comedies that end with the girl getting her guy and, perhaps, a ring.
Exec Bullies Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired
According to Business Insider:
“Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir today when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.
Smith berates the ...
Bill Cosby: A Role Model Turned Upside Down
I fondly remember playing with my Rubik’s cube in front of my television set and laughing as Cliff and Claire Huxtable dealt lovingly with their kids. I’d grown up on reruns of The Jeffersons and Good Times, but ...
Is All Spanking Child Abuse?
A lump formed in my throat as I listened to a man describing his son being shot. As a ghost writer (or more accurately “celebrity collaborator,” since my participation is not secret), I hear all kinds of stories. But this ...
Mississippi Horror: Doctor Aborts Babies in the Name of Jesus
Russell Moore’s article in The Gospel Coalition, “Aborting in the Name of Jesus,” led me to a recent article in Esquire about the “ministry” of Dr. Willie Parker. Parker flies into the state of Mississippi to perform abortions, because ...
How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Lessons of Diplomacy
The necessity of war is not a topic most kids’ movies tackle. However, How to Train Your Dragon 2 dives into it headfirst.
There’s a lot of diving, actually.
Set five years after the first film, the main character Hiccup (...
'Social Justice' Begins at Home
My husband David French has an excellent article, which begins with a proposition:
Dear Christian parents,
I’ve got a deal for you. It’s simple: If you sign up for my program, there’s a roughly 80 percent chance that ...
New Study: ‘Cool Kids’ Do Not End Up As Functioning Adults
When I was in junior high, I lived in in awe of the kids at school that seemed to know more about life than the rest of us.
There was the girl who wore a mini-skirt to school that was ...
‘Fifty Percent of All Marriages End in Divorce’ and Other Myths
“Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce,” right? Not so fast. Author and social researcher Shaunti Feldhahn is trying to change the way we talk about marriage and divorce: “There is no such thing as a 50 percent divorce rate. ...
Nancy Reagan Did Not Approve of this Pencil
According to the New York Times, it took a ten-year-old kid to realize this:
A company has recalled a batch of pencils after a fourth-grade student pointed out an embarrassing message that appeared after he sharpened his pencil.
The pencils ...
The Importance of the Right Stories – for Kids, Adults, and Nations
I remember the night.
A group of friends stood around my husband David’s laptop, looking at photos he had taken during the first half of his deployment with the Third Armored Cav. Regiment in Diyala province, Iraq. He was ...
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Thoughts on Christ
Over on The Corner, Ben Shapiro talks about the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman:
… His self-inflicted death is yet another hallmark of the broken leftist culture that dominates Hollywood, enabling rather than preventing the loss of some of its ...
Wendy Davis: When the Truth Is Not Enough
“Where were you born?” Every few months, I sit across the table from a new client with a recording device. “Let’s start from the beginning,” I say, after pouring a cup of coffee and settling in to hear their ...
Caring for the Poor, an Immigrant's Story
His grandfather was a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. His mom and dad were both physicians. Even his brother was a doctor.
When Ming Wang was born in Hangzhou, in the Zhejiang province of China, his destiny seemed to be ...
Don’t Catch Affluenza This Christmas
I looked at my 14-year-old daughter’s Christmas list, written on a yellow legal pad with curly letters and little hearts.
“Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath,” was written in loopy script, right next to Burke’s Reflections on the ...
Re: What’s So Bad about Being a Princess?
Have you seen the Disney “I am a Princess” video? It feels more like a public-service announcement, but it’s obviously an attempt to rebrand the classic Disney products and movies for a more modern era:
Isn’t that a ...
Watch a Homeless Veteran's Time-Lapse Transformation
On Veterans Day, this will touch you.
A simply incredible time-lapse video, released just in time for Veteran’s Day, has captured the transformation of a homeless United States Army veteran. Jim Wolf struggles with homelessness and alcoholism, ...
Author Admits He Dated the 'Obamacare Girl'
Zeke Pipher has a great rundown of a date he recently had:
I dated the Obamacare girl.
And why wouldn’t I . . . she was so optimistic and promising when we first met. Big brown eyes and a warm smile. She ...
Mitt Romney's Son Adopts a Child and the Left Erupts with Venom
Last week, I wrote about a strange phenomenon we experienced firsthand after adopting our daughter from Ethiopia: Liberals think adoption is great, unless white, Christian, Republicans are the ones doing it. It was odd and sad to have strangers questioning ...
Another Hate-Crime Hoax? The Left Tells Stories Too Bad to Be True
We thought we knew this tragic story.
It was late and Matthew Shepard, a young gay college student in Wyoming, needed a ride home. He left the Fireside Lounge with two strangers who offered a lift. Aaron McKinney and Russell ...
NYT: Abortion Should Be Safe, Legal, and Romantic?
The New York Times has broken new ground in their “Vows” section:
While millions of Americans go off to church on Sunday mornings, a segment of our liberal elite has a different tradition. For them, Sunday mornings are designed for ...
Slate has a great scan of a magazine article fawning over Ronald Reagan as a young Hollywood star:
Most people know that Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood star before he became President. Most probably don’t know that he was ...
The Sad, Boring Fall of Miley Cyrus
Confession: my family starred in The Hannah Montana Movie. Okay, maybe “starred” isn’t technically the right word. We were in the climactic scene as “extras.” If you look closely and freeze the frame when Miley is singing to “save ...
Vanity Fair's List of the Top Ten Best-Dressed Political Wives
I’m sure it’s not easy being married to a politician, but some ladies manage to do it with style. Vanity Fair recently named the top ten best-dressed political wives, and these lovely honorees made the list: Ann Romney, ...
Why Dexter Is the Most Unintentionally Conservative Show on TV
I had to turn away the first few times I watched the show — the whole “serial killer” thing creeped me out. However, as Showtime’s Dexter is coming to a season close, I’m starting to realize that the show ...
Gospel Singer Cut From MLK Event Over Gay Issues
I think we’re going to be hearing more and more stories like this.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray cut a singer who has won Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Awards in gospel music from a city-sponsored concert Saturday at the Martin ...
Celebrate Me - I'm Childless!
Time magazine’s new cover story “Having It All Without Having Children,” by Lauren Sandler breaks down an interesting trend. More couples are foregoing parenthood than ever before in American history:
From 2007 to 2011, the most recent year for which there’...
When Should a Politician Just Go Away?
This week, I’m wrangling with honor, shame, and the idea of “second chances” in light of the (most recent) Weiner scandal:
By now, America has rejected Anthony Weiner with as much passion and unanimity as it rejected New Coke ...
Showtime's Virgin Tales Shows Ultra-Conservative Sexual Mores -- For Better or Worse?
Showtime has a new documentary that shows a subculture that doesn’t believe in even kissing before marriage:
The documentary, slated to air on Showtime later this month, follows the Wilson family, American Evangelical Christians who believe not only in ...
The Lone Ranger: “Cynical. Bankrupt. Brutal. Anti-American. A Catastrophe.”
After writing about Monsters University below, I thought I’d pass along this review of The Lone Ranger. I’m not sure, but I don’t think the author liked it. Here are the clues:
When the film first brings ...
Sex: the Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life's Problems
When I was in college at NYU, I enrolled in some Women Studies classes, where I learned all kinds of strange philosophies about sex. Mainly that it was a Very Big Deal, and that you have to either embrace your ...
Love America? You Might Enjoy Olympus Has Fallen
Even though my fellow NRO writer David French pretended to like Woody Allen movies during our short period of dating, he began watching high-body-count movies as soon as I said “I do.” The more explosions, aliens, and patriotic themes, the ...
For Christmas, I got my two oldest kids calligraphy pens to make their Lord of the Rings elvish writing look more authentic. (I’m married to this guy, so they didn’t really have a chance to ...
Two More Romneys Enter the World
Today reports that Craig and Mary Romney are the proud parents of twins. Check out Ann Romney’s tweet. Yep, that makes 20.
Is Brooks Brothers a Republican Brand?
Do you remember when George H. W. Bush was accused of being a “Brooks Brothers Republican?” Or in 2000, when a group of conservative protestors were dubbed the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” for rioting at the Miami-Dade county polling headquarters during the ...
Super Bowl XLVII: Brought to You by Adoption
We all know Michael Oher, who played for the Ravens in the Super Bowl, was the subject of the wonderful movie The Blind Side. Well, yesterday, pro-life advocate Bristol Palin posted a nice story on her blog about ...
Dear Abby’s Unfortunate Blend of Bible and Politics
“So, what should I do?”
All of us have had that moment when a friend looks desperately in our eyes and asks for advice. There’s something very intimate and powerful about two friends sitting together trying to figure out ...
Johnnie Moore, author of a new book called Dirty God, wrote an article on FoxNews examining how Jesus “was, is and would be a capitalist” if he were dropped into America today. He begins by writing, “It would not surprise ...
Jenna Bush Hager Named Southern Living Editor-at-Large, Hopes to Attract Younger Audience
Those of us fortunate to grow up in the South always had a dog-eared copy of Southern Living on our coffee table. (It was right under the Reader’s Digest.) Well, now Southern Living ...
My Family the Moment We Lost Ohio
We took our family to Boston for what we hoped would be a victory celebration. It wasn’t.
While we waited for Governor Romney to give his concession speech, some reporters documented our distress for posterity. Above is our whole ...
Official New Obama Ad: 'Losing Your Voting Virginity'
Obama’s newest campaign ad features the talented Lena Dunham (creator of HBO’s Girls) and is about losing your voting virginity. The Cornerites have described this as already as awkward, super uncool, and derivative. But Charles Mitchell, over on ...
Moms Know Romney's Right about Big Bird
How did the whole Big Bird kerfuffle affect moms? In my most recent Parents article, I address the issue:
In the first debate between Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, the GOP nominee ruffled some feathers by ...
Adoption, Fear, and True American Girls
When my husband and I were considering adoption, it was easy to be overcome with fear of the unknown. We already had two good kids who got high grades, who got along well with each other, and who were (at ...
NYC Schools to Dispense Morning-After Pill without Notifying Parents
Yesterday, I wrote about how the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends IUDs and hormonal implants as the most effective method of pregnancy prevention for teens. Well, if that doesn’t work, the NYC public schools will give ...
Ann Romney's Most Embarrassing Moment
Kelly Ripa recently interviewed Mitt and Ann Romney and did a series of rapid-fire questions, which I’m sure are incredibly hard to answer. However, when Kelly asked Mrs. Romney about her most embarrassing moment, I doubt she expected her ...
How Mitt and Ann Romney Helped Me Get Through My Husband’s Deployment
My new article in Parents magazine gives some insight into the character of Mitt and Ann Romney, who showed me kindness when my husband was deployed.
In 2007, I was in Boston playing a very small part in trying ...
As we brace ourselves for the Democratic National Convention, which started today, I’m still reveling in the memories of last week’s Republican Convention. My husband David and I drove to Tampa, sweated through several business suits in the ...
Blogging from the Floor of the GOP Convention
My husband David and I ran to be Romney delegates in our home state of Tennessee in the fourth congressional district. After a long campaign, the voters of our district voted . . . and David earned 216 more votes than I did. (I ...
NYT on 'Gender-Creative' Children
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 ...
Education Reform Gets Cool
Naomi Schaefer Riley writes in the New York Post about how education reform is no longer the domain of nerdy conservatives or outraged libertarians. Teachers’ unions have begun “looking like dinosaurs,” to everyone. After all, “hip urbanites don’...
Salon and Gabby Douglas's Faith
When Gabby Douglas exuberantly gave thanks to God after winning gold in the Olympic women’s all around gymnastics competition, my husband knew there would be a backlash.
Sure enough, Salon published a snarky take-down of the young teenager who ...
To Boycott or Not to Boycott?
All of this talk of Chick-Fil-A really makes it hard to stay on one’s diet.
It also brings up some questions, mainly about supporting businesses which hold different political views. My friends are lamenting that they can no longer ...