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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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):
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 ...
Remember -- This Professor is a "Liberal"
On Volokh Conspiracy, Eugene Volokh writes about the recent, very nasty instance at UC Santa Barbara where a professor took violent action against young anti-abortion protesters on campus. Actually, he doesn’t need to add much to the transcript of ...
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 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 ...
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.
Singer Robin Thicke, Wife 'Mutually' Agree to Split
It looks like appearing in a music video with topless women and “twerking” with Miley Cyrus at an award’s show isn’t good for a marriage. Who could have guessed?
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 ...
Kathleen Parker: Hold Men to a Higher Standard
Kathleen Parker had a good op-ed in Saturday’s Washington Post titled, “Sex after drinking and the war on men,” where she enters the recent NOW–James Taranto donnybrook over sexual assault on college campuses. Parker sums up the issue ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Michelle Obama: 'Never Say Never' about Plastic Surgery
Via CBS News:
Michelle Obama, who turns 50 later this week, isn’t ruling out using plastic surgery or Botox in the future.
“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves,” the ...
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 ...
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 ...
I’m a strong believer in vaccines, but I just can’t get a true sense on the flu vaccine and if it’s necessary for my kids every single year. One of the things that bothers me the most ...
Good News: Nancy Pelosi Is Learning How to Code
A few weeks back, the non-profit Code.org, sponsored an initiative called “An Hour of Code” that was designed, through a one-hour online tutorial, to show students the basics of writing computer code. Code.org’s goals are:
Bringing Computer ...
An American Girl Doll Christmas
My six-year-old daughter’s love affair with her American Girl doll comes and goes. This Christmas, the affair was back, with a vengeance. She’d grab every catalog as soon as they arrived in the mail and start adding items ...
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 ...
Jimmy Kimmel Hooks a Kid up to a Fake Lie Detector
I think it’s funny, but I assume some will say it was mean. Video here. I love it when she sells her brother out and tells Kimmel he should only get half a gift from Santa.
A six-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended for two days for kissing a classmate on the hand. Along with the suspension, a note was placed in his file at the school saying he was disciplined as per the district’s “...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Eat Right and Save the Planet
Every five years, a committee of officials chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reviews the federal dietary guidelines. This committee, called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, is mandated ...
Duke Porn Star's Father Home from Afghanistan
New York Post:
A US Army physician came home from a tour in Afghanistan to find that his little princess had turned into a porn star.
Devout Catholic Dr. Kevin Weeks was stunned by the news, but told relatives he ...
NJ Woman Suing Her Parents for Tuition Costs
Sounds like she just wants access to her college fund. Reuters:
A New Jersey student who says her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 is suing them for school costs and other expenses in a case legal experts say could ...
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.
FDA to Hold Hearing on Three-Parent Babies
A reproductive technology that taps three parents’ DNA as a way to eliminate hereditary diseases could reach clinical trials if the Food and Drug Administration gives the go-ahead
Reproductive technologies that marry DNA from three individuals will receive ...
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 Pro-Family Message in HBO's True Detective
For those who haven’t been watching HBO’s new series, True Detective, I highly recommend it. It’s an extremely well written multi-timeline crime drama and, as I explain below, contains a powerful message of what it means to ...
Adoption in Russia: Babies? No. Dogs? Yes.
Americans still can’t adopt babies from Russia, but if you’re visiting Sochi for the Olympics, why not take a few dogs home with you? Via ABC News:
An animal rights group is giving advice to Americans visiting Sochi, ...
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 ...
Ending 'Rape Culture' with 'Consent Panties'?
I’m not sure sexy underwear is the best way to end the “rape culture” on college campuses, but what do I know? I did my part to end “rape culture” the old-fashioned way and told my eleven-year-old son if ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bloomberg vs. de Blasio on NYC Public Education
The New York Post has been covering a troubled elementary school in Queens, PS 106. The first story was published on Sunday, with a follow-up yesterday and an editorial today.
The stories focus on the horrible conditions at the school while ...
Science: The Benefits of Breastfeeding and Drinking Wine While Pregnant
Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of arthritis in women
Study: Moms Who Drink Wine While Pregnant Have Better Behaved Kids
I think it’s time the N.I.H. studied the effects of drinking wine while ...
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 ...
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 — ...
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 ...
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'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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
HHS Gives Advice to Married Women: 'Calm Down'
For real. I wonder if this was a study that included binders full of women?
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 ...
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. (...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...