The Rug Rat Race

Paradoxically, the children of affluent parents are less happy than those of the poor.

Kids These Days!

“I’m just staying home tonight, getting lost in that hopeless little screen” —Leonard Cohen The latest example of “woe unto this generation” is from Nate Hanson at HuffPo:  The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside This brings me to the startling truth: If we allow the current generation to be satisfied thinking within a […]

Parenting as a Gen Xer

We’ve got one foot in two very different technological worlds.

Mother Charged For Leaving 11 Year Old In A Car: Protecting Children, Or Paranoia?

To some extent, we seem to be becoming overprotective.

Reminder about the OTB TOS

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GOP Congressman: My Idea To Force Poor Kids To Work For Lunch Not Directed At Poor Kids

A GOP Senate Candidate in Georgia attempts to back track, and runs off the rails in the process.

President Obama’s Dating Advice

The First Daughters are approaching dating age and the First Papa has some thoughts on the matter.

English Kids Eat Dog Poop

Apparently, the prospect of a thousand pound fine isn’t enough to persuade Bristol’s dog owners to clean up after their pooches.

Older Mothers Have Taller, Thinner Kids

Kids born to over-35 mothers tend to be taller and thinner.

Parenting an Asperger’s Child

Ron Fournier details how Bill Clinton and George W. Bush taught him how to understand his son, Tyler, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

Toy Train in Space

So Ron Fugelseth decided it would be cool to send his son’s toy train into space. Turns out, it was.

Nepal Man Kills Son, Mistaking Him For Monkey

A farmer in southern Nepal mistook his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops and shot the 12-year-old dead.

Obama Winning Even Though He Has Daughters

National Review’s Keith Williamson can’t fathom why Alpha Male Mitt Romney is having so much trouble beating Girly Man Barack Obama.

Marriage Habits Reinforcing Class Structure

In a groundbreaking investigative report, the New York Times has found that it’s easier to raise children if there are two parents and two incomes than one parent and one income.

Overall, babies in homes with cats or dogs were about 30 percent less likely to have respiratory infectious symptoms -- which included cough, wheezing, rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose) and fever -- and about half as likely to get ear infections, research shows (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck) Overall, babies in homes with cats or dogs were about 30 percent less likely to have respiratory infectious symptoms -- which included cough, wheezing, rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose) and fever -- and about half as likely to get ear infections, research shows (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

Babies With Pets in Home Healthier

Babies who grow up with dogs and cats in the home are healthier, a new study finds.

Cost Of Raising A Child: $235,000

The Department of Agriculture released a report late last week that purports to calculate the cost of raising a child: WASHINGTON – For $235,000, you could indulge in a shiny new Ferrari – or raise a child for 17 years. A government report released Thursday found that a middle-income family with a child born last […]

David Cameron Forgot Daughter at Pub

British Prime Minister David Cameron accidentally left his 8-year-old daughter at a pub.

Darth Vader and Son – What If Darth Vader Was a Good Father?

Jeffrey Brown has a children’s book titled Darth Vader and Son scheduled for release on April 18.

Lying About the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy

Should you lie to your kids about holiday fantasy characters?

Preschooler Forced to Eat Chicken Nuggets After Bag Lunch Fails State Inspection

The nanny state’s food police cited a preschooler for bringing a turkey sandwich to school, instead of getting the nutritious processed fried chicken parts being sold by the school. Carolina Journal (“Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets” – State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead“): A preschooler at West Hoke […]

French Moms Ain’t All That Great

French mothers do not have some magical formula for raising well behaved children.

From the “Some People are Nuts” File

Via MSNBC:  Chickenpox lollipops? Some moms may be sending in mail You’ve probably heard of "chickenpox parties," where parents get unvaccinated kids together (in the home of an infected child) in the hopes they’ll catch the disease. They think making their kids suffer through the disease will help them develop stronger immunity than immunization would […]

Are We Overprotecting Our Kids?

How did we survive without all the molly-codding kids today get?

Interview with a One-Year-Old

Arturo Trejo conducts a hard-hitting interview with his son, Jose Luis

Why Can Kids See Violence But Not Porn?

Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence?

Does ‘Go The F- To Sleep’ Encourage Violence Against Kids?

Some people have no sense of humor.

New Children’s Book: Go The F- to Sleep

Go the Fuck To Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing off to dreamland.

Rich Parents Don’t Matter?

A recent WSJ piece titled Why Rich Parents Don’t Matter is interesting if misnamed. How much do the decisions of parents matter? Most parents believe that even the most mundane acts of parenting—from their choice of day care to their policy on videogames—can profoundly influence the success of their children. Kids are like wet clay, […]

Mother and Father Replaced by Parent 1 and Parent 2

The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology.

TV and Internet Convergence

As the internet becomes more ingrained in our lives, it’s become a tool for parenting. And a break from it.

The Dumbest Generation: Does Technology Make Kids Dumb?

Has modern life robbed America’s youth of their ability to think? Or simply caused them to think in different ways about different things?

“Our Daughter Isn’t a Selfish Brat; Your Son Just Hasn’t Read Atlas Shrugged”

Good parenting, Objectivist style. When little Aiden toddled up our daughter Johanna and asked to play with her Elmo ball, he was, admittedly, very sweet and polite. I think his exact words were, “Have a ball, peas [sic]?” And I’m sure you were very proud of him for using his manners. To be sure, I […]

Children and Happiness

Economist Bryan Caplan makes “The Case for Having More Kids.” He begins with the objections: Most of us believe that kids used to be a valuable economic asset. They worked the farm, and supported you in retirement. In the modern world, the story goes, the economic benefits of having kids seem to have faded away. […]

Dads Lie About Fatherhood

Fathers have been misrepresenting the amount of time they spend taking care of their kids for generations.  These days, they’re lying in a different direction. A new Boston College study makes the modern American dad look positively Swedish in his dedication to his children and his zeal to participate equally in raising them. The yearlong […]

Kids Cost A Lot!

The government says “a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about $221,000 raising that child through age 17.”  Of course, that’s an average; it varies based on income: “A two-parent family that earns less than $57,000 annually will spend about $160,000 on a child from birth through high school. Those with […]

What’s In A Name?

A new study says that boys with “strange” first names are more likely to end up in jail: Writing in Social Science Quarterly, Shippensburg University professor David Kalist says giving newborn males oddball, girly or strange first names may just help land them in jail. In alphabetical order, the Top 10 “bad boy” names, according […]

Breast Feeding Conspiracy

Sarah Waldeck has an interesting essay on the topic of nursing, a subject that became of sudden interest to me with the birth of our first child seven weeks ago. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I think that some breastfeeding advocates would like to keep mothers at least partially in the dark about the […]

Barack Obama Channels Bill Cosby

Barack Obama gave a speech at a large black church in Chicago (no, not that one) yesterday. Appropriately enough, given that it was Father’s Day, his subject was absent fathers, a subject he with which he has some familiarity. Addressing a packed congregation at one of the city’s largest black churches, Senator Barack Obama on […]

Parenting Through Reason

When I first heard the story about Lenore Skenazy, the New York woman who made headlines for allowing her nine-year-old to ride on the subway alone, the first thing I thought to myself is: Why is this news? New York City is one of the safest cities in America now. Why shouldn’t a kid ride […]

Kids Don’t Go Outside Enough

The meme that kids today spend more time indoors these days continues to spread, with a push in today’s WaPo that has the blogosphere and talk radio buzzing. I made my thoughts on the issue clear over the weekend but some good points made elsewhere deserve highlighting. Jim Henley argues that it’s the risk-averse nature […]

Dilbert’s Guide to Parenting

Scott Adams has to explain to his 6-year-old son why he will not buy him two video games instead of one, even though he’s rich. My strategy — and it has been extremely successful so far — is to offer such boringly technical explanations that his 6-year old eyes glaze over and he wanders away. […]

Mom Indicted for Hiring Stripper for Teen

A Nashville woman has been indicted for hiring a stripper for her 16-year-old son and his friends. Mom Indicted for Hiring Stripper for Teen (AP) A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son’s birthday party. Anette Pharris, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges […]

Pamela Anderson’s Nipples

Jeff Jarvis reports, Pamela Anderson, appearing on Howard Stern this morning to plug her new Fox show Stacked, said that the network censors have come on the set and ordered that her nipples be “taped down” because you can’t have nipples before 10 p.m. This shows the absurd lengths to which regulatory puritanism has gone: […]

Gay Parenting

Michael Demmons criticizes President Bush for, saying, “Studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman.” Michael observes, There actually are differences between kids who grow up with heterosexual parents and those who have gay parents. Here are just a few of […]