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  • Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators

    Not All Adults at the Park Are Predators3

    I’m trying not to obsess about child overprotection, but … obsess I do. Here’s the latest object of my ire: the playground signs in my berg, New York City, that say, “Playground rules prohibit adults except in the company of children.” Apparently, any adult who simply wants to sit on a bench and watch kids

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  • The Disturbing End of Our Modern ‘Me’ Culture

    The Disturbing End of Our Modern ‘Me’ Culture3

    In his popular work Culture of Narcissism, Christopher Lasch wrote: To live for the moment is the prevailing passion—to live for yourself, not for your predecessors or posterity. We are fast losing the sense of historical continuity, the sense of belonging to a succession of generations originating in the past and stretching into the future.

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  • The NY Times Says Intensive Parenting Is Best, But…

    The NY Times Says Intensive Parenting Is Best, But…2

    “Parents Are Highly Involved in their Adult Children’s Lives and Fine With It,” declared the front page of The New York Times. Added the subhead: “New surveys show that today’s intensive parenting has benefits, not just risks, and most young adults seem happy with it, too.” Is that true? “Intensive parenting” is best, and kids

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  • Lessons in Humanity From Prehistoric People

    Lessons in Humanity From Prehistoric People5

    In ancient cultures some children were born with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. But our prehistoric forebears treated them with great respect. This is the conclusion reached by an international team of researchers who studied the DNA of human remains in ancient burial sites. Their global study involved screening DNA from about 10,000 ancient

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  • Playing Is Always Unsafe

    Playing Is Always Unsafe2

    The following note was passed along to us by a dad whose kids attend a public school in Texas. It says (emphasis mine): Parents we need your help in keeping our children safe at the playground after hours and on the weekends.   It is important that children are supervised at all times.   We

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  • Homeschooling Isn’t What I Expected It To Be

    Homeschooling Isn’t What I Expected It To Be5

    I’ve heard it said, “I was a great parent before I had kids.” The same can be said of being a homeschooling parent. Homeschooling circles are full of idealistic moms and dads who often have very high standards for themselves and their children. Certainly, having strong ideals can work as a guide and benchmark for

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