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Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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What to Do When Your Child Is Nothing Like You

December 11, 2012 9:48 AM

Megan and Michael have a deaf child. After his birth, they met opposition. At one point, a Deaf activist told them, “The best thing would be to give your child to a Deaf family and let them raise him.”...

Want to Love Your Kids? Stop Overparenting Them

September 7, 2012 10:17 AM

Every first day of school, my mom would greet us at the door with a plate of homemade cookies. And then, from the second day of school on through the last, we three kids would let ourselves in the...

Are Infants Sinful? How Not to Talk about Original Sin

August 22, 2012 8:36 AM

Before going to seminary and then having children, I worked in youth ministry with teenagers for five years. As such, I sat through countless systematic presentations of the gospel in which someone was assigned “the sin talk.” These talks...

Asking Why After a Child’s Accidental Death

August 2, 2012 9:40 AM

Every night in the summertime, I fall asleep with fears of cars and water. I’m not a particularly anxious mother. I don’t worry about germs. I’m pretty relaxed about the possibility of injury on a playground. But it takes...

A Parenting Manual for Men Freaked Out by Pregnancy

July 12, 2012 9:52 AM

If you’re old enough, you’ll likely remember the series of commercials, televised in the late ’80s, for cars such as the brand-new snazzy Cutlass Supreme. Each advertisement ended with the words, “This isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile.” That tagline, slightly...

Advocating for a Daughter Stuck in the ‘Shadow of Autism’

July 10, 2012 10:09 PM

Virginia Breen’s daughter, Elizabeth, seemed to be thriving like any other infant: walking and smiling, her eyes bright and cheery. Then within one week, Elizabeth mysteriously stopped speaking, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with autism. But for the past...

Can Christian Women Have It All? Debunking the Work-Life Balance Myth

July 3, 2012 9:55 AM

By now everyone who cares, and some who don’t, have heard about Ann-Marie Slaughter’s exhaustive Atlantic cover story, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” The sub-blurb heightens the controversy: It's time to stop fooling ourselves. . . ....

Did Karen Klein Do the Right Thing? Bullying and the Limits of 'Turn the Other Cheek'

June 26, 2012 8:54 AM

Maybe it was the tragic trifecta of bangs, glasses, and braces that marked me a prime target on bus rides to Northmont Middle School in the fall of 1997. It could have been a certain demeanor, a silliness that peaked...

Prodigal Children: If It Can Happen to John Piper, It Can Happen to You

June 20, 2012 8:30 AM

Not long ago, I read Christianity Today magazine's interview with John Piper because I was keenly interested in what the leading Reformed Baptist pastor had to say about race and reconciliation within the church. There’s no doubt that most of...

Why Stay-at-Home Moms Are More Depressed Than Working Moms

June 4, 2012 8:38 AM

Stay-at-home parenting is harder than I thought. Maybe it’s the fact that my child was colicky for the first six months of his life, and that even at eight months old, he—and, consequently, I—have yet to sleep through the night....

'Your Marriage Is Doomed,' and Other Lies Told to Children of Divorce

May 30, 2012 8:46 AM

When my parents divorced when I was 32—already married for nearly a decade and with two children of my own—I remember thinking, Great. Now, I’m a statistic. My marriage is doomed. I’m pretty sure any child of the 1970s or...

Death to the Perfect Christian Woman

May 9, 2012 8:29 AM

“As Christian women, have we set the bar too high for ourselves? Are we striving to achieve our own version of the American dream, some sort of Focus on the Family all-star clan where the kids all love each other,...

Channeling the Mama Bear Effect to Fight Child Abuse

April 23, 2012 11:12 AM

My friends and family all know I’m more than a little nutty about keeping my children safe. Our friend in France has a 7 foot high locked iron gate surrounding her house--a feature I’ve been jealously remembering since we stayed...

Dad-in-Chief: Parenting Lessons from Rick Santorum and President Obama

March 14, 2012 11:06 AM

When Sarah Palin first accepted the vice presidential nomination in 2008, I thought I should be excited that a fellow mother of a child with Down syndrome might sit in the White House. But my response to her candidacy was...

'Bringing Up Bébé': Critiquing the Newest Parenting ‘It’ Book

March 6, 2012 8:52 AM

What would happen if Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame had three children, settled in France instead of Italy, then read Amy “Tiger Mom” Chua’s diatribe against American parenting with both horror and assent, and sat down to pen...

Breastfeeding in Church, and Other Petty Crimes

March 2, 2012 9:08 AM

A Georgia woman named Nirvana Jenette claims she was kicked out of church for breastfeeding, the pastor ordering her to nurse the baby in the bathroom and calling her behavior ‘lewd,’ comparing her to a stripper. As a culture we’re...

Duke It Out for Them: Why Kids Need to See Their Parents Fight

February 28, 2012 8:45 AM

I stormed into the house, stopping only to shake the snow off my boots before hissing at my husband as he poured his coffee: “I cannot believe you didn’t fill up the Yukon yesterday.” “You always take the Corolla when...

‘I’m Dad, the Babysitter,’ and Other Cultural Myths

February 27, 2012 10:59 AM

For almost six months, Coach Selby and I have lived with mild tension about our sons’ music lessons. The oldest boy began violin two years ago, and while he won’t be playing Carnegie any time soon, he’s good. The twins...

Parenthood: Moving Beyond Facebook Envy to Reality

February 3, 2012 9:06 AM

Over Christmas break, I became obsessed with the idea that I wanted another baby even though my soul knew this to be untrue. I did not want another baby, but I'd read a blog that made me think I did....

Why I Let My Kids Cry It Out: A Response

February 1, 2012 8:34 AM

After reading Elrena Evans’s thoughtful Her.meneutics post, “Should You Let Your Baby ‘Cry It Out’? A Christian Response,” it was clear that Evans and I absolutely agree on one thing: unfortunately the so-called “Mommy Wars” are alive and well. I...

Should You Let Your Baby 'Cry It Out'? A Christian Response

January 24, 2012 11:02 AM

When Psychology Today ran an article titled “Dangers of ‘Crying it Out,’” my response was, perhaps predictably, jaded. I read the article, then clicked over to one of my “Birth Clubs” on BabyCenter to watch the ensuing fun while I...

Why Santa Belongs in Your Kids' Christmas

December 20, 2011 11:00 AM

I hear curious rumblings this time of year among Christians that letting children believe in Santa is wrong. That giving children a myth implies that the Nativity story is insufficient. That letting them believe that good behavior earns gifts makes...

The Co-Sleeping Controversy and Enduring 'Bad Mom' Glares

December 9, 2011 10:02 AM

As soon as the weather turns in Chicagoland, I know: ’Tis the season to start hearing all the dangers, illness, and strife that await my nearly 10-year-old son if he keeps refusing to wear a coat. ’Tis the season to...

'Unwanted' Girls Defy Sexism in India

December 5, 2011 12:10 PM

The Associated Press recently ran a deeply moving story about a name-changing ceremony in Mumbai, India. “More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean ‘unwanted’ in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life,” reports the AP’s...

Should Christians Take Antidepressants?

November 28, 2011 5:04 PM

This month, the pharmacy services company Medco reported that in 2010, one in five American adults took a mental health prescription drug, a 22 percent increase since 2001. Antidepressant use by men is on the rise, but women still take...

The Bible, Gender, and ‘Dad-Mom’ Debate Continues

November 22, 2011 10:00 AM

Laura, thank you for your remarks. You took me aback with your confession! I'm glad to be in conversation with you. There are many points worth careful consideration in your thoughtful post. Now, this self-professed “Dad Dad” will respond. First,...

The Bible, Gender, and the ‘Dad-Mom’ Debate

November 21, 2011 9:48 AM

Editor's Note: Owen Strachan, professor of theology and church history at Boyce College in Louisville, recently wrote a post critiquing a Tide commercial on "Dad Moms" as one more indication that our culture denigrates true masculinity. His post elicited strong...

Why Teens Drift Away from Faith

November 17, 2011 8:30 AM

Every week after Sunday School, I try to figure out if our kids have learned anything. Do they understand the stories they heard? Do they know the characters? Do they know God’s love for them? Do they understand anything about...

Why My Kids (Mostly) Don't Watch TV

November 10, 2011 10:21 AM

When my boys (now 3.5 and 6) were very small, they rarely watched videos. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged parents not to allow any screen time for children under age 2. Last month, the academy reaffirmed its...

Adoption: A Long and Winding Journey

November 1, 2011 9:35 AM

A few years ago, after much research, discussion, and prayer, my husband and I sent in the preliminary applications for adopting from Ethiopia. The staff at the agency, Better Future Adoption Services (BFAS) in Minnesota, was courteous, and the fact...

'Just' a Stay-at-Home Mom

October 25, 2011 11:43 AM

I am a product of second-wave feminism of the 1960s. By the time I was a child in the ’80s, movies were full of women in shoulder-padded jackets leading employees from their corporate desks. The working mom was alive and...

When Child Discipline Becomes Abuse

October 17, 2011 2:09 PM

A Washington couple was recently charged with the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Hana, whom they disciplined by withholding food and shutting out of the house; she died of hypothermia and showed evidence of malnutrition. Last year, 7-year-old Lydia Schatz...

An Open Letter to DC Comics

October 13, 2011 8:59 AM

Dear DC Comics, Since you are my favorite comic book publisher, I am so excited that your risky decision to reboot 52 of your comic book titles seems to be paying off. I haven’t been in a comic-book store in...

John Ortberg Is My Dad, But Don't Call Me a PK

October 5, 2011 10:20 AM

I’ve always hated the term “PK.” All my life, people have felt total license to use it with my siblings and me — a knowing glance, a faked camaraderie. “You’re a PK, too? Isn’t it the worst/best?” Well, yes. And...

Spanking in the Spirit?

September 23, 2011 10:51 AM

Each week, it seems, stories of parents arrested for spanking their children make the news. Periodically, proposed bans on spanking are considered, but are typically shot down on grounds that such bans tread on parents' rights. Such bans are also...

The Sin Behind My Swearing

September 12, 2011 9:20 AM

In my defense, it hadn't been a good afternoon. My 6-year-old had a friend over, so I was watching five kids instead of the usual four. My 4-year-old was crying because the game he wanted to play on the computer...

Are Evangelical Women Primarily Interested in Parenthood?

September 9, 2011 10:48 AM

Rachel Held Evans is soon to complete her “year of Biblical womanhood,” which has included stunts like sleeping outside in a tent during her period and following her “Biblical Woman’s Ten Commandments,” which include “thou shalt submit to thy husband’s...

Three Stories About Reproductive Technology

August 18, 2011 10:56 AM

What do the stories of a grieving mother, a couple traveling to India, and a fictional character have in common? All three stories involve people using reproductive technology to have a baby. In a Ladies Home Journal article, Jackie Hance...

When God Told Us to Adopt

August 1, 2011 8:26 AM

Fellow Her.meneutics writer Jennifer Grant recently published a memoir, Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (Thomas Nelson), that traces her and her family’s decision to adopt her youngest daughter, Mia, from Guatemala. Mia became a sister...

A Parenting Manual for Bad Kids

July 20, 2011 10:44 AM

Many parenting books promise fast results for raising children who always obey, toddlers who never talk back, and teens who keep the faith. The marketers of such books get that we consumers will buy almost anything if it promises speedy...

How to Talk about Having Children

June 22, 2011 11:20 AM

For all the ways reality television star and Hollywood socialite Kim Kardashian and I differ from each other, we do share one striking commonality: We both turned 30 this year. And for both of us, our entry into this new...

Raising Yeshua-Followers in the West Bank

June 15, 2011 9:26 AM

“It’s ironic, but I feel that my kids are safer here than living in the U.S.,” said Ariella B. I met Ariella nearly two decades ago when we were attending the same Chicago-area congregation. Recently I had a chance to...

Lessons from an Expletive-Laced Picture Book

June 6, 2011 11:00 AM

Four months before its October 2011 publication date, Adam Mansbach’s for-adults-only picture book, Go the [Expletive] to Sleep, is already a bestseller and viral hit on Amazon. Looking through the preview pages online, I immediately understood the book’s appeal. With...

For Those Grieving on Mother's Day

May 6, 2011 9:09 AM

Mother's Day is a tricky holiday. Like any holiday, it is sweet for some and bitter for others. For some, it’s both. I remember feeling on the outside looking in on Mother’s Day, first as a single woman and then...

The Divine Grace of Diapers and Dirty Laundry

March 18, 2011 11:26 AM

I sat in the chair with a sleeping baby on my lap. I held her close, and I prayed. I prayed about the things I wanted to be doing — responding to e-mail, taking a shower, writing an essay. And...

Toddlers, Tiaras, and Surviving Princess Mania

March 1, 2011 9:00 AM

At the end of March, I will bid farewell to my twenties and celebrate my 30th birthday in style. My husband has planned an amazing trip to Disney World, which means I will enjoy this milestone the same way I...

A New Mission for the Burnt-Out Mom

February 23, 2011 10:01 AM

In a recent "Stuff Christian Culture Likes" post at Beliefnet, humorist Stephanie Drury poked fun at signs — positioned so that they can be read only when people are leaving a church building or parking lot — that read, “You...

'When Gender-Based Parenting Goes Too Far': Author Response

February 9, 2011 10:35 PM

Editor's Note: When we asked frequent Her.meneutics blogger Caryn Rivadeneira to review Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity (Multnomah), we knew it would get her — and readers — on a...

Ohio Mom Gets Jailtime for Better Education

February 9, 2011 11:52 AM

What do Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and an African American single mother in Ohio have in common? Both faced gut-wrenching realities that sometimes cause law-abiding individuals to blur the lines between what’s legal and what seems morally permissible. The shades...

When Gender-Based Parenting Goes Too Far

February 1, 2011 12:15 PM

I have never once second-guessed my gender, my sexuality, or my femininity. But a new book has tempted me to. Even though I recently spent eight years either growing babies in my womb or feeding them from my breasts, according...

Why I Don’t Want to Be a Chinese Mother

January 17, 2011 10:27 AM

Amy Chua’s essay for The Wall Street Journal, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” sprinted across media outlets and the blogosphere, prompting responses at Motherlode, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Slate, among many others. The essay spawned an interview on the...

Troubled by the Twiblings?

January 13, 2011 9:00 AM

What do you call two siblings, with the same genetic parents, gestated by two different women, born five days apart, raised by a father with whom they share genes, and a mother with whom they do not? Twiblings, who were...

Another Assault on Little Girls

January 3, 2011 11:38 AM

The most recent issue of Vogue Paris (or should I say l'issue de janvier/février?) struck a nerve when it hit newsstands, upsetting the very readers who count on the magazine to be provocative. They’re guaranteed it. Vogue Paris’s editor in...

When Mom and Dad Move In

November 23, 2010 11:26 AM

I knew my parents were coming, and not to visit — which was often, though living on the opposite coast, not often enough — but coming to live. Forever. To understand what a great adjustment this would mean, it helps...

Social Media Addict Seeks Connection, Escape

November 17, 2010 10:50 AM

I’ve always been a little suspicious of Facebook’s Farmville app, but I never thought it would become an accessory to murder. The online game, which allows players to plow, plant, and grow virtual crops, seems to turn otherwise sane people...

Doctrine in Diapers

November 9, 2010 10:15 AM

For a few years now, we’ve begun our family meals with a blessing. We started with “The Lord’s Been Good to Me,” otherwise known in our household as “Johnny Appleseed.” The song’s theology is pretty innocuous. It acknowledges God’s existence...

Girls in Sports No Longer 'Tomboys'

November 4, 2010 10:50 AM

Athletic competition builds character in our boys. We do not need that kind of character in our girls. ~ Connecticut judge, 1971 Last month the Women's Sports Foundation held its annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf-Astoria in...

Apple Takes a Bite Out of Sexting

November 2, 2010 10:51 AM

Apple recently secured a patent for technology that would allow the company to read, and censor, iPhone text messages. The patent was almost immediately dubbed an “anti-sexting device,” despite the fact the actual patent title is “Text-based communication control for...

Her.meneutics' Favorite Picture Books

October 20, 2010 11:36 AM

Splashed across the front page of The New York Times last week was a sobering report on the demise of picture books, a long-standing staple of children's literature. According to the NYT, more parents are giving their children text-heavy books...

Why There's No Narnia in Our Home

October 13, 2010 10:30 AM

Banned Books Week got off to a rousing start this year with the publication of a letter from Wesley Scroggins, Missouri State University professor of management, in The Springfield News-Leader. The letter, “Filthy books demeaning to Republic education,” listed books...

Why Parenting May Be Your 'Highest' Calling

October 4, 2010 10:52 AM

I’ve been following the comments on Amy Julia Becker’s latest Her.meneutics post with some interest. When the time came for my husband and I to make and act on a decision regarding the schooling of our eldest (a decision-making process...

How Christians Will Save America's Schools

September 28, 2010 11:50 AM

Sixty-eight percent of eighth graders in the U.S. can’t read at grade level. 1.2 million teenagers drop out of school every year. And 44 percent of dropouts under age 24 are jobless. These statistics, from the Broad Foundation for Education,...

Anorexia and the Body of Christ

September 10, 2010 10:22 AM

Harriet Brown’s new memoir, Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, challenges popular beliefs about eating disorders. Many psychologists and nutritionists say that getting anorexics to eat won’t work until “underlying psychological issues” are dealt with, yet many anorexics...

Midlife Matters: An Interview with Dale Hanson Bourke

August 25, 2010 9:10 AM

I met Dale Hanson Bourke at a meeting of women involved in promoting women’s health and economic empowerment in Zambia. I admired her intelligence, curiosity, and breadth of experience as a journalist and women’s health advocate. Later, I traveled to...

Celebrate National B-----Feeding Month

August 10, 2010 9:00 AM

World Breastfeeding Week has just ended, we are in the middle of National Breastfeeding Month, and I feel like I've been boob-deep in lactivist reading. Oops — did my use of the word boob bother you? If so, then you...

News Flash: Dads Are Nurturing

July 28, 2010 9:47 AM

Boston College’s Center for Work and Family released a study last month that tracked changes in the way American fathers view themselves and their roles at home and work. The study looked at married, educated, and employed first-time fathers of...

How Many Kids Should We Have?

July 19, 2010 11:25 AM

"One and Done," Lauren Sandler's Time cover story this week, offers a series of reasons why many parents in the West are choosing to have only one child. First, the economic strain: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that...

Multitasking: Bad for the Soul

July 16, 2010 10:00 AM

My husband and I had been married for eight years when I gave birth to our first child. Two years later, his brother was born. Eighteen months later, their sister. And less than two years after that, we started the...

You're Never 'Ready' to Parent

July 14, 2010 9:50 AM

In The Washington Post last week, Gillian E. St. Lawrence wrote about her and her husband's decision to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have the resulting embryos frozen for later use, essentially donating their embryos to themselves. The Washington,...

Confessions of a Church-Skipping Mom

June 30, 2010 2:25 AM

Several Sundays ago my kids were playing outside when we called them to get in the car for church. They stalled. They whined. They asked, “Why do we always have to go to church?” My responses became less patient and...

Why Dads Matter

June 25, 2010 10:50 AM

Last Sunday morning, my daughter Penny helped me make breakfast for her dad. He likes it simple: coffee, OJ, a bowl of cereal with raisins. We assembled it all on a tray, complete with the newspaper and a card: “Happy...

Ooh La La over Lady Gaga

June 17, 2010 4:57 PM

Okay, true confessions time: I showed my 14 year-old son Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video. No, it wasn’t a mistake and yes, I’d do it again. You might be asking, “Who is Lady Gaga?” Or maybe you’re shaking your head and...

What a Father Remembers

June 17, 2010 12:10 PM

The other night my husband, Rafi, and I clicked through old photos on his laptop. He stopped on a picture of our son, who is now 8 years old but was 4 in the photograph. Rafi smiled at our son’s...

It's Mother's Day, Not Motherhood Day

May 7, 2010 8:17 AM

My first Mother’s Day — as a mother, at least — was a bust. It started out well enough: My husband surprised me with a pair of espadrilles I had admired in the (get this) Neiman Marcus catalog. But somewhere...

The Hard Realities of International Adoption

April 27, 2010 8:49 AM

A Tennessee woman's decision send her troubled 7-year-old son, Artyom Savelyev, alone on a plane back to Russia this month with a note saying he had psychopathic issues has turned the international adoption world upside down and seems to have...

Breastfeed for the Health of the Nation?

April 21, 2010 9:45 AM

A new study published in Pediatrics journal concluded that breastfeeding has major life- and money-saving benefits. The study found that “if 90 percent of U.S. families could comply with the medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United...

Caught between the Easter Bunny and the Empty Grave

April 1, 2010 10:52 AM

For two weeks now, our kids have been singing, “Hosanna!” Penny, our 4-year-old, sings the whole song: “Hosanna to the King of Kings!” William, 20 months old, just repeats this new, favorite word. We went for a walk yesterday afternoon,...

'Why Don't You Just Adopt?'

March 9, 2010 10:30 AM

The detention of U.S. Baptist missionaries who tried to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January 12 earthquake shone a bright light on complex moral questions related to the country’s adoption practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that,...

Michelle Obama Tackles Childhood Obesity

March 2, 2010 10:26 AM

As President Obama presided over a seven-hour cross-party debate on health care last week, First Lady Michelle Obama continued to make headlines in the advancement of her latest cause: childhood obesity. In an historic appearance at the annual winter meeting...

Eliminating Suffering or Eliminating People?

February 26, 2010 8:23 AM

Imagine sitting in a doctor's office and receiving this news: Good morning, Mrs. Santos. I have the results of the screening test you had last week, 12 weeks into your pregnancy. The test indicates a high likelihood that your baby...

Why Boys Are Failing in the Classroom

February 25, 2010 9:05 AM

True or false: Our educational system gives boys an academic advantage. Answer: A resounding yes, when Leave It To Beaver was the TV ratings champ. But Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons From An Educational System...

Pregnant Olympians Are Not 'Selfish'

February 23, 2010 9:11 AM

Last Friday a friend forwarded me a link to an article titled “Are Pregnant Athletes Selfish?” She guessed correctly that I might have something to say about it. It took one glance at the big black letters of the headline...

Saving the Life of a Shaken Baby

February 5, 2010 8:47 AM

Justice is what love looks like in public, so says Princeton professor and pop philosopher Cornel West. When we think of justice though, we generally think of that which is found in courts or through political activism, or, failing these...

When to Leave if You Can't Cleave

February 3, 2010 9:41 AM

When is the right time to leave home? Italian government minister Renato Brunetta thinks it’s age 18, and recently suggested a new law to require it. Brunetta’s proposal is a reaction to an Italian judge's decision that Giancarlo Casagrande resume...

Reading to Enrich a Child's Soul

February 2, 2010 9:12 AM

While American children and young adults might be reading more than in years past (says a 2009 study from the National Endowment for the Arts), they also are on the whole spending more time lost in a media blitz....

Saved by Spanking

January 20, 2010 9:44 AM

I was spanked. Not often, because I was a good kid. But still, I have one clear memory of getting a solid swat across my butt: I was probably 5 and had thrown a doozy of a tantrum in the...

The Real Problem with Mary's Baby Bump

December 18, 2009 8:01 AM

This Christmas you may hear a sermon or two comparing today's unwed mothers with a well-known one from the ancient Mideast: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Reflecting on the alleged public shame Mary endured as an unmarried mom-to-be, we...

Baby Dies Aboard United Airways Flight: A Response

December 9, 2009 9:37 AM

My mind is still reeling from the news that a 4-week-old infant was unable to be resuscitated after the baby stopped breathing on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Kuwait. The plane made an emergency landing in London, but the...

Silencing the Maternal Nag

November 18, 2009 9:41 AM

Women want their spouses to be more involved in raising their children, but they need to allow fathers to father, not force them to mother. The New York Times reported last week on new research that suggests that women...

Reforming a Girls' Reformatory

October 30, 2009 9:04 AM

In August, Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility in northern Kansas closed its doors. Heather Hollingsworth’s coverage for the Associated Press highlights the triumphs and downfalls of one of the country’s longest-running girls’ reformatories. Beloit was started in 1888 by the Women’s...

Does Religiosity Encourage Teen Pregnancy?

September 28, 2009 8:49 AM

Some social liberals used a recently published study in Reproductive Health that found a strong link between high religiosity and teen pregnancy rates to further their case for why abstinence-only sex education doesn't work. Double XX, Mother Jones, Bonnie Erbe...

Snakes, Spiders, and the Science of Gender

September 25, 2009 9:07 AM

My toddler son is taking a class this fall about bugs. "Learn about insects and their important role in our environment and everyday lives through stories, crafts and games," the brochure boasts. "Great class for boys and girls!" As long...

Adoption: Single Christians Need Not Apply

September 16, 2009 9:05 AM

National Adoption Month is coming up, and churches are mobilizing like never before to encourage people to adopt. But there is a secret underneath it all: Single Christians need not apply. When I was considering adopting my daughter, one of...

The President's Speech and Parental Rights

September 9, 2009 9:10 AM

Children in many U.S. schools yesterday heard President Obama exhort the values of hard work and personal responsibility in his back-to-school address. Reformed pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church praised the speech as “a wonderful gift of common...

Breast-feeding Dolls: Cute or Creepy?

August 24, 2009 8:48 AM

Let me start this post off by saying that I'm a little bit of a lactivist. I don't think I'm the scary kind, but I do champion the rights of nursing mothers, practice child-led weaning, and, well, use words like...

Breadwinning Moms and Stay-at-Home Dads

July 8, 2009 8:57 AM

While most moms were celebrating Mother's Day this spring with a family of three or four, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, resident Tiffany Kriner celebrated a graduation ceremony with thousands of college students. Kriner, 31, an English professor at Wheaton College, has...

A (Crooked) House Divided: the Gosselins Announce Their Divorce

June 22, 2009 9:07 PM

And now it's official. As many have speculated in the week since commercials first aired promoting tonight's "big announcement" that would affect the entire family, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation, and, later in the episode, their divorce. This...

Jon and Kate Plus a Lot of Bitterness

May 28, 2009 9:53 AM

I admit that for a while I was hooked on certain reality TV shows, but I've pulled the plug on several as of late, keeping my viewing list a lot shorter. (However, I've kept Deadliest Catch on the list...

What to Do with Smoking Moms

May 27, 2009 9:09 AM

The other day, a friend of mine was telling me about a recent trip she took to the park with her preschoolers. "Two women were sitting on the bench by the slide, chain-smoking," she complained. "They must've gone through an...

Forgotten Little Pitchers

May 18, 2009 7:30 AM

A few weeks ago, a friend's ten-year-old daughter came home from school, turned to her mother with a frown, and speaking low, so as to stay out of earshot of a younger sibling, asked, "Mom, what does the word...

The Upside of Never-Empty Nests

May 12, 2009 8:45 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting the hard news that our unemployment rate is just under 9 percent. If you think that's bad, take note of Spain, a country experiencing a 17 percent unemployment rate that's rising. But...

Breast-feed, If You Can Afford To

April 13, 2009 3:47 PM

Judith Warner's April 2 New York Times op-ed piece, "Ban the Breast Pump," is sure to stir up a hornet's nest: Warner comments favorably on Hanna Rosin's "The Case Against Breast-Feeding" in the April Atlantic. A La Leche League enthusiast...

When Deadbeat Dads Are Really Trying

April 1, 2009 9:02 AM

The caricature is so common it's become a stereotype: the Deadbeat Dad, trying to weasel his way out of paying child support. But what happens when Dad — through no fault of his own — really doesn't have the money...

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