parenting

Parenting and The Dangers Of The Self-Esteem Movement

There’s a growing ‘Self-Esteem’ movement in parenting circles. Advocates are pushing the idea that constant praise and minimal exposure to struggle are the keys to raising happy, productive children. We can thank them for the elimination of games of Tag in school playgrounds and youth sports leagues that forbid score-keeping. I’m not a parent, but I’m …

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How to Get Your Kids to Listen to You

A great article from the NY Times on raising well-adjusted children: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/fashion/modifying-a-childs-behavior-without-resorting-to-bribes-this-life.html A beleaguered parent and psychologist explore common mistakes (read: bribing) many parents make in pursuit of obedient children. When you put yourself in your child’s shoes, it becomes easier to create strategies that get them to do what you want them to do.

The Irony Of Censoring Media: A Word on Videogame Bans

This week, the Supreme Court struck down a proposal to ban the sale of violent videogames to minors in California. Citing first amendment rights, the justices concluded that proponents of the bill had no constitutional grounds to restrict the expression of others. By supporting the ban of violent videogames and other controversial material, parents may …

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