Topsy-Turvy: Children in Adult Roles
The number of children acting like adults on stage reflects how conflicted nineteenth-century Anglo-Americans were about the definition of childhood.
The Age of the Birth Certificate
When states began restricting labor by children, verifying a person's age became an important means of enforcement.
Albert Raboteau on Re-Enchanting the World
The late religion scholar suggested that to regain a sense of wonder, we should look to education.
The Feminist History of “Child Allowances”
The Biden administration’s proposed “child allowances” draw on the feminist thought of Crystal Eastman, who advocated “motherhood endowments” 100 years ago.
The Long-Lost Ritual of Baby Books
Mothers used to documented their infant children's milestones—first steps, first smile—in specially made books. They're amazing historical documents.
Winston Churchill’s Love-Hungry Childhood
Winston Churchill started life as a love-starved child whose lonely childhood set the stage for his almost fanatical need for influence and power.
6 Ways to be a Digital Mentor to Your Kids
What’s involved in being a digital mentor? People have been asking me various version of this question in ...
What the White House Needs to Know about Managing “Screen Time”
White House officials, like parents, are learning how limiting screen time can lead to better focus. But what does "screen time" really mean?
Are We Spoiling Our Kids with Too Much Praise?
Is the “gold medal for all” approach fueling a generation of narcissists?
How The Baby-Sitters Club Reflected Our Dreams of Safety
In The Baby-Sitters Club, each girl has agency.