Kids Need Dads—Or Do They?
Data suggest that fathers can be fantastic, but there’s no magic ingredient they supply for children’s emotional, educational, or social development.
Are Polar Bears Altruistic or Just Bad At Math?
Polar bear mothers are known to adopt and raise cubs from non-related litters. Why do they make a multi-year commitment to do it?
Notes on Queer Conception and the Redefinition of Family
Feminist scholars refer to the “intensely communal, queer, and playful nature” of DIY LGBTQ conception, but Fertility, Inc. is another story.
The Invention of Sibling Rivalry
Sibling jealousy feels like a universal problem, but most parenting experts didn't even acknowledge it until the early 20th century.
Should Parents Fear the Sandbox?
The good news is that most parents living in sanitary environments really don’t need to worry about toxocariasis. The bad news is that toxocara may be yet another obstacle placed in front of disadvantaged children.
How Librarians Can Be Digital Mentors for Teens
The role of librarians, archivists, media trainers, and other information professionals in fostering a healthy digital world for the next generation.
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 ...
Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids
Why parents need to embrace our role as digital mentors: offering kids and teens ongoing support and guidance in how to use the internet appropriately.
Are We Spoiling Our Kids with Too Much Praise?
Is the “gold medal for all” approach fueling a generation of narcissists?
How Scary is Too Scary?
Halloween poses questions for parents, like how scary is too scary for their kids? The answer depends on when we ask the question.