parenting

Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, the DC Sniper, and the Importance of Fathers

Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, the DC Sniper, and the Importance of Fathers

A dominant narrative today is that fathers are expendable except for, perhaps, genetic and financial contributions. Either life goes on just fine without them, or they can be easily replaced by a “loving parent.” The stories of Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Lee Boyd Malvo, however, suggest that there is a dad-shaped hole in all us that only dads can fill.

Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up (and Certainly Don't Force Them) to Be Pop Stars

Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up (and Certainly Don't Force Them) to Be Pop Stars

People in today's culture increasingly view children if not as burdens, then as consumer products. We pay other women to carry our babies; we pay doctors to create and freeze them; we obsess over the “right or wrong time” to have them. Billie Eilish's young fame seems to be a perfect example of what can happen if parents do this.

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