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Are Helicopter Parents Here to Stay?

As advocates of parent-child rough-and-tumble play, we have often bumped up against the bubble-wrapping tendencies of the helicopter parent. So when...

Are Foodie Kids the Sign of End Times?

Being a childless misanthrope and everything, it pleased me to see two new books addressing one of my pet peeves: kids and all the things they don’t like. Pamela...

The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting

The insanity crept up on us slowly; we just wanted what was best for our kids. We bought macrobiotic cupcakes and hypoallergenic socks, hired tutors to correct a...

Why Is the U.S. Against Children’s Rights?

Recently the U.N. special representative on violence against children called on member countries to ratify two optional protocols to the U.N. Convention on the...

Bye-Bye, Training Wheels. Hello, Balance Bikes

Forget moving to a big-boy bed. The tougher childhood transition is going from four wheels to two. That's why balance bikes — low-to-the-ground kiddie bicycles...

Did Etan Patz Mark the End of Carefree Parenting?

People over 40 love to regale one another with stories of their outlandish childhood freedoms. Walking a mile by themselves at the age of 7 to the bus stop,...