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American Parenting

iPads, Martinis and Bubble Wrap: The New American Parenting Style

Tara Kennedy-Kline | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Tara Kennedy-Kline

When did kids become more afraid of boredom than they are of parents?! The concept of leaving our children outside all day without contact is not only ancient history, it's unfathomable to parents today.

Hands Off! Parenting Wisdom From Around the World: A Review of Christine Gross-Loh's Parenting Without Borders

Emma Jenner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Being a good parent means putting our children's needs before our own. We should monitor children's TV habits to protect them from inappropriate media exposure. Most American and British parents trust in these fundamental truths. But what if some of them weren't universal at all?

Have American Parents Got It All Backwards?

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.

The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

After working in England, Germany and the United States and hearing from friends who live all over the world, I've noticed a few places where modern American parents could use a bit of extra coaching.

Why We Don't Need to Parent Like the French (With One Exception)

Karen Le Billon | Posted 07.31.2012 | Parents
Karen Le Billon

There are many aspects of French culture that I love. But there is much the French could learn from us, particularly the child rearing values that tend to be prioritized in North America: empathy, creativity, and individual motivation (that "can-do" attitude).

Hey, You, American Parent, Apparently You Suck

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 05.06.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

Have we all really lost sight of common sense and perspective like the media keeps beating into our heads? Or have you also had enough of being told that you're doing it all wrong?

What On Earth Do We Mean By American Parenting?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Whatever this American parenting thing is, it reflects choices we have made as a culture. Choices we can undo, or rethink, or adjust if we decide we've ended up someplace we'd rather not be -- but first we have to agree on where we are and where we'd prefer to be headed.

Face It, ALL Parents Are Better Than You, Not Just The French

Josette Crosby Plank | Posted 04.17.2012 | Parents
Josette Crosby Plank

All other parents seem like they have it under control. Know what they are doing. Are even -- dare you say it -- better at this parenting thing than you are. I'm going to save you some wondering: They are.

Bringing Up Bébé, Idonomics and the American Dream

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Hoyt Hilsman

The answer may not be to embrace French or Chinese parenting techniques, but as a society we need to examine our helter skelter approach to the American dream.

Superior French Babies? Vraiment?

Monica Gallagher Sakala | Posted 04.09.2012 | DC
Monica Gallagher Sakala

Peel back the layers of cultural stereotypes meant to catapult vulnerable and tired American parents into a perpetual state of self-doubt and longing for all things French, and all I reach is one conclusion: Good parenting is borderless.

Tiger Mom Is A Scaredy Cat

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

This storyline is no longer about a Chinese-American mother and her parenting style. This narrative has exposed a raw nerve about the current zeitgeist of parenting and how best to raise our children in 21st-century America.