A couple weeks ago the great Kay Hymowitz gave New York Times readers the vapors by writing a data-driven account of how single motherhood creates sub-optimal outcomes for both the mothers and their children. The piece was titled, "How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids."
(Sample reader comment: "The title of this Op/Ed is beyond offensive. It blames the mother, who is the one who is committed to taking care of the children. It implies that it's the mother's fault that kids of single parents may have challenges. I am a single mother, with a MIA deadbeat ex who doesn't pay child support. He's the problem, not me. Furthermore, the author offers absolutely no solution. I expect better of you, NYTimes. Shame.On.You.")
What Hymowitz did was lay another brick in the wall of argument as to why marriage promotion and family formation are not only crucial for increasing economic mobility and diminishing income inequality—but also for alleviating a whole host of ills (both economic and cultural) that have beset our society.
And the wall can be built entirely from sociological and economic data, without any recourse to ideology, philosophy, or theology.
At some point, one of our political parties is going to realize that they should claim this wall as their own.
I was on the sidelines at my daughter’s 11-and-under travel soccer game. It had been a successful season, but today they were being outmuscled by a very physical team from Warrenton. With a strong wind blowing against them and only one substitute on the bench, the Alexandria Heat were on the wrong side of a 5-0 rout.
My wife called me from the pediatrician’s office to tell me they were concerned our youngest daughter might have cancer. A short while before, I’d been playing with her when I’d noticed a small lump on her neck. Her annual check-up was approaching, and I told my wife to ask about it. There was much knitting of brows in the examination room, and multiple doctors were consulted.
The British government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, recently introduced a new initiative offering first-time parents relationship counseling, childcare classes, and advice via email and text message – all subsidized by the National Health Service, Department of Health, and Department for Education.
The fear many soon-to-be parents face is the question, “What if?” What if my child is born with a learning disability? What if my hopes for having a “normal” child are shattered? What if I find I can’t love my special needs child as I should? And what if my marriage and faith are broken by the stress and strain of caring for a child with severe learning disabilities?
My wife Mollie and I have been married just four years, but already we’re blessed with two adorable daughters, Evangeline and Linden, aged 3 and 18 months. Like most happy husbands and proud fathers, I am more than ready to produce photographic evidence of just how blessed I am.
If Amy Chua didn’t get exactly the daughters she wanted, she certainly got her wish as a writer: to have a bestselling book and her name on everyone’s lips. The cause of her cause célèbre is her parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Penguin, 256 pp., $25.95), which chronicles her success and failures at child-rearing by Chinese rules.
Michelle Obama recently kicked up a mild fuss by discussing her children while talking about childhood obesity. Per ABC News, Obama said at an event kicking off her childhood obesity awareness campaign: "I didn't see the changes. And that's also part of the problem, or part of the challenge.