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Entries from April 2011

Short Kids, Long Flight

April 29th, 2011 by Nathan | 7 Comments

Actually, it’s not just a flight. Due to the vicissitudes of the global economy and our resulting (and oddly unshakable) penury, the best and cheapest way to transport the family from New York to northern Germany, where we will spend some vacation days relaxing with old friends in Vorpommerania, is this: flight from New York […]


The Miseries of Cursive

April 28th, 2011 by Matt | 6 Comments

The day I learned to write cursive was the day my handwriting—and probably all semblance of fine motor control over drawing implements—died. It was 1982 or 1983, and I was living in Brighton, England, an 8-year-old temporary American transplant to the British state school system. Until then, I’d learned, as most kids do, to write […]


Don’t Fry Pork Chops on Passover

April 27th, 2011 by Theodore | 2 Comments

Okay, this has nothing to do with Passover, or parenting, except that I thought of it when I saw some photos my friend David put on Facebook of his seder, and he has a lovely new daughter, Georgina. He was seated at the table with his guests and they were all wearing little paper hats […]


Playground Juarez

April 26th, 2011 by Nathan | 6 Comments

“Mexicans were aware that when they talked about children, they tended to talk about nonsense.” –Roberto Bolaño, 2666 There is plenty left to say about the trip I just finished to Juarez and the Texas borderlands (yes, I’m back home). In large part, I suppose, most of the information will come out in the pages […]


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My Little Sister Taught Me How To Snapchat Like “The Teens”

buzzfeed.com

An investigation.

Feb 10th 3:48pm • 1 Comment

Oh, ha ha. You're fucked.

The Secret to Being Both a Successful Writer and a Mother: Have Just One Kid

theatlantic.com

A large number of female authors are parents of only children.

Feb 4th 12:10pm • No Comments

Study shows 5-year-olds who learn calculus are 3 times more annoying than regular 5-year-olds.

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

theatlantic.com

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math

Feb 3rd 10:42am • No Comments

You're doing it all wrong! Or, possibly, you're not? Who the hell knows any more?

Should Parents Be More Demanding and Forceful With Their Kids?

slate.com

Did you know that some of America’s most pressing ills—obesity, psychiatric illness, and our eroding educational system among them—have a single cause?

Jan 22nd 8:52am • No Comments