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About: Nathan Thornburgh


Nathan Thornburgh is a contributing writer and former senior editor at TIME Magazine who has also written for the New York Times, newyorker.com and, of course, the Phnom Penh Post. He suspects that he is messing up his kids, but just isn’t sure exactly how.



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Digital Sabbath

As the least Jewish (yet still sorta Jewy!) member of DadWagon, Sabbath has never been my strength. So when I set out to write about the fourth annual National Day of Unplugging on March 1, which is a sort of Sabbath for the digital era, I realized that by writing about it March 1, I […]

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Why Men Brag About Their Salaries, Part 2

Nathan on how bragging is a developmental milestone, and so girls, as with every other milestone, get there quicker. Crosspost from The Atlantic

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New Year’s, Almost

The challenges of New Years for kids who don’t even know what a year is.

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Tonight, Murders

It’s late and I just finished watching a baseball game that I was pretty psyched about until a couple minutes afterwards when all my Twitters and Facebook timelines seemed to light up with this news: 2 Siblings Killed in New York City; Nanny Arrested I didn’t know the family involved, although apparently the father was […]

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Obama Will Go Down As "One of the Greatest Presidents"...Just Not on Race


Watch Michael Eric Dyson discuss Obama, race, and Clinton's campaign for the presidency.

Nov 27th 5:20pm • No Comments

Phew! I think this means we no longer have to pay such close attention to our kids, right?

The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children


Remember that ominous threat from your childhood, 'This will go down on your permanent record?' Well, your children's permanent record is a whole lot bigger today and it may be permanent. Information about your children's behavior and nearly everything else that a school or state agency knows about…

Nov 13th 7:21pm • No Comments

OMG! What crazy-ass people! This is nuts! Insane!

(I'm just saying that to get your attention: This is a surprisingly mature discussion, particularly for Reddit. So, uh, read it.)

[First time having sex] One Dad's View • /r/sex


I am a father of a boy(13) and a girl(15). I told them that it was alright for them to be sexually active as soon as they were "ready". I then...

Nov 13th 2:58pm • No Comments

We've known this for years.

Study Finds Every Style Of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults


SANTA ROSA, CA—A study released by the California Parenting Institute Tuesday shows that every style of parenting inevitably causes children to grow into profoundly unhappy adults.

Nov 10th 11:19am • No Comments