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How Baby Boomers Ruined Parenting Forever

By Sarah Kendzior | Originally Published at Quartz. November 12, 2014 | Photographic Credit; Most families are just trying to get by. (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli) About 25 years ago, when the era of irrational exuberance allowed enough disposable income for irrational anxiety, the concept of “helicopter parenting” [...]

Stop Blaming Poor Parents for Their Children’s Vocabulary

By Paul Thomas | Originally Published at The Conversation. November 10, 2014 | He’s been reading for months already. Mother and child via Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock While the reading wars in education have raged for decades, most people agree that literacy is crucial for children and that the [...]

There is No Debate About Hitting Children – It’s Just Wrong

By Paul Thomas, Furman University | Originally Published at the The Conversation. October 24, 2014 | Adrian Peterson has been indicted for injury to a child. Arvee5.0, CC BY US sports continue to struggle with the controversies surrounding Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, and the arrest of [...]

Spare the Rod, Respect the Child: Avoiding the Line Between Discipline and Abuse

By Paul Thomas, Ed.D | Originally Published at TruthOut. October 22, 2014 | Image by Camille at Flickr Over the past two seasons, the National Football League (NFL) has sparked public debate and even outrage over several social issues related to violence: bullying, domestic violence and child [...]

White Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Discrimination

By Jennifer Keys Adair | Originally Published at Huffington Post. October 15, 2014 12:16 pm EDT Updated: December 15, 2014 5:59 am EST In the aftermath of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing Michael Brown, I have been thinking about what young children are picking [...]

Is the Way We Raise Young Children Contributing to College Rape Culture?

Let me say right off the bat it's not my intention to blame parents for actively creating college rape culture. Rather, this post is meant as an appeal to parents of small children -- children who will all too soon be college age -- to [...]