Tag: Children

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Back in June, Guruforhire made an interesting comment over on Barkah’s thread. The thread is about a survey conducted by Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to helping people commit adultery. The survey measured infidelity by religion. On the second page of the comments, Guruforhire said: “Just remember guys 1 of 3 of you are raising […]

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There is nothing about my life that is even vaguely interesting. It is not unique, it offers more lessons in what not to do than in how to get ahead, and in retrospect, was (er… is) always one or two bad decisions away from spiraling out of control.  Yet, on more than one occasion, I […]

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The Most Perfect Day —EJHill

 

Twenty-eight days. In 28 days I will have the best most miserable day of my existence. In 28 days I will hug my oldest son, hold him as tightly and as long as I am permitted to, and then not see him again until the end of summer. In 28 days he ships out to Parris Island.

This Monday morning finds him starting his last full week of normal high school classes. Exams come the following week and graduation is on the 27th. Everything my wife and I have strove for, hoped for, and prayed for comes due, to produce a young man that can be unleashed upon the world and capable of standing on his own two feet. Eighteen years of worry, of hospital bills and baseball shoes, of french fries and Frosted Flakes, of homework fights and freezing track meets, all of it reduced to the pageantry and the anticipation of the next 28 days.

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With an ever increasing array of on-demand TV services, parents have never had so many options for selecting their children’s entertainment. In addition to new programs like Blue’s Clues and Wild Kratts, many shows from previous decades are now available for streaming. Some old favorites, like Scooby Doo, have even been refreshed with new episodes.  […]

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Letting Your Kids Win? Teaching Winning and Losing—Metalheaddoc

 

My lil’ boy is about to turn 8. When we do something competitive, like running in the backyard, I let him win. I feel the bitter taste of defeat is an acquired, grown-up taste that he doesn’t need to get from Daddy. But as he gets older, how long do I let him win?

I want to teach him to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. I also don’t want him thinking Daddy is a slowpoke who can’t do anything. How do you all go about teaching your yoots about winning and losing?

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I’ve learned a lot about life and other people from the reactions and discussions to two big parts of my identity: 1) I’m adopted and 2) I’m a stepmom. The first part, I’m adopted, doesn’t sound like such a big deal at this point in time, but back in 1980 (and certainly before that), it […]

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Slugs and a Mother’s Joy — D.C. McAllister

 

I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when my iPhone rang. It was my son from college. I answered, and his face filled the screen, framed by gaming posters and a chart of the Periodic Table in the background. “Hi Mom,” he said.

“What’s up?” I asked a bit distractedly as I sliced a yellow tomato for the salad.

Demanding More from the Childless

 

Should the childless pay higher taxes so that families with children can pay less? That is the question asked, and answered in the affirmative, by conservative columnist Reihan Salam in a recent column at Slate.

Salam, who is himself childless, comes to this conclusion after analyzing some of the realities that beset parents who are raising children in these difficult times. His major premise is that it is unjust to impose heavy tax burdens on couples raising children because it is they who are making the sacrifices necessary to produce the generations to come — and to raise them to not only be economically productive, but to pass on the social capital upon which the nation thrives.

Buying Babies — by Rachel Lu

 

shutterstock_99206987I’m writing a paper about “third party reproduction.” If you’re not familiar, this is what they call it when a person or couple decide to make a baby but involve a third party in the process, either as a source of genetic material or as a host for purposes of gestation. Surrogacy and artificial insemination are two of the primary examples.

Third-party reproduction is going to become a big bioethical debate over the next few years. It’s not a new thing, but the pressures to make it easier and cheaper are intensifying rapidly. The reason is obvious. Same-sex couples are creating a market for children. The fertility industry is looking to meet that demand.

I’ve been working on an analogy and I’m curious how it strikes people. I’d be grateful if people would tell me what intuitions they have about it.