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Fathering Ironman: A New Way to View Father’s Day

06/18/2016
Fathering Ironman: A New Way to View Father’s Day

Tony Stark (Iron Man) had a difficult relationship with his father. Although his dad loved him, Tony never believed that he did and this negatively affected him. It could be that Howard Stark didn’t know how to be a good dad. With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time we reconsidered the fathering role so that it’s better for both dads and kids.

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Reflections on the Mothering Experience

05/04/2016
Reflections on the Mothering Experience

Mother’s Day has turned into a commercial bonanza lauding the work of mothers. Instead of focusing on the chores mothers do, we need to emphasize the mothering experience and how it can bring about fundamental change

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The Tyranny of Being Busy

04/18/2016
The Tyranny of Being Busy

We’re so used to being busy that we don’t take time to think about what it means for us. Being busy helps get things done but often at too high of a price.

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Mother Blame: Psychology’s Shame

10/01/2015
Mother Blame: Psychology’s Shame

The field of psychology has much to answer for with regard to our work with mothers. Mother blame has been a huge mistake for us but we can do better.

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Learning From Adrian Peterson: The Difference Between Spanking and Abuse

10/02/2014
Learning From Adrian Peterson: The Difference Between Spanking and Abuse

The arrest of football player Adrian Peterson for child abuse has sparked a national discussion on the merits of spanking. What is missing from this debate is that there is a difference between spanking and abuse and we need to figure out how to discipline differently.

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Reflections Upon the Immigrant Children at Our Borders

07/31/2014
Reflections Upon the Immigrant Children at Our Borders

The humanitarian crisis of thousands of immigrant children at our borders has many wanting to send them home. However, if we truly want to live up to the promise of our country, we must find other solutions.

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To Hit or Not to Hit: Why Spanking Children Isn’t a Good Disciplinary Strategy

07/20/2014
To Hit or Not to Hit: Why Spanking Children Isn’t a Good Disciplinary Strategy

Despite being used by parents for decades, research has shown that spanking children is not a good disciplinary strategy. Not only does it have negative outcomes for children but it is not even very effective.

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Child Custody Suits Harm Families

07/18/2014
Child Custody Suits Harm Families

The recent child custody battles of Halle Berry and Jason Patric point out the flaws in our legal system when dealing with families. Instead of being adversarial, families in trouble need the kind of assistance that ensures everyone can win.

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In the Name of All Fathers

06/15/2014
In the Name of All Fathers

Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is fraught with ridiculous generalities and silly sentiments. Instead of being beholden to advertisers’ image of dad, perhaps it’s time to examine the history of fathers and what they have to offer.

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Returning to the Roots of Mother’s Day

05/11/2014
Returning to the Roots of Mother’s Day

Before it became an ode to mothers, Mother’s Day was about promoting peace and social justice. As our world becomes increasingly difficult, perhaps it is time to return to its original meaning. By looking at what some mothers have done, we can be inspired.

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