The Problem With Helicopter Parenting

I walked into my daughter’s pre-K class yesterday to find her standing in the middle of the room. She’s on one side and her teachers on the other, like it’s the Wild Wild West. Everything in her three-year-old- says, NO. The teachers go on to tell me that this standoff has been happening everyday. She doesn’t ...

Kids and Plastic Surgery: Are We Taking The Easy Way Out?

I read the headline, “6-Year-Old Boy Gets Plastic Surgery On His Ears After Being Bullied,” and my body does a little twitch. I click on the article and see a boy with ears like Barack Obama, only bigger. His pre-surgery photo shows him looking sad, as if he’s literally carrying the weight of the world ...

Is It Time To Talk Race With Our Kids?

Your friend Tikisha was telling you the other day that she’s teaching her seven-year-old daughter a ‘black code,’ or in other words, a way of acting around the police. It went something like, “Yes, officer, no officer, what can I do for you today, officer?” It’s a conversation that she decided to start having in ...