Is growing up continuous or discontinuous?

Paul Graham has an essay out on lies we tell our kids. The essay is interesting (though a bit long as usual). What I’d like to do is to riff on one thing that struck me recently, which the essay reinforced: Is the process of growing up continuous or discontinuous? It strikes me that the … Continue reading Is growing up continuous or discontinuous?

Preparing for Parenthood

This article is a scream, and the reason it’s so funny is because it’s all too true. 1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. … Continue reading Preparing for Parenthood

Parenting: There Is No Substitute

My good friend Ben dipped his toes into interesting waters with his latest post about how he’s not sure if he wants to have children. While I posted my thoughts on Ben’s blog, as I am wont to do with particularly thoughtful and/or lengthy comments, I’m reposting them here: *** It doesn’t make sense to … Continue reading Parenting: There Is No Substitute

Stat of the Day: Paid Maternity Leave

Out of 168 countries surveyed by Jody Heymann, who teaches at both the Harvard School of Public Health and McGill University, the U.S. is one of only five without mandatory paid maternity leave—along with Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland. —The Opt-Out Myth, by E. J. Graff From an economics standpoint, I’m not sure … Continue reading Stat of the Day: Paid Maternity Leave