Category: Family

A Muslim Comedian’s Search for Belonging in America

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—a new Netflix comedy stand-up special—is a series of stories held together by a common thread: a search for belonging while caught between two cultures. Minhaj is the American-born child of Indian immigrants, and a comic perhaps best known for his comments at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He was raised by his dad for the first eight years of his life.…  [more]

Why Can’t Bad Moms Make Room For Any Good Dads?

Bad Moms has been playing to throngs of moms enjoying a girls’ night out. Moviegoing mothers have resonated with and guffawed at these onscreen alter egos, who fiercely love their children but still feel like failures. The movie opens with Amy (Mila Kunis) running in high heels from breakfast to school drop-off to a late arrival at work. When we follow her home, we find out Amy’s husband (David Walton)…  [more]

Rebooting VBS

This summer, I’m treating myself to one week of day camp for my two oldest children. I’m a stay-at-home parent, so this week is a luxury for me, but summer camps are not a luxury for most parents in America. If you work, your kids need to be somewhere supervised. Allow them to go free range, as many of us remember from our own childhoods in the 1980s or earlier, and you risk the judgment of other parents…  [more]

“Meternity” leave and our desperate need for Sabbath

When Meghann Foye’s New York Post essay appeared last week, she struck book-publicity gold: a controversy gone viral surrounding the premise of her new novel, Meternity. In the book, a driven, thirtysomething journalist fakes a pregnancy in order to get a little time for personal reflection — a “meternity” leave. For the Post, Foye expanded on her belief in “a sabbatical-like break that…  [more]

A deeper dive into Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis’ recent exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), comes on the heels of two synods in the Roman Catholic Church devoted to matters of marriage and family life. It was released last Friday and provoked a wide variety of reactions, with some seeing the document as going too far, particularly on issues of divorce and remarriage, and others seeing it as not going far enough. Many commentators…  [more]

Is God a free-range parent?

The parenting police are at it again. In the New York Post, Will and Jada Smith were recently called out for raising “nuclear narcissists … without any grounding in reality.” The Smiths’ indulgent parenting style, the argument goes, has resulted in kids — Willow and Jaden — who do not comprehend natural consequences or have a sense of their own fallibility. Meanwhile, the Rhode…  [more]

A parents’ guide to living with gamers

Parents struggle with video games. Last week I received a heartfelt email from a woman with gamer sons — a high schooler and a college student. After she read my book, Of God and Games, she developed a more open attitude toward playing, but she still had concerns. How much playing is too much? Does playing games with bad themes lead gamers astray? Is it still OK to feel like gaming is a waste of time? These…  [more]

Learning how to love from Master of None

In an interview with the A.V. Club, Aziz Ansari described the theme of Master of None, his new Netflix series, like this: “Instead of yelling your opinion, or telling people to shut up, or engaging in this clickbait-internet culture, have a dialogue with someone and ask people questions and listen to what they have to say.” After seeing several episodes, I think this ethos comes through strongly,…  [more]

How Christians can lead the way on maternity leave

What does the United States have in common with Papua New Guinea and Suriname, as well as the small island states of Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Nauru and the Marshall Islands? Out of 185 countries, these are the only ones that do not provide some sort of paid maternity leave. This reality prompted Regan Long’s recent Huffington Post article lamenting the fact that many mothers in the U.S. are forced to return…  [more]

Shopping the gender-neutral toy aisle with Jesus

As I lay snuggled under our gender-neutral down comforter the other night, I pondered Target’s plan to remove gender labels for its toys and bedding alongside a Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood blog post expressing dismay over the decision. I wondered where in the Bible it says that boys should have “their” toy guns and plaid bedding clearly identified for them, as that post implies. As my…  [more]

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