Maslow’s Hierarchy Revisited—Parenthood’s On Top!

Sometimes you just want to roll your eyes and say “Duh!” A team of researchers at Arizona State University, led by evolutionary psychologist Douglas Kenrick, has noticed that most people really like being parents.  Despite the challenges of child-rearing, Kenrick reported that the warmth, the love, the creativity, the sense of purpose and belonging—all of these factors and more make parenting the most enjoyable of all activities.Kenrick’s team reported this breaking news, which is just a … [Read more...]

HOLLYWOOD RUMSPRINGA: Young Stars Run Amok Make Good Parents’ Job So Much Harder

In Amish society, there is a period during adolescence called Rumspringa (or Rumschpringe)—a Pennsylvania German term for “running around.”  It’s the common name for a period in the late teen years when some young Amish try their wings—perhaps engaging in rebellious behavior or defying the community norms. Oh, there are those among the Amish—as in the rest of society—who never stray far from the fold.  Some young people, though, use this period to experiment with alternate lifestyles:  wearing … [Read more...]