Teens, Television, and the Befuddling Mix of the Two

A thoughtful anonymous reader posted this in response to my Monday piece on television watching by evangelicals: “We don’t miss it, but our teenage son is somewhat of a prodigal and resents us for “imposing” our beliefs on him. Of course, we have explained the obvious to him and he is refusing to see reason [Read More...]

Training a “Gospel Girl” When Every Daughter Wants to Be a “Gossip Girl”

The New Yorker has a good story on a series of books that you may or may not have heard about. They’re called the “Gossip Girl” books and they deal with a pack of tony New York prep school kids who act like, well, tony New York prep school kids. I can write that line [Read More...]

NPR, Child’s Play, and the Importance of the Imagination

A friend recently tipped me off to a great NPR article on the importance of child’s play. Here’s a key quotation on how child’s play has changed in the last half-century: “Instead of spending their time in autonomous shifting make-believe, children were supplied with ever more specific toys for play and predetermined scripts. Essentially, instead [Read More...]


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