You want to understand Millennials?

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Family, Society/Culture, technology | 0 comments

You want to understand Millennials? Two articles jumped out at me this week. One by Farhad Manjoo, “Corporate America Chases the Mythical Millennial,” and the other by David Brooks, “Inside Student Radicalism.” Brooks compared the incessant rush for “excellence” as rewarding the “meritocracy,” where college students are “stressed and exhausted,” with “a moral life that is more vehement, more strenuous than anything being offered by their...

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Technology is a tool, not a right: Kids, Christmas, and Smartphones

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Family, Society/Culture, technology, Teens | 0 comments

  Perhaps the most often asked question by parents when I do a Parenteen seminar is “What about technology?” Behind this question is the universal fear parents feel with the encroaching and pervasive nature of technological opportunities. Regardless if the presenting issue concerns too much time on the phone, recent articles on sexting, or the lack of willingness (or even ability) to communicate in complete sentences, issues almost always...

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The Future may be talking, but who is listening?

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Family, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thomas L. Friedman wrote today in the NYTimes: “Our presidential candidates may not be interested in talking seriously about the future yet, but the future will be interested in talking to them.” Which led me to reflect on what Big Jake, aka John Wayne, might say, don’t be “short on ears and long on mouth.” Listening. That rarely acknowledged but oh-so-crucial second half of communication. As an atomized, “Who’s watching out for me?” culture,...

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“He’s not a liar. He’s a kid”

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Family | 0 comments

In the interview with Katie Couric, Brian Te’o didn’t set out to make a distinction that would embolden a national conversation. He was defending his son. Lance Armstrong. Manti Te’o. Beyoncé? Three stars. All accused, in one way or another, of perpetuating a lie, or at least a deception. The news has been all over it, and reaction has been unrelenting. From USA Today and the New York Times to CNN and ESPN, pundits and “experts” weigh in....

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Ignoring the Elephant in Preschool Education

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Family, Society/Culture | 0 comments

David Brooks (“When Families Fail,” NY Times Opinion, February 15, 2013) acknowledged the biggest elephant in the room when he wrote about the need for preschool for all kids: “This is rude to say, but here’s what this is about: Millions of parents don’t have the means, the skill or, in some cases, the interest in building their children’s future. Early childhood education is about building structures so both parents and...

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