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What is school (really) for?

What is school (really) for?

It was just another Thursday at work but I felt angry. On February 15, 2018, I showed up at my school in Southwest Philly the day after the shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida. I expected something to shift. However, on that Thursday, I could see that my job was...

The double-edged sword for modern dads

The double-edged sword for modern dads

My wife Betsy answered a “what’s the skill you’re most proud of” prompt on FB by sharing her parenting success. She feels proud that she was able to raise two functional, independent adults who care for each other and the world. She should be proud. She was raised by...

Can you really fake it until you make it?

Can you really fake it until you make it?

A parent recently asked me, “What book can I read to feel more positive?” I asked her for clarification. I wanted to know what she wanted to achieve. “I just feel like the last few months have left me in a dark place.” She was worried that her mood was impacting her...

Tiger Moms versus Jewish Moms

Tiger Moms versus Jewish Moms

Whether they are Chinese or not, my friends who have Asian heritage use the term “Tiger Mom” to describe or to contrast with the way that their parents raised them. We did not have a term like “Tiger Mom” to describe how we were raised but we do have the caricature of the “Jewish Mom” who is always checking in, worried and anxious, maybe a little controlling.