In defense of ‘leaning out’: Moms differ in defining success

| March 20, 2013

Absolutely spot-on: In her book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg blames women for subconsciously self-selecting out of career tracks that lead to the corner office and the big bucks. By being fearful, unassertive, and hedging their bets in favor of flexibility for kids many of them don’t yet have, Sandberg says that women themselves are largely responsible for […]

America’s Baby Bust

| February 5, 2013

From the Wall Street Journal: For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country’s brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a […]

Family structure: it’s an education in itself

| January 30, 2013

From Andrea Mrozak over at Mercatornet: Improving education outcomes is a goal for schools and ministries of education all over the world. And so it should be, since they are linked to a host of other advantages, especially in a knowledge-based economy. It will be interesting to note, then, whether those who desire these improvements […]

We Won’t Accept Excuses.We Love Our Aspies.

| December 17, 2012

Stories about Aspergers are starting to show up in the news following the tragedy in CT. Humanistic psychologists are touting answers that are not grounded and which only sow more seeds of fear and confusion in an already emotional nation. Even a mother is equating her son’s demonically influenced sin to the condition calling for the government to […]

Our own thing

| July 15, 2012

In our day, expressions like “personal growth”, “self-fulfillment” and “following our own dreams” are tossed into the air on a regular basis. We are constantly convinced that to be happy, we must do what we want, when we want; and that our children are better off seeing a “happy” mother a couple of hours a […]

World Congress in Madrid affirms the natural family

| June 8, 2012

From Mercatornet: The sixth World Congress of Families, held in Madrid on the last weekend of May, drew 3100 delegates to address the issues confronting the family today. In a concluding statement the congress listed the challenges: ”Ideologies of statism, atomistic individualism, and sexual revolution challenge the very essences of marriage and family. Recent legal and public […]

Marriage or savagery: Lithuania debates the family

| May 2, 2012

This is an good piece from Mercatornet’s Family Edge: Some of the most interesting debates on family policies are taking place in the European countries of the former Soviet bloc. In 2008, Lithuania passed legislation to define “family” as the married union of a man and a woman together with their children, adopted or biological. […]

Parenthood is not just a private project

| April 28, 2012

This is a thoroughly thought-provoking article from Jennifer Roback-Morse. I realize this is a touchy subject even among Christians (Does the state have any legitimate role in marriage, or is marriage essentially a private covenant between individuals and God?). However, I think the author makes a compelling case for the necessity of marriage and the […]

On moms who “don’t work”

| April 28, 2012

I realize we’re well past the Rosen “stay-at-home moms-don’t-work” kerfuffle (rainy season in Kenya means lots of power and Internet outages!), but there are several good commentaries I wanted to share. I’m still working on a long article about the whole false “work vs. family” debate. As anybody grounded in reality knows, all moms work. […]

“Children Are a Blessing” Documentary

| April 17, 2012

Join the Moore family in this timely documentary as they briefly expose the evil history of the birth control movement on the 50th anniversary of “the pill.”  Listen as they transparently share their testimony of how God, in His grace and mercy, opened their eyes in spite of their own sinful beginning. Be encouraged as they […]

Enough of parenting misery lit

| April 14, 2012

From Mariette Ulrich at Mercatornet: Raising kids is not a Sunday stroll in the park, but if you never get there, whose fault is it? Very few families of my acquaintance do not occasionally lament that they are too busy, over-involved, stressed to the max. It was partly for this reason that my husband and […]

The Christian divorce rate myth

| April 9, 2012

From American Vision News: The Aquila Report reports, “Christians divorce at roughly the same rate as the world.” It’s one of the most quoted stats by Christian leaders today. And it’s perhaps one of the most inaccurate. . . . Many people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith — be it Christian or other — […]

The Long-Term Importance of Fertility

| March 24, 2012

I meant to post something about this during the squall that erupted over Obama’s contraception mandate, but that’s the same week a ship off Mombasa dropped anchor on the cable carrying high-speed Internet into Kenya, and life online slowed down to a crawl. That’s okay. Plenty of other folks took time to comment, both on […]

The Future of Marriage

| March 24, 2012

Some thought-provoking articles have come through the newsfeed in the past week: Why working class young adults are missing out on marriage ~ For some years, now, researchers at the Institute for American Values have been pointing out that, while the great majority of people still highly value marriage, the meaning of marriage has undergone […]

Unthinkable Thoughts : How feminism deforms intellectual culture

| March 24, 2012

Over the past few weeks, this column has on more than one occasion expressed agreement with Rick Santorum’s view that advances in birth control have had deleterious social consequences, most notably in contributing to the breakdown of the family. To our surprise, a not-insignificant number of our readers have pushed back against this idea, which […]