America’s new child genius

I loved the cover story of the January 24th issue of The Economist so much I even took notes. “America’s new aristocracy: Education and the inheritance of privilege” is spot on in so many ways. As the leader says, “Today’s rich increasingly pass on to their children an asset that cannot be frittered away in […]

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Tiger Teachers: The New Stage Moms Aren’t the Moms (from Huffington Post Culture)

This originally appeared in The Huffington Post’s Culture Section. Write a bad mommy confessional and be rewarded with multiple weeks on bestseller lists, riches, and fame/infamy. (See: Chua, Amy [Tiger Mom]; Druckerman, Pamela [American mom, French parenting]; Weiss, Dara-Lynn [Diet Devil in Vogue]). And then there are the television shows. In the grand tradition of […]

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Pretty Parenting in the Press: Last week’s media appearances

Last week, in between two month vaccines (I may have cried more than he did!) and StrollFit classes to try to lose that baby weight, I was busy talking about a few different strands of my research. 1) I appeared on NECN’s The Morning Show to talk about a new, disturbing trend: T(w)een girls posting […]

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UPDATED! What happens when you are first-time parents who study competition and education?

ETA: On January 4th, 2012 we welcomed our son, Carston, into the world. Two days later, his daddy’s research on value-added teachers appeared on the front page of The New York Times. Coincidence?! Everyone is doing well and no one has been fired yet! I was correct (per original post below) that this work would […]

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Developing the All-Around Child (from BostonMagazine.com)

I was honored to participate in an “online roundtable” panel of experts over at Boston Magazine related to overparenting.  The question I was asked to answer, along with four experts in psychology and social work, was “Are We Overparenting Our Kids?” This roundtable was tied to a feature story written by Katheine Ozment called “Welcome […]

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Lions, Tigers, and Bear Moms- Oh, My! (from Contexts)

A piece I wrote on the aftermath of the Tiger Mom Amy Chua controversy recently appeared in Contexts— a sociology magazine for the general public. Hope you enjoy it and would love to here what you think! On January 25, 2011, Stephen Colbert announced, “My guest tonight is a Yale professor who has written a […]

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HuffPo Piece: Cinderella Ate My Man-Eating Tiger Daughter

This originally appeared on The Huffington Post on April 1, 2011. Note that the same day my piece was posted, news broke that Amy Chua’s eldest daughter, Sophia, was admitted to the Harvard class of ’15 (during the most competitive admissions cycle in Harvard’s history, with a 6.2% admit rate); Sophia will be matriculating in […]

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Concussed Tiger Parents

I know what you are thinking: “Another Tiger Mom post?! What could anyone possibly add to that discussion at this point?” I generally agree, so I’ll be brief. Last week as I was checking out at CVS, this cover caught my eye. What I found most interesting was the smaller headline at the top: “Health […]

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Inaugural Post- Worlds Collide over Competitive Parenting

What better way to kick off my blog than by sharing my thoughts on a discussion about competitive parenting by a Harvard economist held at a somewhat-snotty/secretive academic meetings? I know a bit about all of these subjects– in one way or another. Yesterday the WSJ ran an interesting piece on a Davos discussion panel […]

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