Category: Family

raising our kids to love others

Since yesterday’s post talked about the value of community and raised questions about how we’re raising our children to love others (or not), here’s a strong essay from D.L. Mayfield about that very subject! It is difficult to raise our...

/ October 25, 2018

longing for community

My friend Breanna Randall shares some thought-provoking observations about community life in North America and Southeast Asia: It’s not my goal to communicate that my Southeast Asian neighborhood is objectively better than that of my North American counterparts (though I’ve...

/ October 24, 2018

murder, policing, and justice

This well-reported story about TJ Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s former spokesman who lost his half-brother to violence in the city (and just resigned!), is well worth reading and reflecting on: As for Smith, his failed struggle to lead Dionay...

/ October 11, 2018

how do we get the people we need?

Alan Jacobs is, as usual, correct: So a key question arises: If you need people who are sufficiently skilled in negotiating the liberal order to work effectively within it, but also committed to its transformation, and who can sustain that difficult balance...

/ September 28, 2018

God and public schools

Like Emily Hubbard, I grew up in a conservative Christian milieu that thought public schools were a moral cesspool where I would be exposed to drugs, sex, and possibly even evolutionary theory. And now she sends her kids to a...

/ September 17, 2018

“a joy that is never void of heartache”

This is a painful and necessary post from Jason Johnson about foster care and adoption: The new reality of our family, having now adopted that little girl that was once a file on top of a stack, is that we...

/ September 6, 2018

black homeschooling in America

This piece about black families in America choosing to homeschool captures many of the elements that families struggle with over the public school system: Yet Fields-Smith made a point of noting the respect black families had for the people running...

/ September 5, 2018

the temptations of social media

All of us wrestle with how to use social media and Andrew Peterson has a thought-provoking post up about how and why he’s been using it less and less — but also why that’s not an easy decision: Okay, so...

/ August 22, 2018

atomization, loneliness, and sex

There has been much written about atomization and the rise of loneliness (and surely there is much more to write), but this essay by Andrea Mrozek is a good summation of the problem: The failure of the sexual revolution for...

/ August 6, 2018

flourishing and paid family leave

The Families Valued initiative of the Center for Public Justice has just released their new report on paid family leave, and I have some thoughts about it over on the main page. I think they make a pretty solid argument...

/ July 24, 2018