Last month Hanna Rosin penned a much-discussed article entitled "The Overprotected Kid," lamenting how parents have worked mightily to strip virtually every perceived risk from childhood without actually making childhood that much safer. I suspect the main effect of the article has been to give worrying, fearful parents one more thing to be afraid about - whether they're too fearful.
I read the article in light of many of our own important parenting decisions over the past several years. We've had our own questions about safety: How young is too young to fire a rifle? How young is too young to have a gun of your own? Do we take our elementary- and middle-school-age son and daughter to rural Ethiopia when we adopt their youngest sibling? In light of new information regarding concussion risks, do we steer our son away from football, toward football, or do we take our thumb off the scales entirely? How far in the neighborhood do we let the kids roam? And that of course leaves off all the questions and concerns raised about diet, entertainment, and the countless other issues raised in the course of parenting your kids. In short, like all parents, we think a lot about safety.
At the same time, however, we want to raise kids who will value others over themselves and who won't be afraid to take risks as they follow God's call on their lives. Our son expressed interest in joining the Army and becoming a sniper (he dressed up as Chris Kyle on a school "dress like your hero" day.) We want our son to grow to be the kind of man who would defend our nation's liberty. Our oldest daughter has long said she wants to serve overseas as a missionary. We want our daughter to grow up to be the kind of woman who would share the Gospel and serve others even in the most difficult environments. (Our youngest daughter can't decide if she wants to be Sofia the First or Doc McStuffins; we're tabling any career discussions for now.) more >>
A Christian ministry center will open later this week at Yale University where students will be able to host faith-focused activities including leadership training and prayer groups.
The facility will be operated by Christian Union, a national faith-based organization set in place at seven Ivy League universities, and will serve as the fourth ministry center at Brown, Cornell and Princeton.
"As we are growing, we need a reliable space where we can meet and host events," said Josh Ginsborg, president of Yale Faith and Action, the official undergraduate chapter of Christian Union, according to Yale Daily News. "It will be a gathering point where we can come together for Bible study or hang out at night." more >>
NASHVILLE—University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus addressed criticisms of his recent study that compared the outcomes of children raised by same-sex couples against those who are raised by their biological and heterosexual parents during a panel discussion at the Ethics & Religious Liberty leadership summit in Nashville, Monday night.
Regnerus' social science study found that children function best as adolescents and young adults when they are raised by their biological mother and father or are adopted by a mother and father who remain married.
During the panel discussion he commented that among the majority of same-sex headed families that he had studied, few had relationships characterized by "stability and longevity," and consequently his findings that children raised by heterosexual couples fared better than those in same-sex households could not been seen as a "slam-dunk." more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words.
David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge's words are religiously coercive. more >>
Some alcohol lovers and retailers are pleased that the U.S. government has quietly approved a powdered form of alcohol called "Palcohol," which is expected to be on sale by fall 2014. But not everyone is happy about it.
"We are excited by the approval of our powdered alcohol product, Palcohol," notes a message on a website dedicated to the product.
"The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau actually approved it some time ago. However, we were caught off guard by the TTB making some of our approved labels public which we now know is standard procedure. As a result, people visited this website that we thought was under the radar because we had not made a formal announcement of Palcohol," it continued. more >>
NEW YORK — Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born without limbs who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of faith and perseverance, is using his new book, Standing Strong, to speak to the 3.2 million U.S. teens, and countless others around the globe, who say they have been bullied.
"This is written specifically to teenagers sort of in their language. I'm very passionate about the standing strong against bullying message," Vujicic told The Christian Post.
Vujicic's passion for the subject stems from his own experiences with being bullied as a child due to being born with no arms and no legs, a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. more >>