Caplan on Parenting and Having Children

One of the books I read this summer was Bryan Caplan's Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Having already read works like Judith Rich Harris's excellent books The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do and No Two Alike: Human … Continue reading Caplan on Parenting and Having Children

LeBar on Children and Happiness

[Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Mark LeBar, who will soon be joining the Pileus team on a more regular basis.]   Will Wilkinson recently blogged on the “happiness” research that claims to have shown, first, that parenting produces significantly less happy adults than do childless marriages (“kids are a drag”!) and, second, … Continue reading LeBar on Children and Happiness

Save the Children

As you have no doubt heard, San Francisco has "taken a stand" against childhood obesity by moving to ban "Happy Meals," which typically come with toys, if the meals are above designated levels of calories, fat, or sugar. My local newspaper, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, editorialized in favor of the move, writing, "No longer can … Continue reading Save the Children

Parenting and Governing

What kind of adults do we want our children to become? Responsible parents ask themselves this question, and their answers provide principles that guide their parenting.  The federal government, however, is making it very difficult to be a good parent, because it systematically undermines so many of the lessons one wants to teach.  I want … Continue reading Parenting and Governing