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Why Do We Send Our Kids to Sleepaway Camp?

Published by Wednesday Martin

In many parts of the U.S., sleepaway camp is a rite of summer. In fact, every June, July, and August, more than 12,000 American camps operate at or near capacity; 7,000 of those are sleepaway camps. That’s a lot of campers, and a lot of money: it’s estimated that summer camp is a $15 billion industry in the U.S. Kids can attend marine biology sleepaway camp or sleepaway sailing camp or sleepaway math camp. There is, it seems, a camp for every child, parent, and preference.


Why Do We Send Photos of Our Kids as Holiday Cards?

Published by Wednesday Martin

Across the country, it's holiday card time. These cards often highlight family and particularly children. Usually the card itself is a family portrait, or a portrait of the kids. Often there are numerous photos of the kids on a single card.


Permissive Parenting Makes Life Hell for Stepmothers — Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom

Published by Wednesday Martin
Amy Chua has it out for permissive parents. So do I!
Amy Chua has it out for permissive parents. So do I!

What happens to kids when parents are permissive and indulgent? Research suggests that they are lower functioning across several measures — socially, emotionally, and academically — and they certainly aren't much fun to be around. This is a legacy they bring with them into adulthood; many of today's twenty-somethings, researchers like Ron Taffel note, were raised with so much indiscriminate and unwarranted praise, and so few appropriate boundaries and rules, that they have an inflated sense of their own importance and achievements, and unrealistic expectations not only within their own family system, but also in the world (I am reminded of a nanny candidate with a B.A. but zero full-time nanny experience who told me she "required" an outrageous salary — in cash — "in order to be happy")


Co-Parenting On CBS Early Show Wednesday September 15

Published by Wednesday Martin
When it's not like this, everyone benefits...
When it's not like this, everyone benefits...


My friend Deesha Philyaw and her Co-Parenting Radio co-hosts will be featured on CBS's Early Show Wednesday a.m. Divorce and remarriage with children plus stepparenting on national news — how do you like that? Have a look:


Father's Day Fun...and Fun Facts about Fathers and Fatherhood

Published by Wednesday Martin
Dad's involvement makes a huge difference.
Dad's involvement makes a huge difference.


The Council on Contemporary Families, a think tank on family life that I looooovvvveeeeeee, recently sent out a mailing all about fathers and Father's Day. As a lover of research-based insight (and trivia), I wanted to share. Happy Father's Day to the Dads and Stepdads reading. As a group you are more involved with your children and stepchildren than ever before, and making an unprecedented impact on not only your sons and daughters, but on the footprint of fathering more generally. You're changing the way your children will parent. I love you!