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  • National Post In praise of boredom Wednesday July 14th, 2010
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010 Last Thursday, my daughter dispatched me to fetch my five-year old granddaughter home from summer camp. Normally, accompanied by her nanny, and her little sister in a stroller, she walks the 20 minutes each way, no special effort for this energetic child. But that day, the extreme heat and humidity suggested discretion...
  • National Post A night without my kids (or yours) Friday July 9th, 2010
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Friday, Jul. 9, 2010 Touchy subject, kids in restaurants. Some people seem to think restaurants are like public parks and must accept all comers who want to share the space. Others, like me, realize that while parks are paid for with our tax dollars and can't go out of business, restaurants are paid for out of owners' pockets and can. ...
  • National Post The happiness in their hearts Wednesday February 24th, 2010
    One of the greatest challenges of being a parent is figuring out what and how to teach your child about religion. In a week-long series of commentary articles, National Post contributors assess how today's moms and dads are faring with educating their little ones about faith. Today Barbara Kay extols the virtues of children thinking about God. --- I was walking my four-ye...
  • National Post Praise with a purpose Wednesday February 17th, 2010
    Alexis de Toqueville, the legendarily prescient 19th century observer of the American mentalite, (he coined the word "individualism"), believed America's absence of social hierarchy aroused a certain insecurity in people. He concluded that in a system where everyone is sovereign, all citizens, like all monarchs, are needy of praise and sensitive to criticism or ridicule. He...
  • National Post A good spanking Wednesday January 13th, 2010
    A recent study by a Michigan psychology professor concluded that "young children spanked by their parents may perform better at school later and grow up to be happier." Spanked? Happier? Received wisdom deems any physical punishment of children anathema, so predictable umbrage was taken by institutional stakeholders. The Canadian Paediatric Society harrumphed that "researc...
  • National Post Death's sunny waiting room Wednesday December 9th, 2009
    I have two sisters, an older and a younger. We like to pretend we all make our life choices independently, but in fact, every little decision by one sister immediately prompts low-grade competitive anxiety in the others. You had a mercury blood test? Why? Gee, maybe I should too... You're switching to low-carb? Is it working? Gee, maybe I should too... Major decisions evoke high-grad...
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