Parenting

Articles on parenting.

When Guilt is Good (The Atlantic Magazine)Being pro-guilt is a provocative idea at a moment when parents and educators have come to almost fetishize empathy—when a child’s ability to put herself in another’s shoes seems like the apex of goodness. Photo by Jay

When Guilt is Good (The Atlantic Magazine)

Originally Published: The Atlantic Magazine • April 2018

A few years ago, researchers in Germany set out to plumb the moral consciences of small children. They invited a series of 2- and 3-year-olds to play with a marble track in a lab. Read more...

A Car Accident Took My Body From Me. But Not My Baby.

A Car Accident Took My Body From Me. But Not My Baby.

Originally Published: Glamour Magazine • May, 2013 

On a Thursday morning in early 2012, nursing student Marcella Wagner, who was 32 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, was driving to class not far from her home in Redding, California. Read more...

Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?Photo by George Ruiz

Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?

Originally Published: Slate • May 19, 2011

The first of many fraught decisions a mother faces—one she makes before she’s even a mom—is the choice between “natural” (unmedicated) and pain-free (anesthetized) childbirth. Read more...