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Title IX and babies?

Mary Ann Mason, professor of social welfare and of law (deceased) | December 3, 2014

This fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills that could greatly improve the lives of women in California higher education, and serve as models for the nation. The first, the “yes means yes” law makes  California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex. The law goes further … Continue reading »

Five reasons why it’s a good time to be a dad

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | June 13, 2013

Are you feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? You’re not alone — a recent study from the Pew Center finds that most men are struggling to juggle work and family, just like moms. But believe it or not, that’s a sign of progress. And in many ways this is the best of times to … Continue reading »

Our children, our strangers: A conversation with Andrew Solomon

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | December 3, 2012

All parents love their children, or so we believe. Parents who reject their children seem unnatural, morally reprehensible. Yet there is a gray area in between total parental rejection and the absolute, all-consuming love that we consider normal. In that gray area there are the children whom parents must struggle to love. They are children … Continue reading »

Fathers have more fun

Christine Carter, director, Greater Good Parents | June 13, 2012

Are parents happier than their childless peers? For the last five years or so, I’ve answered that question with a resounding “no.” Statistics (not to mention anecdotal evidence) led me to believe that parents tend to be more stressed and less happy. In some ways, this seems understandable, even obvious. Folks without kids can go … Continue reading »

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who’s the best mom of them all?

Christine Carter, director, Greater Good Parents | May 9, 2012

Last year, Tiger Mothers were superior. This year, French mommy-hood has been deemed a cut above. Are other mothers generally better than us at producing high-functioning and high-achieving kids? And do they enjoy parenting more than we do? Maybe. Tiger mothers, soccer mothers, French mamas, working mothers, stay-at-home-mothers: We each have our strengths. We don’t … Continue reading »