My dictatorship is over. This is how I ‘discipline’ now.

Posted by on December 19th, 2015

As a mother of two tweens, I’ve read all the books about discipline, but realized they are all forms of one idea: the control and management of children. It’s oxymoronic: We also say we want to raise children who will become autonomous, courageous, compassionate and deep-thinkers when they become adults. Citizens of a democracy. Leaders […]

Pledge to Parent With Love & Respect, Not Like a Stalker

Posted by on December 1st, 2015

Social media is home to lots of horrendous things.  Unfortunately the ageist forces of anti-youth hate often find supportive audiences online.  Public shaming videos where parents bully their children and proudly brag about it online are depressingly common.  Even more depressing are the millions of parents who pass it around as an example of “good […]

Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out

Posted by on July 12th, 2015

Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry Holt and Co. Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the […]

Mother’s Day – Youth Rights Edition

Posted by on May 13th, 2012

As you’ll find out everywhere, today is Mother’s Day. Over the years, I’ve made it no secret that I personally dislike Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, that they seem to be based on blind parental reverence and appreciation, often painting them as without exception selfless saints serving their unappreciative children. And any suggestion that such […]

NH Law Authorizes Parental Override of “Objectionable” Curriculum Material

Posted by on January 27th, 2012

First Amendment Law Prof Blog January 26, 2012 HB 542, enacted after an override of the governor’s veto, states: Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent’s or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable. Such policy shall include a provision requiring the […]

Pulling Up Your Pants Is Easy, Parenting Is Hard

Posted by on February 1st, 2011

I am not a parent and I do not know everything there is to know about parenting. What I do know is that parenting is very difficult and that being a good parent is one of the most important things a person can do in their life time. In order to do that I believe it’s very important to get some advice from experts and to realize that there are no simple solutions when it comes to raising kids.

The Human Animal?

Posted by on October 3rd, 2008

Having just returned from my weekend volunteering at the Renaissance Fair, I’ve realized that something has really been bugging me lately. Specifically, parents who put their children on leashes. They make them look cute: fuzzy teddy bears, big green frogs, or whatever, but with a long tail, firmly Velcro’ed around some helicopter mom’s wrist. Firstly, […]

NYRA’s Testimony before DC Human Services Committee

Posted by on July 5th, 2007

The DC City Council is back at it again, this time it is a bill introduced by Councilmember Wells which would hold parents responsible if their kids (13 and under) are out after 10 p.m. unsupervised.  After the curfew extension got defeated this is a change of tactics to achieve a similar result.  But under […]

To Circumcise a 12-Year-Old

Posted by on April 28th, 2007

There are a lot of pretty disgusting news stories out there proving more and more how little youth are regarded in society. This, however, has got to be one of the worst. Divorced parents clash over 12-year-old son’s circumcision A former Medford man who converted to Judaism wants his 12-year-old son to do the same. […]

Youth Shouldn’t Be Equal?

Posted by on April 6th, 2006

I’m probably grossly taking this guy’s comment the wrong way, but either way, I’m tired, so it got me going. On a message board I frequent, this guy talked about stuff that annoys him at the movie theatre. Light hearted enough, as his posts usually are. Among his complaints, however, was a remark about how […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.