June 22, 2011
Summer Reading: Selfish Reasons to Have More KidsBryan Caplan (George Mason University, Department of Economics), Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think (Basic Books 2011):
We've needlessly turned parenting into an unpleasant chore. Parents invest more time and money in their kids than ever, but the shocking lesson of twin and adoption research is that upbringing is much less important than genetics in the long run. These revelations have surprising implications for how we parent and how we spend time with our kids. The big lesson: Mold your kids less and enjoy your life more. Your kids will still turn out fine.
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids is a book of practical big ideas. How can parents be happier? What can they change--and what do they need to just accept? Which of their worries can parents safely forget? Above all, what is the right number of kids for you to have? You'll never see kids or parenthood the same way again.
The Guardian, Is Strict Parenting Better for Children?:
Amy Chua's memoir about her super-strict parenting style gave us the Tiger Mother; but professor Bryan Caplan is not convinced it's the best way.
Yale law professor, and mother of two girls, Amy Chua gave the world a new type of mother role model in her memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: someone who insisted on several hours of music practice every day, banned sleepovers and wasn't happy with anything less than an A+ for schoolwork. Bryan Caplan, economics professor and father-of-three, whose new book says nature will always win over nurture, is an exponent of "serenity parenting", the belief that parents should stop hothousing their children. Can either of them change the other's mind?
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Let's see what joy about children that Al Gore has to share! -- Gore promoting fewer children to curb pollution
Posted by: Woody | Jun 22, 2011 1:53:00 PM
Prof. Caplan is welcome to take care of my kids any time he likes.
Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Jun 22, 2011 4:06:52 PM
The worst thing you can do for the environment is bring more gas-guzzling, littering, humanoids into the world.
I propose an enviro-tax on all newborns.
Posted by: Peter | Jun 22, 2011 6:03:16 PM