Bethany Mandel

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Zooey Deschanel Knows Nothing About Food Science

Hollywood actors and actresses play many roles on-screen, but apparently some of them believe they are Jacks-of-all-trades in the real world as well. They believe they can be UN Ambassadors, immunologists, and also food scientists. But just as you...

School Kids Don’t Need 'Wiggle Chairs.' They Need a Real Recess.

It isn’t easy being a kid these days: the school day has changed a great deal since the current generation of grade school kids’ parents were in school. With a greater emphasis on school work and testing, something in the school day had to disappear...

The Problem with the Moana Costume Isn’t Cultural Appropriation

In an utterly unsurprising development, social justice warriors are now not only dictating to American adults what they can wear on Halloween, but children as well. Social convention was once to abstain from culturally insensitive garb like “black...

Millennials Now Need 'Coaching Rooms' to Learn How to Parent

Earlier this evening while chatting with my newlywed neighbors, I tried to put them at ease about parenthood. I told them: It’s not hard, just difficult. When born on time and healthy, babies generally just need food, clean clothes and diapers, and...

Reese Witherspoon’s Daughter Has Something Many Celebrity Children Lack: A Work Ethic

In his book, The Vanishing American Adult, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska shared with readers his favorite hashtag game from the summer of 2016. It was called #FirstSevenJobs, which asked Twitter users to list the jobs they first encountered in their...

Is it Ethical to Encourage Teens to Get Abortions and Profit From it?

As the parent of young children, I’m in the habit of looking over everything my kids read or watch. It’s not that hard; I buy every book and they’re really only allowed to watch the PBS show Daniel Tiger, and an Amazon show called Tumble Leaf....

Why Don’t We Call It Rape or Child Molestation When a Woman is the Perp?

On the day I wrote this story, the headline of the number one story on the Washington Post website was this: “Texas teacher who had sex almost daily with 13-year-old student gets 10 years in prison.” Despite the fact that the offense was...

If Women are Better Doctors, Aren’t Men Better Firefighters?

Men and women are made differently and possess different skills and attributes. This is one of those statements that used to be uncontroversial and incontrovertible, but in the last few years become politically incorrect to utter. Female applicants...

Ladies, You Need to Stop Husband-Shaming

Over the years, in posts on Facebook groups for mothers, I’ve seen my share of women talking smack about their husbands. Writing to hundreds (sometimes thousands) of other women, many of whom they don’t know, wives will unburden themselves about...

My Kids Don’t Eat Organic. Here’s Why

Last summer my family joined a CSA (short for Community Supported Agriculture). We buy a share of a farm’s output over the season, pay up front, and receive a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the spring, summer and early fall....