Emma Elliott Freire

Emma Elliott Freire is a writer living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has also been published in The Federalist and The American Conservative.

Recent blog posts by this author

Six Simple Tips for Making Friends

Loneliness is frequently described in terms of a modern pandemic. A growing body of research indicates loneliness may be worse for your health than obesity or heavy smoking. While most people agree that loneliness is a problem, there’s far less...

Four Reasons to Avoid Teaching Stranger Danger to Children

Are you the parent of a young child? If so, I’m willing to bet that some well-intentioned person has sent you a YouTube video called Child Abduction (Social Experiment). I’ve been sent this video 5 times over the past several years, the most recent...

Will Downton Abbey’s Gender Problem Be Solved in the 21st Century?

A British aristocrat has daughters but no sons, thus his title and estate must pass to a distant male relative. It’s the classic plot device in many famous stories – ranging from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the TV show Downton Abbey. And it...

3 Super Simple Ways to Teach your Kids About Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification seems to be the parenting buzz word of the moment. In every in-depth conversation I’ve had with fellow moms in the last year, this has come up as one of those “important things” we need to teach our kids. In an age of abundance...

How Phones Became Electronic Pacifiers

Imagine walking into a restaurant one evening. Most of the diners are families. Suddenly you notice something odd. Every single child in the restaurant—not just the babies but also the teenagers—is using a pacifier. And then you realize many of the...

3 Reasons Why the Pets-Babies Comparison Just Doesn’t Work

“Happy Father’s Day to all dads of human and fur babies!”  This was the first thing that appeared in my Facebook newsfeed last Sunday. Like many people, I have the bad habit of checking my social media accounts as soon as I wake up. When I...

Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Should Change Their PR Once the Honeymoon’s Over

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year: Great Britain’s Prince Harry is marrying American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. The news coverage has mostly been glowing. Does the media never get fed up with the term “fairy...

Why Private Security Is a Booming Industry in South Africa

South Africa made international headlines in March when the government voted to seize land from white farmers without compensation. It is still unclear how the expropriations will proceed. But the vote put South Africa under a negative spotlight. No...

The Netherlands Pumps the Brakes on Euthanasia

The Netherlands is famous for breaking new ground with progressive legislation. In 2002, it was the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia. But, after 16 years, are the Dutch ready to hit the brakes? On March 8, the Dutch Ministry of...

Why Saying 'Let Me Know if There’s Anything I Can Do to Help' is Not Actually Helpful

 “Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you.” In our society, it’s practically required to say this when a fellow human being tells you they’re going through a hard time. I’ve said it. You’ve probably said it. And what did it...