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

Three Things a Woman Should Never Do on a First Date

A while back, Intellectual Takeout published an article titled Three Things a Man Should Never Do on a First Date. The article drew a heated response, with readers expressing very different views. But one thing was clear: they wanted a version of...

How to Avoid One of the Most Common Parenting Mistakes

“Parents should not make empty threats to their kids.” You would be hard pressed to find anyone who will disagree with that statement. Parenting philosophies across the spectrum agree that empty threats are a bad idea. Given that consensus, it...

3 Reasons Not to Make Your Kids Share Their Toys

I don’t make my kids share their toys. I arrived at this decision after careful consideration. Unfortunately, that decision isn’t an easy one to discuss with other parents, mostly because it appears that my stance endorses selfishness. Nothing...

Three Things a Man Should Never Do on a First Date

“There’s only one thing worse than being single, and that’s dating.” A good friend of mine uttered this cri de coeur more than a decade ago. She survived. She is now happily married with kids - as am I. But we both look back on our time in the...

Five Things I Noticed About America After Living Abroad

Last week, I set foot on American soil for the first time in nearly two-and-a-half years. I have lived abroad for most of the past decade, but I’d never been away from my homeland for so long. I’m an American citizen and I love my country dearly....

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...

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