Emma Freire

Emma 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

When Guests Come In, Your TV Should Go Off

Who leaves their TV on when hosting guests? The answer should be “no one.” Unfortunately, in real life the answer is “lots of people.” I have lost count of how often I’ve arrived at someone’s home as an invited guest while they were watching TV....

Parents, Your Kids Are More Flexible Than You Are

“I really want to do it. But I think will be so hard!” I said this to a fellow mother a few years ago. We were discussing my desire to move my son’s crib out of my bedroom and into the same room as his older sister. Her reply surprised me. “...

Can Royalty and Victimhood Co-Exist?

It seems like everyone wants to be a victim these days. Terms like “microaggression” and “safe space” came out of nowhere a few years ago and quickly entered common parlance. But how can you be a victim when you are part of the institution that...

Against ‘Scruffy Hospitality’

Our society sends mixed messages about hospitality. On the one hand, thanks to Pinterest and the proliferation of food blogs, we are inundated with photos of fancy dishes and gorgeous table settings in immaculate homes. The subtext hints that this...

Why Families With Children Should Consider Owning a Pet

We live in an era where pets are increasingly substituted for children. Each year, it’s becoming more common to wish a Happy Mother’s Day or Father’s Day to “parents” of “fur babies.” As a mother of human babies, I find this a bit...

The Worst Excuse for Bad Parenting

Parents usually know when they’re being bad parents. It’s a rare mom or dad who would say in all sincerity, “Watching cartoons for three hours at night helps my toddler calm down so he can sleep,” or “My kid just doesn’t like vegetables. It doesn’t...

Stop the Exploitation of Greta Thunberg

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, 16, became a global celebrity for her message of climate-change alarmism. “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act,” she told the World Economic Forum...

Love to Read? Time to Hire a Book Curator.

“A home without books is a body without soul.” This Pinterest-ready quote is attributed – somewhat dubiously – to ancient Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. Today, some celebrities are taking it to heart. The rich and famous are lining up to...

How Bad Is the Dating Scene in American Churches?

“Where are the good Christian men?” That question is being asked by single Christian women across America. Discussions of this issue inevitably elicit a strong response. Everyone has their own theory about why it seems to be so hard for a single...

Surprising Parenting Advice From 'Vanity Fair'

Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, is a classic of English literature. The novel, which was published in serial form starting in 1847, offers a satirical look at society, manners, and human weakness. The plot centers on the scheming...

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