Strange Bedfellows: Clowns Enter the Pediatric Mainstream

Clowns in the United States do not have a sterling reputation. Their mere mention is likely to conjure up images of horror film fiends...

Love Is a Stitch in Time That Saves Nine

    Recently, I was waiting in line at a highway rest stop and struck up a conversation with the woman in front of me. Her...

“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Burning of the...

As little ones gather up their school supplies and head off to school this September, what are the attitudes about school that they bring...

Kids to Grinch: Here’s What Christmas Really Means

    In my recent talking with kids, Scrooge of London seems to have lost a lot of ground as the definitive morality tale about Christmas...

What Halloween Masks

    October 31st is America’s curious anomaly.  On October’s last day, as trees defoliate and nature ebbs towards the deadness of winter, parents mark the...

Bypass the Bunny Trail? Kids Say No!

  While most adults are eager to indulge their children and grandchildren at Christmas, my ethnographic research on Easter (described in my book Flights of...

Flagged: Children on July 4th

    During the years 2005 to 2012, when I conducted research on July 4th family rituals, the United States imported — mostly from China —...

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