8.05.15: The Gift of Failure, Kids Cook, & The Politics Of Seuss

Aug 5, 2015

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 30% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 are living at home with their parents. There are many opinions as to why - but perhaps parental techniques are partly to blame. On today's show: can over-parenting ruin confidence? Then, the value of teaching kids to cook. And finally, we take a look at the more political side of well-beloved Dr. Seuss.

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The Gift of Failure

The helicopter parent movement was born out of a noble desire to protect children from the harsh reality of the world, and be the support for kids when they failed. But perhaps it backfired. Jessica Lahey is a New York Times columnist and author of "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go so Their Children Can Succeed."

A Mother's Solution

Finding balance in a two-income household is tough. Between parenting, jobs, chores, and after-school obligations, many working mothers say they lose themselves in the endless swirl of commitments. A group of moms in Maine are working on a way out of that cycle.  Katie Ricciardi brought us the story.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

Kids In The Kitchen

A kitchen full of kids at dinnertime can be a recipe for disaster -- unless, that is, they're helping to make the meal.  KJ Dell'Antonia is the lead editor and writer behind Motherlode, the New York Times' parenting blog and home of the "Kids Cook" series.

The Politics of Dr. Seuss

You're probably familiar with stories like "The Lorax" or "The Cat in the Hat." But there's another side of Theodor Geisel that's a little more obscure. Before reaching world fame with his children's books, Dr. Seuss used his incredible imagination and illustrations for different means: convince Americans to go to war. Donald E. Pease, a professor of English at Dartmouth College and the Ted and Helen Geisel Professor of the Humanities, spoke with us about the political side of Dr. Seuss.

You can take a look at Geisel's political cartoons at the Mandeville Special Collections Library from UC San Diego.

The Voice of Bambi

By the end of his 25-year military career, Donnie Dunagan was a highly decorated major who received two awards for valor in combat as well a purple heart. He says the Marines were a perfect fit for him — as long as no one found out about his past. He and his wife Dana sat down with Storycorps to tell their story.

You can listen to this story again at Storycorps.org