childhood

The ‘Lawnmower Parent’ Is Destroying Future Generations

Helicopter parenting was annoying enough for its notable hovering and swooping, and today we may all happily boil our own blood over lawnmower parenting, its…

‘The Happytime Murders’ and Our Love of Making Childhood Things Naughty

Early on in The Happytime Murders, a puppet turns toward the camera and yells, “Fuck you!” This, in a nutshell, is the film’s one joke:…

Mr. Rogers and Why Kind Men Freak Us Out

Could there be anybody dorkier than Fred Rogers? The creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which debuted nationally in 1968 and introduced kids to…

The Surprisingly Non-Creepy Reasons So Many Adult Men Still Sleep With a Stuffed Animal

My Buddy was my first friend. His body was soft like a pillow, and his head was rocklike. He had blue eyes and exactly the…