Katherine Ozment

Losing Our Religion

Many adults are leaving religion behind. But as they become parents, they’re confronting an uneasy question: What about the kids?

Kids and Social Media: The Official Worry/Don't Worry Crib Sheet

Sexting Worry: Adolescent brains have undeveloped frontal lobes, the area responsible for reasoning and judgment. So yes, they will do stupid things with their cell phones. Don’t Worry: Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found the sexting rates reported…

The Seven Habits of Highly Protective Parents

YOU KNOW you’re a helicopter parent when…. 1. You find yourself talking to your kids during every waking moment. Talking incessantly to your children is psychologically intrusive. Family psychologist Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a B Minus, advises…

Welcome to the Age of Overparenting

All illustrations by Larry Ruppert.  WHEN BOSTON WAS HIT by last winter’s barrage of blizzards, my two oldest kids, then ages eight and five, spent their snow days lounging around the house in their pajamas, occasionally dabbling at the computer….

Family, Interrupted

 Photograph by Dana Smith [sidebar]DAN AND ANGELLA HENRY, awakened last October by the ringing of their doorbell at 3 a.m., opened the front door of their Easton home to find two police officers on their step. The officers told them…

Last Dance

IT WAS THE LATE 1970s, troubling times in many ways — hostages in Iran, gas more than a dollar a gallon, Jimmy Carter pleading with a nation to conserve electricity. Legions of young people chose to leave their problems behind…

Can Aaron Kushner Save the Boston Globe?

IN A CITY WHERE POWER is as entrenched as a Beacon Hill brownstone, where the coffee klatch of heavy hitters have been attending one another’s parties for decades, Aaron Kushner might as well be from another planet. Prior to the…

Public vs. Private — The Best High Schools

Chris Coughlin, a tall, sandy-haired senior at Noble and Greenough School, knew he'd had enough of Natick High School when his geometry teacher assigned a series of drawing projects that would make up a big part of his grade. “Obviously…

Who's Afraid of Aafia Siddiqui?

The men were ready. They knew the woman who would be joining them for the week was a high-profile Al Qaeda operative. They'd been told she should be treated with the utmost respect. She would arrive in Liberia's bustling capital,…