On governmental stimuli for child-rearing

As the rate of population growth in developed or developing countries decreases, governments interested in managing their financial risk for social programs quite often offer one short-sighted solution: financial stimuli for making more children. The idea is to increase the future tax base and cover the costs of running a country's social programs. It's what [...]

Big news at home!

We're expecting a baby! 🙂 Ligia's three months into her pregnancy and we're soon going to be parents! We don't know and we don't want to know whether it's a boy or a girl (I want a girl) until the birth. Two more tidbits: we're raw foodists, which means the baby is going to be [...]

The real role of education

As debates about the direction of educational systems take place in the US and other countries, it's worthwhile to take into consideration the possibility that we're teaching the children too much theory and too many arcane concepts rather than practical things which will prepare them for real life. There's nothing wrong with knowing physics or [...]

The toy train

The Toy Train

Updated 11/02/2018: This video now has over 25,000,000 views. Thank you! My wife gave me this great little train set as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. I thought it'd be fun to film it in action one day, and when I edited the video, I looked for the right kind of music [...]

The problem of human trafficking

Human trafficking is a practice I condemn deeply, particularly the practice of sex trafficking or sexual slavery, because it could have touched very close to home. My wife went to college in the city of Constanta, Romania, which is one of the main cities in the country where abductions and other crimes of sex trafficking [...]

What cartoons are your children watching?

This is a question I keep asking myself every time I turn on the TV and look at the Cartoon Network, or The Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon these days. It's unbelievable how much thoughtless, cheaply made programming they shove into their slots, with little or no thought for substance, style, quality and most of all, [...]

Sometimes you need to use a book the right way

There's a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1944, entitled "Brother Brat". It stars Porky Pig and speaks eloquently about child discipline. In it, Porky becomes the unwitting baby sitter for a Rosie the Riveter type super-woman who's pulling long shifts at the factory, helping out with the war effort. When she leaves her brat, Butch, with [...]