5 Greatest Truths About Helicopter Parenting That Every Parent Should Know

It's natural for parents to wish the best for their children; to provide them with the finest of amenities, values, education and nurturing they possibly can. It's amazing what wonders a wholesome upbringing can do towards the empowerment, development and success of a child. When parents' love, concern and ambition for their kids, however, becomes obsessive, the consequences are far unfavorable than they are positive.

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Remembering Dr. King: Creating the Beloved Community

The Fountain was a part of a panel on January 17, 2016, on the occasion of the Dr. Martin Luther King national holiday in the United States. Titled “Creating the Beloved Community”: Why Jews, Christians and Muslims Preach Love Even While They Face Hate the panel discussion featured speakers from three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The panel took place at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal RC Church (OLMM) in Long Island, as a part of “Abraham’s Table” gatherings organized in cooperation with the Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island and the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center. Speakers on the panel were Ms. Batsheva Slavin of the Jewish Center, Fr. William Brisotti of OLMM, and Hakan Yesilova of The Fountain magazine. Speakers offered prayers in their own traditions, answered questions from the audience, and explained how their faith traditions define love, their experiences of hate, and how their commitment to love helped them cope with hatred.

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I felt exhausted trying to write yet another message of shame when the kidnapper in Sydney was reported to have asked for an ISIL flag. “How many more times am I supposed to discredit such violence?” my inner voice cried. I looked at that act of violence and thought, “this is not my Islam!” I was upset and tired – until I stumbled upon the news coming from Pakistan: 148 people, most of them students and teachers, violently killed. The attack was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, which, it is reported, is planning another hit. I felt that my soul had been gutted. The despair was so powerful, I couldn’t move my fingers on the keyboard. And now comes the violent attack in Paris, killing 12.

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The Human Test of Violence – Between Honor and Cowardice

We choose the articles for our issues months in advance. It is a sad twist of fate that our January issue features a review of a children's book, "The Grand Mosque of Paris." The book is about Muslims in Paris saving Jews from Nazis in the 1940s – and today history repeats itself as a Muslim employee saved Jewish shoppers from a monstrous killer.

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2015 Elections and the Future of Nigerian Democracy

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa – one out of four Africans is a Nigerian – has been devastated by serious political and economic contradictions. In national and international affairs, the conventional wisdom in analyzing Nigerian politics is to see Nigeria as made up of over 300 tribes hostile to one another. Still others see Nigerians as Muslims and Christians at odds with each other’s religious philosophy. Others view Nigerians as been enmeshed in regional politics – Northerners vs. Southerners, or Easterners vs. Westerners. But a history of Nigerian struggle for independence from the British rule from 1861-1960 will reveal that conventional wisdom in analyzing Nigerian politics is very misleading.

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