An Ode to Jorts
Alana Hope Levinson

As a parent, there is nothing more important than teaching your children how to be good humans and to fully embrace a familial narrative* that spans generations and binds us to our forbearers.

Team Higginson feels thusly about our family narrative: Summer is for water fights and jorts — transcendent, utilitarian, humble, and eternal, jorts. We may be mocked and scorned, but united we will stand and steadfast we will remain. Even after the hipster embrace of this fashion faux pas becomes threadbare.


*Seriously though, its SCIENCE!

Myth-shattering research has reshaped our understanding of dinnertime, discipline and difficult conversations. Trendsetting programs from Silicon Valley and the military have introduced techniques for making teams function better.
The only problem: most of that knowledge remains ghettoized in these subcultures, hidden from the parents who need it most. I spent the last few years trying to uncover that information, meeting families, scholars and experts ranging from peace negotiators to online game designers to Warren Buffett’s bankers.
After a while, a surprising theme emerged. The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.

The Family Stories That Bind Us

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