To the Editor:

David Brooks hits on the remarkable fact that self-styled radicals cannot stand to engage in any conservative behavior.

Parenting is an inherently conservative job. It requires one to be a strong authority figure, at times establishing rigid guidelines for the child.

I can only tremble at the type of guidelines these hipster parents are setting, or most likely, not setting, for their children. Once these parents’ children grow up, will they have any sense of limits?

Stephen Armstrong
Brooklyn, Feb. 26, 2007