Weekend Reads: Chores and RPGs, Team Hoyt, Sex after Kids, etc

Weekend Reads: Chores and RPGs, Team Hoyt, Sex after Kids, etc

Hello hello!  Hoping you all are gearing up for an excellent weekend.  April 19th has always been an interesting day for me, because it’s how I always remember how many joules are in a calorie.  I was an engineering major, what can I say. Enough about my geekiness, lets find out what you’re in the mood for!   If you’re looking for…something a little political: Think Pr... »

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Books for independent, curious little girls

Our family reads a lot. Every night for the past five and a half years, Rose has had at least one, (sometimes five!) bedtime stories. There have been stories about bears, fairies, adventurers, dreams, zebras and pirates. And lots and lots of little girls: little girls doing ballet; little girls cuddling their soft toys before bedtime; little girls doing dress-up. And princesses. Lots of princesses... »

Get Thee Behind Me!

Get Thee Behind Me!

I just had a “Eww!” moment that actually made me feel really good. I just signed up for a money card and when setting it up, forgot to arrange to get a second card for my wife to use. My wife called them and they had her give the phone to me to verify that it was OK for her to talk to them about my account. After verifying I was who I said I was, I handed the phone back to my wife so she could fin... »

Teaching Your Child To Talk Back; or, Raising the Young Skeptic

Teaching Your Child To Talk Back; or, Raising the Young Skeptic

A few years ago, my kid came out into the living room, flung herself down on the couch, and began reading her current book.  I looked up from my own work to fret at her: “Will you please turn on the light if you’re going to read?  You’re going to ruin your eyes.” She snorted: “That’s a myth, you know.  Reading in bad light does not hurt your vision.” I argued; she argued back, giving me sources fo... »

Growing Humans is Badass

Growing Humans is Badass

I spend a fair amount of time on parenting support boards. To receive, but also and mostly, to give support. I think parents in our generation, for the most part, don’t have access to the “village” that our parents and grandparents had for advice and support. The internet gives us a unique opportunity to connect and share information. It also, unfortunately, gives us a unique opp... »

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Childhood is not a Disease!

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Childhood is not a Disease!

Crash… boom… bang…screeeeech! It’s Internet Meme Demolition Derby time!  Let’s get right to the action this week folks. Cruising into the arena propelled by the powerful combination of self righteous judgmental criticism of kids that are troubled or different and a blinkered, ignorant suspicion of the medical establishment tied together with a paranoid tendency toward... »

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