Schooling Your Kid

Schooling Your Kid

After four years of home-schooling, we sent the kid back to public school this year. I wouldn’t say it’s been a smooth transition, but it’s been less fraught than it might have been.  She’s almost a month in and – as she puts it – not even a little bit dead yet.  A few of the days have even been pleasant! As working parents, we started sending the kid to school when she was two.  Over the years, w... »

Weekend Read: Tina Fey, the NFL, Plant Science, Beautiful Science, etc

Weekend Read: Tina Fey, the NFL, Plant Science, Beautiful Science, etc

Well good day to you all!  How is everyone doing this weekend:   If you’re looking for….some thoughts on breastfeeding: Our very own Steph was interviewed over The Momivist about her thoughts on breastfeeding campaigns.  Steph’s original GP article is here. If you’re looking for….some football news: We’re not even two weeks in to the season, and the NFL has... »

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Handy Index Page

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Handy Index Page

One of the reasons that the Internet Meme Demolition Derby is an irregular  feature here at Grounded Parents rather than say a weekly or biweekly installment is that it depends on finding it’s source material out there in the wild. Now sometimes I get some help from readers or my fellow GP’s finding these nuggets of Internet Fool’s Gold, but in general it’s my own Facebook ... »

Techno-Techno-Tween-Tween – A Smartphone for an 11 Year Old

Techno-Techno-Tween-Tween – A Smartphone for an 11 Year Old

Part 1: Acquiring New Technology As I write this, days, maybe even weeks before I actually post, I’m thinking about my lunch plans for today. No biggie…just going to buy a smart phone for my 11-year-old. Even writing that makes me want to do the “ack make it stop” flappy hands. I originally just wanted to get him some cheap flip phone that wouldn’t really matter if he... »

#SorryNotSorry — The End of The Forced Apology

#SorryNotSorry — The End of The Forced Apology

I got an email the other day. My son’s teacher wanted to discuss my son’s strong emotional response that day in school. My first thought was — uh, could you please define strong emotional response? Did he burst into tears? Did he throw a table? Did he yell? Ah, the joy of delicately worded emails! What prompted the strong emotional response? An apology. Another student had been m... »

Ask the right question: #whydoesheabuse?

Ask the right question: #whydoesheabuse?

As the country reels after another stunning high profile story of domestic violence hits the media, I am moved to tears reading the brave stories of #whyistayed and #whyileft. Everyone should take a moment and go read them. Thousands of people have shared their reasons for staying and leaving abusive relationships, and more are added every day. I hope that this campaign leads to greater understand... »

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