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Middle School Is Coming and I Am Freaking the Fuck Out

Next year I will have a kid in middle school. I’m entering a whole new stage of parenthood and I am freaking the fuck out. All the most terrifying things are looming — drugs, porn, drinking, driving and sex — and they could all hit at once like a hurricane. Like tomorrow …


Weekend Reads: Dinosaur Drawing, Time Studies, etc

Well hello hello!  I hope everyone’s having a fabulous weekend this weekend, and a special shout out to all of those who got a special shout out from the US Supreme Court on Friday.  Vox has a good round up of the coverage here, and Trav over at Queereka has …


Celebration! (and a poetry challenge)

I’m hugging Offspring every few minutes today! I hope the backlash is light, but this is time for happiness and love. Help me celebrate! Our very own Emily brought it to my attention that Scalia’s dissent is being turned to poetry. Put your poetry in comments. It can be based …


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  • User AvatarJenny Splitter I used to freak out about this when my son was little too, actually. And then I kind of forgot about it for a while.... – Jul 01, 11:03 PM
  • User Avatarnorah I'm freaking out about this now and my Pluisje isn't even 2 yet. My mom told me my brothers were still plenty interested in bonding... – Jul 01, 5:05 PM
  • User AvatarJ.G. Hovey Sorry, brain decided World and Park are synonyms. Haha – Jun 30, 8:35 PM
  • User AvatarJ.G. Hovey Although to be fair it seemed the primary containment system was huge walls and cages and then electric fences. At least for the Indominus, the... – Jun 30, 8:33 PM
  • User AvatarJ.G. Hovey Probably that wouldn't even be so bad if everything that was even vaguely carnivorous viewed human flesh like some kind of addictive drug. Maybe because... – Jun 30, 8:31 PM
  • User AvatarJenny Splitter I just don't feel ready at all. – Jun 29, 12:12 PM

Pregnancy & Childbirth

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Reader Question: How Do You Handle Anti-Vax Relatives?

Sometimes, we get letters from our readers looking for specific articles. (We do read all the emails that we get!). Recently, we received this letter on how to deal with anti-vax grandparents: My husband and I are planning to have kid(s) in about a year or so, and my parents …


Parenting Styles

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Kids + Guns

(The AAP making an obvious and unhelpful statement.)   I was 16 or 17 when I pulled into the mall’s parking ramp one day for my work shift. I was fiddling around in the car and getting my things together when I noticed something really strange. Another car, driven erratically, was …