The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #3: The 10 Items You Absolutely MUST Have for Your New Infant!

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #3: The 10 Items You Absolutely MUST Have for Your New Infant!

England, ca 1800 – 1900 This is such an exciting time to have a new baby! Advances in technology and manufacturing mean that many goods such as lace, textiles, and even embroidery that heretofore could only be produced by laborious handwork can now be made in impressive quantities and varieties by machines. What better way could there be to demonstrate your maternal devotion than in the sens... »

Foiling Fallacies – The Woman Who Cried Rape

Foiling Fallacies – The Woman Who Cried Rape

Welcome back to Foiling Fallacies (FFS) – the series where I explore the examples that are brought up to derail debates when all hope of making one’s case is gone. These anecdotes represent such rare possibilities or exceptions to the rule that bringing them up is a logical fallacy and causes people like me to mutter “for fuck’s sake.” Trigger warning: This post conta... »

Field Tripping: Whose Experience is it Anyway?

Field Tripping: Whose Experience is it Anyway?

On Monday, E. and I went to a museum. The friends we were supposed to meet were running late, so we decided to go in and visit one of the exhibits while we were waiting. “What do you want to go and see?” I asked E. “The dinosaurs,” he answered. On the way up to find the dinosaurs, we passed the coral reef aquarium, filled with tropical fish. E. was entranced. “Let’s stop here for a minute,” he tol... »

Can You Afford a Food Allergy?

Can You Afford a Food Allergy?

The other day I decided to do my weekly grocery shopping at a nearby location of a DC area organic grocery chain called MOMs. Usually I shop at Trader Joes, but we were experiencing our annual post-apocalyptic snow event and MOMs is closer to home. Plus, if you’re looking for nut-free foods, MOMs is kinda the jackpot — sunbutter cups (almost like peanut butter cups if you’re good... »

A Ray of Hope for High School Dating Assemblies

A Ray of Hope for High School Dating Assemblies

I went to high school in a small town in the South which was dominated by a massive Baptist church. There was a Catholic church that was fairly moderate in size, and then a scattering of small churches of other denominations. The Baptist church was the center of the town’s social life. Their members owned all of the big businesses in town, including the movie theater. They dictated the books that ... »

Weekend Reads: Science Nerds, Young Engineers, Pufferfish Parenting, etc

Weekend Reads: Science Nerds, Young Engineers, Pufferfish Parenting, etc

Well hello hello!  How’s everything going for all of you lovely people today?  Good?  Fabulous?  Glad to hear it!  Now what are you looking for this evening?     If you’re looking for….signs you’re raising a science nerd: 10 signs you’ve got a geek on your hands. If you’re looking for….some science: Top 5 empowering parenting science stories of 2... »

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