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[TTT] Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

I don’t know about you all, but I am one of those loony people who really loves Christmas and the December holiday season in general. It’s always been a totally secular celebration for me, so I don’t have a lot of baggage wandering around from childhood associated with the sacred aspects of the season and finding out the truth about Santa Claus didn’t cause me any trauma an... »

Trigger Warnings, Privilege and Making the World a Kinder Place

Trigger Warnings, Privilege and Making the World a Kinder Place

Trigger Warning: This post contains content related to domestic and sexual violence.           If you spend a lot of time on parenting forums or Facebook groups on the internet, you have probably seen and/or used a trigger warning. Olivia recently provided a great refresher on the subject on Skepchick. I encourage you all to read it, but the tl;dr is pretty simple: people ... »

Festival of Lights: Doing Holidays When You Don’t Do Religion

Festival of Lights: Doing Holidays When You Don’t Do Religion

As my kid has noted on many occasions, Jewish holidays are often not much fun. On Yom Kippur, for instance, it’s fasting and repenting. I don’t fast.  My kid and Dr. Skull fast, Dr. Skull earnestly and the kid moodily. “Why do I have to do this?” she demands of me, every single year.  “I’m an atheist!” “You don’t have to,” I point out. “You can say no.” “Hmf,” she hmfs.  “Dad would be sad.” And on... »

Weekend Reads: Complimenting Your Kids, Extreme Daycare, Toddler Facebook, etc

Weekend Reads: Complimenting Your Kids, Extreme Daycare, Toddler Facebook, etc

Hello hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  On the plus side, I’ve got my Christmas decorating done.  On the minus side, I have a vicious sore throat and stuffed sinuses.  Fun weekend.  Anyway, what are you in the mood for this weekend?     If you’re looking for….some compliments: Try these 10 compliments you should give to your kids.  I really like the idea of tel... »

Bodily Autonomy, Hypocrisy and the Penis Wars

Bodily Autonomy, Hypocrisy and the Penis Wars

I am a hypocrite. Pray tell? I am a huge advocate for bodily autonomy in almost all situations. I believe in a woman’s right to choose abortion at any time during her pregnancy for any reason. I am entirely against routine infant circumcision and even infant ear piercing. I don’t make my children show affection to their relatives. I teach them about consent and model consent with them ... »

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Managing Your Special Needs and Non-Religious Family at the Holidays

Ho ho ho…the holidays are here! There was a time when I dreaded the holidays. We are atheist/agnostic in a family that has many fundamentalist Christians in it. As if dodging those questions and comments for years wasn’t enough….my first son was born with special needs so we need extra accommodations each holiday season (that not all of my family understands). But, believe it or ... »

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