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Weekend Reads: Post Holiday Edition, France Says No Hitting, And a Child’s first Book of Trump

Happy New Year Weekend Readers! I know it has been a long break between posts here at Grounded Parents, but as parents yourselves (I assume,) you probably have been just as busy as we have been these past two weeks of the holiday season, so we hope you understand. It’s …

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Weekend Reads: D&D Tones Down the Boobs, Nat Geo’s Cover Girl, and Down With Algebra II?

Happy Weekend Readers! Only a week left to do last minute X-mas shopping and/or last minute forgetting to do X-mas shopping. Get on it/or not! If you have been playing Dungeons and Dragons as long as I have (since 1978,) then there are likely to be certain iconic images of …

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In Defense of Yoga Pants and Nihilism

Every so often I read an article that makes me say a little prayer to the Cosmos: “please let this be satire, please let this be satire, please let this be satire.” Today that article lumped together two completely unrelated topics: yoga pants and nihilism. So I took the bait and read …

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5 Reasons Non-Browning Apples Could Change Your Mind About GMOs

39% of Americans still believe GMOs are worse for your health, but there’s reason to believe that opinion could shift with new information. Limited scientific knowledge, distrust for scientists and the ubiquitousness of false information all play a part here, but the polling suggests it’s not just a question of needing more science-based information but also a …

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Scientist Barbie Not Really Dressed for Lab Work

I was just doing a little holiday shopping online, looking for Barbies for my daughter, and I found the “Career Barbie” section. Barbie is just as versatile as when I was a kid–she can be an astronaut, teacher, chef, nurse, dentist, whatever! While I appreciate Barbie’s fashion choices (cool vaguely-inspired-by-molecular-structure …

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Weekend Reads: Trump is Awful, Pence is Awful, Superman is Awesome

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s December 11th. This is my 111th post on Grounded Parents. It’s also my birthday! Someone buy me whiskey! At a political forum in New Hampshire last fall, then 18 year old Lauren Batchelder asked then candidate Donald Trump some pointed but fair questions about his views on …

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Pizzagate Is Why We Need Skepticism

If you don’t live in DC, you probably associate Washington with national politics and all its current associated nastiness. But, believe it or not, those of us who actually live here are regular people too, just getting our kids to school, going to work and even going out for pizza once in awhile. So when a man …

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How to Handle Santa When You Don’t Really Like Him That Much

Before my daughter turned three, I was pretty adamantly anti-Santa. Every parent approaches this issue in their own way, whatever their personal beliefs. I’ve heard good arguments from other atheist or skeptical parents who use Santa as a critical-thinking exercise for their kids—meaning that they don’t tell them that Santa …

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Weekend Reads: Trump’s Negative Effect on Classrooms, Fear the New HHS Pick, and Patton Oswalt Breaks our Hearts

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s December the Fourth, only 21 more shopping days in the War on Christmas! 90% of teachers in who responded to a survey by the Southern Policy Law Center have reported negative impacts on their classrooms. CNN has more on the study.  Speaking of Cheeto Hitler, his …

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Super Long Overdue Weekend Reads: Lots of Stuff Happened

Happy Weekend Readers, long time no see! Yes it has been a busy month of November. Not only did we have the most astonishing presidential election of my lifetime, plus Thanksgiving and sandwiched between an awesome weekend at Skepticon 9 left this blogger a stretched just a little too thin. But …

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