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Weekend Reads: Finland Drops Subjects, Pornhub Teaches Sex Ed, and Super Bowl Weekend

Happy Weekend Readers! Here in the US it is Super Bowl Sunday, where the Atlanta Falcons will look to upset perennial champions the New England Patriots. There will be funny commercials, Lady Gaga and a football game somewhere in there. I am making what is technically considered a “mess” of …

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DeVos: Expanding Disaster for Public Education

There are so many terrifying things happening in our federal government right now that it’s easy to miss a cabinet post confirmation vote that could destroy public education. The president nominated Michigan’s Betsy DeVos, a wealthy advocate for dismantling public schools who has no actual education experience for Secretary of Education. As someone who attended Michigan …

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Weekend Reads: 2017’s Best Books, Help Your Kids Build a Positive Online Profile and An Exercise in Cruelty

Happy Weekend Readers! I hope have survived the first week of our long national nightmare. I suggest taking your whiskey neat and keeping your dander up for the next four to eight years. I’m exhausted and hung over thinking about it. The American Library Association has revealed the winners  of the …

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When Lactivism Kills

Recently, there have been so many sad, infuriating, and heartbreaking stories in the media that it’s hard to keep up. Surprisingly, the ones that are hitting me the hardest are not about politics. As a pregnant person, who is literally about to give birth to my third child, the stories …

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What Can We Do?

I’ve struggled a lot with the fallout of last November. That evening, my oldest stepdaughter texted me a simple, “dad, is the world ending?” All three kids are extremely aware of what Trump’s victory represents, and are deeply disturbed. They live in Canada, and yet they’re worried about what this …

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Weekend Reads: Growing up Coy, Women’s March 2017, and Goodnight Moon is Goodnight Gay

Happy Weekend Readers! The Hellions and Mom and Dad spent the Martin Luther King Day weekend hiking at Hocking Hills State Forest, a peak Ohio experience that we recommend for anyone. And I mean anyone, the hike to Ash Cave is designed to be accessible to folks with disabilities. But we’re …

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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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