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Weekend Reads: Betsy DeVos Sucks, Vaccines for Adults, and Why Does the US Let 12 Year Olds Marry?

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s February 12th, that means it’s Darwin Day.  Celebrate by going to a museum or perhaps evolving. Go Nuts! Yet another Grounded Parent has been picked up by a mainstream, non-swearing publication. Let’s celebrate our own Jenny Splitter’s first piece for Parents, 5 Lessons From a Reformed Sleep …

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The First 12 Days of Parenthood

Well, It’s time to change my bio. My newest baby is here. I will tell my birth story a little later (full of amazing feats of science and medicine bringing us both safely through the process). First, I would like to share a little song my spouse and I wrote …

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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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