ActivismFoodPoliticsPseudoscience

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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AtheismTraditions & Celebrations

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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HumorPolitics

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Election Grief Counseling Edition

Winter is coming… The fairgrounds are silent. A biting northern wind blows leftover scraps of the summer frolic across empty grandstands… Only the echoes of children’s laughter haunt the field where once they dared gravity to test the limits of their fear… The arena is empty, the lonely attendant is …

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ActivismAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5Parenting StylesPolitics

No, I’m Not Scaring My Kids By Discussing President Trump

Like many other parents, I woke up on November 9th afraid for the future and struggling to find the right words to explain the election to my children. Though I didn’t know exactly what to say and the end result was probably far from perfect, I shared my fears about President …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Politics

OPEN THREAD: How to talk to your kids about the US election

I went to sleep last night around 11 EST with enough hope to allow for actual peaceful dreams. Then I woke up around 4:15 and made the mistake of checking my phone. One of my first thoughts as I processed my shock at Donald Trump’s unexpected win last night was …

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IdentityLGBTQ

What to Expect When Your Child is Trans*

Just in case it is not obvious, the post title is a spoof on What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Despite the title and the tone, I have absolutely no idea what you will encounter. This is a rant about my own experiences. If the events and confusions in my …

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Not Quite Weekend Reads: Spanking Effects, Children and Online Privacy, and Shutting Down “Locker Room Talk”

Happy belated Weekend Readers. My usual Sunday Morning blogging time was interrupted by my beloved Cincinnati Bengals travelling to jolly old England for a 9:30 AM tilt against the Washington Racist Names. Apropos to the setting at Wembley Stadium  the two teams played to an exciting 28-28 draw that left this …

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Weekend Reads: Stop Torturing Shy Kids, Naked Parents, and More Trump Fallout

Happy Weekend Readers, I hope everyone had a fun and productive week. I had a week of persistent bronchitis so that was fun (cough…cough.) It’s Ok for kids to be shy, and we should be respecting their boundaries rather than pushing them into social interactions they aren’t ready for. Some …

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