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Weekend Reads: Rapunzel’s not Ready for Marriage, Being an “OK” Parent, and The Best Rhyming Books

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s March 26th, or Purple Day, an international grassroots effort to raise awareness about epilepsy.  Which I was not aware of… The script for a Disney Princess is pretty settled. Find Prince Charming or his genre appropriate equivalent, get rescued by or have an adventure with said …

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Book Review: Annabelle & Aiden: Oh, the Things We Believed

Two children look up to the clouds on a summers day. They gasp in surprise as a face appears to be looking down on them! Is it real? It certainly seems so… How can we tell?  Thus begins our second visit with J.R. Becker and illustrator Max Rambaldi’s precocious and …

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Weekend Reads: How Secular Values Stand Up, Anxious Kids, and The White House vs After-school Programs

Happy Weekend Readers! Hope everyone is surviving the frenetic weather that Smarch has delivered. I’m sure this has nothing to do with global climate change… How do children raised in non-religious households fare compared to their religious peers? In other words, do Secular Family Values stand the test of time? …

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Weekend Reads: Modeling Respect and Inclusion in Schools, Books for Activist Kids, and Movie Playgrounds?

Happy Weekend Readers. It’s the 12th of March and the Girl Scouts are celebrating their 104th birthday. I’ll take 2 boxes of Do-si-do’s please. Whilst the Trump Justice Department pulls back from Obama era steps towards protecting transgender students, Hawaii has stepped up to be more inclusive and respectful,  a legacy …

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Weekend Reads: Fart Chart, Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior, and Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Know What “Choice” Means

Happy Weekend Readers! March has come in like a lion, will it go out like a lamb? I dunno, but we here in the Queen City saw at least three seasons worth of weather in the last 48 hours so I’m not making any predictions about it anymore. Climate change …

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Weekend Reads: The Troll Taunter, Kids Understand Trans Rights Better Than Adults, and the Fall of Milo

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s February 26th, the day that Galileo Galilei was ordered by the Pope to… to abstain completely from teaching or defending this doctrine and opinion or from discussing it… to abandon completely… the opinion that the sun stands still at the center of the world and the …

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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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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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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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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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