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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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 6-9Media & TechnologyParenting StylesPlayReviews

To Monitor or Mentor: A Review of Screenwise by Devorah Heitner

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Screenwise: Helping Kids Survive (and Thrive) in Their Digital World, by Devorah Heitner. This new book, officially out today, explores the intersection of childhood, parenting and all these devices that we are all carrying around all the time. As someone …

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ActivitiesAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9FoodHow To

{Grounded Grub} Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Welcome to a completely new, totally irregular not-really-at-all-a-series about cooking with and for our kids. Over Memorial Day weekend, we had an abundance of tiny sour-ish cherries on our backyard tree. It’s our first spring in this house, so I have no previous experience using them and while grabbing small …

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ActivismAges 10-12 (Tween)Law

An Open Letter to My Local Police Department: Please Don’t Shoot My Neighborhood’s Kids

Dear District 5 police force, how are you? I hope you all had a safe and happy Holiday Season. It has been a mild winter here in the Queen City so far, but looking at the forecast I see that freezing temperatures are on the way and there may even be …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9FeminismMedia & Technology

Get Your Cape On!

Remember back in April when I shared my mixed excitement and trepidation about the DC SuperHero Girls announcement? Well, the franchise debuted at New York Comic Con this week and last month I had the absolutely incredible opportunity to actually sit down with 5 other feminist/blogger/moms and representatives from Mattel …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)HumorParenting Fails

Middle School Is Coming and I Am Freaking the Fuck Out

Next year I will have a kid in middle school. I’m entering a whole new stage of parenthood and I am freaking the fuck out. All the most terrifying things are looming — drugs, porn, drinking, driving and sex — and they could all hit at once like a hurricane. Like tomorrow …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)LawParenting StylesSex and Sexuality

Is it Legal for Kids to Have Sex When They are Home Alone?

{Content Warning – Discussion of statutory rape laws, including some specific language regarding youth sexual conduct.} Serious question. In light of the ongoing fracas regarding kids exploring the world without supervision, it occurred to me – with a wide range of ages when kids are deemed capable of being home …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)EducationParenting Styles

On Being a Helicopter Parent

Just to get this out of the way – the title is (kind of, almost, maybe sort of, meant to be) ironic. By which I mean, I don’t actually think I’m a helicopter parent.  Who has the time?  I’ve got this job, not to mention I’m trying to write my …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Education

Why am I Worried About College When My Kid is in Middle School?

If you spend a lot of time on Facebook, or have friends or relatives who have kids approaching college age, you may have seen the NYT column by Frank Bruni that published on Friday and started circulating, at least on my social network almost immediately: How to Survive the College Admissions …

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