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The 10 Best Children’s Movies You’ve Never Seen

The genre of children’s movies is one of extremes. On one hand you have the Disney headliner films, big budget productions, sanitized but well written, fantastically animated, with jokes for the guardians sprinkled throughout. On the other, you have the knock-offs, the sequels, and the thinly veiled religious moralizing that …

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What Made Me (Not) Do It

TW: Suicidal ideation As  Bethany noted over the weekend, it is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. In commemoration, let’s talk a little about children’s mental health. I’ll start. I was 9 the first time I thought about killing myself. Actually, I might have been 8 or even 7, but I …

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Do My Knees Look Fat? Or, Body Issues And Your Child

One evening when my kid was about ten, she climbed up to sit on the table where I was working, grading my midterms.  “All the girls in Upper El are on diets.” “What?” I frowned at her over the grammar exam I was in the middle of.  “All of them?” …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Media & Technology

What (screen) time is it?

Well, that kind of depends on the age of your kids. Is it “Time for lunch!” a la Bubble Guppies or “Adventure Time!” a la…well, Adventure Time? In my house it’s actually both, since my two kids are 7 years apart. But I’ve spent a lot of time here already talking about preschool …

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The Importance of Not Defining Normal for Other Children

There are things in this world that piss me off. I could come up with a bunch of rhetorical examples to lead into my real point, but I’m going to cut to the chase – one really easy way to do that is to write a whole blog post about how hard …

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Why “Just Don’t Buy It” Just Doesn’t Work

Originally published in slightly different form at I’m Just Not Impressed on October 14, 2011. At least once in pretty much any discussion about patronizing idiot-chic tee shirts, uber sexy Halloween costumes, or itty-bity sexpot bikinis for 2 year olds, at least one person will take the time to comment “If you don’t …

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Bronies Are People Too

I just read the heartbreaking story of Michael.  To make a long story short, this kid attempted to commit suicide after being bullied at school.  He’s eleven years old and likes “My Little Pony”.  Apparently, that is something to be ridiculed and bullied for.  I don’t really understand the concept …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Education

Stealth Creationism

Last week, my friend Jay’s head asploded. Ok, not literally, but what better way is there to describe the experience of suddenly and jarringly discovering that your child is being taught to believe in young earth creationism and to reject evolution? Jay was recently faced with this realization after his …

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Toddlers Say the Damnedest Things

I’ll admit, I’m horrible. I like to watch the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras. It satisfies my neglected inner Honey Boo Boo Child, because when I was a little kid, I would have loved to have been in a glitz pageant. LOVED it. For as long as I can remember, …

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Well, Why Not?

Being responsible for another human is, quite possibly, one of the most difficult things a person can do. The job is full of sweat, blood, tears, snot, and vomit. It’s full of stress, worry, heavy lifting, and sleepless nights.  I suspect that’s why some parents feel the need to be heavy …