Ages 2-5Ages 6-9BooksLanguageReviews

Mammoth is Mopey Encourages True Paleo Nerds, Not Just Science Fetish

When I first read David and Jennie Orr’s new children’s book Mammoth is Mopey, I was conflicted. On the one hand, the artwork in this alphabet book featuring prehistoric creatures is great. A clean and simple style that David is known for and is perfect for little readers. The pages aren’t cluttered …

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Ages 6-9EducationLanguageRace, Ethnicity & Culture


新年快乐 – Happy New Year! We spent the afternoon on Saturday celebrating the Chinese New Year. It was a great afternoon of a dragon dance, songs, and dancing. This isn’t something that’s part of my heritage or my wife’s heritage, so why did J and I do this for the …

Ages 2-5Ages 6-9FeaturedGrief and LossLaw

Guns Don’t Kill People, Toddlers Kill People

I feel sick, sitting down to write this.   It’s been over two weeks since Veronica Rutledge, Nuclear Research Scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory, was shot in the head by her two-year-old son at a Walmart in Hayden, Idaho. I’ve waited until now to write this out of deference to …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9AtheismLGBTQLinksTraditions & Celebrations

Grounded Parents’ Gift Ideas (updated 12/9)

No, this isn’t a list of things you can send us; I’ll leave that for another person to post! It’s the holiday season, and many of our readers will be on the hunt for gift ideas. We’re going to pull together a bunch of suggestions for budding scientists, skeptics, alternative lifestyles, and …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 6-9AtheismReligion

Raising the Atheist Child

I’ve been an atheist since I can remember.  Some people think I’m kidding when I say this, but I can clearly remember my Lutheran kindergarten, when the teacher was going on about Jesus and I was giving all the other kids the side-eye: You’re not really buying this? Dr. Skull, …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9FriendshipPlay

The Problem With Tween Girls*

The click-bait headline blared something I can’t quite remember about how just plain horrible elementary and middle school (i.e. tween) girls are. They are pushy and loud and mean. That’s the idea right? That we are raising a generation of girls so imbued with the paradoxical juxtaposition of “girl power” …

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Field Tripping: Discover the Dinosaurs

(Disclaimer: I kinda, sorta forgot that maybe this would be a good topic to write about for GP so I didn’t keep as good an eye to detail as I should have for a thorough review. Accordingly, this will be a short review.) I’m not really sure if Discover the …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9BabiesReviews

Giveaway: Redefining Girly

Close readers of my posts here on Grounded Parents know that I am a big fan of the work Melissa Atkins Wardy of Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies is doing. Several years ago I was struggling to find a voice for something that had been bothering me immensely as a parent …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 6-9Education

Schooling Your Kid

After four years of home-schooling, we sent the kid back to public school this year. I wouldn’t say it’s been a smooth transition, but it’s been less fraught than it might have been.  She’s almost a month in and – as she puts it – not even a little bit dead …

Ages 6-9HumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Kids These Days Part Infinity

If there is one nugget of wisdom I would like readers to take away from our various perambulations through the land of poorly thought out but unfortunately common internet memes related to parenting and or childhood it is this; if you are about to say/write/think something that begins with some …