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

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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Ages 6-9

Explaining Death to Kids, Atheist-Style

The routine to get the 6-year old to bed is usually the same. He showers, gets his jammies on, and crawls into bed. His dad or I read to him while the kitten walks up and down the bed, purring, and then we hug him and kiss him, and close …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Media & Technology

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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Ages 2-5Ages 6-9

Book Review: Jon Muth

I first came upon Jon Muth’s work almost by accident. My kid loves books, especially poems (two English professors for parents, go figure), so when she was little, we spent a lot of time at the library.  One Saturday, we picked up A Family of Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy. …

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Ages 6-9Education

A nice problem to have…

As anyone who knows me personally can attest, I was not always the handsome, debonair sex symbol you see before you today.  When I was younger I was, shall we say, a complete and total dork. A spazz. A nerd (back when that was an effective slur). And not just …

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

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 …

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Ages 2-5Ages 6-9

Always Daddy

I was in the store yesterday. Understand, my youngest child will be 16 years old next month, so you might think it strange that when I heard a young girls voice call out, “Daddy!”, that I immediately spun around to find the source of that voice. It’s been a while …

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Ages 6-9

The Boy Who Cried WTF

I am so, so lucky. I’m a teacher, and I have a 1st grader in the same district, so when we get snow days, we get them off together. That’s what happened yesterday. We had a good day. We made pancake batter and then made individual pancakes together, mixing in …

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Ages 6-9Media & Technology

What Does “Arthur” Have to Teach Us About Bullying?

(Don’t worry– this will be my last post about TV for the foreseeable future.) I’ve taken on Sesame Street, so now it’s time for another beloved childhood favorite: Arthur. For background, I hate Arthur. I hate everything about Arthur from its style* to its subject matter. The biggest crime of …

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Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Reviews

Sunday Morning Book Review: The Lorax

With a little luck, this may become a semi regular feature, so I thought I would start with something a little familiar. (And I couldn’t find the book I was looking for on Pickle’s book shelves)   The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss Originally printed in 1971. (My edition, much later) …

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