Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting FailsSex and Sexuality

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: New Rules for Dating my Daughter

The very first Internet Meme Demolition Derby featured the image to our right. Rules for Dating My Daughter was roaming across Facebook and Twitter, revealing the inner Neanderthal Conservative on your friends list and getting “Hurr Hurr Hurr, so true…” laughs from the usual chuckleheads whose comedic tastes stopped evolving …

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

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 13-17 (Teen)EducationFeminism

Default Sexism

Like many of you, perhaps, I was raised in a patriarchy*. What this means, it means Women were barred from many jobs Jobs women did have were often menial, relatively low-paying, or service jobs – waitressing or house-cleaning, nursing, childcare, or – for middle and upperclass women, selling real estate; …

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 …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting Styles

First Jobs

In the past week or so, both my kids have started jobs. For my daughter, who is 16, this is her first job. She took the initiative and got it all on her own. She’s working right up the street, walking distance, at a fast food place. She’s been putting …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)Ages 2-5DisciplineFood

You Can’t Have Any Pudding If You Don’t Eat Your Meat

Caveat: This post doesn’t address children who have medical problems related to food — those with severe allergies, or illnesses or genetic issues which make limiting or controlling their diets essential. The advice here does not apply to those cases! About a year ago, I was having dinner with one …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)DisciplineEducationMedia & Technology

Why I Will Never Have My Kid’s Password

Long ago in internet terms, a tech blogger, Janell Burley Hoffman, became briefly famous when she wrote a post about “giving” her son an iPhone for Christmas, along with a contract he had to sign to keep the phone. I became aware of Hoffman’s post when it went viral on …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)Education

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Quoting awful people edition.

No long metaphor laden preamble this week, lets get right to the action!   The Internet Meme beat is a fast paced environment requiring constant awareness and nimble, lightning quick reflexes. Or at least the ability to fake them. The above is an example of one of the most common …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting Styles

Why Valentine’s Day Sucks For Teens

They say that being a teenager sucks. If so, then it certainly sucks even more around Valentine’s Day. Romance is hard enough at any age, but when your teenage hormones are raging and you have hardly any experience controlling the emotions you are feeling, it becomes a cruel, harsh slave …

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 …