Ages 13-17 (Teen)BabiesFeminismIdentityLanguageParenting StylesUncategorized

No, My First Name Ain’t “Mama”

I consider myself a fairly open-minded person about any number of things. My kid comes out as pangender? No problem, as long as they’re happy and safe. Gay marriage? You love each other and want to be together in sickness and in health? Who am I to say you nay? …

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Taking Stock, Giving Thanks, And Making A Change

Tonight my mom had an early Thanksgiving.  After the meal we sat down and, as is tradition with my sappy mom, everyone went around and shared something they were thankful for. I wasn’t ready then and I took a pass, but I think I know what I want to say now. …

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Kim Davis and The Country We Leave Our Children

  The story of Kim Davis–the Kentucky Clerk of Courts who has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, in contempt of a court order–continues to grow. Kim has argued and continues to hold that her religious freedom is at stake, since it is her name …

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Weekend Reads: Gen X Parenting, Star Wars Land, and Baby Pandas!

Greetings Grounded Parents readers. The organic unit designated “bethany” is on something called a “vacation” and is thus unable to perform their duties to collate the “Weekend Reads” feature for this website. This unit, designated NOMAD, has been recruited to remedy this content deficit. Please enjoy the parenting and science …

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I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please

Facebook is riddled with pockets of abject ignorance. If you venture inside the deepest of these private and sometimes secret groups, you’ll come out either despondent at the state of humanity or a true believer. It’s in these places that lies are born. As the most fervent believers find an …

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HealthLawUncategorized

Modern healthcare for kids…a postscript

Hey everyone. Just got back from Skepchicon in Minneapolis and am catching up on my email. Looks like the 21st Century Cures Act got a huge bump last week, with 189 supporters, almost perfectly split between Democrat and Republican representatives. While funding may still be an issue, there’s a real …

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Sex and SexualityUncategorized

Why your teen shouldn’t be afraid of STIs

Scare tactics are one of the staples of teen health and safety education initiatives. Driver’s ed classes with photos of gruesome car wrecks; drug and alcohol abuse programs filled with grim stories about arrests and deaths; and my personal favorite, sex ed programs with slide after slide of genitals covered …

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Ages 13-17 (Teen)AtheismHumorUncategorized

Are you there, God? It’s me, Elizabeth Lauten.

It really does take a village to raise a child but with the Village comes the occasional Village Idiot. Sometimes this Idiot is a lovable stranger in line at the grocery store loudly shouting Roku instructions to his family and sometimes the Idiot is Gwyneth Paltrow who believes that grown …

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FeminismGrief and LossMarriageUncategorized

An Anchor ‘Round My Heart: Love, Loss, Moving On, Etc.

Today marks the end of what I like to call my Fortnight of Suck — a collection of dates that used to send me spiralling into a depressive abyss: 10/23: my stepfather’s birthday; 10/26: the date my divorce was final; somewhere in there is the date of my ex-husband’s second …

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Special NeedsUncategorized

Dealing With Your Child’s Sleep Issues

Do your children sleep through the night?  Mine didn’t.  In the seven years after my first child was born I don’t think I ever got a full night sleep. My son was born eight weeks premature.  We were thankful that he only had to spend eight days in the NICU.  …

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