Ages 10-12 (Tween)FriendshipSex and SexualitySleepUncategorized

Boy/Girl sleepovers? What’s the big deal?

Hipster Tween is home from her father’s for a few days (she lives with me during the school year) and she’s been trying to set up a sleepover with one of her friends. C, who is a girl, is currently “5 hours north of Madison”. Hipster Tween, not to be …

Sex and SexualityUncategorized

No such thing as safe sex?

One of the joys of being part of a blogging network is that you get exposed to articles and such that you’d never have come across in your own sphere. Sometimes they’re enlightening, worldview-expanding, and perspective-altering. Sometimes they’re just tripe. This article by Matt Walsh, on why he’s not going …


Losing our religion? ‘Not fast enough’, says UN.

So, I’m back, and you know what that means. Ireland’s education system still sucks, at least when it comes to equal access for non-Christians. You see, a couple of weeks ago an Irish delegation, led by our Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, was in front of a United Nations panel to …

Ages 2-5Ages 6-9DisciplineUncategorized

Good Reasons to Hit Your Kid

So three or four years ago, my kid broke the screen on her iPad, for the second time. I was telling the story to my students before class started, kind of laughing about it, the way you do, because kids, am I right, when one of the students in the …


Weekend Reads: Summer Solstice, Summer Fun and Vitamin D

Happy Summer Solstice, for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! Looking for a few interesting (science not pagan) facts about the solstice?  Here are 5.   Now, what might you be in the mood for today? If you’re looking for….a way to keep your toddler busy: Last night at …

ActivismSpecial NeedsUncategorized

NYT OpEd Skewers Jenny McCarthy but Misses the Dish

Like most parents with an autistic kid, I spent the month of April shuttling my kid (in my case, an adult kid but a kid none the less) from therapeutic recreation classes to doctor’s appointments to over-planned “social events”, still maintaining a small career and creating time for the rest …


A Public Apology

Yesterday, here at Grounded Parents, an incident occurred which deserves an explanation and apology. One of our writers wrote a post which several commenters disagreed with. The writer took the criticism badly, personally, and lashed out against our commenting community, including valued long time active members of the community. Against …

Ages 2-5BabiesHealthHow ToUncategorized

Five Things to Know When You Know Things Ain’t Right

When my baby was two weeks old, we noticed that her eyes scanned back and forth like a metronome. Being the loving and thoughtful parents that we were, we made jokes about her “Kit Kat Clock eyes” and just sort of ignored it for about a week. She seemed to …

ActivismAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5FeminismMedia & TechnologyRace, Ethnicity & CultureUncategorized

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, …

Alternate Family ArrangementsParenting StylesReligionUncategorized

People and their stupid, stupid mouths

If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that we can all live absolutely perfect lives.  We can have wonderful, giving friends,  perfect funky houses and wise old people who will show up at the perfect time to reassure us that everything is going to be ok if only we just …