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To Monitor or Mentor: A Review of Screenwise by Devorah Heitner

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Screenwise: Helping Kids Survive (and Thrive) in Their Digital World, by Devorah Heitner. This new book, officially out today, explores the intersection of childhood, parenting and all these devices that we are all carrying around all the time. As someone …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9FeminismMedia & Technology

Get Your Cape On!

Remember back in April when I shared my mixed excitement and trepidation about the DC SuperHero Girls announcement? Well, the franchise debuted at New York Comic Con this week and last month I had the absolutely incredible opportunity to actually sit down with 5 other feminist/blogger/moms and representatives from Mattel …

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Feminist in a Metal Bikini

A few weeks ago, I was browsing my Facebook feed and came across this blog post. TL;DR: Mom and daughter see an action figure of Leia dressed in a metal bikini in the toy aisle. Mom deflects questions from her young child about it, having never seen the film. She writes …

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From Toys to Toilets

As reported here over the weekend, Target has announced that it will remove signage and other culturally enforced color designations in its stores over the next several weeks, presumably in time for a holiday shopping season that will see Lego Friends and Elves moved to the building set aisle where …

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Is Your Kid’s Favorite Superhero Sexist?

I spent most of Thursday (when I wasn’t working, of course) flipping back and forth between two breaking comic-related stories. The first was actually really exciting (to me) news that DC is working on a new superhero concept featuring and aimed at girl comic fans. My first reaction was something pretty …

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[TTT] Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

I don’t know about you all, but I am one of those loony people who really loves Christmas and the December holiday season in general. It’s always been a totally secular celebration for me, so I don’t have a lot of baggage wandering around from childhood associated with the sacred …

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Why I’m On the Fence About “No Gender December”.

Maybe it’s just my Facebook peeps, but for the past couple of days, I’ve been seeing a reasonably steady stream of info about “No Gender December“, an initiative by an Australian group called Play Unlimited. The stated goal is focused – rightly in my book – on gender-specific toy marketing and seems …

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Third Thursday (Thankful) Television

It’s that time of year…when the world falls in love…tries desperately to stave off the onslaught of Christmas carols and instead focuses briefly, not on the things that we want (just a few more weeks kids), but on those things that we are grateful to have. For example, my colleagues …

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Weekend Reads: Dads on Parenting, Toddler Screen Time, Science of Cliques

Hello hello!  How’s everyone doing this weekend?  We got our first real snowfall here this week, so we’re starting to do that awkward thing where you dress your kid up in so much warm clothing they kind of can’t move.  Ah well.  Anyway, what can I interest you in today? …

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Ages 2-5Media & Technology

[TTT] Dora and Friends: Into the Shiny New Abyss

Welcome back to a brand new edition of Third Thursday Television. My plan was to bring you something a little different this week and look at some of the wacky science reality shows my almost 6th grader enjoys – and I promise, that post is coming, since it’s already sort …

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