Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Media & Technology

Techno-Techno-Tween-Tween – A Smartphone for an 11 Year Old

Part 1: Acquiring New Technology As I write this, days, maybe even weeks before I actually post, I’m thinking about my lunch plans for today. No biggie…just going to buy a smart phone for my 11-year-old. Even writing that makes me want to do the “ack make it stop” flappy hands. …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)DisciplineEducationParenting Styles

#SorryNotSorry — The End of The Forced Apology

I got an email the other day. My son’s teacher wanted to discuss my son’s strong emotional response that day in school. My first thought was — uh, could you please define strong emotional response? Did he burst into tears? Did he throw a table? Did he yell? Ah, the joy of …


LEGO, You Ain’t no Friends of Mine

So, we got the new LEGO catalog the other day. This is always a big day in our household, especially for me, as it’s when I can start planning my holiday shopping for the kids and usually identify what I want under the x-mas tree as well. (Pro tip – …

HumorIdentityParenting Styles

9 Things I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child

1. Internet lists are a whole bunch of bs. Yes, even this one (well, really it’s more snark, but wev). We’ve all seen those [Random Number] Things I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Girl/Boy/Girl lists, right? Guess what. Bullshit. I can honestly say that I’ve experienced all 19 of …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)Sex and Sexuality

The Dating Game: Another look at all of these rules.

Lou has been doing such an awesome job taking down those silly “rules for dating my [insert gendered child-type here]” in the Internet Meme Demolition Derby- go read them if you haven’t yet, because you may want context. And one of the things that’s come up in comments is well …

X-Men Element Chess
Ages 2-5Ages 6-9Mixed Belief Families

Little Things

D waved me down. I stopped the lawnmower and walked over to my 7-year-old to see what was going on. To my surprise, he and his 5-year-old brother were in their pajamas. J was out for the evening, and I had to mow the lawn, so I left them in …

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Media & Technology

My Critical Thinking Little Pony

Ah. So nice to be able to let Rose veg out in front of the television and know that at least she is getting some positive critical thinking messaging at the same time. Before this year, I had never watched My Little Pony but had always heard through the skeptic …


Weekend Reads: Ides of March, Kids and DV, Toddler Bed Times, Critical Thinking, etc

Beware the Ides of March!   The internet is truly amazing sometimes. If you ever wanted to know how to explain the phrase “beware the Ides of March” to your child, there’s a link for that. So what else is going on around here? If you’re trying to….find a book …


Daddy, I Think I’m Drunk

My 10 year old son was staggering around. He was babbling like an idiot (not unusual, but this was way more than normal). He was slurring his speech. If I didn’t know better I’d swear he was drunk. He wasn’t; I knew better. He, however, did not. He’d been given …

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I’m a Flaming Idiot

We are lucky enough to have a child who is fabulously healthy: no trips to the emergency room, very few sleepless nights and only mild cases of childhood illnesses. But there have been a few occasions when a respiratory tract infection has turned into an ear infection. And ear infections …