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Weekend Reads: How Secular Values Stand Up, Anxious Kids, and The White House vs After-school Programs

Happy Weekend Readers! Hope everyone is surviving the frenetic weather that Smarch has delivered. I’m sure this has nothing to do with global climate change… How do children raised in non-religious households fare compared to their religious peers? In other words, do Secular Family Values stand the test of time? …

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Grief and Loss

Death – Part II

I’ve written before about helping children deal with death.  It’s a difficult thing to do, especially if you  haven’t developed ways of deal with death yourself. A couple of weeks ago we had to put down Bailey, our Aussie Shepard.  He was almost 15 years old and we had him …

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Parenting Styles

Parenting Is About Parents Too

Grounded Parents, as the name implies, is a parenting blog.  Most of us usually take this to mean that it focuses on tips and experiences raising children and so is child focused, and this is certainly true.  What is often overlooked is that parenting has another side to it and …

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BooksGrief and Loss

Lifetimes: Explaining Death to Children

It’s the holiday season, when we’re meant to be full to the brim with peace and joy and eggnog and cookies, and our houses are meant to be full to bursting with loved ones. All well and good, unless you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, in which case …

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Grief and Loss

Preparing For Death

My children’s mother is dying.  Well, not officially.  She doesn’t have a terminal disease that they know of.  What she does have, and what seems to be the root cause of everything wrong, is uncontrolled diabetes. We were married for over 18 years.  She had health issues from the time …

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Parenting Styles

Choosing a Guardian for our Kids

We haven’t appointed legal guardians for our children. I’ve thought and thought and thought about it and I know that it I really important, but we still haven’t done it. Because, at the end of the day, how do you choose who you feel is going to be the best person/people to …

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MarriagePolitics

So I Married a Gun Nut

I distinctly remember our first date. I had a few disclaimers to get out-of-the-way. Me: There are a few things you should know about me. I am a Pro-choice Feminist, a Socialist and not Christian. Also, I am a vegetarian. I just don’t want to waste your time if any …

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Pregnancy & Childbirth

When and whether to become a mother

I am 100% pro-choice. I believe that a woman should have the absolute right to determine when and whether to become a mother. I also believe that reproductive issues are not just women’s issues, they are human issues. Every child deserves to be wanted, loved and cared for. When children are born to families who want them, who …

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Religion

What is Sacred?

It’s Christmas time! You all know what that means? Yup! It’s the “War on Christmas”! You know, “Put the Christ back in Christmas”, and all that jazz. There has been a great hullabaloo all over the news (well on Faux News) and the interwebs about this so-called war. It seems …

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