There’s a New Facebook Group for Food Allergy Parents And It’s Science-Based

My daughter has a life-threatening peanut allergy so just about every day I find myself looking at new posts, pictures or other related news. Sometimes, like with the peanut patch, it’s exciting. Sometimes, like with the cost of Epi-pens, it’s frustrating. But most of the time? It’s fear-based and flat out wrong. Why is the food allergy …


If you think anti-vaxxers are nuts, check out the Food Babe Army

[CN: This post describes and includes images of harassment.] You probably saw the headlines. Mark Zuckerberg gets his baby vaccinated. Anti-vaxxers go nuts. “Nuts” meaning the usual accusation featuring some combination of poison, Autism and Big Pharma. Some called the picture a fake. Others argued that the billionaire was probably paid off. It was …

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HealthMedia & TechnologySpecial Needs

Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.

You may have seen it in your Facebook news feed: a picture of a mother in the NICU cradling her baby surrounded by medical equipment, a smiling child with down syndrome, a trach tube, a cleft palate, or missing a limb. Maybe there’s a frail child curled up in a hospital bed, or …

EducationParenting Styles

Anxiety Amplification: Sending an Offspring to College in the Age of Facebook

When Offspring saw this post title over my shoulder, xe said, “But I’m not on Facebook, why are you worried?” so I’ll start with the clarification. It’s not what Offspring might do on Facebook that feeds my anxiety (for obvious reasons), it’s being on Facebook, myself, that is the problem. …


Being a Bitch Eating Crackers

Once you hate someone, everything they do is offensive. “Look at this bitch, eating those crackers like she owns the place.” If you spend time on social media or internet forums, you may have heard the phrase: “Bitch Eating Crackers” or BEC. Generally, it is invoked when someone is treating …


Weekend Reads: Complimenting Your Kids, Extreme Daycare, Toddler Facebook, etc

Hello hello!  How’s everyone doing today?  On the plus side, I’ve got my Christmas decorating done.  On the minus side, I have a vicious sore throat and stuffed sinuses.  Fun weekend.  Anyway, what are you in the mood for this weekend?     If you’re looking for….some compliments: Try these …

Ages 6-9HumorMedia & Technology

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Kids These Days Part Infinity

If there is one nugget of wisdom I would like readers to take away from our various perambulations through the land of poorly thought out but unfortunately common internet memes related to parenting and or childhood it is this; if you are about to say/write/think something that begins with some …

Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 13-17 (Teen)Media & TechnologySex and Sexuality

Facebook Bikini Hullabaloo and Raising Kids Without Shame

Last month a blog entry titled “My husband Doesn’t need to see your Boobs” kept appearing in my news feed accompanied by conservative praise, and liberal mocking.  The writer was a conservative Christian woman who wanted other women to stop posting pictures of themselves in bikinis because it was ruining her marriage. Some …

Ages 13-17 (Teen)Parenting FailsSex and Sexuality

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: New Rules for Dating my Daughter

The very first Internet Meme Demolition Derby featured the image to our right. Rules for Dating My Daughter was roaming across Facebook and Twitter, revealing the inner Neanderthal Conservative on your friends list and getting “Hurr Hurr Hurr, so true…” laughs from the usual chuckleheads whose comedic tastes stopped evolving …

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Ages 2-5BabiesReligion

Keeping Christ in Christmas. . . no, really

Today I received a Facebook share instructing me to “Keep the CHRIST in Christmas.”  I instinctively deleted it, as I do all slacktivist share requests (keep your recipes on Pinterest people, your political slogans on bumper stickers, and for god’s sake, keep your religious rhetoric on your own damn wall).   …