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Weekend Reads: Stop Apologizing For Your Kids, Gender Everywhere, and Mike Pence is Awful

Hello Weekend Readers, it’s been a rough week around the world. There was a heinous attack on innocent Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France. Turkey exploded into violence as a military coup attempted and failed to overthrow the government.  I got nothing funny to say about any of that, hugs to …

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Weekend Reads: Anxious Kids, D&D, and The Kids Are Alright

It’s Spring Forward Day, when the US Government takes one hour away from you and gives it back in the Fall in order to somehow save daylight. I assume much like withholding tax , they keep the accrued interest. On to the links! Melinda Wenner Moyer gives us some great advice for how …

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LGBTQMarriage

Celebration! (and a poetry challenge)

I’m hugging Offspring every few minutes today! I hope the backlash is light, but this is time for happiness and love. Help me celebrate! Our very own Emily brought it to my attention that Scalia’s dissent is being turned to poetry. Put your poetry in comments. It can be based …

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Ages 2-5Discipline

House Rules – to Love, Honor, and Disobey

My apologies to anyone who clicked on this link thinking that this was a post about your favorite grumpy doctor. I do think that he would appreciate my satire and demands for evidence, but, instead of an homage to sarcasm, I wanted to share the framework that my family has created for …

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FeminismHumor

Dear Future Partner

I could probably spend the rest of my writing career re-writing Meghan Trainor lyrics to be less problematic and sexist. I may never run out of material. It was bad enough when she thought it was a good idea for moms to teach their daughters that attracting a man should be their main …

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Grief and LossMarriage

Cognitive Dissonance

Trigger Warning: This post includes descriptions of violence, which may be triggering or alarming. Please take care of yourself.       When my husband hurt me, it was like watching a stranger kill the man I loved in front of me and then try to kill me. I was so scared and confused. …

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Ages 2-5Parenting Styles

Stuff Parents Say

This morning I realized that I have officially become my mother. This is not a bad thing. Like many parents, I often find myself repeating the phrases that my mother said when I was young, some of which she still says today. There are the sweet things that she said, that make …

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A Small Break from it All

Note: This is an essay I wrote 4 years ago, but I still think it’s important for me to remember.  Weekends. In my younger years, they were times for relaxation and fun. In college, they often lasted most of the week and involved gay bars, drag queens, a little too …

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Parenting Styles

Parenting While Divorced

Divorce is traumatic. Next to death and illness, divorce is probably one of the the worst things anyone can experience.  This is not because it is something rare, far from it.  I is because it is something that, despite the almost 50/50 odds, none of us think it will happen …

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Parenting Styles

The Greatest Gift A Parent Could Have

I know that Father’s Day was a while ago, but I’ve been pretty busy and this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and explain why this past Father’s Day was the best one I’ve ever had. My daughter is 16.  I’ve mentioned before how close …

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