ActivismAges 10-12 (Tween)Ages 2-5Parenting StylesPolitics

No, I’m Not Scaring My Kids By Discussing President Trump

Like many other parents, I woke up on November 9th afraid for the future and struggling to find the right words to explain the election to my children. Though I didn’t know exactly what to say and the end result was probably far from perfect, I shared my fears about President …

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BabiesHumorParenting FailsParenting Styles

You Need Kids Like A Hole In The Head

I don’t mean to make anyone here feel real stupid or anything but I’m a certified college graduate. That’s right, I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology so I know a hella lot about human development. I’m more than a little proud to say that I took no less than …

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Parenting FailsParenting Styles

Parenting Without A Tribe

I wanted to write a post titled In Defense of Helicopter Parenting but then I realized that I’m actually not much of a helicopter parent. I only hover when safety is a concern, and my goal is to avoid homework supervisory duties as much as possible. Still, I wanted to …

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ActivismParenting FailsParenting Styles

#BanBossy? Nope.

You may have heard that we are in the midst a national crisis: miniature would-be CEOs everywhere are suffocating under the weight of the word “bossy,” so Sheryl Sandberg’s foundation LeanIn.org, together with the Girl Scouts, has launched a campaign to ban “bossy” from our vocabulary: When a little boy …

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Discipline

Collateral Punishment

There is a phenomenon in parenting that I’ve come to think of as “collateral punishment”. This is a situation in which, in the course of punishing their own child for something that they have done, parents also punish a friend of theirs who has nothing to do with the behavior …

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Media & TechnologyParenting Styles

Internet Meme Demolition Derby: Dear Mom on the iPhone,

Real car crashes are frightening experiences to witness. Cars moving at high speed are suddenly brought to a halt by Newtons mischievous laws of motion. Tires squeal as they desperately fight inertia, scrawling their hot black fingerprints across the asphalt.  The impact is louder than you expect, echoing off buildings, …

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