Ages 2-5AtheismTraditions & Celebrations

Reasons I am a Horrible Mother, Christmas Edition

A few weeks ago my 5 year old came up to me and said these 5 fateful words, “Mommy, Santa isn’t real, right?” As first I was a little stunned, because she had previously been pretty all in on this Santa thing. We have kind of half-assed it, to be …

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ReligionTraditions & Celebrations

Festivus Carols for the Secular of Us

I love Christmas. Granted, the Christmas that I love is a totally cultural and secular holiday that has only the barest connection to anything relating to the sacred Christian holiday. Since my totally heathen childhood, I have loved the lights and the trees and the presents and believing, then not …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9FeminismMedia & Technology

Get Your Cape On!

Remember back in April when I shared my mixed excitement and trepidation about the DC SuperHero Girls announcement? Well, the franchise debuted at New York Comic Con this week and last month I had the absolutely incredible opportunity to actually sit down with 5 other feminist/blogger/moms and representatives from Mattel …

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HealthSpecial Needs

Not Bad, Just Different

Months ago, my toddler’s doctor suggested an Autism evaluation. It was expected. At 18 months old, he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder on top of his existing developmental delays, and has had therapy from an early age to help them clear these and other hurdles. In the weeks leading up to the evaluation, …

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FeminismMedia & Technology

Feminist in a Metal Bikini

A few weeks ago, I was browsing my Facebook feed and came across this blog post. TL;DR: Mom and daughter see an action figure of Leia dressed in a metal bikini in the toy aisle. Mom deflects questions from her young child about it, having never seen the film. She writes …

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EducationGrief and Loss

Trigger Warnings Will Destroy Us ALL! (or not)

Trigger Warning: infant death, graphic description of fetal tissue There is this man who stands a block from the entrance to my workplace. He props up two four-foot signs emblazoned with photographs of bloody, dead, micro-preemie babies, and another with the words “Stop Abortion Now!” I say “babies” despite knowing that these are fetuses, despite knowing …

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Ages 2-5FeminismPlay

Running Round in Robot Town

My daughter loves robots. She loves them so much, she got 4 new ones for her birthday last week, along with building toys, books, a camping outfit, art kits, and a terrarium. Sounds like a great gender neutral haul, yeah? I wonder what you are imagining dear reader, when I say that …

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Ages 6-9FeminismLanguageMedia & Technology

Is Your Kid’s Favorite Superhero Sexist?

I spent most of Thursday (when I wasn’t working, of course) flipping back and forth between two breaking comic-related stories. The first was actually really exciting (to me) news that DC is working on a new superhero concept featuring and aimed at girl comic fans. My first reaction was something pretty …

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FeminismLanguageMedia & Technology

Should a 13-Year-Old have to Dismiss Sexism to be “Classy?”

For that matter, why should a 13-year-old have to contend with highly public sexualized misogyny, with a side order of racial baggage to begin with? These are the questions I found myself asking on Monday in the wake of the reporting about Mo’ne Davis, and a college ball player who …

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Ages 2-5HumorMedia & Technology

[TTT] Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

I don’t know about you all, but I am one of those loony people who really loves Christmas and the December holiday season in general. It’s always been a totally secular celebration for me, so I don’t have a lot of baggage wandering around from childhood associated with the sacred …

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