Weekend Reads: Gay Parents Should Share Gay Culture, The Case Against High School Sports, and More On Gendered Toys

Happy Weekend Readers! I hope everyone is staying hydrated during the heat wave that has settled over most of the US this week. It’s so humid here in the Queen City that my Pokemon eggs are getting poached. Lots of links this week, so let’s get to it!

Great “Hey Daddy” column at Slate this week about how LQBTQ parents can and should share Gay Culture with their kids. 

Decades of research is showing that “timeouts” and other forms of punishment are outright damaging to our children. 

All punishments are ineffective, Hatfield went on to say, because the vast majority of kids don’t misbehave; they behave. They behave like kids. They don’t do things to be bad; they do things because those things are age-appropriate, or because they’re still learning, or because they’re not getting some basic need met. Maybe they are hungry or tired; maybe they are overstimulated or overwhelmed; maybe they need a hug. Or maybe they just don’t know how to process whatever emotion they’re feeling.

Punishment in any form is harmful, because “it takes the core need of the child… and uses it as a bargaining chip.”

“All behavior,” Hatfield said, “is communication.”

Why I want my teenage daughter to have sex, explains Kristin Luce at Elephant Journal. (It’s because sex is fun?)

Amanda Ripley makes the Case Against High School Sports at The Atlantic.

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?

The daughter of the late Harold Ramis wants those who hate the new Ghostbusters to stop using her father as an excuse. 

A construction worker hides Waldo on site every day for the kids at the hospital across the street to find. 

Quartz provides us with A Scientific Guide to Navigating the World of Gendered Toys Without Screwing Up Your Kid. 

Some cartoons…

let me sing

This weeks video is really neat and helpful!


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Louis Doench

Lou Doench is a 52 year old father of three. Twelve years ago he married the coolest woman in the world and gave up the lucrative career of being a photography student to become a stay at home husband and Dad, or SAHD. An atheist geek, or a geeky atheist if you prefer, Lou likes reading, photography, video gaming, disc golf, baseball and Dr. Who. He has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1976. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an excellent home cook, not that his children would know because they only eat Mac & Cheese. Follow Lou on Twitter @blotzphoto or check out his photography at

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