Weekend Reads: 21 Real Parenting Pro Tips, Calvin & Hobbes is Great Liturature, and Screen Time for Kids is Probably Fine

Happy Weekend Readers! The Republican and Democratic national conventions are finished and in preparation for the beginning of what I’m sure will be a dignified and reasonable (/sarcasm) general election campaign I’m  disappearing into the Smokey Mountains for a week to hide. Seriously, I live in Ohio, I won’t be able to blink without seeing campaign commercials for the next 3 months.

Clint Edwards at Scary Mommy shares his 21 Real Parenting Pro Tips such as…

2. Buy lots of mac and cheese. That’s the key. Don’t fight it. Just buy the hell out of that shit. It’ll be fine.

Readers of my Internet Meme Demolition Derby know that I consider Calvin and Hobbes  to be the last great beloved American comic strip. Gabrielle Bellot makes the case that we should consider the adventures of this little blond boy and his sometimes stuffed tiger to be great literature as well. 

The numbers wonks at FiveThirtyEight take a look at the real effects of screen time on kids. 

Amy Davidson at The New Yorker critiques “The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids”.

From Science Daily, new report calls for a new national framework to support struggling parents. Developmental psychologists say the findings emphasize making parenting a national U.S. priority.

“Overwhelmingly, parents want their young children to thrive, yet it’s a really hard job and many parents are struggling to find the supports to help them do that job,” said Dearing, a member of the Lynch School of Education’s Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology. “Right now there are too many families who have not been fortunate enough to be in a situation where they are getting the supports they need.”

We don’t like the Anti-Vaccination movement very much round here. Which is why we would like Green Party Presidential Candidate Doctor Jill Stein to stop pandering to them.

Bill and Hillary Clinton love balloons.

From The Science of Parenthood


Hot outside where you are? Maybe you need a SIX FOOT WATER BALLOON!!!


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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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