Category: parenting

Halloween Parenting

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For most of the world, Halloween is bats and pumpkins, skeletons and spooks. It’s costumes: painted faces, full-body suits, flirty dresses and high heels. People go to parties replete with fake spiderwebbing, where the crudites are served with skeleton hand…

Cartoons: Secret Messages

Kids’ shows aren’t what they seem. Most kids’ cartoons are annoying – you flick on the boob tube to shut Junior up for a precious half hour. But  do you ever really think about what he’s watching? Because it’s for…

Bring on the Mommy Wars

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So many have put so much into stopping the so-called mommy wars: the fight over which parenting practices will irrevokably damage our children, and which will send them to Princeton. There are tiger moms, helicopter moms, attachment parents, unicorn moms,…

Love Those Yoga Pants

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Yoga pants have gotten a bad rap lately. People say they’re lazy. They’re the uniform of the can’t-care-less stay at home mom. They’re boring; they’re usually stained; they’re the equivalent of wearing pajamas in public. Basically, the Fashion Police need…

Saying Yes

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It starts, every morning, with jumping on the bed. We have a queen sidecarred to single mattress and boxspring on the floor to maximize cosleeping, and for small boys, this makes an irresistible trampoline. They can’t hurt the mattress. They…

Nana to the Rescue

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Nana came to visit last week. She brings loads of presents we’d never buy, cruises thrift shops with me, and doesn’t complain even when the German Shepherd decides to sleep on top of her. That’s Nana. She bogarts my hair…

Parenting Sins We All Commit

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There’s pressure to be a perfect parent. We have to pack the perfect bento box, plan the perfect fundraiser, pin perfect boards full of links about sensory play and birthday parties. `Dirt and doubt are not allowed; A’s are expected,…