Category Archives: parenting

Will Work for Family

You mean we get paid just for being born? Eli queried. Me: Yeah, I guess so. We were talking about allowance. See, the deal at our house is that you get paid cuz you’re in the family, and for no … Continue reading

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My breast whisperer creeps me out

I started to comment this morning on an article I read on babble.com (My Medela Speaks to Me How breast pumps “talk” to new mothers, by Melissa Sher, December 2, 2010), but then the comment took on a life of … Continue reading

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Baby-proofing and other holiday safety absurdities

A list of holiday safety tips recently caught my eye. Not because I was seeking out a whole new list of dangers to worry about, but because the advice was so absurd. AB-SURD. But to be fair, the author does … Continue reading

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The metaphor of safe ice

One of the things I find most troubling about being a parent is the nearly pathological degree to which we attempt to remove all risk from our children’s lives (a subject about which I’d be happy to rant ad nauseum … Continue reading

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The dirt on high fructose corn syrup

Like most horror stories about environmental or nutritional bogeymen, I half-listen and just try to veer toward natural products and food–emphasis on “try” and, let’s be honest, not all that hard actually. It’s A LOT of work. But, when someone … Continue reading

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OTHER Outrage of the Week: Funeral for a Swing Set (via FreeRangeKids)

No, no, no. Come on! Hi Readers — Those clever folks at KaBoom, the playground people, have created a “virtual funeral” for the swingsets of West Virginia’s Cabell County. The sets died an unnatural death, after a painful lawsuit brought … Continue reading

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