Category Archive: parenting

Apr 19

Six Things My Kids Are Allowed to Say to Adults

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There’s a blog post out there garnering a lot of attention titled 6 Things My Kids Aren’t Allowed to Say to Adults. After seeing it come through my Facebook newsfeed for the 27th time, I finally took a look.  Then I took another look. Then another.  Interestingly, each time I read it (3 times in …

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Mar 16

Mom Guilt, And Why You Need To Lose It

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Last week, another blogger whose opinion I greatly respect and admire, posted an update that read in part: I will never, ever forgive myself for allowing my precious baby to be circumcised. I don’t believe I should ever be forgiven by anybody for it. The buck stops here. I genuinely think it was the first …

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Mar 10

Computers, Technology, and the Language of the Future

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I was at Target the other day (buying a new broom, because my current broom was about a jillion years old and produced far more frustration than it did actual cleaning) and I overheard a conversation between a Target associate and a rather befuddled-looking older gentleman in the electronics department.    In a discussion that …

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Feb 28

Dear Parents: Don’t Be An Asshole

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Last night, before I went to bed, I read another article about the latest parent to publicly shame their child as so-called discipline.  Because the parent’s humiliating and degrading behavior was not enough on its own, photographic evidence of said “discipline” was then splashed about on social media as though it was entertainment.  Thousands of …

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Feb 17

Q & A – My Child Calls Me Mean

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Chelsea asks: How can I move past my children calling me, “mean”?  I’ve stopped yelling, and I’m working to be a more gentle parent.  But my four year old gets very aggressive when he’s excited or disappointed or angry, and he lashes out at me. First, awesome job on quitting the yelling!  It takes work …

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Feb 04

Q and A – How Do I Move To Gentle Parenting?

On YouTube with an answer to another parenting question: If you have children and have been spanking and using rewards and punishments their whole lives, how do you start to make the needed connections to be a gentle parent? I answer this question, and share my own favorite piece of parenting advice I’ve ever heard. …

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Jan 12

Choosing Joy

I made a little video.  I’ve never made a video like this (and don’t plan to do it again) but I don’t know…. I started thinking about talking about fear, and I kept seeing the words in my head as little blurbs instead of one long written-out thing. I apologize for the unprofessional-looking video, but …

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Jan 08

Why We Need To Keep Talking About Leelah Alcorn

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I’ll be 41 in 2 days. Even at 41, it still stings when I get disapproval from my parents.  At this point, it’s stupid little things:  they don’t like my nose ring, or that I gauged my ears.  They stopped being excited about my tattoos after number 2 or 3. They hated my dreadlocks for …

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Dec 15

Saying No to Say Yes

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It’s a week and a half before Christmas, which is always…. tricky. I adore Christmas.  Love it.  Love the spirit. Love giving presents. Love the lights. Love the food. Love the Christmas cookies. Love hanging out with my family. But it can be so BUSY, which, if left unchecked, can lead to stressful.  Exhausting. The …

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Nov 14

Ten Tips for Happier Living With Your Teenager

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I love teenagers. I’m lucky enough to have two (so far) of my own, but I love getting to borrow other people’s teens as well. Teens are awesome.  They’re smart and funny and interesting, and some of the most multi-faceted people I know.  One minute they have more maturity than an adult …. and the …

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