Kids

My Funny Vlogentine
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My Funny Vlogentine

It’s that time of the month again! No…not that time of the month – I don’t keep track of your cycles! I can’t even keep track of my own! No, it’s time for my monthly unscripted rambling mess of a vlog! I must confess…I did two takes and used the […]

Raising a Toddler in a Gendered World
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Raising a Toddler in a Gendered World

[I originally published this post about a year and a half ago over on West Philly Mama.  Much of it still holds true, but it’s only gotten harder to dodge the constant gender messaging.  He’s now at an age where he is noticing gender and asking questions about biological sex […]

If You Give A Kid A Muffin…
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If You Give A Kid A Muffin…

Last weekend, my son asked me to make cranberry orange muffins for him because they were going to be doing standardized testing all week at school and could take a special snack to have while filling in little ovals with #2 pencils. Well, he didn’t say the ovals and pencil […]

The Eternal “Flame”
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The Eternal “Flame”

On December 31, my neighborhood inaugurated a new tradition: decorating our front yards with luminarias, paper bag lanterns lit by candles, a sign of welcome to neighbors and friends. Always up for activities that foster beauty and community, I opted in. Because the email suggesting the luminarias had arrived within […]

Watching History With Our Kids
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Watching History With Our Kids

We hijacked the television from the children on Monday so that we could all watch the inauguration.  It was not a choice, much to the boys’ dismay.  After a few tongue clicks and throaty exhales, they seemed open enough to the idea of watching something other than animation or a […]

Comic from BackyardChikens.com
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Tried and true: Recipes for kids with the sniffles

Originally, when I agreed to blog here, I agreed to blog once a month. But then, I had an idea: what if I blogged twice a month and one of those posts was more of a question or resource center? Of course, this idea will only work if you all […]

A Swedish toy-shop company is attempting to deflect allegations of sexism by producing a "gender neutral" Christmas catalogue featuring boys with dolls and gun-toting girls.
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Gender-free parenting?

(This blog post is cross-posted from Clare Says where it was mostly ignored, except by someone who emailed to say I should post it on Lesbian Family.) I am not sure exactly how we got on the subject, but my husband asked if I would treat our child different if […]

To watch with the little ones
Culture / Kids / Media

To watch with the little ones

Here are some short animations featuring LGBT families produced by Paka Paka, which is Argentina’s first public educational tv channel for kids run by the Ministry of Education, to watch with the little ones and since there is no dialog, it doesn’t matter what language you speak. 1) Mi Familia, […]

The Odd Couple Living in My House
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The Odd Couple Living in My House

Even before our ultrasound, we were confident that we were having a boy.  We had collected all sorts of non-scientific data and hearsay to determine that IUI (intrauterine insemination) yielded more boys. We had no girls’ names at the ready.  We assumed, wrongly or rightly, that we would have a […]

My Daughter’s First Princess
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My Daughter’s First Princess

This summer, the week before she started her big kid preschool, I took n to see her first movie. And it was a Disney Princess movie. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am definitely a sucker for the marketing of The Mouse. I love Disney movies, even many of the […]