Parenting

Dear Parents: Hang Up and Hit Your Kids
Family / Parenting

Dear Parents: Hang Up and Hit Your Kids

Don’t let your kids turn out like Donald Trump.

Meditating with Monks
Family / Parenting

Meditating with Monks

“The who are doing what?” “The monks are making a mandala!” I didn’t know how it would go over. I couldn’t wait to see them myself, Tibetan Buddhist monks creating a sacred cosmogram from colored sand for hours at a time. They’re on tour for a year, and they’re here […]

Beyond Talk: Helping Kids Deal with Divorce
Parenting

Beyond Talk: Helping Kids Deal with Divorce

“It’s not your fault” and “We will always take care of you”—those phrases don’t have the leverage necessary to lift that weight.

Photo credit: Scouts for Equality
Family / Family-building / Kids / Parenting

The Boy Scouts: Honor, Credo, or Oxymoron

The Boys Scouts of America flagrantly recruits hairless, prepubescent males into their uniform-wearing, male-bonding, rubbing-two-sticks-together-in-the-woods lifestyle.

photo credit: you queen
Family / Parenting

Confessions of a Mother on the Other Side

I need to tell you something that may confuse, might offend, and could easily lead you to judge me harshly. But, I want to explain something to you from the perspective of a parent with older kids.

When Neighbors Aren’t Neighborly
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When Neighbors Aren’t Neighborly

What do you do when your neighbors stop talking to you?

Sex Talk: The Awkwardness of the Mother Is Visited Upon her Sons
Parenting

Sex Talk: The Awkwardness of the Mother Is Visited Upon her Sons

I asked my kids, in the context of a conversation about song lyrics, what they think “sexy” means, and both my sons made it abundantly clear that they are suddenly totally disgusted by any talk about sex, bodies, or puberty.

Photo caption: Dylan Flunker
Family / Family-building / Parenting

All Kinds of Changes that Come with a Second Child

We have been slowly acclimating to the new “normal” over here at the FaB house with the arrival of kid number two. It’s been seven weeks, which feels like both forever and the blink of an eye. So what really changed when we had a second kid? 1. Sleep, and lack thereof […]

The Last Days of the First Months
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The Last Days of the First Months

Each day for the past four months my morning routine has been the same: drop off my oldest son at his bus stop, drop off my husband at his office, and then before going into work take my younger son to the coffee shop around the corner and pass the […]

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Family / Parenting

Two Boys Kissing is So Gay

(Boy + Boy) x Kissing = Funny. The lazy math of straight comedy writers. The joke being on us.