During a recent trip to the park, we encountered a little kid and his mother. He was a couple years older than V; maybe 4. The interaction started off very cute. He wanted to say hello. I crouched down to her level to see if she would say hi or wave to him. She's usually more comfortable if I'm close by when we meet new people. Before we got the "hello" thing mastered, Park Kid came up close and started petting her arm. I wasn't too surprised about this, as I've told my own child to "do nice" (lame-o!) to other people's bodies. And being a bit older, he seemed to know how to treat a child smaller than himself. The interaction was quick. Thirty seconds tops. As we were about to say … Continue reading...
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This piece originally appeared on Strong Women, Strong Girls, an inspiring organization that supports positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities to help raise ambition and combat the dangers of low self-esteem. I’m often frustrated with the television characters on shows aimed at adolescents and teenagers – Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, the Kardashians et al – that focus heavily on the (highly unattainable) physical female appearance. It caused me to reminisce about one of my favorite shows, Gilmore Girls, which ran from 2000-2007, with a four-episode revival series in 2016. The brainchild of Amy … Continue reading...
Reading with new babies is so peaceful. Before they start crawling and moving around; before can shake their heads or wriggle away. In the first few months of my daughter's life, it was one of our favorite activities. Her eyes searched the pages like a detective, and the sing-song rhythm entranced her. It's meaningful for parents, too. Some of the books have actually made me cry. Was it the several weeks of sleepless nights and endless feedings? Hormone overload? Probably all of the above. Books make a perfect gift for new parents, too. I'm not talking about the "how-to" parent books that make you feel like a criminal if you swaddle your baby too long or not at all. I mean the books … Continue reading...
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I got my daughter a play kitchen. Yup, I did. Some of you might be thinking, hmmm, for someone who wants children to break free of traditional gender stereotypes, why are you giving your girl a hyper-gendered toy like a kitchen? Good question, my keen friend! Let’s rewind. This post may contain affiliate links. Click […]
Swimsuit season can be tough. And no, I don’t mean that many of us feel out-of-shape and pasty as winter wraps up and spring begins. (Not that there isn’t a ring of truth in that.) What I mean is…swim suit season is tough for the kids! Call me a prude, but so many of the […]
I don’t want my child to be polite. That probably sounds weird, right? Not long ago, one of our child care providers commented on my daughter’s personality. “She’s so polite,” the teacher said. Ummm…polite? Really? I paused and contemplated this. My kid is only 19 months old. How exactly is a young toddler polite? Is […]
Long before becoming a parent, I became fascinated with messages society sends to kids solely based on their sex. As a college student with a major in Communications and a minor in Women’s Studies, my favorite class was “Gender in the Media” – a perfect combination of the two. My thesis focused on Halloween costumes for children […]