Archive for August 2011

'Twas the night before school starts

'Twas the night before school starts
‘Twas the night before school and all through the house, little creatures are scrambling (but at least not a louse). One-year-old Cleo grunts her way up the stairs and claps for herself in case no one else stares. Daddy bakes cookies with young Annie Rose, destroying my counter and Rosie’s clean clothes. Katie is nervous... Read more »

Marketing to Children: Is This One of Those Ad Things?

About four months ago, K was eating breakfast, when she told me with delight, “I am losing weight!”  I turned away from the eggs on the stove, alarmed to hear this proclamation from a then-first grader.  She showed me the back of the Special K cereal box she was reading.  Sure enough, in big letters,... Read more »

Sexualization of Girls: No to Sexy, Yes to Fun

My mom called me a few weeks before K was due to visit her.  “I have a question,” she began.  “I want to take K to a spa where they specialize in little kids.  I know that you write about the problems with this type of thing all the time, so I thought I better... Read more »
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I will not call to check on my daughter again

I will not call to check on my daughter again
On Saturday night, we returned from our road trip (the one where we visited Katie’s birth family).  On Monday morning, Katie left with my mom to spend a week in Tampa with my parents. Katie has been looking forward to this trip for months, and although she misses us, she has been doing great.  My... Read more »