Category: Raising sisters

Bullying: Girls, don't be smart AND pretty

I’m suddenly grateful I was so plain in middle school. A mom on a Chicago message board yesterday shared the story about her daughter’s living hell at the hands of North Shore middle school bullies. 12-year-old “Sarah*” is constantly told how ugly she is and that no one likes her. She has been told to... Read more »

I hate character kids' clothes! I SAID IT OUT LOUD.

I hate kids clothing with Disney crap on it. I know, this topic is a source of controversy on these here internets because what isn’t in the age of Click Hole and the mommy wars, but try not to murder me in my sleep. There’s a camp who thinks their kids wearing clothing with brand... Read more »

No, I don't want my daughter getting an IUD

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics published its recommendation for sexually active teenage girls to choose Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) to avoid pregnancy. That’s right, IUDs as a best option to prevent pregnancy was published in a pediatrics journal. Kids. Babies. Using IUDs. Look, I know teens are going to have sex, but an IUD... Read more »

Why is everyone so sad the kids are off to school?

I see everyone is sad about school starting. I’m not trying to be one of those parents who is like, “ZOMG, I HATE MY MINI-JERKS!” because while I’ve had some pretty full days of sunscreen battles and 10:00 p.m. eventual bedtimes, I don’t actually hate my kids. I’m exited for school to start for different... Read more »

Stop with the ugly feminist trope! Feminists are HOT! [PICS]

Alicia Justice - professional, mother, wife and hot feminist.
Girls want to be pretty. Said it! I know, there are some fierce ones who would rather dress up as Spiderman and that’s awesome, but I’m talking about the majority of girls who seem to be organically drawn to things covered in pink sparkles. I’m raising three girls who are, well, girly. They want to... Read more »

Why the internet keeps flagging your naked baby pics

Several Instagram accounts have been shut down this month because mothers are posting nude and partially nude kids, which violates the site’s terms of use. Rallying campaigns then ensue to get the bloggers back on social media, a battle cry to the effect that Instagram and the people flagging the baby pictures are perverts. I... Read more »

How to exploit natural consequences and get free child labor

School is out for Good Friday today and Niko took off, so naturally we laid around looking at all the Easter circulars in the paper as we drank a 3-hour cup of coffee. It was our pretend Sunday since real Sunday this week will involve inlaws and itchy clothing. Bee was begging for everything she... Read more »

Are you grandma enough?

I heard about a lady today who quit her job to be a grandma. She had her kids young, so she couldn’t be more than mid-40’s herself, but the pressure to work and earn her World’s Best Gram coffee mug was too much. The parents of the grandchild were perfectly capable, and I certainly understand the... Read more »

Like sex, selfie education starts at home

My five-year-old, the one who thought she was going to wear lipstick to school (HAHAHAHAHAHA) put together a little outfit today and wanted me to document it. I don’t know what I was thinking with this next bit, but I can only reason that when she asks for stuff, I usually suggest she tries it... Read more »

The future is here: Lipstick in kindergarten

Lately my daughter has been in somewhat of a rivalry/admiration zone with this other girl at school. They like the same boy. Bee kisses him on the cheek, the other girl invites him over. The other girl does this, Bee has to do that. Last week it was jewelry. All of a sudden Bee wanted... Read more »