Monthly Archives: October 2009

Great. Now we're giving the kids brain damage.

You can find a study to justify any aspect of parenting (breastfeeding makes kids smarter, no it doesn’t, maybe it does!?) but sometimes you read something, and even though it goes against your parental instinct you simply can’t ignore. Like … Continue reading

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Halloween Costumes, Stereotypes & The Kids

I, like a zillion other moms, have a three-year-old who wants to be a Princess (yes, with a capital “P”) for Halloween this year. And I’m sure I’m not alone in being somewhat irritated by her unwavering obsession with dressing … Continue reading

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Breast-feeding and carrying a loaded weapon – same dif?

An Open Salon entry today takes on the open carry crazies, as a leading advocate was recently killed by – you guessed it – a gun. Writer Steve Klingaman does a thorough job of exposing the hypocrisy and insanity of … Continue reading

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Circumcision not always making the cut

As I sit here with my circumcised baby boy I cringe reading the New York Magazine section (a whole section!) about circumcision. Whether or not to circumcise our son was a six month battle/discussion between my husband and I, and … Continue reading

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Maternity leave for the childfree?

Egads. I read something on the Strollerderby and I want to hit someone. Someone other than the Balloon Boy Dad: “A survey of 2,000 women in the United Kingdom found that women who aren’t mothers want maternity leave, too. In … Continue reading

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Breaking the glass ceiling, one piece of Dad Lit at a time

Like teaching and nursing, writing about children has traditionally been women’s work. Now two literary powerhouses have books coming out this fall tackling the subject matter without apology. I couldn’t be more excited if William F. Buckley, Jr. came back … Continue reading

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Is pre-K too young to learn about serial killers?

There was recently a hubbub among the parents of graduates of a Park Slope pre-school. As the little pitsels started Kindergarten it seemed a few of them were choosing to instead hide under the covers in fear. You see, a … Continue reading

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