Category Archives: Politics/Society

Doing Cartwheels When I See the School Bus Coming

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I love the school bus so much! It symbolizes freedom to me. I bow to thee.

To all the school bus drivers out there… you have NO IDEA how much you mean to me. I ask you, what parent isn’t positively gleeful when their precious cherubs finally don their Sponge Bob or Frozen backpacks to dutifully march down the driveway and climb aboard a big, yellow school bus for their first day of school?  I didn’t […]

Not Happy: My Child Is Heading off to Middle School

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Not Happy: My Child is Heading Off to Middle School

“Dear 5th grade parents …” says the latest letter. This has become a theme lately. “Dear 5th Grade Parents there will be a 5th Grade Graduation on …” “Dear 5th Grade Parents … there will be a farewell picnic on …” “Dear 5th Grade Parents there will be a middle school orientation on …” This […]

Grandmother’s Rant: Back in My Day, Kids Weren’t Coddled

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Grandmother's Rant: Back in My Day, Kids Weren't Coddled

I see child-rearing from a perspective that none of these young parents have experienced. I grew up in the 1950s, supposedly a conservative era, but actually a much more liberal one when it came to freedom for kids. At that time we kids were pretty much on our own when school let out. The minute […]

Against My Feminist Opposition: My Kids Loved Barbie Dolls

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Flickr Commons / Photo by: Charles Roark

I remember having Barbie dolls as a little girl. I had plenty of them, but she just wasn’t my kind of gal. Barbie, Skipper and friends were usually left under my bed or at the bottom of the toy chest. I preferred to pretend play with friends from a very early age. Fast- forward a […]

Attachment Parenting Doubts: Am I Too Laid Back for AP?

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Attachment Parenting Doubts: Am I Too Laid Back for AP?

Before my first child Hayley was born, I expected that she would immediately sleep in her crib and in her own room. I had visions of getting up every three or four hours, nursing her in the rocking chair in the moonlight, burping her, and laying my sweet little bundle back in her crib before […]

The ChildFREE (Hate) Movement: Childless By Choice

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iStock/Photo by: Maitrize

Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the term conjures up happy associations with words like “carefree” or “worry free”. On the surface (that is, in the carefully chosen words on the front pages of their websites), this childfree movement appears calm and rational, even reticent, in the […]

5 Things You Need to Do to Prepare for Back to School

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Flickr Commons/Photo by: Ian Burt

Even though it’s still blistering hot out, the first day of school is going to sneak up on you before you know it. Here’s the Imperfect Parent’s top 5 things to remember to get ready for back to school, and the end of summer vacation madness: 1. Register If you haven’t done so already, it’s […]

How to Be Friends with a Working Mother

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I have a lot of friends who are wonderful mothers who freely admit that staying home would make them crazy. I never know quite how to respond. They look at me and I know they are thinking. “How the hell does she do it? Why the hell does she do it?” Hmmm. To this I […]

It’s Complicated: Being Pro-Choice but Anti-Abortion

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© Can Stock Photo Inc. / Eraxion

So here I am, finally writing about the A-word. Oh, I’ve written about it plenty before, in my usual callous, there-are-too-many-goddamn-mouths-on-the-planet-to-begin-with vein. But that was before. Not before I became pregnant. I was pregnant once before, at eighteen. I didn’t know it until I lost it. I mourned that baby, even though I probably wouldn’t […]

Piercing Baby’s Ears: Cute, Mean or Trashy?

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© Can Stock Photo Inc. / johnnydevil

I couldn’t help but notice the large crowd that surrounded a young mother and her infant daughter in a costume jewelry shop in the mall this past weekend. The poor baby. She was all smiles, oblivious to what was coming next. As the attendant drew marks on the infant’s ear lobes, she just sat there taking in […]