Category Archives: Controversy/Debate

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Is the Woman Formally Known as Bruce Jenner a Jerk?

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It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, almost 3 pm and I haven’t even gotten out of my pajamas yet. I channel surf while sipping my Coke Zero until I come upon “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” After being bitch slapped repeatedly over the last week with news of Bruce Jenner’s gender reassignment, it was just too tempting to take […]

The Segregationist Agenda

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Photo: Michael Tefft The Tea Party is like the Ku Klux Klan “without the robes.” This is what Rep. Steve Cohen from Tennessee had to say about this “grass roots” organization, which had such a significant effect on recent elections. I don’t think anyone would dispute that the Tea Party, such that it is, has […]