The Kiddy Pool: The Monster in the Mirror

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. Beware the monster in the mirror; it might just be you. My little one loves to look at her reflection. Few things make her light up like looking at herself. If she gets to a place where there are low mirrors (like the children’s museum or the kids’ space at the library or a nasty public bathroom), she speed-crawls over and tries to lick that little mirr … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and the Oldest Profession

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  Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.These depictions are fictional but historically accurate, and they raise disturbing questions about parenthood in the present.  I am finally current on two of my favorite shows: Mad Men and Downton Abbey. After a long wait in the library queue, my husband and I did a week-long marathon of Mad Men to finish season 5 and sent it back into circulation for the n … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Viral Dog and the Unattainable Donkey

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My elder daughter wants a donkey for a pet. “Don’t you think a donkey would like me, Mama?” she asked.“Of course!” I replied. “What’s not to like?” Then I tried to explain how much donkeys eat, and how we have a very small yard with close neighbors. And we have two cats who might not like being displaced by yet another creature.But we have a yard in front and in back, she insisted. So really, the donkey ought to be grateful, as am I, that my children are too young for Facebook, too shelte … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Childhood Innocence Up in Smoke

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. "Where most Americans see a juxtaposition of purity and corruption, one that offends our sensibilities, those views of children and smoking are not shared everywhere around the world." I remember eating candy cigarettes when I was a kid. It was a stick of bubblegum, with sugar powder in the wrapper, so you could blow out the powder and pretend to smoke. These candies … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: The Princess Paradox

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"While I appreciate the concept behind the Christian princess, Scripture doesn't talk about God’s children as princes or princesses." As the mother of two little girls (and none of us live under rocks), I’ve been mulling over the princess thing for a while. On the one hand, I think dressing up and make up and girly things like Hello Kitty are super fun. On the other hand, I hold at least vaguely feminist convictions, and while I happen to be somewhat traditionally feminine, I prefer to see gen … [Read more...]

The Sandwich Generation

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.My girls are lucky to live only half a mile from my parents; my parents actually moved to be nearer to us after my second daughter was born, and their intention was clear—to downsize from their pre-grandparent life and spend as much time as possible with their granddaughters. The situation works beautifully for everyone involved: high-quality occasional ba … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Mighty Oaks from Acorns Grow

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Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.Children are natural artists and scientists; indeed, it seems to me that children, unlike so many of us grownups, rarely see the distinction between art and science. When left to their own devices (and that, perhaps, is key), children explore, investigate, and discover the world around them in all its beauty and complexity. Somewhere along the way, most of us lose … [Read more...]


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