The Kiddy Pool: An Uneasy Education

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. Although my child won’t be legally required to attend school for a few more years, I’m already thinking about homeschooling. I work outside the home for only about ten hours a week, and I hold a PhD in a liberal arts field; for me, that means I have the time, resources, and desire to provide an educational experience for my child focusing on character and creativity in … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Fearful and Wonderful Families

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. This week, I neglected my mountain of reading for the fall semester in favor of several books relating to temperament. One standout is called Mother Styles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths. Written by Janet Penley and Diane Eble and published in 2006, the text applies the Myers-Briggs method to parenthood and family dynamics. Despite the … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Taking "Sexy" Back

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture. Back in March, the ever-popular and over-priced retailer Abercrombie and Fitch released padded bikini tops for girls as young as 7 or 8. The tops, typical triangle-style, sold separately from the bottoms for $24.50 (bottoms cost an additional $19.50). I guess I missed the big reveal because I wait until it’s actually swimsuit season and everything is on sale. But this … [Read more...]


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