Magical Wishful Thinking on the Family, 2016 Republican Party Platform Edition

A lot has been said about the Republican Party's 2016 platform. It is, for example, the most anti-LGBT rights platform in the history of the Republican Party. There's one thing I've seen less attention drawn to, though, and that is the platform's wishful thinking when it comes to the family---or to be specific, the platform's fairy tale contention that marriage magically fixes everything it touches. The Republican Party platform's section on marriage and the family rests on some really bad … [Read more...]


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Kids These Days . . . Are Actually Okay

I'm sure you're no stranger to people complaining about today's young people. They're addicted to technology, glued to their cell phones, unable to function in the real world. They're selfish and entitled, they want everything handed to them on a plate. They don't know what it is to work hard, they haven't been properly disciplined. Our nation is in serious trouble. Or at least, so the narrative goes.I recently noticed this narrative on display in a Facebook meme:Text is: R.I.P. A … [Read more...]


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What We Need to Hear: How to Talk to Abuse Victims

Can we talk about how people respond to adult abuse victims?*Let me start by noting that I sometimes have trouble naming what happened to me as abuse. We typically associate abuse with adults beating children in an angry or out of control or sadistic way. That didn't happen to me. Instead, I had what many would see as an ideal childhood, growing up in the country with parents who read to me, played board games with me, and made even maintenance projects around the house fun, interesting, bo … [Read more...]


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Why I Don’t Force Confrontation with My Children

Last week I wrote about the importance of getting down on your child’s level to interact with them face to face. Several commenters noted that as children they had sometimes found it scary or uncomfortable when an adult got down on their level, especially if it involved forced eye contact or interaction they couldn't choose to avoid. This brought up something I didn't discuss in that post---namely, that I try to avoid forcing interaction---and especially confrontation---with my children.I thi … [Read more...]


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Will Marriage Equality Destroy Parental Rights? Part 1

Many conservatives have argued, and continue to argue, that same-sex parenting is a threat to parental rights. An article by conservative writer and professor Melissa Moschella, titled To Whom Do Children Belong?, is a case in point. Moschella argues that marriage equality will lead to state-owned children. Now first of all, that is one hell of a slippery slope. But secondly, for a variety of reasons, the arguments she makes fail badly. Let's take a look, shall we? A crucial aspect of liberty is … [Read more...]


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How I Stopped Hating Technology and Learned to Love Gaming with My Children

When I was a little girl, we used to play games on our family computer. My grandfather worked with computers, and he always gave us his old computer when he got an upgrade. Back then, they ran DOS. We played Onesimus, and Ancient Land of Ys, and Lemmings, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. We were allowed a specific amount of computer time each day, and my siblings and I had to take turns. Mom would set the timer, and the rest of us would crowd around and watch as we each played in turn. … [Read more...]


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Jonathan and Alison Schumm Abuse Case Raises Questions

Given my interest in homeschool reform, I am familiar with many if not most of the entries at the Coalition for Responsible Home Education's Homeschooling's Invisible Children database. This database was started by homeschool alumni concerned about the role homeschooling can play in intensifying and hiding abuse by allowing abusive parents to isolate their children. (I suppose this is where I add the caveat that I am not anti-homeschooling, just pro-accountability.)Anyway, I found the most r … [Read more...]


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