Time for This Millennial Mom to Buy Some Barbies!

Okay, okay, so the title of this post is slightly over the top. This past Christmas was a bit more heavy on consumerism than I'd planned and I've sworn off getting my children new toys until their birthdays, but I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed with the new direction Mattel is taking Barbie. The toy company has just announced  a move away from its classic look toward a greater embrace of diversity in body shape. The dolls in the image below are only some of the 33 new Barbies the company … [Read more...]


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Guest Post: I Am No Longer Afraid

By Darcy. Originally posted on Darcy's Heart Stirrings."You're different these days."It was a compliment this time. Though I usually hear it in a chiding tone from someone who thinks it their right to comment with displeasure on my life-journey. But this time, surprisingly, it was in admiration from someone who has known me a long time. It made me smile.I am different these days. I am....happy. Confident. Free. Comfortable with myself and my place in the world.But mostly, I am u … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl: Don’t Let Your Kids Play with Public School Kids

[image eaten by the internet]Image text as follows: "In our church, every family homeschools. If someone came into the church whose children go to or have gone to public schools or church schools, their younger children would never be allowed into the inner social circle with our kids. There would be zero fraternization, even on the church grounds after meetings. We have built community and will not allow it to be corrupted."Michael Pearl "Functioning Community" June 15, 2011 This … [Read more...]


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No Greater Joy on “Tantrums”: Deny Your Children’s Lust

I recently came upon an old No Greater Joy post about tantrums. No Greater Joy, as you may remember, is run by Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of the fundamentalist Christian childrearing manual To Train Up A Child. I was raised on the Pearls' childrearing methods, and much of my own parenting journey has been unlearning the toxic parenting structures the Pearls promote. Anyway, this particular post about tantrums was written by Tremaine Ware, one of the Pearls' assistants.The relevant text … [Read more...]


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In Defense of Letting Kids Talk Back

I grew up in a family where "back talk" was not allowed. The result was that I often felt muzzled and suffocated. For example, when I was in trouble any attempt to explain what actually happened or to disagree with a selected punishment and suggest an alternative resulted in more "spanks" being added to my punishment total. I often felt compelled to say something---to speak out in the face of what appeared to me to be clear injustice---but any words I might say were silenced, replaced by incre … [Read more...]


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Why I Broke Up with Lenore Skenazy and Free Range Kids

I came upon the concept of free range parenting several years ago when I came upon Free Range Kids, a website run by author Lenore Skenazy (who authored a book with the same title). I was initially extremely attracted to the idea. The byline for both the website and the book is "How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)" and Skenazy seemed to focus on promoting children's rights. She argued that children are capable of much more than we give them credit for, and e … [Read more...]


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Anti-Vaxxers Reach New Low in Criticism of Autistic Sesame Street Character

My first grade daughter has a friend---we'll call him Jake---who has Asperger's, an autism spectrum disorder. I've talked with her about the condition in an effort to help her understand her friend, but it's sometimes hard to find the line between providing helpful information and unnecessarily othering or stereotyping a child. In that vein, I was excited when I learned that Sesame Street is introducing an autistic character, Julia. I was glad that other children like my daughter will have ac … [Read more...]


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