No, It’s Not Okay to Flip Off Your Sleeping Baby

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In Slate, Education Columnist Rebecca Schuman shares a gallery of photos of herself flipping off her sleeping seven-month-old baby. Schuman explains why, so far, she hasn't found a compelling reason to stop taking and sharing these photos.She loves her baby, but the kid is a bad sleeper, and is making her very tired and frustrated.Schuman says: The reasons I take and post these pictures are varied. I crave emotional release after hours of increasingly desperate nursing, jiggling, … [Read more...]

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Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?

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There is a huge difference between sporting a blue mohawk because you think it looks cool, and sporting a blue mohawk because you want to horrify and offend everyone you meet.  Trying to set yourself apart from your peers is morally neutral and should be tolerated, even if it makes adults cringe a bit. But trying to give the world or your family a big "F you" is a problem.It's behavior that matters, and so it’s the behavior that parents should focus on.  This is just as true for kids who wea … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 2, now with link up!

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 What's for supper? So glad you asked!Last week, I said:While I’m no cooking jainyus, I do manage to feed twelve people, seven days a week, without spending a million dollars and without anyone getting rickets. I’ll list our dinners and include any recipes that might be interesting, and I hope readers will share their menus and recipes, too, so we can all get some good ideas from each other. If there’s enough interest, I may start a weekly blog link-up.There was interes … [Read more...]

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How I spent my summer vacation

Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian.Read the rest at the Register.***Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Pro-life Even at the End of Life: What the Catholic Church Teaches about Care for the Dying

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The Catholic Church has a consistent, compassionate approach to end-of-life issues, but many Catholics don't know what the Church actually teaches. As a result, doctors, hospice care workers, and the guardians of patients in distress are branded "murderers" even when they're doing their best to care for the sick and dying in a loving, responsible, and ethical way.  I wrote this article for Catholic Digest in 2013.  I'm reprinting it today in light of recent conversationg surrounding Baby Jake an … [Read more...]

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Does a UK Court Plan to Kill Baby Jake?

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A UK court has ruled that it would be lawful to withhold some medical treatments from the severely ill ten-month-old son of developmentally disabled parents, even the baby dies after those treatments are withheld. The baby's name is Jake, and it's a heartwrenching story. But is it a story about euthanasia? Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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How to organize lots of shoes and water bottles, plus a love letter

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The main reason we home schooled for six years was because home schoolers don't have to know where their shoes are. Ditto for water bottles. Need to go outside? Lie down with a manga until the feeling passes. Thirsty? Just drink directly out of the faucet like my son -- or, like my son when he's being fancy, drink out of a plate.I have failed.Anyway, now we have to be shod and watered every morning. Behold, I have some solutions for you, especially if you have a lot of kids and not much s … [Read more...]

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