Does letting your daughter wear a bikini increase her risk of becoming anorexic or bulimic? If your daughter wears high heels, does that means she’s on the path to sluttiness? As a mother of two daughters, and a former girl myself, I think these questions about apparel are absurd. Issues facing girls today about sexuality and body image are far more complex than how … [Read more...] about The Bikinis Aren’t The Real Problem
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My daughter has been at sleepaway camp for the last four weeks, and though I miss her something fierce, I have to admit that there are a few things that I don’t really miss at all. For one thing, I don’t miss the constant fighting between her and my son. I also don’t miss having to come up with two different meals every night, since my son and my daughter like totally … [Read more...] about A Raging Case Of Buy Me, Get Me, Give Me Disease
My kids’ elementary school goes through sixth grade, and for that I am eternally grateful. It’s an anomaly in LA, and probably in most parts of the country, where primary school is normally K-5. And now that my daughter is in sixth grade, being able to put off middle school for another year has felt like a huge gift to me. A bonus year of childhood, if … [Read more...] about A Bonus Year Of Childhood
I am not sure how parenting has sunk quite this low, but last week I actually had a serious 20-plus minute discussion with four other adults about whether or not schools should ban dodgeball. The arguments went like this: 1. Dodgeball has limited educational or fitness value for kids. 2. It is an excuse for bullies to attack and eliminate the weakest physical specimens. 3. It's … [Read more...] about Did I Really Spend An Hour On A Dodgeball Debate?
A few weeks ago, my three kids went back to school. Two of my kids celebrated by throwing parties for their classes. Two, thank God, not three. First, our ten-year-old daughter invited 33 fifth graders over for swimming, pizza and ice cream. I sent out an email to the class cheerfully labeled: Welcome to fifth grade! At the front door, I made all the kids leave … [Read more...] about Five Short Years