Halloween costumes for little girls—princesses, cheerleaders, etc.—are becoming increasingly sexy. From the poses of preteen models to the costume designs themselves, costume companies are taking it way too far.
This week on Mama Said, Sarah James and I are taking questions from readers. One reader asked: Do you spend time with each kid individually? We talk about the challenges of making special alone time with each child.
But as most parents know, kids’ television has come a long way from Thundercats or the Smurfs or whatever passed for Saturday-morning TV when we were kids. When my kids stream or watch a Disney show, I often find myself getting roped into it along with them. So rather than another parenting post railing against kids these days and TV, I thought I’d offer something more positive: a few of the Disney shows I happen to like. We don’t watch any of these religiously—the kids don’t watch anything religiously—but if they happen to choose one of these for their screen time, I don’t really mind.
This week on Mama Said we’re answering a reader question: Do you post pictures of your children online? Sarah James and I talk about our decision to post photos of our kids on facebook and instagram, and discuss the pros and cons of kids and online privacy.
Several recent news stories have shed light on an unfortunate xenophobia in regards to names and employment. Earlier this year, the Freakonomics podcast report that there is evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. More recently, a NY Times blogger shared her discovery that typing MORE »
What if your kids aren’t coordinated enough to hold cards, roll dice, or add 5 + 5? Here are some favorite table games that we play with our 4 year-old.
I think a lot about what my kids’ teachers think of me. When I discuss my own parenting style with them—including teachers in my social circles—I keep hearing a lot of similar things: That it’s a collaboration. Parents and teachers have to work together as a team to help our kids reach their potential. So I’ve been asking them questions: What do teachers want us to be? What kind of parents do teachers love? Here’s what I’ve learned.
We love to grill, and fire it up pretty often. Mostly we cook boring chicken, but with Jafta’s rapid ascent (descent?) into foodie obsession, we’re always up for trying something new. So I did my homework, and it turns out meat is not the only thing that does well on the grill. Anyone up for grilled fruit? Veggies? Dessert?
As my own kids have grown a little older, we’ve started playing more and more board games together as a family. Here are a few the older kids have started to enjoy…and which are fun and strategic enough that I don’t mind playing with them.
Last week I had the chance to see the independent film Afternoon Delight, a movie about a disillusioned couple in LA that is both hilarious and poignantly raw. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and a lack of purpose in life, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage. While there, she meets a stripper who becomes her project. Rachel throws a bomb into her life and marriage when she invites her to live with them as a nanny. It’s a portrait of modern marriage. but also of the lengths we go to in order to cope with our existential angst. I had the opportunity to interview the brilliant writer/director Jill Soloway:
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