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Kristen Howerton

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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. Kristen is the editor-in-chief of ShePosts, an online news magazine for women in social media, and a columnist at OC Family magazine. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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Costa Mesa, CA

Posts by Kristen Howerton

To My Kids, on Mother’s Day
To My Kids, on Mother’s Day
As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about you. I know it's supposed to happen the other way around—you guys thinking about me—but that's just how moms are. As your mom, there are some things that I'd like you to know, and Mother's Day seems a good time to do it. Your dad and I are trying to teach you things that will help you grow and make you into tolerable teenagers and, hopefully, well-rounded adults one day. So I want you to understand these things...
15 Stupid Threats That Parents Should Never Use
15 Stupid Threats That Parents Should Never Use
"If you don't stop crying, I'll give you something to cry about." My powerful threat accomplished nothing. If anything, the tears actually increased because how scary did Mommy just sound? What is that threat supposed to mean anyway? You're crying now but you're about to cry a lot more because I am within two seconds of resorting to catastrophic violence? Of course not. It's just an empty threat. A play on words. A stupid ultimatum that does no good. So why did I say it? Why did it just roll off the tongue like that? I guess it's because I'd heard it said before.
My Family’s 10 Favorite Covers of “Let It Go” from  Frozen
My Family’s 10 Favorite Covers of “Let It Go” from Frozen
My family is officially obsessed with the movie "Frozen," even though we're now several weeks into the phenomenon. I can't drive the minivan anywhere without requests to listen to the soundtrack, especially Idina Menzel's version of the big power ballad "Let It Go" (which is not to be confused with Demi Lovato's official pop version). We saw it when it first opened in November. In January, we saw it again at the opening of the Frozen Sing-a-long. Where we sang along. All of us. We're not the only people who can't get that song out of our heads. YouTube is awash in covers of "Let It Go," and we've enjoyed watching some of them. Here are a few of our favorites.
16 Awkward Adult Halloween Costumes
16 Awkward Adult Halloween Costumes
You know what's the best thing about being a grown-up on October 31? Not having to find a Halloween costume and dress up for this thing any longer. Finally, the societal pressure to conform to costumed silliness is gone. Because unless you are 1) performing in a theater, or 2) performing in a movie or television show, 3) working at a theme park, 4) attempting an undercover sting operation, or 5) under the age of 12, there's really no reason for you to be dressing up as anything other than yourself. Pretty much ever. There, I said it.
10 Disney Television Shows I Don’t Mind Watching
10 Disney Television Shows I Don’t Mind Watching
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.
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