Parenting

  • On The 1st Day of Winter Break My True Love Gave to Me: A Day That Was Fun and Care Free

    Yesterday I submitted my grades and had my last lab meeting of 2020. Strange is working this upcoming week. He’s taken Christmas attending coverage every year that we’ve been together, but I have absolutely nothing pressing today. No deadlines. No urgent emails. No home school. Nothing that can’t wait a spell. It has been at least nine months since I…

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    How To Get Fired From Your Quarantine Home Schooling Job In 10 Easy Steps

    Like most parents I know, I started our family’s mandatory hiatus from school due to the COVID-19 outbreak with the best-laid plans. By which I mean the best plans I could come up with in two days – a pretty color-coded homeschooling schedule that I downloaded from a Facebook parenting group. I was going to do everything I could to…

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    Science Experiments At Home: A Variation on the Carnation Food Dye Test

    Whether you’re stuck at home with the kids or not, this is a pretty neat experiment to try out–and a great opportunity to have your kids experience the scientific process. Science is not just about knowing how electricity works or what happens when you combine vinegar and baking soda–it’s a process by which we ask questions and figure out how…

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  • Don’t Abandon Our Littlest Learners…

    We are on our 13th day of social distancing in Case de Amontillado, the official name of the Strange-Isis abode. Some day I’ll write about why we named our house after my favorite macabre tale when we bought it two years ago, but today it seems eerily appropriate. I haven’t been out of Casa de Amontillado in any meaningful way for…

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  • Sundaylies with Salamanders, Multiverses, John Cleese and more!

    Hello friends! It’s me, Surly Amy! Mindy can’t come to the Sundaylies today because she is now a superhero who can control the powers of physics while simultaneously fighting crime in the court room. Look, just DO NOT mess with this woman. DO what she says and everything will be cool. She told me she needed a day off and I…

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  • Cross-Post: Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.

    Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Deek and originally featured on Grounded Parents. A link to the whole article, where you can leave comments, is at the bottom.  ****** You may have seen it in your Facebook news feed: a picture of a mother in the NICU cradling her baby surrounded by medical equipment, a smiling child with down…

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  • Cross-Post: Muppet With Autism Makes Anti-vaxxers Lose Their Shit

    Editor’s Note: This cross-post was written by Deek and originally featured on Grounded Parents. If you thought anti-vaxxers couldn’t get worse before now, you are wrong.  ****** I guess it was bound to happen. Sesame Street introduces a new character who has autism as part of a larger campaign, and anti-vaccine advocates are up in arms. But, unsurprisingly, when you look at…

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  • Cross-post: Breast Milk is Not Free, so Stop Saying It Is

    Editor’s note: This post was originally featured on Grounded Parents and was written by me. In a nutshell: “By saying that breast milk is free, you are undervaluing a mother’s time, physical and mental costs, and actual financial costs to sustain breastfeeding.” ******* I have heard this refrain a lot lately: “I breastfeed my baby because breast milk is free!”…

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