Parenting / Religion

Why I’m Raising Feminists Social Justice Warriors (And So Should You!)

There is something that has been bothering me quite a bit lately.  Many of my friends on Facebook have been announcing that they “no longer consider myself a feminist” or “don’t want to be associated with social justice warriors” or “don’t use the term atheist to describe myself”.  These are people who by all accounts are … Continue reading

Parenting

“I Turned Out Just Fine” Part I- Spanking IS Assault.

This is not “poisoning the well” for a discussion of spanking. This is a plain definition of what it is. In many jurisdictions spanking doesn’t meet the legal definition of assault- but it fulfills every characteristic of “assault” that we would apply to the agreed use of the word. The only thing that changes “reasonable discipline” to “assault” is the relationship of the victim to his/her attacker and not being old enough to have a reasonable right to personal security.
I’ll say that again: Our society has a magical age at which you have a reasonable right to personal security. Continue reading

Free Range Kids: Not Just Letting Kids Be Kids, But Letting Kids Become Adults
Parenting

Free Range Kids: Not Just Letting Kids Be Kids, But Letting Kids Become Adults

Thirty years ago, a parent generally erected fewer roadblocks around their child to explore the world. Children didn’t grow up with the invisible (and sometimes visible!) leashes that confine them to life within a stone’s throw of a parent or guardian. I think this new reality makes sedentary play a symptom of our attitudes toward children exercising their autonomy rather than children exercising their imagination or body. Free Range Kids is a movement that is gaining traction in the wake of several recent news stories where children have been prevented by authorities from learning and playing in an age appropriate way. Continue reading

Humour / Parenting / Religion

The Pope’s Mama- Catholic Leader to Muslims: “You should punch people who insult the Prophet”

As a parent, I’m constantly trying to teach my kids that physical violence and retaliation are escalating behaviors that might make you feel better in the moment- but moments later prove themselves to have not just “not solved” a problem, but in fact make your problems worse. “Don’t hit your sister“, I tell my son. … Continue reading