50 Secrets about Nine-Year-Old Girls (From a Mom in the Trenches)

50 secrets about a nine year old

By: Shannon Ralph She wants to be cuddled like the little girl she was not so very long ago. Until she doesn’t. Don’t even think about touching her when she doesn’t! You are her very favorite person in the entire world…ever. Seriously. Until five minutes later when she can’t stand the sound of your shrill […]

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On The Road Again (With Kids)

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by Tanya Ward Goodman According to my daughter, most things are “creepy” or “awkward.” She decided our road trip to New Mexico had the potential to be both. It would be creepy because we would sleep in the mountains where I grew up and it would be awkward because… well, because everything is awkward. (I […]

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6 Tips to Help Parents Teach Their Children About Diversity

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By Alexandra Temblador The modern family is a kaleidoscope of diversity, a kaleidoscope that directly reflects the diverse world we live in. Diversity in the human population can mean a lot of things such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, religion, cultural practices, disabilities, and much more. For children, learning about […]

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Resources For Parents: Common Sense Media

Kids and media

By: Shannon Ralph It’s no secret that our children live in a very different world than the one we grew up in. The advent of the internet has drastically broadened our horizons, and advances in technology have placed the whole wide world at our children’s fingertips. These days, media and technology permeate every aspect of […]

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LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle Meeting

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LGBT interfaith couples who are, or are considering, raising Jewish children are invited to join the LGBT Interfaith Family Circle, which will be meeting at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza: 1125 N. McCadden Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90038. This group, organized by Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute, is open to everyone who wants to […]

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A Lesson in Feminism and Basketball from My Eight-Year-Old Daughter

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By Shannon Ralph As a born and bred Kentuckian, I am a self-avowed addict, and my drug of choice is basketball. More specifically, University of Kentucky men’s basketball. As such, this time of year—March Madness—is my Christmas. My Easter. My celebration of all that is good and right and holy in the world. My children […]

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Book Review: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ Brand-New Edition

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By Brandy Black My wife and I have written before about our love of the book Heather Has Two Mommies, so we were more than excited to receive an advance copy of the brand-new, hardcover edition of this modern classic! Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, two pets. She also […]

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Partying With Kids

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  By: Shannon Ralph Being a forty-something woman smack dab in the prime of my child-rearing years, most of my friends have children around the same age as mine. Occasionally, I will make the naively optimistic decision to invite all of my friends—and their children—to my house for dinner. Or a barbecue. Or a game […]

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Mom Decisions I Make Every Day

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By: Shannon Ralph There are numerous decisions that have to be made when one chooses to have children. Some are rather large, crucial decisions—bottle versus breast, to circumcise or not, letting the baby cry it out or co-sleeping. Others are seemingly insignificant—should I share the last Oreo or swallow it whole while hiding behind the […]

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Unplugging While Throwing A Birthday Party

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By Jillian Lauren My little man turned seven Friday. Add your own cliche about time here. It’ll be true. It’s all true. These milestones never fail to blow me away. Here’s a belated birthday party picture dump, because I was (supposedly) observing the National Day of Unplugging while throwing a party for 80 people. Why […]

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