Breastfeeding is like orange juice

A couple of weeks months ago (thank you, 8-month sleep regression) mothers all over the globe took to the trenches again over this breastfeeding study from Brazil, suggesting that breastfed babies end up smarter, richer and more educated than their formula-fed counterparts....more

6 Ways You Can Avoid Gender Stereotypes of Your Kids

Kids, new research is telling us, pick up very early on what sort of behavior is appropriate for girls and boys. Even before they learn to talk, they’ve absorbed multiple messages about the role of the sexes. Young kids start out with a wide-ranging curiosity, and learn all sorts of things from the world around them. But as this period closes, kids enter the culture created by adults, a culture that guides them into areas the adults think appropriate. ...more
My girl and two boys are now happily married with families of their own. When they were growing ...more

10 End-of-Year Gifts Teachers Will Love

At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: Know thy teacher. So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses. ...more
Something that's not been mentioned here but I know my daughter's teacher LOVES would be ...more

Sky Ops Surprise: That one time I was an under-cover agent

 The goddamned rivets blew my cover.For nine months, I ran a quiet operation. I blended in, asked around a little, mostly kept to myself, just watching. I was on assignment with, well, let’s just say a loosely affiliated group of big brains who wanted answers. ...more

Nov 18 - Semantics

Refusing to Vaccinate Leads to Outbreaks

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. I get it. The decision to vaccinate yourself or your child is a contentious subject. Stacy Morrison's post at the beginning of the month (or more specifically the comments it generated) proved that point. This conversation is important and the facts are important - even if it isn't (in some circles) popular. The comments section got very heated, and I think Stacy did a fantastic job of staying above the fray without backing down on her stance. ...more
Hi Jordan - thank you for sharing! I'm sorry that your daughter had a bad reaction to vaccines. ...more

Preparing to Go to the Movies

When a new movie comes out, do you prepare to attend it or just head on out to the theater and hope for the best? I used to be carefree about my movie attendance but once I had kids I needed to be sure I was making informed decisions. So, here are five websites to visit before you head out to the movies...with or without kids!...more

Research Subjects

Blog Post  11/26/2012 I need to start a club.  An “Adult Children of Prolific Gay Men” club.  We’ll be known as the ACOPGM – okay, maybe scratch the word “Prolific.”  ACOGM.  Okay, maybe scratch the word “Men” – too sexist.  ACOG.  Adult Children of Gays.  Hmm…maybe let’s include kids, scratch the word “Adult.”  We’re just “COGs.” ...more

Social sciences research is not restricted to the american universities !

Since the 80s , the best French social scientists, in sociology (Pierre Bourdieu), in philosophy (Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida), ..., are paradoxically best known, read, commented and criticized in the United States.It is often said that social sciences research is not doing very well on the old continent. In France, in 2003, a report by Pierre Beauchet, commissioned by the Research Minister Claudie Haigneré, noticed a big unease in this field: depreciation relative to the "hard " sciences, divestiture of the political power......more

Curious textual similarities?

Bradshaw's Hand Book to London is a fascinating Victorian guide book which I am using to explore London. ...more