Be a Trusted Source, But Not the Only Source: What Parents Can Learn from the Controversy Over Teen Vogue's Recent Sex Advice

Be a Trusted Source, But Not the Only Source: What Parents Can Learn from the Controversy Over Teen Vogue's Recent Sex Advice

You find your kid has been watching Sesame Street and now knows how to count to 10. Or he read a cookbook and now understands how to make pesto. Are you enraged at The Count or Jamie Oliver for teaching your child these things? Are you angry you hadn't been able to teach your kid these things yourself? 

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Confused by the Latest Kid Health Issue? Start with the Storytellers

Confused by the Latest Kid Health Issue? Start with the Storytellers

In a recent piece for Parent.co, I looked at how the vaccine-autism debate is a product of bad research. The storyteller at the center of that debate, Andrew Wakefield, lost his medical license in 2010 after his paper linking vaccines and autism was found to be not just incorrect, but fraudulent. Given that he wasn't practicing medicine in 2010, where Wakefield then? Speaking to Somali immigrants in Minneapolis about the dangers of vaccination.

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How much should you spend on a teacher gift? $0.

How much should you spend on a teacher gift? $0.

Most teacher gift guides will help you decide how much to spend. This guide will encourage you to spend $0. 

That's not because I don't love teachers. I've spent the majority of my career teaching, and my colleagues are the most creative, thoughtful, innovative people I know. But they don't deserve the gifts you're giving them.

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On driving and anxiety and patience

On driving and anxiety and patience

That anxiety is the thing I hate the most about myself, more than my post-baby body, more than my sleep-deprived face, more than my growing collection of high elastic waistbands. I would love to be back in a city where I never have to drive, where you and I would just be ignoring each other on a subway. But here I am. And there you were, making me feel pathetic and useless.

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