Series: Mom'N'Pop-culture

Say What? Minecraft as a Teaching Tool for Homeschoolers

At some point about a year ago, a friend’s son introduced our eight-year-old to Minecraft on iPad. The game appeared harmless enough, and to be truthful, I had a parenting fail moment because I didn’t even research the game settings and environment before allowing her to dive in. In a very short time, my daughter has become a true fanatic. She owns t-shirts, action figures, stuffed characters, game manuals, fanfiction softcover books and ebooks, and the game itself on three different platforms. Do I seem like an indulgent mother? Maybe. But when her birthday or the holidays come around,...

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Fail Better: If Irrational Parenting is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right

Content Warning: Child Abduction, Fail Parenting, Sickos living closer than you think, Child Endangerment, Drowning Have you ever lost your child in a store? How about a sibling you were in charge of or a child you were babysitting that walked away from you? Can you explain to another human being in simple terms that sense of dread without tearing up? I know I can’t. When my daughter was seven years old, her elementary school lost her for about fifteen minutes. It’s a short amount of time, yet an amazingly long amount of time. I’d waited in the car...

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Parenting and Gender Roles: My Observations and Failings

I’ve been a parent for nine years, and I’ve yet to read a single parenting book. I know I should. Parenting is complicated. Like most parents, I’ve read articles here and there, latching on to catchy titles that scroll through my social media feed. But, I find that each article written by parents, or parenting experts, only adds to the complexities of child rearing instead of taking them away. For every opinion there is an opposing opinion. Both of which are backed up by facts, statistics, and personal experiences. Most contain valid points from each side which only muddy the...

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How I Burst Through My Insecurity Barrier Using My Kids as a Shield [GIF]

When I first stepped into my local comic book store, it wasn’t about me. Well, it was, but it wasn’t. I’d wanted to explore any comic book store since the first X-Men movie released, but I didn’t think I belonged. It wasn’t just an issue of being a “fake geek girl,” but even more along the lines of I’m too old to start now feeling. I worried I’d be called out as a fraud for not having grown up with comics, and my conversation base would be limited to the comic related movies I’d seen. My fear settled in...

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Mom’N’Pop-Culture: Electronics Free Vacation or Meanest Mom Ever

There are usually mixed responses when parents talk about how much screen time they allow their children on a weekly basis. We are a family who like our electronics. I try to keep the mindset that if grades aren’t dropping and bad attitudes aren’t flowing let them play. Everything in moderation, of course. Each family has to decide what the right balance is for them. During the month of June, I’d been down with an illness and had allowed more screen time than usual for both my kids. When I felt as though my head was going to explode, I...

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