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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The 7 Faces Of Sadie Mac


Ericka helped Sadie take selfies while eating Mac'n'Cheese.


She experimented with her facial expressions.


Seen that one a few too many times.


Surprise!


Hey there, cutie!


A quick bite.


Too fun!

ntodd

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quick Links

Just a couple awareness things for tonight:

  • Mother Jones: FarmHer documents the badass women who grow our food
  • Everyday Feminsm: Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children

Even though sexism and racism are, of course, nonexistent.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fridayimsotiredblogging


What?


FML.


Ruuuuuuuun!


Well, okay then.

ntodd

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Won't be long before this is our walk to school.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Dover, I Hardly...


Mary Hogan Elementary, on the way to Mommy's gig.


Still in Middlebury.


Squidward behind the elementary school in Newfane.


Alaska chases Mexico.


Another day keeping the kids alive deserves a nice glass of Malbec, amirite?

ntodd

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Herding Puppies


Back from Dover, where we met Alaska.  Now Sam wants a puppy, 3 rabbits and 3 "baby chickens."  Because we don't have enough animals.

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PS--Photo credit: ergVT on her new iPhone.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday Sadieblogging


From yesterday.


The bleachers.

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Judgers Gonna Judge Redux

I guess every once in a while we need to be reminded, there are stuck up sticky beak assholes on the Internet who feel compelled to police parents' photos.  They can fuck right the hell off.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday Nannyblogging


They fight over sharing, but out in the field, they can make up easily.

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#throwbackthursday


The late, great Sam the Action Kitten playing with his Technicolor Dream Fish back in 2004.  No, Sam the Human Child was not named after him.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Kittenblogging


Resting up for another onslaught of children tomorrow.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tenaya 7 vs Ranger Yellow


After several months' hiatus, Sam has gotten back into Power Rangers.  RPM is my fave.

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Chalk Talk


From yesterday's session defacing public property.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Kittenblogging


Furio watches the fish swim in Fantasia...


..then attacks the dancing flowers.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Somebody Else’s Baby

Kinda where I'm at these days, actually:

From now on they always are, for years now
they always have been, but from now on you know
they are, they always will be,
 
from now on when they cry and you say
wryly to their mother, better you than me,
you’d better mean it, you’d better
 
hand over what you can’t have, and gracefully.

Mary Jo Salter.

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And Never, Ever Squeeze The Fucking Charmin

Fuck this shit:

A South Carolina mother was arrested this weekend after she allegedly used profanity in front of her kids. Because a child hearing the F-bomb is definitely more traumatizing than watching her mother get handcuffed in the middle of a supermarket.

According to a report from local news station WJBF, a fellow shopper at a the grocery store overheard Danielle Wolf use the cuss while apparently instructing her children or husband to stop “squishing the bread,” and confronted her about it. The woman then reported Wolf to an official from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Wolf was then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

“He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’ … right in front of kids, in front of my husband, in front of customers,” Wolf told WJBF.

At this point, I apparently am lucky I'm not in jail for fucking life.  Fuck all the busy bodies and stuck up sticky beaks.

ntodd

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Job


This is what we do.


Sometimes I get a break from pulling wagons.


Victory.

ntodd

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Gender Roles

That's fucking interesting, man:

Raising children in societies that adhere to rigid gender roles, with fixed ideas about what should be considered “masculine” and “feminine,” can actually be detrimental to their physical and mental health, according to a study that observed 14-year-olds’ interactions over a three month period.

“Usually we think of gender as natural and biological, but it’s not… We actually construct it in ways that have problematic and largely unacknowledged health risks,” lead researcher Maria do Mar Pereira, the deputy director for the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, explained in an interview with ThinkProgress.
...
Ultimately, the study concluded, “this constant effort to manage one’s everyday life in line with gender norms produces significant anxiety, insecurity, stress and low self-esteem for both boys and girls, and both for ‘popular’ young people and those who have lower status in school.” The findings ended up forming the basis of abookDoing Gender in the Playground, about negotiating gender roles in schools.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The teens who participated in the Lisbon study — including the kids who bullied others and the kids who were victims of bullying themselves — weren’t happy about the gender roles they were expected to follow. In their one-on-one interviews, they all said they didn’t actually like paying so much attention to the right “feminine” and “masculine” behaviors, and just assumed that’s what they were supposed to do. When Pereira concluded her research and held a group meeting to explain her results to the kids, they were amazed to learn that everyone was on the same page about that.
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Although Pereria’s observations took place at a school in Lisbon, she believes her results have widespread implications for Western nations that are subject to similar cultural messages about gender. Indeed, previous research in British and American schools has reached many of the same conclusions as her study. Sociologists agree that children “learn gender” from being subjected to society’s expectations, even though pressuring kids to conform to those rigid roles can end up having serious mental health consequences for the children whose parents try to over-correct their behavior. There are countless examples of schools becoming environments where gender stereotypes are strictly policed and kids are even sent home for wearing the “wrong” type of clothing.
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“Sometimes adults think it’s impossible to change gender norms because they’re already so deeply entrenched. But they’re much more entrenched in adults than they are in young people,” Pereira pointed out. “It’s actually fairly easy to reach young people if you create opportunities for discussion, if you get them to think about their own experiences.”

It'll be interesting to see what happens with our kids.  Sam has favorite dresses, Sadie loves dinosaurs and looks great in her brother's clothes.  I'm sure that despite what we do--or because of what we unconsciously do--that'll change.

ntodd

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Birthday Kittenblogging


Mila's just chillin' and mindin' her bidness.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Fun For The Whole Family


What?


Lemme in!


Gravel!


Throw no stone.

ntodd

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