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Kids Tune In To Adult Body Talk

(Toronto Star)

As if getting the kids dressed and out the door weren’t enough of an ordeal, suddenly my 3-year-old flat out refuses to wear anything smaller than a 3T. “Hang on!” she says, raising a hand as I bring an outfit toward her. “Let me see the tag.” She inspects the clothing and furrows her brow. “This says TWO!” The clothing is rejected and a fight ensues. Read more

IMG_9105On million dollar families

The house cleaner was dusting around the play kitchen and smiling at the kids. Polly, wearing a blue onesie, was chilling in her swing. “Boy?” she asked, motioning to Polly. “No, she’s a girl,” I responded. “Oh, two girls?” She shook her head with unreserved pity. “That’s too bad.” Read more

Screen shot 2015-02-16 at 5.20.07 PMBoys will be be boys, and girls will be girls?

One of my biggest parenting pet peeves is the insane, almost obsessive propensity for the toy and kids’ clothing industry to market their products toward either girls or boys. Read more

1-e1406220995150Dance like no one is watching

My beautiful girl, I’ve never known another person so full of life, so unapologetic, so unabashed. One day you will not live so carefree. You will apologize for who you are. I’m telling you now, while you’re still young, not to feel ashamed. Read more

shutterstock_498375941 Congratulations! It’s … pink!

We were part of a dying breed of parents-to-be who didn’t find out if we were having a boy or girl. We were willing to sit on pins and needles for nine months and let people guess for us (“you’re carrying high and forward, you are having a boy”). Read more

When innocent comments sexualize kids 

(Toronto Star)  I’ll admit to having done something super cliché when I found out one of my best friends was expecting a boy after my daughter was born: I started planning our kids’ wedding. At their first play date I may have referred to him as Isla’s “little boyfriend.” Read more

Screen shot 2015-03-01 at 11.55.10 AMConfessions of a former Mean Girl on Pink Shirt Day 

(Metro)  It’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada — a national day to raise awareness about bullying — so let’s talk. Bullying education has come a long way since I was a kid. Read more

Ban Ki-Moon Meets With Malala Yousafzai At The U.N.The new (baby)face of feminism 

(Metro)  There’s a new face to feminism these days. It’s a youthful face, made up of girls fighting for women’s rights before they’ve become women themselves. Consider Malala Yousafzai, who has just become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more

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