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Date archive for: February 2015

Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

He still lets me tuck him in at bedtime. Nine years old, in a big hurry to grow up — but he hasn’t yet booted me from plopping beside him, pulling the covers up to his chin, and humming some hit ’80s song while I drag my fingers through his silky, shaggy mop.

Oh, it’s coming. “I don’t think my friends’ parents tuck them in at night,” he offers casually. “I might be getting too old for this.”

You listen to me, I would say if my teeth weren’t clenched for the express purpose of preventing my saying it. I will be tucking you in when you stumble home from the senior prom shnockered on bad, illegally obtained liquor, and you will like it. … The tucking-in, I mean. Not the liquor. You will very much dislike the liquor. Continue reading Bedtime: An Emotional Odyssey

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Immune to the Facts?

Dear Anti-Vaxxers,

You’re catching a lot of flak for the whole return-of-deadly-diseases-that-were-already-abolished thing. And I feel for you. Experts are saying your refusal to vaccinate your children is to blame for new outbreaks of measles and whooping cough — which was never your intention.

All you want is to protect your kids, right? We have so much access to so many different voices that it’s hard to know what to believe. So we make a choice. We go with our gut. We trust that if we follow our instincts, ignore the “popular” choice, and stand resolute in the face of the bitching masses, our kids will be better for it.

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