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Charting the puzzles and peeves of kid-herding — from Huggies to homework, Pilates to pinatas.

  • Rooting Against Your Kids
    March 10, 2018
    Yes, Sometimes We Do Want Them to Fail There’s tough-love parenting, and then there’s just “tough luck, kid!” Wisconsin GOPSenate candidate Kevin…
  • High Sobriety
    October 22, 2017
    Memories of a Drunk Dad, Gone Dry When I was a little girl, my dad was more fun than anyone I knew.…
  • Exes Co-Parenting in Peace?
    October 22, 2017
    Starshine Surveys the Pros and Cons of Sharing Kids I like to think of myself as fairly magnanimous. Generous of spirit.…
  • What Makes Dads So … Non-Mom?
    June 23, 2017
    A group of young dudes in Spokane, Washington, recently put an ad on Craigslist for a “BBQ Dad” who’d be…
  • 13 Reasons Why Parenting Is Frightening
    June 4, 2017
    With Wisdom Comes Age ... And Fear Last month saw the launch of two unrelated cultural phenomena that enchanted teens…


Sex, politics, fashion and everything else a gen-X everygal loves to dish about.

  • Speaking with the Enemy?
    March 10, 2018
    Chatting Up Christian Gun Owners 'The Benham Bros.'  Much has been sermonized about the incivility of modern American discourse: We’re…
  • This Is Not Your Parents’ Sex
    March 10, 2018
    Women Share Stories About Sex After 50 Nobody wants to think about their parents having sex. Or their parents’ friends. Or,…
  • #Me … NotSoMuch?
    March 10, 2018
    Confessions of a Last-Wave Feminist Ladies, I gotta come clean. From the first time I saw it on a social media…
  • Will I Marry You? Why Knot
    January 21, 2018
    Reverend Starshine Reporting for Duty Only two men have ever seriously asked me to marry them, and I said yes to…
  • Safe Table Talk for the Holiday Season
    January 21, 2018
    Conversing Peacefully with Your Family at Thanksgiving It’s been quite a year, folks. Hell, it’s been quite a week. In the…

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Keep Your Skirt On
Wife on the Edge
Broad Assumptions
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