Parenting’s website had an interesting poll question: “Is it okay for fertility doctors to help a woman have a baby no matter how old she is?” By Sunday afternoon, the poll garnered 8,036 responses with 61 percent saying “no” and the rest replying “yes.” Of course, it was a quick poll that didn’t define “old.” […] Continue reading

Reading or receiving any news is in sharp decline among people under the age of 30, according to an article in Salon. And it shows: Disturbingly, today’s 18-to-29-year-old segment knows less about what’s happening in the world than their counterparts did in the 1950s and 1960s — that, despite the proliferation of information on television, […] Continue reading

Here’s some fun stuff for the weekend. The theme? FANTASY. Apparently, there’s a whole genre of trashy romance paperbacks devoted to baby-daddy fantasy. Red meat for the Smart Bitches. It’s hard out here for a superheroine. Peer into the adolescent world of comics, and you’ll discover a roiling id full of rape/torture/dismember/snuff fantasies. Travis Frey […] Continue reading

When my son watches TV, I feel guilty. The primary reasons for that: 1) the nearly unanimous conclusion by pediatricians that television watching is bad news for kids, and 2) I grew up watching minimal TV, and I rightly or wrongly associate that with increased creativity. Then this article comes along and up-ends some of […] Continue reading

Batteries are the bane of my parental existence. I’d guess that a good 85% of children’s toys today require batteries. That, to me, is indicative of a complete lack of imagination, perspective, and responsibility on the toymakers’ part. Batteries contain hazardous waste, and increasingly, states are adopting laws that ban batteries from landfills. California’s just […] Continue reading