Between the Bookends: July 2015

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This month in Between the Bookends, the GeekMoms have been reading about alien parasites, parenting skills, dark fantasy, climbing Everest, and the songs that tell the story of modern Britain.

We Are All The Bad Mother

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“I am a bad mother.” It’s a thought that has gone through all of our heads at least once, possibly daily. In the era of picture-perfect Pinterest parenting, the feelings of inadequacy come easily.

Observing Mini-Me: A Lesson in Perspectives

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Is there something in yourself you wish you could change? Did your kids inherit this trait too? Sometimes the difference between negative and positive is only a matter of perspective.

GeekMom Counterpoint: Why I Love Why

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GeekMom Ariane’s post about why she hates “why” inspired GeekMom Melissa to ponder why she loves the why stage. Where do you stand?

Why I Hate Why: Part Deux

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For a language nerd, there’s no greater sense of joy than hearing a child explore the world in a concise and thoughtful way. All it takes is good questions.

Respect Your Parents or They Will Follow Through

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You may have heard about this dad who recently punished his daughter through a video on YouTube. Through writers on GeekMom and various social media venues where the event has been shared, I have seen every opinion in the spectrum of possibilities from chastising the father to praising him. The video was a very timely topic in our house as my husband and I are

The Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal: Hitting Home on Many Levels for This Particular GeekMom

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NOTE: Much of the text of this post is from a post I had written for my personal blog on Thursday, November 10th, shortly after the university Board of Trustees made their decision to remove President Graham Spanier and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno.  Some of my emotions and information in this post have been overcome by events. Only the most die hard of GeekMom

Glitch Gone Wild?

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After signing myself up for Glitch, I decided to let my kids develop characters of their own (under my e-mail addresses and with my close supervision). Over the weekend my oldest son took a trip to the dark side of Glitch: “Glitch Hell“. Simply put, you visit Hell by dying. You can visit Hell several times, and there is even a separate set of achievements you

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: The Attention Span Of A Toddler

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When my son was born we swore we wouldn’t use a pacifier. On the second night in hospital, after nursing for two hours straight and 18 hours without a nap (me that is), we heeded the nurse’s words “It’s okay to use a pacifier you know.” Those four hours of sleep were so worth it. When he became inter-active a short while later, we swore

Postmodern Parenting Worry of the Week: Are You Raising a Narcissist?

Sorting through the daily influx of press releases that journalists like me face whenever they brave their inbox, this one caught my eye: “Are You Raising a Narcissist?” Having an only child makes me constantly on alert for signs that we’re spoiling, coddling or otherwise crippling him through our well-intentioned parenting, so I read the release with interest. “Do you blog about your children?” it

Am I the Spawn of a Tiger Mother?

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Amy Chua’s latest book has certainly been causing quite a stir, hasn’t it? I’ve come across several opinion and editorial articles on CNN.com. Ms. Chua herself has been making the rounds through the media trying to provide some clarification in the wake of a very controversial Wall Street Journal essay, which brought the world’s attention to the book just before it was published. As a response to the WSJ

Sex Ed Books for Kids: Our Picks

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You may remember GeekMom’s rollicking sex ed day a couple of weeks ago. Andrea and I posted our respective views on talking to kids about sex, which is way more openly than the average mom, judging from the comments. (Here is Andrea’s post, and mine.) Several commenters on those posts asked for or suggested good sex ed books for kids, so we decided to follow

Cub Scouts: Wonderful or Whack?

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So my kid joined the Cub Scouts. He loves it. His pack is filled with friends from school, and the pack leader, dad to one of the kids, is warm, personable, and willing to play British Bulldog with a gang of screaming ten-year-olds. It’s good. But, oy vey. The Cub Scouts? Really? What about that whole homophobia and intolerance thing over at Boy Scouts of

Welcome to GeekMom!

Hello, world! Welcome to the new GeekMom blog. We consist of four active geek mom editors—Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams—and a gaggle of geek mom contributors, led by the publisher of the popular GeekDad blog, Ken Denmead. We have a vision of what this site will be: a source of geeky news, opinion, and information; a safe place to be yourself;