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And Sew It Goes …

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My daughter was sick the other day so I stayed home too, and we spent much of our day together on the couch. I tackled work email and leftover chores, while she watched endless episodes of My Little Pony — a fringe benefit of not having to share the television with her brother. In the… Read More »

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Knock Knock

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“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Your daughter.” “Your daughter who?” “Your daughter who knows more jokes than you do.” Of course your five-year-old knows more jokes than you. How could she not? You’ve told her every single joke you know, a dozen times over. And be honest: You don’t know as many jokes as you used to. You spend… Read More »

A lament for the terminally self-conscious hipster dad. photo (c) 2013 Helen Spitzer

Am I Doing This Right?

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A Lament For (and By) The Terminally Self-conscious Dad. Rationally, I understand that no one is paying attention to me or my daughter when we’re out together. That is, unless she muscles in ahead of another toddler in the queue for the slide, hunkers down with somebody else’s favourite shovel or makes an impassioned plea for… Read More »

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Disneyland

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My husband’s company sends our whole family to a trade convention once a year. It’s always in the United States, usually in a resort town on one of the coasts. This year it was in Anaheim, California. So I asked my Californian girlfriend what people with small children do in Anaheim, like an idiot. “Uh, Disneyland?!”… Read More »

accidental princess culture

The Accidental Princess Culture of Anti-Princessery

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Does the world need another article about Princess Culture? Yes, it does. Because sometimes I think we forget why we are anti-Princess Culture — or maybe it’s just not the same for all of us. For some, it’s probably the fact that endless pink glittery shit is annoying. It reinforces terrible ideas of what a… Read More »

more than twinkle, twinkle: two hands, one piano: photo of adult and baby hands on the keys

More Than Twinkle, Twinkle

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The Bunch Guide to Little Kids + Music Lessons from new contributor Dana Baitz. I didn’t put my son in music lessons so that he could become a great musician — I’m a musician myself, so I know there are more important things. But I’ve discovered that helping with practicing can be a great way to interact meaningfully with your kid. Their… Read More »

Parental Leave: Daniel Murphy takes a measly three days off to bond with his new baby and support his wife, and baseball freaks the fuck out

Ball Player Takes Parental Leave — Radio Jocks Freak Out

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It’s a kind of litmus test for the cultural shift that’s happening, as more and more dads insist on being hands-on during their children’s earliest days: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the season opener and took three whole days off when his first child was born last week. Cue the end of the… Read More »

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Does Brony Culture Promote Homophobia?

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You already know I have some things to say about My Little Pony. And in that I have already confessed to watching the Brony documentary. We’ve established that: I think My Little Pony is just okay; that my daughter watches it and plays with the toys sometimes; and that I like breaking down gender constructs.… Read More »

My Little Pony: Friendship is Meh

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Here’s something you might not know (unless you, like me, have, uh, Wikipedia): the original My Little Pony was called My Pretty Pony. It was created for Romper Room in the same year I was born. A couple years later its creator wound up working for Hasbro and reinventing the toy into My Little Pony.… Read More »

Reasons My Daughter is Crying

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Apparently there’s a popular Tumblr site called Reasons My Son is Crying. I’m a bit late to the game on this one given that the book is already out, though as Bunch has already pointed out, the guy’s kid is probably crying because he looks like Ferris Bueller. Perhaps I was drawn to the site… Read More »

be kind to curly-headed girls. You never know when they'll be this sweet to you again.

Be Kind to Curly-Headed Girls

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Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is reminded of being a little girl with wild hair. I was a 30-year-old woman before I owned a hair dryer of my own. Until that time, I would borrow someone’s hair dryer once a year to put plastic up on my windows. I never thought to use one on my hair, except… Read More »

strangers staring

Why Are Those Strangers Staring At You?

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I spent last week in Florida with my child and my grandmother. Feel free to stop reading and hate me now on account of my briefly escaping the polar vortex while Toronto and other places were so very cold and miserable. In between removing sand from my preschooler’s butt and treating sunburns, there was ample time… Read More »

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