On the grotesque obsession with accomplished women's fertility


Rebecca Solnit is a brilliant writer whose essay Men Explain Things to Me sparked the discourse about "mansplaining" and whose 2009 book A Paradise Built in Hell is one of the best history books I've ever read -- so why do so many interviewers want to talk to her about the fact that she chose not to have babies? Read the rest

Hacker puppets explain screen time limits for kids


You may have heard that "screen time" -- time with TV, phones, tablets, computers, or video games -- is bad for babies and toddlers. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics reversed course on their previous advice about screen time for kids under two."

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Facebook won't remove photo of children tricked into posing for neo-fascist group


The mother a 13-year-old girl has been unable to get Facebook to remove a photo that her daughter and a 12-year-old friend were tricked into having taken, which is being used to promote the violent neo-fascist group Britain First. Read the rest

It was once socially acceptable and surprisingly affordable to send children by parcel post


Between 1913 and 1920, many Americans sent their children around the country by mail. Provided your child weighed less than 50 lbs, you could simply affix stamps to their clothing and send them off with the postmaster. They'd be whisked across the country in the railway system's mail compartments and delivered to relatives safe and sound. Read the rest

Religious children more punitive, less likely to display altruism


In The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World published this week in Current Biology, academic researchers from the US, Canada, Qatar, Jordan, South Africa, Turkey and China report on a study of about 1,200 children from around the world in which a "robust" correlation between religious upbringing in either Christianity or Islam and a lack of altruism was demonstrated. Read the rest

Parents: beware of the Infant Catcherbots


A poster from Scarfolk, the English horror-town that loops through the decade 1970-1980, over and over, warns of the Infant Catcherbots that roam the town's roads, looking for children whose parents unwisely hid them from the civic trials of the 1970s. Read the rest

UK "anti-radicalisation" law can take kids from thoughtcriming parents in secret trials


The Conservative Party's "anti-radicalisation" laws call on teachers and other public servants to report brown children who espouse "radical" ideologies -- and now the other shoe has dropped, with the Family Division of the Judiciary promising to steal those children from their parents. Read the rest

READ: The story of a girl raised by feral librarians


When the wonderful science fiction writer Ellen Klages (previously) tells a fantastic tale about a shuttered library where seven eternal librarians tend the shelves, it doesn't come out reminiscent of Borges's library, nor Pratchett's -- rather, like all of Klages's work, it becomes a story about human affection and destiny. Read the rest

Pants-wettingly funny summary of every Dad-kid discussion, ever


This really is a distillation of the discussions I have with my daughter. Every. Single. Day. If it wasn't so funny, I'd be weeping. Read the rest

Make a booze flask hidden in a baby


That baby in the snugli is no baby: it's a hollow baby doll fitted with a booze-filled rehydration bladder with an access-straw in the forehead, beneath its wooly cap. Read the rest

Fuerdai: Paris Hilton with Chinese characteristics


China's hereditary oligarchy is in its second generation, and the fuerdai -- rich kids born to rich kids -- are a national symbol for corruption and excess, splashing social media with evidence of their debauchery. Read the rest

Dooce quits mommyblogging amid toxic pressure from advertisers


As the supply of publishers went up, advertisers gained leverage they could use to insist on more invasive ads and more unethical editorial practices. Read the rest

Just look at this baby banana toothbrush.


Just look at it.

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EFF scores a giant victory for fair use and dancing babies

8 years ago, Universal Music sent a takedown notice over Stephanie Lenz's 29-second Youtube video of her kids dancing in the kitchen to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy." Read the rest

Your baby monitor is an Internet-connected spycam vulnerable to voyeurs and crooks

Researchers revealed ten major vulnerabilities in Internet-of-Things babycams from a variety of vendors ranging from spunky startups like Ibaby Labs to rock-ribbed (and deep-pocketed -- attention, class actioneers!) giants like Philips. Read the rest

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever. Read the rest

Mom promotes idea of breastfeeding her kid and friend's kid: #MilkSiblings


If you are breastfeeding your kid and your friend's kid is hungry, why not breastfeed them both? Jessica Anne Colletti of Pennsylvania does just that and it makes sense. Of course some people are freaked out about it for all sorts of reasons, but Colletti defends her decision on Mama Bean: Read the rest

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