Raising Future Gentleman Isn’t As Straightforward As It Seems

Boy CrusaderEvery school day, my daughter waits at the bus stop with another girl and a little boy. The parents chat in the cold until the bus finally rolls around the corner and down the block. As the kids line up, the boy’s father tells his son to show some chivalry and let the girls go first.

Because this has become daily routine, the words “Ladies first” have stuck in my head. I definitely don’t want to fault the dad for trying to raise a gentleman. But I now wonder what the definition of a gentleman really is. Does chivalry serves its purpose in a society where people better recognize gender inequality?

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Your Kids’ Halloween Candy will Last for a Year if You Let It

Halloween Candy

Halloween is over, but the candy remains. We’ve entered the season of sugar. From here through the end of the year, most of America will find itself buried under an avalanche. Even after that, Valentine’s Day and Easter lurk around the corner in 2018.

Despite the sugar boom that’s about to happen, many parents (myself included) try to ration Halloween candy. There might be no such thing as a sugar high, but a massive candy binge can still create lots of headaches — and stomachaches — if kids eat too much too fast.

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Is Old-School Pokémon Going to Give my Kids Nightmares?

Pokemon

My kids are officially obsessed with Pokémon. In a way, this is great news for me. After years of dealing with the likes of Thomas and Friends, I can finally bond with them without having to do any research. I was into Pokémon in the 1990s, so the kids are in my wheelhouse now.

I gleefully fired up a game of Pokémon Red for the kids to share my introduction to the franchise with them. Unfortunately, it was only after I got them hooked on the game that I remembered the downside to sharing my childhood entertainment with them: some of those early installments are really messed up.

I’m not talking about the dissonant nature of a game that talks about the importance of treating Pokémon well but then encourages you to capture them and force them to battle. That’s a flaw of the whole franchise, but it falls under the mantle of, “this is just a video game, so don’t overthink it.”

No, I’m talking about a place called Lavender Town. That’s where the original games go from fun-filled adventures with cartoon creatures to creepy horror with some truly disturbing backstory. Lavender Town is where the game introduces ghost Pokémon, and as far as I know it’s the only part of the franchise to really explore death.

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Racism in America?

Racism

I live in a small town in New England. Beautiful fall foliage, cold winters, friendly neighbors…the type of place you find on greeting cards. Well, except that most greeting cards don’t mention the occasional racism and Nazi iconography.

That unfortunate graffiti rests on the sidewalk near my kids’ bus stop. The swastika served as a reminder that there are stupid jerks everywhere. It also serves as a reminder that I need to talk to my kids about race in America.

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What Happens When Jailed Women Have Babies? They Become Moms

Incarcerated Mom and Child

In a country with more than 215,000 women in prison as of 2014, what happens to an incarcerated mother-to-be? An estimated three to four percent of women enter prison pregnant, which often means an uncomfortable birth and an immediate separation from their child. One photographer, Cheryl Hanna-Truscott, has used her talents to showcase an alternative.

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Did Adam Conover Really Ruin Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding

The TV show Adam Ruins Everything gives comedian Adam Conover a platform to dispel some myths in our society. Last month, the show tackled parenting, including the breastfeeding versus formula feeding debate. For those who didn’t catch it, you can watch a segment here. Long story short: You aren’t a failure of a mother if you don’t breastfeed.

Throughout every episode of this show, little blurbs in the corner of the screen show citations that back up each claim. It’s hard to fact-check a comedy show while you’re enjoying it, but I thought it might be interesting to check this segment’s sources. Here are the claims in the clip and their associated citations.

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