Category Archives: Family. And stuff.

On being grateful…

IMG_0773…even while I know this is something that might come back and haunt her when she’s an adult:

My son and his family started a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, where we all held hands over the blessing, and then each person said what they were most thankful for.

I was just standing to listen to the prayer when my youngest granddaughter, age 4, (that’s her being all feminine and shit in the photo to the right) said in a stage whisper, “Granny! I got to go poop! Will you wipe my butt?”

And so as we rushed to the bathroom, I missed saying what I was most grateful for, which is this: I am most grateful for grandchildren who interrupt life in the most charming way possible. I missed saying that out loud because I was practicing it.

Onward. Happy Friday.

It’s time to give men more birth control options.

next-generation-condoms-grant-bill-gates-development-1I wrote this for CT Health Investigative Team.

Small boosts in family income helps kids a lot

3f05d661d6e3919a06625920891f6f9fThis paper¬†(and thanks, Kimberley, for sending it) from the National Bureau of Economic Research says a little boost in family income has an amazing effect on children in that family. That’s especially true for children facing behavioral or mental health challenges.

You can read more here.

Woman chooses career over kids. Interwebs faints.

Aisha-Tyler-The-Talk-1024x576Aisha Tyler, actress, talk-show host, comedian, and producer, has said out loud that she doesn’t feel like apologizing for choosing a career over having children.

And why should she have to explain herself? I had children, but I don’t think every woman should have or want to have children. Can we have a little variation of the theme, please?


Which country has eliminated maternal-infant HIV transmission?

imagesCuba. You can read more here at Physicians For a National Health Program. The country’s success has been validated by WHO.

And thanks, Leftover, for the link.

Housing rental market is in a crisis

imagesAnd that’s not just me saying it. That’s no less a body than the Urban Institute, which explores the housing affordability gap for extremely low-income renters. Finding housing is a crisis for some families, which means it’s a crisis for the rest of us, too.

Just 28 of every 100 extremely poor families are able to find adequate housing in this country. That’s down from 37 percent in 2000, and that is abysmal. (If you have the time, do read the link above. I did and it raises some interesting points, but I question the role privatization can play in increasing the country’s stock of affordable housing. But that just may be me.

More to the point, check out this cool graphic. You can learn a lot just playing around on that graphic.

And thanks, Leftover — as always, for these links.

Check out Fisher-Price’s new campaign

o-PROUD-PARENTING-570It’s called Proud Parenting, and you can read more here.