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Why We Need Feminism

When you have a girl body you get used to it. Misogyny. An ever present hum that you ignore because you are too busy doing all the things that boy bodies do—sometimes better, sometimes worse, most often the same. You...Read More
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  • Allison Goines

    How To Create Your Own Home School Curriculum

    When I began my home schooling journey I was overwhelmed by the incredible number of curricula available.  I had no idea where to start.  If you are there, please check out this book by Cathy Duffy. Choosing a curriculum is risky busine...

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  • Ashlen "the Kidspert" Sheaffer

    Halloween Decorating With Kids

    Decorating the house can be challenging with kids. You must find decorations that aren’t breakable, that can be squashed, stepped on, even chewed on, and still cute and festive. Yes, I promise this is one task that can be completed an...

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    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - Seasons of Depression
    Crystal Ponti

    Seasons of Depression

    An old cherry tree sits just outside my bedroom window. For several seasons I’ve watched it blossom to life—ripening with evergreen and fruit. I’ve also witnessed that life slowly drifting away in the cool autumn breeze. As the branches empty one by one, I sit and gaze without expression.

    Each leaf that falls reminds me of a ten-year-old girl buried deep in a closet, hiding behind bags of old clothes. Ashamed of the tears, she desperately tries to hide her sorrow from the world. A tattered Mickey Mouse muffles her sobs. READ MORE

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  • Miranda Gargasz

    He Said “Get Help or We’re Through”

    “Get help or we’re through. You’re not the woman I married,” my husband, Jim, said to me....

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  • Flicksters

    What I Wish I Would Have Known About Body Image

    Nothing hits a girl’s self-esteem harder than middle school and high school. Suddenly, you go from the happy-go-lucky girl playing outside, getting bruises, and generally not worrying about how you look to a girl who obsesses about her ap...

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    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - The Navy Yard Shooting: Close To Home
    Elle Davis

    The Navy Yard Shooting: Close To Home

    I’ve never had anything like this hit so close to home before and I’m in such disbelief. My head was swirling around with the faces of the people my husband and I know who work at the Navy Yard. My husband’s former coworkers and our friends. The agony of not knowing if they’re safe or if we will later find out that they were a victim of such an unbelievable tradegy. READ MORE

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  • Lauren Parker-Gill

    Lego Trauma

    In the ER, Sunday night, just after the halftime show, I am filling out paperwork for my 5 year old. Reason for visit? Lego in nose. That’s right. LEGO IN NOSE, OMFG....

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  • Christina Antus

    The Cupcake Diet

    I recently read an article by Jillian Michaels that talked about the difficulty of dropping vanity pounds. Vanity pounds are pounds we want to lose, but our bodies don’t think we need to lose. Because we’re made for survival. Not app...

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    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - And Then She Shouted, "She Doesn't Have Kids!"
    Erin K Moffat

    And Then She Shouted, “She Doesn’t Have Any Kids!”

    The controversial new TIME cover reads, “The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children.”

    As someone without kids, I can tell you that I live in my grandmother’s basement, and I don’t have it all. I think “having it all” has an exclusive meaning to each individual—your life should be your decision. Someone once said to me, “I believe women can have it all, but not all at once.”

    What is “having it all” anyway?

    People always want something better, or something more. I’m not even talking about the other debate of settling for something that you don’t want. With or without the family, are we as people ever satisfied? READ MORE

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    The Internet Challenge You’ll Want Your Kids To Take

    There have been challenges upon challenges floating around the internet lately, ranging from the altruistically-focused (raise your hand if you participated in the ice bucket challenge) to less philanthropic efforts like the mousetrap chall...

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  • Sherice Torres

    Scared Straight: A Review of "Swagger" By Lisa Bloom

    I thought that I was doing alright in this mommy-gig. I gave tough love to my big boy when he got in trouble in school for wiggling around rather than concentrating. I do my best to build my boys’ self esteem by reminding them that they a...

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    Laura Diamond

    Hanging Up The iPhone

    Knowing your gut and standing by it is the holy grail of parenthood.

    As a mom of two boys, twelve and eight, there are some circumstances where it’s easy to follow my gut: swimming lessons, completed homework, good manners. Other times I waver, caving to “please” for junk food (why must Gatorade be so red, Cheetos so orange?).

    Right now my gut tells me to bury my twelve-year-old son’s smartphone in a cement grave. But do I have the fortitude to do it? READ MORE

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    Ban Bossy. Encourage Girls To Lead

    You’ve probably heard about the new “Ban Bossy” campaign, sponsored by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean in organization and Girl Scouts USA. Their site is an amazing resource for leadership tips and information for girls, par...

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  • Shimi Kang

    How To Teach Your Kids To Self-Motivate

    Self-motivation is the holy grail of parenting. When you have successfully cultivated your child’s inner drive, you can sit back knowing that you’ve given him or her the one thing they will need to thrive in our fast-changing so...

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    Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Life-versary
    Erin K Moffat

    Life-versary

    I’m quickly approaching my _ _ th birthday which is oh so close to _ _. Ahhhh!  For some reason turning _ _ is really hard for me. Turning _ _ wasn’t nearly as difficult.

    I should celebrate with that kick ass 80’s prom party that I wanted to have when I turned _ _, 5 years ago. I should be excited that I’m having a Life-versary thanks to my mom carrying me in her body for 9 months and transporting me into the world. Thanks mom, I truly do appreciate it! READ MORE

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  • Sherice Torres

    How to De-Crazy Your Week

    The work week can be a bitch. Between the evening commute, cranky kids, pets demanding attention (feed me! walk me! love me!), it can all add up to one massive emotional meltdown. So, what’s a busy mama to do? Here are a few tips to help ...

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    Who The Flicka?: Pat Geyer

    Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions....

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