Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

Get Pink'd – Time to Toss the 'Pink is for Girls and Gays Only' Rule

  Get Pink’d as published in The Good Men Project Being the mom of four boys, I’ve been keenly aware of the stereotypes surrounding gender roles and norms for boys in their world. Starting from infancy, put a baby in pink, or purple, and it’s automatically assumed that it’s a girl. Put a baby in blue, green, or yellow, and the assumption is usually that it’s a boy. Lately, there has been a lot more pink and purple clothing out…

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Ten Ways to Connect with Your Techy Kids When You’re a Noob

Ten Ways to Connect with Your Techy Kids When You’re a Noob

  Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash My kids are all boys, and I’m a single Mom. They’re so into technology that my 12-yr-old helped keep the network running at his school at the tender age of 9 when the part-time tech guy wasn’t around, and my other son regularly hacks into my iPad. I, on the other hand, am the annoying Mom that can’t even figure out how to use the controller for the Wii (I refuse to even talk…

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The Truth About Autism and Sleep

The Truth About Autism and Sleep

  Life isn’t perfect for anyone, and everyone’s ‘normal’ is different. But we all put on a certain face to the public, while our real selves live more exclusively at home. Imagine going to bed, snuggling in, kids in bed, getting all cozy, and just dozing off when your bedroom door slams open, with a kid standing in the doorway announcing that he can’t sleep. Now imagine ushering that child back into bed again, settling back into your own bed,…

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There is no PTSD G.I. Joe Doll

There is no PTSD G.I. Joe Doll

Military Men and PTSD Read it as published in The Good Men Project   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that’s been in the news a lot lately, and there are many wonderful organizations that have sprung up to help sufferers cope with their everyday lives in the wake of their personal experiences. Despite this, a stigma still exists surrounding the diagnosis, particularly among military men. While PTSD is not exclusive to military members, affecting first responders and others…

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Raising Independent Boys

Raising Independent Boys

Read it as published at The Good Men Project   I’m the mother of four boys, aged between 8- and 24-years old. When my first son was born, I had expected a daughter (thanks, ultrasound technician) but found out just a few days before his birth at a wellness check ultrasound that ‘she’ was actually ‘he’. Since he was born, every ultrasound tech made the same announcement, three more times—“it’s a boy!” I threw myself into learning everything I could about…

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Pokémon GO! (Or…no?)

Pokémon GO! (Or…no?)

  The day Pokémon GO! was released in Canada, my Facebook home page was plastered with memes, jokes, and questions about the app. That night, my son posted on Facebook from work, “my co-worker has been driving me nuts running around the building trying to level up his Pokémon for the last half-hour.” Then the news stories came out pointing out some negatives about the app — how one player found a dead body; a memorial site was being visited…

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How to be a Great Divorced Dad from the Perspective of a Mom

How to be a Great Divorced Dad from the Perspective of a Mom

Photo by Jude Beck @ Unsplash Read it as published at The Good Men Project Read it as re-published by divorcedmoms.com Being a weekend Dad isn’t easy on you or your kids, but taking the focus off the breakup and putting it directly on the kids will help you to create a meaningful, lasting relationship with them. Make your time with the kids exclusive If you see your kids every other weekend, as many separated/divorced Dads do, that means you get…

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