Girls Next Door

Talk about Parents Behaving Badly, I was watching The Girl’s Next Door, the reality show about Hugh Hephner’s harem. and I saw a very bad mother.The girls were signing autographs and this woman had brought her two daughters, one about six-years-old…

Domestic Labor Balance

By Tracee SiouxWe had a fabulous time over Memorial Day weekend when a very generous friend offered to let us stay at her bed and breakfast for three days. It was super-glorious. We were so grateful we couldn’t help inviting a few friends over…
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False Eyelashes

by Tracee SiouxI was attempting to teach my five-year-old daughter to critically deconstruct advertising while watching television one day. Oh, mommy look how pretty her eyes are! You gotta try that. Ainsley exclaimed when she saw a commercial…

Girls Can Be Soldiers Too

I hope everyone is out frolicking with their kids this Memorial Day. We are supposed to be remembering our lost veterans on this day. We have a war going on right now, so it's good to talk to our kids about that.Lots of not-so-noticed veterans…

Growing A Girl

By Tracee SiouxI highly recommend Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter, as one of the best books out there for empowering girls.First, isn’t the title just delightful? I am so jealous that I didn’t come…

Battered Women, Time To Leave

By Tracee Sioux I know this column will reach a battered woman, because according to the US Justice Department, 30 percent of women are beaten by a significant other at one time or another. This is an issue very close to my heart as I was…

Jessica's Law Passes in Texas

By Tracee SiouxTwo big things have happened to protect children from sexual abuse perpetrators, especially repeat offenders. The State of Texas has passed The Jessica Lunsford Act. Each state has its own version of “Jessica’s Law” before…

Pink Rocks

By Tracee SiouxOne of the most girl-empowering women in the culture right now, in my opinion, is Pink.Author Disclaimer: Obviously, you must use good judgment about the age-appropriateness of buying your daughter a Pink album. There is profanity…

HPV Vaccine, Right of Girls To Health

By Tracee Sioux I have been a little surprised at the reaction to a vaccine for HPV (human papillomavirus virus), which causes cervical cancer. I suppose I thought most of the planet, like me, have spent some time hoping that mad-scientists…

Expectations

by Tracee Sioux Last week, while at a friend's getting my hair done (read more about my Pink Hair Fiasco), our two 5-year-olds were playing dress up. Since I was stuck in the chair, I had asked Ainsley to take care of Zack and keep him occupied…

Fear Not

By Tracee Sioux My brother recently wrote me a letter about how he remembered me saving his life. He was going down a pool slide in a float and it flipped over when he got to the bottom. It was the old kind with a harness on it and he couldn’t…