Kinda Knows

by Tracee Sioux I checked out The Safe Side Stranger Safety video, produced by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted and Julie Clark of Baby Einstein. I recommend this to every parent of young children. Both my kids, one and six, were mesmerized…
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I Want To Be A Model

Mommy, I'm going to be a model. Well, you can if you really want to. But, I hope you'll never let anyone treat you like they treat models. I hope you'll expect more respect from any employer. The thing is Tyra, at some point you became…

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies

I admit I vacillate like crazy on the issue of allowing Ainsley to have Barbies. It's a grey area for me. I allowed Barbie for a while, then when I found a decapitated and limbless Barbie massacre on Ainsley's bed I silently cheered for joy…

Discovery Girls Contest

by Tracee Sioux Discovery Girls is a magazine created for girls, by girls ages 8 and up. I reviewed a couple of issues with Ainsley, who is granted only 6, but precocious. It's full of about fashion trends, beauty and style, crushes on boys,…

Bob vs. Barbie

by Tracee Sioux In a focus group carried out by toy manufacturer, Martin Yaffe, where children were invited to put this year’s top Christmas toys through their paces, seven out of 10 girls chose to play with toys designed for boys over the…

Two Birds

by Tracee Sioux Be kind to your children. They will pick your nursing home. When my mentoring group was looking for a service project and the idea to visit a nursing home came up, I took the group to see my children's great-grandfather.…

It. Is. Sick.

by Tracee Sioux Our friends Jen and Aaron are in a health insurance nightmare. It's a predicament millions of American's face. They are middle-class. They work hard, they live within their means and are very frugal. Their situation merits…

Right to Representation

Our daughters have a right to see women in the picture too. I think they deserve to have all opportunities open to them, including that of President of the United States. Women have yet to be represented. To ignore the white maleness of power…

Housekeeping Paraphernalia

by Tracee Sioux Mommy, can I have that Kid's Washer & Dryer by Little Colorado for Christmas? No way. You don't need to pretend to do laundry. If you want to do laundry, you can do it for real. I promise there will be plenty of opportunities…

Not Nameless Faceless Kids - Hers

I read this blog about a mother's struggle to insure her special needs children - the real kind - in our current insurance system. Her child is being dropped because the insurance company isn't making any money off insuring her. Basically once…

Balancing Act

by Tracee Sioux How does this sound? Paid family leave so no mother has to go back to work days after giving birth, Public universal pre-school, Major investments in child care so having a child is no longer the top reason American families…
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Smoke Out

by Tracee Sioux I can hardly wait for New Year's Eve to come because I never have to put "Quit Smoking - for real this time" on my list of resolutions again. I can move on to getting organized and saving my receipts so I can deduct them. The…