Here is my apparently almost actually weekly round-up of my writing Elsewhere on the Internets.This week, even though I remain as an exhausted working parent, I managed to knock out articles on topics ranging from sleep deprivation to mean girls. Like this:
The High Cost of Clutter – Get Rich Slowly – Do you have piles of papers lurking on your desk? Mountains of laundry looming beside your bed? Shelves double-stacked with knick-knacks? I have a bit of a clutter problem myself. The other day, I spent an hour looking for the vacuum cleaner, which eventually turned up buried under a pile of laundry almost as tall as I am. All that clutter isn’t just annoying. It’s expensive.
Disney Pulls Back on Princess Brand – Strollerderby – Two days ago, my 5-year-old stood in the living room with one hand on her cocked hip and said, “Those princesses, that’s not really what I’m going for right now. Princess are, like, old-fashioned. They’re really not my style.” Apparently, Disney really does have marketing reps spying on every house in America…
Being a Stepmother (Wicked or Otherwise) – Strollerderby – Literature and pop culture are rife with examples of Wicked Stepmothers, those unloving brutes who force their stepchildren to do impossible chores while coddling their own spoiled brats.
TSA Agent Charged With Child Rape – Strollerderby – A Boston-based TSA agent was charged with child rape, sparking concerns and criticism from privacy and passenger advocates who continue to be unhappy with the new full-body scanners in use at many airports.
Should You Have Kids? – Strollerderby – Wondering whether or not you should have kids? Momlogic has you covered with this decision tree that walks you through all the important questions prospective parents face. Like, “Do you like being puked on?”
Mean Girls On The Playground – Strollerderby – Mean girls. Those pretty, popular, cool girls who use their social power to hurt those less blessed by social fortune. The specter of a popular, predatory prom queen taking down the class nerd with a cutting remark or vicious prank is the stuff of legend, many popular movies, and sometimes a sad fact of real life.
How to Talk To Your Child About Sexting – Strollerderby – Chances are, that by the time your kids hit their teens, they’ll have cell phones burning holes in their hot little pockets. Cell phones with cameras. Some of them will almost certainly use those cameras to take nude or sexually explicit photos of themselves, their girlfriends, or that guy on the back of the bus that dared them to do it.
What Did Kids Do Before Therapy? – Strollerderby – What did kid’s do about their problems back in the day? Only a few generations ago, there was no booming childhood psychiatry industry. Child therapists didn’t have offices in every neighborhood, and medications to treat mental health issues were unheard of.
Sex vs. Sleep – Strollerderby – Last week I wrote about how we’re all working too much and sleeping too little. This week I covered how that trend is ruining our sex lives. I wrote both articles at 1 a.m., when I was conspicuously not sleeping or having sex. Maybe I need to get a life. (I just noticed it is 1 a.m. right now. I am also not sleeping or having sex as I type this. Sigh.)
Hand Sanitizers Don’t Stop Spread of Sickness – Strollerderby – There’s good news for those of us who’ve been rolling our eyes at all the literal hand-wringing we’re expected to do over germs these days. According to a new article in Slate, all those products don’t work to stop the spread of colds and flus.