Browsing All posts tagged under »parenting«

On the Coercions of Our Species: I Say, Tomato; You Say, Hate Crime.

January 30, 2012


All of us, at some point growing up, are coerced by our parents. All parents must coerce their children from time to time, but, from the perspective of the child, the coercion will often seem harmful. All of us will also, at some point, be bullied in our lives and, again, for many of us, […]

To Be or Not To Be: What Does “Parent” Mean To You?

December 28, 2011


Recently, a friend asked me, “why don’t you want to be a parent?” It’s been a long time since anyone asked me that question, and my first response didn’t seem right. So, I thought about it some more. Fortunately, some time earlier, the same friend had asked me to define what I meant by “parent.” […]

An Important Piece of The Puzzle: The Words Matter, Inside and Out.

September 1, 2011


The words we use affect us, whether we are describing our own behaviour or the behaviour of others, whether we are using our inside voice or outside voice. I learned this important insight in New Zealand, thanks to a short introductory seminar to the methodology of the Virtues Project, taught by two of its founders. […]

A Voice Of Venus: Feel It, Express it, Release it

January 14, 2010


On Tuesday, I went to Nadine’s featured spoken-word set at the female-focussed (but friendly to all) Voices of Venus (at Umi Cafe). This was my third time attending the monthly event which includes an all woman open-mic set followed by a set featuring one woman poet. Each time I’ve attended, I’ve enjoyed myself and encountered […]

With Feminists Like This Who Needs Misogynists: How Not To Contribute To The Women’s Movement (Or Be A Good Parent)

March 24, 2009


Judith Timson today published a Pontius Pilate-like lament for the women’s movement — complete with self-absolving hand-washing. Unwittingly, she duplicates  the very behavior she intends to criticize and is an example of how not to lead or contribute to the women’s movement and how not to be a good parent. I wanted to let it […]