- Over at NickMom, I wrote the Top 9 Signs You're Addicted to Your Smartphone. Because admitting you have a problem is the first step to HOLD ON I HAVE TO TAKE THIS.
- Also at NickMom, I had I Wish I Could Be Like: Gloria Pritchett from Modern Family. I totally need a kid who can cook and make French-press coffee.
- For Redbook Magazine's The Motherboard, I explained why "parenting experts" can bite me.
- In my ongoing attempt to prove that there is good news about teachers (even if you have to dig to the very ends of the Interwebz to find it, because the media only runs stories about the douchebags), on Strollerderby, I ran 10 Awesome Teacher Flash Mob Videos and Study: One Good Teacher Can Have Lasting Impact.
- I also collected some more good news about teachers in 10 Small Stories About Education That Deserve Your Attention.
- Also at Strollerderby, I covered a study about ADHD kids and diet, and an exciting (but small) study showing that kids with autism have completely different bacteria in their guts.
- I also covered two Girl Scout cookie boycotts. The first story is about some Scouts in Ohio who are refusing to sell cookies, protesting their camps being closed. The second story is about a teen Girl Scout who, apparently going for her "Prejudice" badge, who posted a rant on YouTube about transgender kids being allowed to participate in Girl Scouts. She seemed to be speaking on behalf of an organization called Honest Girl Scouts, who are an early front-runner in the competition to be 2012's Douchebag of the Year. Apparently they believe that Girl Scouts of the USA has a "pro-lesbian agenda" and are particularly galled by the fact that world-renowned author and feminist Betty Friedan, who founded the National Organization of Women, was a member of GSUSA's board for 12 years. Horrors!
That last story ended up being my favorite one of the week, because it totally backfired and now tons of people are ordering more cookies, because they just realized how awesome, inclusive, and progressive the Girl Scouts organization really is. Thanks, Bigoted Teen!
Also, when I discussed at dinner with my kids about the girl who opposed allowing transgender kids in Girl Scouts, my daughters immediately pointed out that posting a bullying rant on YouTube is not following your Girl Scout promise. We talked about what it means when you promise to be "considerate and caring," and to "respect myself and others." Then the three of them recited their Girl Scout Promise, and then my heart exploded.