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    Growing up Slowly in a Too-Fast World…

    We are clinging to our children.  We want them to grow up slowly…  We’re keeping them away from negative influences like popular music, television, kid-marketed movies, commercials, the Mall, kid-stores, and the list goes on. That’s right, our family doesn’t go to the Mall. We are choosing to stand…

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    Culture in a Car

    It happened fast. Before I knew it I was yelling at an old man in the parking lot. I don’t make a habit of such behavior. This was a typical sunny day in mid-winter and we’d just spent the better part of the morning in the library children’s section…

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    The REAL World.

    I’ve lived through the condescension.  I’ve had the narrowed glares and raised eyebrows fired my way more times than I could ever count.  And just when I thought I couldn’t bear being asked the same question any more, it’s shot at me again: “So, honestly, how are you preparing…

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    Gender-Phobia and Toys

    Hi, I’m a girl’s toy.  People get annoyed with me, saying I encourage all things ‘feminine’ – playing with dolls, inventing cute social situations, dressing up, and of course, just enjoying the act of admiring  how ‘pretty’ I am. Hi, I’m a boy’s toy.  People get annoyed with me, saying I…

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    Dare to Let Them Grow up Slow.

    Children are growing too fast, period.  For a while, it was something to scoff at or roll our eyes about.  It seemed pretty innocent at first, with a few brand name companies offering children’s lines.  But there’s more to the story. Kids growing up fast is really about the…

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    Age.

    (This post was written for Five Minute Friday over at The Gypsy Mom with the inspiration word “older”) When I think of getting older, I think ‘aging’.  The word makes it sound more graceful, more welcome.  Age is inevitable.  It is one of the true God-ordained constants.  I age,…