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Heyday — ABC Oakland
A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!”
Oakland  books  children  reading  sanfrancisco 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The ghettoisation of pink: how it has cornered the little-girl market | Society | The Observer
I wish I could tell you that I had reached my own goals: getting my daughter outside more, taking walks in the woods together, playing sports, making art. Occasionally I have – and I advocate all of that – but mostly I have just got a lot more canny about how we participate in the consumer culture. At bedtime we continue to read legends, mythology, and fairytales – all of which teem with complex female characters that fire a child's imagination. The path to womanhood is strewn with enchantment, but it is also rife with thickets and thorns and a Big Bad Culture that threatens to consume them even as they consume it. The good news is, the choices we make for our toddlers can influence how they navigate life as teens. I'm not saying we can, or will, do everything "right," only that there is power – magic – in awareness.
women  parenting  gender  sex  marketing  feminism  children 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
On Asian Parenting: 'Level Up' Seeks Middle Ground | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area Culture | Rachel Swan
Writing Level Up was Yang's way of sorting through some of these thoughts, and suffice it to say that the moral of the story is not that teenagers who love video games should pursue that obsession at the expense of everything else in their lives. But it also isn't that young people should subsume their will wholly to whatever life their parents have imagined for them. Yang is happy to occupy a more ambiguous middle ground, both in the fictional coming-of-age stories he writes as well as in his own life:

"I think this is true for both Thien and me, that in a lot of ways, even though we are both pursuing the arts, I think we want to do it in a much more thoughtful and practical way than maybe we see in some of our peers."
children  parenting  asian  asianamerican  books 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Once Rare in Rural America, Divorce Is Changing the Face of Its Families - NYTimes.com
Maria Kefalas, a sociology professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and co-author of “Hollowing Out the Middle,” a 2009 book about the migration of the educated class from rural Iowa, said that changes in families have been profound. She noted that the alarm sounded by Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1965 about the rise of out-of-wedlock births among African-Americans applies to the country as a whole today: One in three babies is born to unmarried parents.

“It has hit the whitest, most married, most idyllic heart of America — Iowa,” Professor Kefalas said. “The cultural narrative about marriage — you get a job, you marry your sweetheart, you buy a house, you educate your kids — has been torn to shreds. Without that economic foundation, the story cannot support itself.”
marriage  men  women  feminism  race  children  iowa 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying - NYTimes.com
Using the maps, the researchers tracked the students most often accused of aggressive behavior. They found that increases in social status were associated with subsequent increases in aggression. But notably, aggressive behavior peaked at the 98th percentile of popularity and then dropped.

“At the very top you start to see a reversal — the kids in the top 2 percent are less likely to be aggressive,” Dr. Faris said. “The interpretation I favor is that they no longer need to be aggressive because they’re at the top, and further aggression could be counterproductive, signaling insecurity with their social position.

“It’s possible that they’re incredibly friendly and everybody loves them and they were never mean, but I’m not so convinced by that, because there are so many kids right behind them in the hierarchy who are highly aggressive.”
children  education  teenagers  status  attention  reputation  power  school  social  celebrity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Marketing: This Dad Is Glad He Bought an IPad - Advertising Age - Digital: Columns
The big "a-ha" here is in how this new piece of technology has shifted my daily playbook of interaction with my children. Not in heavy or overbearing "punt to technology" doses, but via meaningful and highly participatory steps. In a weird way, I'm as pumped about the exploratory as the kids, and that can only lead to more exciting destinations. A bigger and more vibrant screen, combined with portability that trumps the bulky laptop, and we have a device that's vastly easier for groups –- especially families –- to gather around and consume content.

So there you have it. Dad is glad –- not mad or sad –- he bought an iPad.
ipad  apple  media  online  mobile  parenting  children  computers  technology 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An Irishman's Diary - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 20, 2010
ONE OF the features of recent decades here has been a big revival in the use of old Irish names. Parents of new-born babies have scoured the history books for names of saints or kings or warriors: the more ancient-sounding and unusual the better. [...]
names  attention  ireland  family  children  parenting  beauty  language 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Generation B - 50-Something, Divorced and Looking for Love - NYTimes.com
“Among the divorced, the least marriageables in our society are older women, highly educated who make a good salary.”

“Studies show men tend to marry down — someone slightly younger, less educated, making less money,” Dr. Adler-Baeder said. “Women in their 50s literally don’t have a visible pool of eligible men around them.”

“And if she’s tall on top of that,” Dr. Adler-Baeder said, “the pool’s even smaller.”
marriage  relationships  love  men  women  aging  beauty  families  children  dating  divorce 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the Superior Wife - The Globe and Mail
"The culture still attaches negative associations to men speaking about their personal lives. They are supposed to know this stuff. They are not supposed to ask for help. It's seen as a weakness. ...

"In the same way that at one point in the work world, men might have had to say to women, 'Here's what you have to do in business to be successful,' men get it that they have to receive wisdom in the domestic realm. And just as women have found that their way of doing things in the work world brings added value, men see that there's a male way of doing things in the home.

"Both men and women have their emerging competencies."
men  women  marriage  relationships  gender  power  parenting  children  communication 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello baby, goodbye chemicals - The Globe and Mail
Food is major. But I can't afford to buy all organic and I don't think most people can. So [for] bananas or other things with thick rinds, which I know are less susceptible to pesticides, I don't buy organic. But meat products, it's always organic, especially the dairy. Second is any cleaning products. I get the organic stuff from the health-food store or I make my own, and that's with baking soda, water, vinegar and maybe a bit of lemon. If I use any shampoo or soap on my daughter, I buy them at the health-food store and the less ingredients, the better. And I got Song Ji [her daughter] an organic mattress – that was a big-ticket item for me but that's where she spends most of her life.
children  health  marketing  parenting  business  documentary  film  southkorea  canada 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Baby Names Quantify the Faddishness of Fads | Wired Science | Wired.com
Take Tricia. Back in the 1950s, almost nobody named their baby girls Tricia. By the 1970s, the name had skyrocketed to the 144th most popular girl’s name and then just as quickly, Tricia fell back into disuse. It’s no longer in the top 1,000 names for girls. Literally hundreds of other names have followed similar trajectories.

It turns out that a name’s sad tumble into obscurity is tightly correlated with the speed of its rise. And that principle — what goes up quickly, must come down quickly — could be applicable to a broader set of memes.
names  identity  usa  beauty  children  parenting  science  thinking 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: "Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out": A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part Two)
[...] For example, interest-driven genres of participation tend to have a more geeky identity associated with them, involve congregating on specialized and often esoteric interests, and reaching beyond given, local school networks of friends. This is a whole package of things that goes together, a recognizable genre for how youth participate in online culture and social life. We also think of hanging out, messing around, and geeking out as genres of participation. [...]
teenagers  children  online  internet  games  creativity  youth  sociology 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
About Face: How Plastic Surgery Can Give an Older Woman the Face of a Baby -- New York Magazine
"When I tell her that making the face bigger or 'fatter' seems counterintuitive, she says, 'I know, that’s why no one was doing it twenty years ago.' 'How did you figure it out?' I ask. 'Because I was doing lipo and I don’t like to throw anything away.'"
beauty  women  youth  children  nyc  magazine  art  aesthetics  aging  identity  celebrity  medicine  fashion  health  culture  gender  feminism  surgery 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CBC.ca: Kid rock
"The trouble is, for the most part, indie rock and kids don’t mix. Indie rock has always favoured indirection and subtlety. With music, as with food, children are sugar fiends. They like simple melodies, bright voices and catchy choruses. Playing toddlers a muted rendition of Wheels on the Bus or My Darling Clementine, as performed on one of the For the Kids compilations, will probably go over as well as offering them a frosted grapefruit for dessert."
music  rock  marketing  children 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The business of parenting (kottke.org)
"We're letting Ollie show us where all the problem areas are before committing to any white plastic solutions."
interview  education  children  business  books  learning  marketing  money  parents  parenting  psychology  society  culture 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeanette Winterson - Journalism - The Times : Books - Kids need two languages and a musical instrument
"It may well be that [...] best antidote is not a book and a bedroom, but learning a story and learning to tell it – learning a funny poem, re-finding the out- of- fashion skills of rhetoric and challenge."
children  parenting  story  speech  language  music  education  learning  books  creativity  uk 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sex and the Teenage Girl - New York Times
"There was a girls’ bathroom next to my classroom, which was more convenient for me than the faculty one on the other side of campus. In the last stall, carved deeply into the metal box reserved for used sanitary napkins, was the single word 'Please.'"
sex  teenagers  parents  children  women  feminism  health  movies  cinema 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeffrey Eugenides: Enduring love - Telegraph
'Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom, and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name."
love  marriage  relationships  children  families  writing  fiction  story 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Generation Y biggest user of libraries: survey | U.S. | Reuters
"These findings turn our thinking about libraries upside down. Internet use seems to create an information hunger and it is information-savvy young people who are most likely to visit libraries."
internet  books  library  youth  teenagers  children  education 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Just Asking: Tim Burton - WSJ.com
On reading to his son: "I'm happy to see that he's gravitating toward dinosaurs. I was worried when we got stuck in the Teletubbies and Wiggles phase. But now he's onto dinosaurs, which is gratifying."
reading  children  parenting 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Madeleine L’Engle, Children’s Writer, Is Dead - New York Times
"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically."
story  obituaries  writing  children  fiction  creativity  spirituality 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sometimes Mothers Can Do No Right - New York Times
"[W]e get these class stereotypes [...] What Britney Spears evokes is this whole down-market, ‘trailer trash’ upbringing. Paris evokes the opposite — very rich parents who spoil their kids rotten and set no boundaries."
women  parenting  children  celebrity  identity  class  media 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead | CNET News.com
"It's a problem for teens--you're like losing out on some of your friends if you choose just one. To have all your buddy lists in one place, that's where this is going."
youth  yasns  social  news  internet  email  education  culture  blog  teenagers  communication  online  children 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Kennedy School Press Release: Young Americans’ News Use Is Half That of Older Adults
"[S]ome recent surveys have overestimated young people’s news consumption and the capacity of non-traditional media to take up the slack from young people’s flight from traditional news sources."
journalism  media  news  usa  teenagers  children  newspapers  radio  television  cable 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: Divorce: the great feminist teacher
"I believe in marriage. Or want to, anyway. Sometimes, I think the problem is the institution. It is what needs to be remodelled so that it's good for both men and women."
marriage  feminism  relationships  gender  power  communication  children  parenting  love 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Today's athletes! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"Assigning any kind of current or future sexuality to eight-year-olds is just plain gross. Think about how would you feel if you saw that on a photo of your daughter/niece/etc. and quit passing that same nonsense on. Quit hating other women."
photography  gender  men  women  children  behavior 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
To Be Happy In Marriage, Baby Carriage Not Required - washingtonpost.com
"Marriage today, like the rest of our lives, is about personal satisfaction. [...] On the other hand, our relationships are much more fragile, because we think we should leave them if they become unsatisfying."
love  marriage  relationships  usa  parenting  children  research 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why Was I Not Informed About Bruce Lee? | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"You say you love me, and yet there is a man who can jump like four feet into the air and kick a guy five times before landing—and you kept it from me. That can hardly be called love."
humor  laughter  pop  children  athletes  love  cinema  film 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Billboard.biz: Quincy Jones Hits Branding High Note
"My initiatives in lifestyle branding and digital media will be the next chapter along with my continuing priority of helping children of all cultures."
marketing  black  communication  media  children 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pow! Romance! Comics Court Girls - WSJ.com
"Girls tend to read more than boys historically, and the fact that there hasn't been that much material in the comic and graphic novel form aimed for young girls before this just leaves the area wide open."
art  books  women  children  gender  marketing  reading 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
You're a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles Well - WSJ.com
"Any time you can distinguish yourself with a distinctive name or a distinctive characteristic that sticks out in people's minds, that's going to be the best solution."
marketing  google  identity  www  children  parenting  work  jobs  anonymity  reputation  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. spouses cheat like the French -- but feel worse | Lifestyle | Reuters
"Americans have gotten more tolerant on practically every major sexual issue from having a child out of wedlock to divorce ... and homosexuality. We're more accepting of all these issues except infidelity, where we've gotten stricter."
sex  gay  marriage  relationships  usa  france  identity  love  children  parenting  psychology 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Futuristic Sexual Fetishes for Web-Savvy Weirdos
"The main difficulty with the practice is that children conceived in hyperspace end up existing only as an uncollapsed wave of quantum probability, which often leads to discipline problems once they hit school age."
children  science  physics  education  sex  parenting  technology 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Virgin: The Untouched History - Hanne Blank - Books - Review - New York Times
"Under the Roman Empire, fathers had the right to kill their daughters if they had sex before marriage (or outside of it later), and the right to kill the offending male as well. Imagine if this were the case [...] today: half of Manhattan would be dead."
sex  men  feminism  women  gender  genocide  books  research  nonfiction  parenting  children 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
It Ain’t Easy Being Green : the signifier
"From the outside we look like closed books, hiding behind our headphones and laptop screens, but we are connected a vast world that is updating itself in real-time, constantly evolving like an organism."
social  music  pop  rock  identity  parenting  children  youth  mp3  college  punk  teenagers  radio  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Mr. Wicked
“Far from being escapist, children’s fantasy always has been a lot more attuned to the social and political realities of the 20th century than we like to think."
shortstory  story  fiction  creativity  children  theater  drama  parenting 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
KRT Wire | 12/11/2006 | Cuba's aging society straining resources
"You want to give your children absolutely everything in life. If you are in a situation where you can't give your child absolutely everything, then why have more kids?"
cuba  children  parenting  politics  caribbean  society  aging  development 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Burying Placenta in Boise | New West Network
"The organ still looked fresh and I was a little nervous someone would see me carrying a shovel, my right hand bloodstained, an empty plastic bag in my back pocket. What did organ thieves do before baby wipes?"
children  parenting  idaho  boise  writing  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Polygamists Fight to Be Seen As Part of Mainstream Society
"The thinking is this: This is a big group of people. They are not going away. You can't incarcerate them all. You can't drive them out of the state. So they are here. What do we do about it?"
marriage  men  women  utah  relationships  religion  mormon  parenting  children  society 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Real Marriage Penalty
“Assortative mating is driven by our personal preferences, but also by whom we meet, and these days we have many more opportunities to meet others like ourselves."
marriage  relationships  love  men  women  jobs  children  society  usa  identity 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Why I Gave Up On Hip-Hop
"Mommy, can I just say something? You think every time you hear a black guy's voice it's automatically going to be something bad. Are you against hip-hop?"
hiphop  songwriting  music  black  radio  feminism  identity  parenting  children  language 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered
“You used to get married to have sex. Now one of the major reasons to get married is to have children, and the attractiveness of having children has declined for many people because of the cost.”
marriage  gender  gay  population  usa  relationships  love  men  women  identity  religion  ritual  friendship  community  children  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: To Curb the Trend, Magic Tells His Story
"The only thing that saved my life was early detection and taking my medicine. In those 15 years, I tell them that a lot of people have died. In real life, I'm not supposed to be here."
aids  hiv  sports  education  black  african  usa  school  children  health  marketing 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYMag: From Singleton to Family of Three in Less Than Two Years
“But you hadn’t asked her to marry you yet!” “We weren’t actively trying to get pregnant. We were, like, if it happens, it happens,”
marriage  children  relationships  nyc  sex  men  women  love  happiness  families 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: So the Torah Is a Parenting Guide?
“Indulged, coddled, pressured and micromanaged on the outside, my young patients appeared to be inadvertently deprived of the opportunity to develop an inside. They lack the secure, reliable, welcoming internal structure that we call the ‘self.”’
judaism  children  education  parenting  families  criticism  psychology  thinking  teenagers 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #39
"And I found myself wishing, while it was playing, that I could be Kate Bush sitting at a piano. This, instead of playing air guitar to Page's solo on 'Stairway to Heaven.' What could it mean?"
aesthetics  popmusic  rock  teenagers  music  memory  men  children  friendship  gender  detroit  school  uk  drinking 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
OT: Hayward mom bored by daughter's alternative lifestyle
"People hear [...] (triad) and they're always expecting wild pagan rituals. I'd like to say there's a bunch of weird things going on, but it's so traditional that it's pitiful. They get up and go to work and come home and eat dinner like everybody else."
polyamory  marriage  men  women  family  children  relationships  parenting  love 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How Curious George Escaped the Nazis
"Like Hans Reyersback and Margarete Waldstein, the little French monkey Fifi would change his name, and it would become one to remember."
children  fiction  brazil  germany  nazi  france 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Ugly Children May Get Parental Short Shrift
"Like lots of animals, we tend to parcel out our resources on the basis of value. Maybe we can't always articulate that, but in fact we do it. There are a lot of things that make a person more valuable, and physical attractiveness may be one of them."
children  parenting  science  aesthetics 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Authority a four-letter word at this book fair / Anarchists find common ground at S.F. get-together
"Anarchism is great as an attitude. I lost faith that you could run the world according to anarchists' principles. [...] "It's hard being an anarchist parent because as a parent you have to be the authority figure."
anarchy  books  parenting  children  families  sanfrancisco  bayarea 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Vibrant Cities Find One Thing Missing: Children
"Portland is a great city that attracts a lot of educated people. But the real estate is becoming outrageously expensive. And then you get wealthy singles and wealthy retirees. What's missing are kids. And that feels really sterile to me."
portland  oregon  children  cities  families 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Dad's Image Enhancers
"Candidates are controlled, every word and facial gesture. Kids are a weak link. ... One can pick up clues from the kids."
candidates  children  elections  parenting  politics 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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