My Kid's Insane Christmas Wish List, Annotated

When I was a kid, I would dream up completely insane presents to put on my Christmas wish list—shit that no parent could ever possibly afford and no child could ever possibly deserve. And every year, my parents would tell me before Christmas that I would NOT be getting the little race car I saw on the Obstacle Course… » 12/04/13 1:08pm 12/04/13 1:08pm

The Hater's Guide To Other Parents

I am not the greatest parent in the world. In fact, I wrote an entire book coming out today that indisputably proves that statement. I have been arrested. I have yelled at my children. I have experimented with odd forms of corporal punishment. And I have conspired with my children to commit petty misdemeanors. All of… » 5/16/13 3:10pm 5/16/13 3:10pm

Down With Toy Apartheid: The Gender Apocalypse Of The Playroom Can't…

Every toy is in some sense educational, though we tend not to think about this much while buying toys, and people always become excited when there's a struggle over the curriculum. So last week, in response to a protest campaign, Hasbro announced that it would be expanding its Easy-Bake Oven line: In addition to the… » 12/28/12 1:00pm 12/28/12 1:00pm