Is It Inappropriate to Call Kids ‘Sexy’?

“You look sexy!” exclaims my neighbor to my 6-year-old daughter. I laugh uncomfortably because though I know she’s showing some knee, I’d never call her sexy. She’s cute. Kids are cute. They’re not doing anything to warrant sexual attention. My daughter looks at me confused because we’ve had conversations about the word "sexy" in the past, ...

What Lessons Are You Passing On To Your Kids?

“When am I going to start dance lessons?” my 6-year-old daughter asks me at the park, soon after discovering that her new friend just came from ballet class. “We’ll see,” I tell her. “That’s what you said the last time.” “I know,” I reply. While she runs back to the monkey bars, I’m left with a horrible feeling in ...

Is Childhood Becoming Extinct? Little Girls & Makeup

My girlfriend called me up needing to vent. She’d just gotten off of the phone with her daughter’s Kindergarten teacher who had informed her that her little girl was sitting in class looking like she belonged on RuPaul’s Drag Race, with a fully beat face. When the teacher asked her where she got the makeup ...