Travel with kids is rarely a vacation. But the trip we took last week left me utterly exhausted. And that exhaustion left me angry and on-edge. Which in turn sent me down a late-night rabbit hole into the research on parenting and sleep.Read More
Last week, I took my son to the doctor for his 15-month check-up. I tried to keep my son entertained while the nurse went through the standard battery of questions, marking my answers on her laptop…Read More
When we think of gendered aggression, it’s easy to think of beer-fueled moments at high school and college parties. But young girls’ first encounters with gendered aggression often happen much earlier and in seemingly more “innocent” settings. Like preschool playgrounds.Read More
For academics, landing the perfect job in the perfect location is about as likely as winning the lottery. Job-wise, I hit the jackpot. Location-wise, let's just say Indiana is not where I thought I'd end up. Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about living here. But there are also things I don’t love. Like the gender politics…Read More
I study privileged parents. And I’m more than a little critical of privileged parents. Especially for hoarding opportunities for their children and teaching their children to hoard opportunities for themselves. But, I am a privileged parent. So I also get why they do what they do. To give you an example…Read More
It’s that time of year again. Parents are frantically checking supply lists and packing their children’s backpacks for school. But pencils and notebooks and glue sticks aren’t the only things parents send from home. Rather, parents—or at least affluent, white parents—also send their children with strategies for securing unfair advantages in school….Read More
It's my first day back in the office after maternity leave, and I sit down at my desk to pump. But then I realize: "the last thing I need is undergrads wondering about wet spots on my dress." So I take off my dress and zip on my coat, because it's January and it's a little cold.
I start up the pump, but then my phone buzzes. It's daycare - they ran out of milk for my son, and they want me to bring more. I glance at the clock - this is my longest break all day, and I can probably make it. So I switch into go mode….Read More