New Year, New Schedule

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Happy New Year, Fair Play fans! We know we’ve apologized multiple times for our delinquency but here it is again — I’m very sorry for putting this project on the back burner. I’m currently finishing writing my dissertation (defending at the end of February!) and that, with other research projects, has precluded too much blogging.

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Talking about Babies and Gender

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How important is it that you know whether this little baby is a boy or a girl – immediately?

This week we are revisiting some favorite posts geared toward talking about gender. Monday we took up how to discuss gender fair values in your family. Today we examine talking about gender with prospective new parents.

I was out at a bar with a Fair Play Friend and some of his friends when the following exchange occurred:

Fair Play Friend: So do you know if it is a boy or a girl?
FPF’s friend: We’re not going to find out. You don’t get too many surprises in life.

I was floored.

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New Year, New Babies: Gifts for Newborns

It’s true that new babies can be born any time of the year, but it’s fun to talk about them this time of the year when the new year is still fresh and the weather outside is gloomy. We also got a Gift Guide letter about this, so why not? File this one away for the next new baby in your life if you don’t find it to be timely. Anyway, unless you’ve actually had a newborn child of your very own, it can be kind of daunting to shop for one. It can also be one of the most difficult arenas in which to fight the gender-fair battle. There is a lot of pink and blue, and also a lot of CUTE! So be forewarned, you will need to approach your shopping with your gender-fair mantras in-hand (in-brain?). Let’s take a look at some of the options.

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Happy Halloween from Fair Play!

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Happy Halloween everyone! Still need a last-minute costume? Check out the Fair Play costume strategy. Don’t forget Halloween movies and books to get in the mood. There’s also still time for a quick Halloween craft! Traveling this Halloween? Check out these tips for nontraditional Halloween-ing. Most important (in my book) – save your pumpkin seeds and make a healthy, seasonal treat! Recipe after the jump.

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Trick or Treat: Spooktacular Halloween Traditions

photo(5)Halloween is fast-approaching! It’s time to wrap-up preparations for the big day and get in the holiday mood. So far in our Trick or Treat series, we’ve brought you Halloween costume tips and tricks, our favorite Halloween books, family-friendly Halloween movies, and a fun, simple craft. Today we’re going to talk about Halloween traditions. We have a special guest, Kendra Thornton, to share her family’s holiday festivities:

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Quality Children’s Music from Grown-up Artists

FrogTroubleIt’s been a while since we reviewed any music on here. It was perfect timing that NPR featured Sandra Boynton’s new children’s album and singalong book, Frog Trouble, on Weekend Edition yesterday morning. We are delighted to bring you our own review of this fun new album for all ages.

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Gift Guide: Baby Shower

IMG_0587_2This week is something of a Gift Guide in reverse, since if we’re being honest, we totally ripped off Fair Play Friend Paige. But, Paige had some great, gender-fair ideas for her shower gift and we wanted to showcase them alongside our own latest favorite shower gift. We haven’t talked about babies since the New Year (!) so it’s probably about time to revisit our shower gifts discussion.

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Safer Fun in The Sun: Sunscreen Tips For Everyone!

Kiss My Face mineral sunscreen gets a strong score from the Environmental Working Group in terms of health safety. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and not tested on animals!

Consider this week’s post more of a PSA. It’s gender-fair in the sense that it is super important for boys, girls, and YOU. We’re going to talk about sunscreen. I’ve recently developed a sun allergy and I’ve been doing my sunscreen homework. I have some weird allergies, but this one wins the award for most inconvenient/hardest to maintain a normal lifestyle and still play by my as-few-chemicals-as-possible rule (and no animal testing!). This week I’m going to share all of my research with you so you can freak out about chemicals or UV rays or whatever, and then get yourself some safer coverage – for the good of your family, and the planet.

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Songs, stories, and silliness: All things Jessie Modic

Jessie Modic’s three song & story album are wonderful lessons in folk music for children

We don’t talk too frequently about music here on Fair Play, and that’s mostly because there are so many great things to review for children, we don’t get to everything. It is probably also because we have the musical taste of a child stuck in the 1990s. You might remember Fair Play’s defense of Taylor Swift in which we revealed some personal details about our musical taste and discussed the importance of musical role models for preteens and teenagers. Today, by recommendation of our Fair Play Aunt, we have three excellent albums to review by Jessie Modic.

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New Year, New Babies: Talking about Babies and Gender

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How important is it that you know whether this little baby is a boy or a girl – immediately?

I was out at a bar with Fair Play Boyfriend and some of his friends not terribly long ago when the following exchange occurred:

Fair Play Boyfriend: So do you know if it is a boy or a girl?
FPBF’s friend: We’re not going to find out. You don’t get too many surprises in life.

I was floored.

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