Cheat Codes For LGBT Parents

Being a parent is difficult. There are many obstacles in our way. I’m not only referring to the landmines, aka toys, we must hurdle through, or all the poo and vomit we must clean up when they are young, and the years of lack of sleep. I’m also referring to the societal pressures, each unique […]

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Revisiting “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park”

It was Oct. 1978, I was 11 years old, and I was as giddy as a school girl. I was mere moments away from viewing KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. Having been into KISS since I was 5, I was already a veteran fan when the film came out. Released on the heels of […]

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In Praise of the Krofft SuperShow: A Nerd’s Paradise

That’s the problem with the idea of “cool” — everyone defines it differently. And in the nerdverse, it’s easy to get confused. Sometimes the nerdier, the cooler. Sometimes the nerdier … well. We’ll just stick with cool for now. Oddly, sharing our ideas of cool with our children will inevitably lead to them thinking we […]

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An Interview With Kid’s Musician Justin Roberts

For those not in the know: Justin Roberts is a veteran children’s musician whose songs capture the essence of sunny days filled with games on the playground. Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players release their ninth album, Recess, this month. It’s an album filled with endless energy and tunes that stay in your brain. […]

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5 Reasons Why Heavy Metal Is Good For Kids

I’ve not done any research on the topic, but I contest that humans are invested with a deep evolutionary connection to music. Maybe, more accurately, we are connected to sounds — sounds as warning signs, sounds as a guides, sounds as methods of communication — and from that connection we developed music. As pattern-seekers, it […]

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Making Your Kid a Jazz Fan

The Man: John Coltrane Making a jazz fan of anyone is a challenge. Making a jazz fan of a kid — a child inundated daily with drecky pop music and vapid pop stars — is virtually impossible. But nonetheless, it’s a worthwhile pursuit. Jazz, the close cousin of blues and the father of rock-and-roll, has […]

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5 Awesome “Jack’s Big Music Show” Moments

Nick Jr.’s short-lived but totally awesome Jack’s Big Music Show was a gem in a sea of kids-show drivel. Though driven by three puppets — Jack, Mary and doggie Mel — the show featured in-the-flesh guests who brought their favorite instruments and genres to jam with Jack. Jack’s Big Music Show only ran from 2005-’07, but its […]

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Introducing Your Child to Motown

Introducing your little one to classic music can be challenging if it’s not done the right way. You can never force your kid to like all of your favorite music, no matter how hard you try. And there’s no tried-and-true method for making them fans of your faves. But Motown is a great place to […]

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The Doubleclicks Release “Lasers and Feelings”

Over on the West Coast, if you’re part of geek culture, you’re familiar with the singing and songwriting sisters The Doubleclicks. The Portland-based duo has played at geeky venues across the country, including w00tstock at San Diego Comic-Con and Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. If this is your first time hearing about Angela and Aubrey […]

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“Home Movies”: Watch it With Your Teens

Some call it the Dr. Katz for the younger generation. I call it hilarious for anyone. Running from 1999-2004, the Cartoon Network’s Home Movies was an intellectual nerd’s dream. Following main character Brendon, a geeky 8-year-old outcast who makes homemade films with his friends Melissa and Jason, the show originally appealed to adult fans of Katz, Aqua-Teen […]

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