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About braintofingers

My name is Tracy. I am a single mother of 2 amazing daughters. I am an advocate for all kinds of things. This is partially a parenting blog (because that is what I am and what I do) and partially a whatever the heck is on my mind that day kinda blog.

It’s Not Her, It’s You

“Mama, what wrong with me? Why does nobody want to be my friend?” This is what my 5 year old asked me when we were driving, as her sister napped beside her in the van. Why would a 5 year … Continue reading

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Early on, when my daughter was a baby, I started noticing that she was just a “bit more”. She was more sensitive to sound, light, and temperature, Textures were sometimes unbearable. She was more loud. She was more persistent. As … Continue reading

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My family

“Where did you GET your kids? They are so beautiful!” “Well, I grew them inside my uterus and pushed them out through my vagina.” My answer is always treated as though I have somehow said something offensive and inappropriate. The … Continue reading

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Do We Need Pink to Teach Science (or anything else) to Girls?

OK, my first post about GoldieBlox, I wrote when I was riled up. I am glad I did, because the reactions are giving me a lot to respond to. Also, I did not think too many would read it. My … Continue reading

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Let’s empower little girls! Let’s stop all of this Princess bullshit! So a woman engineer comes up with the brainchild “GoldieBlox”. I saw it in the store one day, after hearing so much about it. It could have just blended … Continue reading

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Hell No, We Won’t Go

So my 3 and 4 year old made posters of their own to go to a protest last weekend. It was a protest called “Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities”. Some people didn’t like that I was taking them to … Continue reading

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Oh, That Pesky Internet

I have a strong love/hate relationship with the internet. I feel in some ways that I am addicted to it, although whenever I do get a forced break, I don’t seem to mind.  We travelled enough and camped “out of … Continue reading

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“You’re a fatty.”

My daughter comes over to me at the computer one day and spits out venomously “You’re a fatty.” “Excuse me?” “You’re a fatty. You are too fat to sit in that chair.” Every single childhood bullying moment came flooding back … Continue reading

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Hey, baby!

I am disgusted with the fact that there is something I need to explain to my 3 and 4 year old daughters. Not that I don’t have open communication with them, because for the most part, I do. They can … Continue reading

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“that family”

I see the stares, the frowns, the pointing fingers, the judgments. Because we are “that family”. I am “that mom” and my child is “that kid”. We are the ones you hear before you see. I am the one sitting … Continue reading

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