Mothers and media

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When I observe my wife and all she does for our family, I can’t imagine a job harder than being a mother. I know a lot of mothers. Some are stay-at-home moms, some work outside the home, some are single, some are married. Regardless of life situation, I don’t know of any job that requires more effort, more stress, more worry, and more love than that of mother. Maybe I’m simple-minded, but it blows my mind how mothers seem capable of thinking about so many things at once. And on top of being a mother, women have to deal with us—the fathers of their children. In many cases, a friend once told me, women finish raising their husbands. I know that’s been true in our home.

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Carl’s Jr. nixes sexy burger girls, for all the wrong reasons

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Carl’s Jr. announced last month that leather bikinis and nearly naked women will no longer be a part of their burger advertising strategy. Good, right? The reason for the sudden change, however, points to a much larger societal issue.

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Happy Birthday to this blog!

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One year ago today I officially launched ChildrenAndMediaMan.com. Since then, more than 750,000 people have visited the blog. Without any paid advertising, this site consistently appears in the top 3 for Google searches for “children and media research.” My goal all along has been to get research about children and media, and what parents can do about it, into the hands of parents. 750,000 is only a drop in the bucket, but it’s a great start!

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