Author Archives: Koa Beck

10 Outside The Box Animal Halloween Costumes For Kids

10 Outside The Box Animal Halloween Costumes For Kids

I’m as a big fan of the classic Halloween animals as the next Halloween enthusiast. The black cat, the lion, the tiger, the monkey, as well as many other Halloween staples are all recurring for a reason and it has nothing to do with being “uncreative.” Baby’s first costume of a puppy or monkey are 100 percent adorable. But for the parents or kids who want to think outside of the standard ladybug or bee box, there are unconventional animal costumes for kids that still bring the cute.
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What Your Child’s Halloween Costume Indecision Says About You

What Your Child's Halloween Costume Indecision Says About You

There is what your kid’s Halloween costume says about you, but the lead up to the ultimate choice isn’t without its own revealing windows. Halloween costume choices come down to a rainbow of influences, as parents of slightly older kids will note that once peers get involved, costume favorites or tendencies tend to change dramatically. But peer pressure aside, even a new TV show or a simple disinterest in the dress up aspect of Halloween can make the decision process a little more arduous than many a parent bargained for. More »

Inhabitots Posts ‘Ever Thought Of Making A Teddy Bear From Your Placenta?’ Gets Insta-Unliked By Readers

Inhabitots Posts 'Ever Thought Of Making A Teddy Bear From Your Placenta?' Gets Insta-Unliked By Readers

It’s no secret in the parenting blogosphere that placenta is having a moment, and has been for a few years now. While our grandmothers probably didn’t even think twice about that sack of proteins, we’re contemplating if we should eat it or Facebook it, and there is a lot in between — as demonstrated with Inhabitots’s “5 Things You Can Do With Your Baby’s Placenta!” Number one on that list is, I shit you not, “craft a teddy bear.” And their readers were not pleased. More »

10 Degrees Of Discomfort With Sexualizing Teen Girl Halloween Costumes

10 Degrees Of Discomfort With Sexualizing Teen Girl Halloween Costumes

But despite my own discomfort with what is offered to teens and tweens, the truth is “sexualizing” can remain pretty subjective. I don’t think covering girls up necessarily translates to “unsexy,” nor do I think showing skin alone makes a costume problematic. To properly illustrate this point, let’s explore the degrees at which we begin to diverge. I’ve compiled a list of 10 costumes, all marketed to teens. From one to 10, I’ve ranked the costumes according to the sexualizing factor. One being you need to be pedophile to find this sexy and 10 being maximum WTF. More »

10 Reasons You And Your Kids Should Be Listening To 16-Year-Old Lorde

10 Reasons You And Your Kids Should Be Listening To 16-Year-Old Lorde

If you’re not listening to 16-year-old Lorde‘s new album “Pure Heroine,” then we can’t be friends. This New Zealand songstress, otherwise known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor, demonstrated that she was clearly more than a flash in the pan with her single “Royals,” which you’ve been hearing eerily out of the bedroom of teenagers for the better half of the summer. But now I’m one of them, and I can’t even so much as pour a cup of tea without one of her melodic songs in the background. More »

10 Troublesome Comments From The Christian ‘Modest Is Hottest’ Teen Series

10 Troublesome Comments From The Christian 'Modest Is Hottest' Teen Series

The self-proclaimed “largest community of Christian teen girls on the web!” otherwise known as Project Inspired has a wealth of material for that exact cohort. With beauty tips, polls, books, and advice columns, at first glance the site seems like any other teen girl digital haven. But the site’s “Modest Is Hottest” series, in which staff highlight “modest” gowns on various red carpets as well as “makeover” a celeb lady who transgresses, make for more troublesome reads — and I’m not talking about the copy in the articles. I’m talking about all the crazy double standard, victim-blamy logic that is happening among young girls in the comment threads, all conducted behind the shield of Modesty. More »

The Unfashionable Kids Of Instagram

The Unfashionable Kids Of Instagram

The “Fashion Kids” of Instagram sure are fancy with their swanky boho looks and satchel purses and tiny belts.  While the novelty of perfectly coiffed toddler hair is heartstring tuggy, a certain artificiality in those photos is nevertheless concerning. I echo my associate editor Eve Vawter when I say that the adorable images make me yearn for snaps of kids just doing kids stuff, with some “chic” chocolate stains on their mouths and some “in season” dirt covering their hands. Kids have their entire adult lives to worry about matchy outfits and how they cut a figure in a mini skirt. But they only have these years to pull off dirt under their fingernails and chalk on their arms as perfect accessories. And so, by request, here are the Unfashionable Kids Of Instagram with this year’s hot fashion pics. More »