Avital Norman Nathman

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Mommie Dearest: Mom Issues That Deserve Media Coverage In 2015

The media loves a good “mom story.” Flip through the TV or hop on a news website and there will invariably be some sort of story with a mom at…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 2, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women In The U.S. Deserve Access To Midwives

Earlier this month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a U.K. organization that provides national health care advice and guidance, released a report on the care of

Avital Norman Nathman | December 19, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Sister Wife-ing It Up

I used to watch TLC’s “Sister Wives” — a reality show about a Mormon household with one husband, four wives, and a combined 17 children =- with a mix of…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 12, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Why Are Kids’ Toys So Crappy?

One of the coolest parts of childhood is definitely all the toys. But as a parent today — especially a feminist one — toys can be one of the more…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: No, Feminism Is Not About Stripping Boys Of Their Masculinity

Recently, Tara Kennedy-Kline, a mother of two boys, took to the internet to proudly declare that she cannot (and will not) support feminism. If the title of the piece didn’t…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Seriously, Stop Policing Mothers’ Bodies

Kim Kardashian recently posed naked for Paper magazine, and despite the prediction, she did not actually break the internet. Instead, she got a whole lot of people talking. While many…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Are Women The New Face Of Marijuana Use?

What comes to mind when you picture someone who uses marijuana? For many it’s the stereotypical image of a lazy, spacey, and possibly dirty stoner who listens to The Grateful…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: The “Mommy” Problem

“Mommy!” Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend,…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 11, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

This post isn’t about Lena Dunham… really. So many others, including The Frisky’s own Amelia, have written about Dunham, her book, and the passages about her sister that have led…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 4, 2014 - 11:09 am

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting,…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 27, 2014 - 11:00 am

Mommie Dearest: Moms & The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana For Sick Children

In their new documentary, “Weed The People,” filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein profile the story of Sophie Ryan, who at seven months, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Avital Norman Nathman | October 24, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Laverne Cox’s Documentary Special “The T-Word” Is Groundbreaking, Must-Watch TV

“When a baby is born, one of the first question asked when is it a boy, or is it a girl? But what if it’s not that simple?” The question,…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: From Helicopters To Lawnmowers, With Free-Range In Between, What Kind Of Parent Will You Be?

Parenting can be overwhelming. Not the actual act of being a parent — although that certainly has its challenges — but the whole world of parenting philosophies. It seems like…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Some Thoughts For Blake Lively On “Preserving” Her Pregnancy

If you haven’t heard already, let me be the one to fill you in: Blake Lively is pregnant! Lively, an actress and Martha Stewart wannabe (without the jail time, one…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: So-Called Overprotective Dads Are Doing Their Daughters No Favors

A tale as old as time. A so-called overprotective father writes an extreme list of demands for dating his (currently only 2-year-old) daughter, and it goes viral. Retired Navy SEAL…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 2, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Your Kids Need To Know About Consent Long Before They Head To College

Talking about sexual assault is never an easy thing. But as a parent, it’s crucial to find ways to talk to your children about it. Lately, there’s been a lot…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Mommie Dearest: On Adrian Peterson, Discipline & Child Abuse

Growing up, I was occasionally threatened with “the belt,” or asked if I wanted a “patch on my tuchus” whenever I behaved extra naughty. But that’s all they were —…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 16, 2014 - 11:00 am

Mommie Dearest: On Breastfeeding In Bars

Sometimes it feels like moms who breastfeed in public can’t catch a break. Or, in the case of a Virginia mother, a few sips of beer.
A woman identified…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

Mommie Dearest: How Not To Get Suspended

It’s back-to-school time for everybody from preschoolers to college students and you can’t throw a No. 2 pencil without hitting some advice on promoting academic success. Create routine! Eat properly!

Avital Norman Nathman | September 5, 2014 - 10:00 am

Mommie Dearest: 4 Reasons I’m Glad I Brought My Kid To Provincetown’s Carnival This Year

It was only by happy accident that I scheduled our yearly family vacation to the outer Cape to coincide with Provincetown, Massachusett’s annual Carnival. For the uninitiated, Provincetown — or…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 29, 2014 - 1:00 pm

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