Avital Norman Nathman

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Mommie Dearest: On Parents Who Publicly Shame Their Kids

When it comes to parenting, one of the more difficult aspects to figure out can be discipline. There doesn’t seem to be one set method that works for every child,…

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

Mommie Dearest: Parents Need To Get Real About Sex Ed

Once upon a time, I was a high school social studies teacher. One of my favorite classes to teach was a college lecture-style current events course. I co-taught it with…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Bravo Is Serving Up Some “Extreme Parenting”

There’s a new reality show coming to Bravo this Thursday: “Extreme Guide to Parenting” will be an hour-long show that follows the lives of a variety of families, all living…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Mommie Dearest: Florida Hospital Tried To Force C-Section On A Mom

A Florida mother gave birth to her fourth baby this past Friday amidst a hell of a controversy. Jennifer Goodall, who has had three previous C-sections, had been hoping to…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 31, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Mother Arrested For Leaving 9-Year-Old At The Park While She Went To Work

Another day, another mother arrested for trying to have it all. And by “have it all,” I mean struggling to figure out child care with little support while maintaining a…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Are We Now In The Age Of DIY Abortions?

I was a freshman in college when I found myself Googling “can Vitamin C induce your period?” There had been some condom-less sex and, surprise surprise, worries over a late…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 10, 2014 - 11:00 am

Mommie Dearest: Motherhood Is Not For Everyone And At Least Cameron Diaz Realizes It

Motherhood — it’s not for everyone. Yet we live in a society that pushes it as the one path of femininity and womanhood above all. For women who choose not…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Can 7-Year-Olds Be Assholes? You Bet — But That Doesn’t Mean Brandi Glanville Should Say It

Can seven-year olds be assholes? You bet.

Do parents sometimes talk about how their kids can be total assholes with their friends? Most likely.

Should parents…

Avital Norman Nathman | June 23, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Mommie Dearest: Meet The #FreeTheNipple Activist Who Wants Areolas To Be Free

In 2011, actress and filmmaker Lina Esco went with a handful of friends to Occupy Wall Street, curious to see the response to a group of topless women.

Avital Norman Nathman | June 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Mom Breastfeeds At College Graduation, Heads Explode

Sigh. Here we go again.

People are currently in an uproar over a photo of a mother breastfeeding her daughter taken while at her college graduation. 25-year-old Karlesha…

Avital Norman Nathman | June 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Tales Of An American Mom Traveling Abroad

I’ve been out of the country for the past two weeks, spending almost the entirety of that time in Israel. Along the way, I’ve learned some interesting things about taking…

Avital Norman Nathman | June 6, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: How Moms Talk About Their Bodies Matters

We’re on the cusp of “bikini season,” if magazines in the grocery shore checkout line are to be believed. I’m sure you’re familiar with the wide variety of products —…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 30, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Soapbox: Why Macklemore’s Costume Matters

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a surprise music concert at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. Awesome, right? Only, because it was a surprise, Macklemore wanted to go…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Gwyneth Paltrow & GOOP Wade Into The “Mommy Wars”

With the way the media shoves the “mommy wars” down our throats, I’m amazed that there isn’t already a reality show based on that concept out there. (Reality TV producers,…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 14, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban,…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: An Interview With Dana Ben-Ari, The Filmmaker Behind “Breastmilk”

Breastfeeding: it’s one of those heated topics of motherhood where everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to share it. For me, nursing was just something that was a…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: My Son’s Long Hair Gets Him Mistaken For A Girl

My seven-year-old son has hair that many people would kill …  or at least pay an arm and a leg at the salon for: honey blonde with natural ombre highlights,…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Frisky Q&A: Melanie Notkin, Author Of The Otherhood, On Women Who Want Children But Don’t Have Them Yet

The Otherhood: a growing population of educated, professional women in their 30s and 40s who have yet to find love or start a family. In fact, statistics show that almost…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: What Happened To Child’s Play?

Show of hands: who else remembers roaming neighborhood streets unsupervised until dusk during your elementary school years?

I have crystal clear memories of being allowed to bike the…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm