Avital Norman Nathman

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 an extended global trip while parenting. Contrary to what you might think, there are some pretty sweet perks to traveling with a child. I made…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 6, 2014

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 — ones that remove hair, ones that firm up jiggly thighs, ones that promise to burn stomach fat — which supposedly get a body ready for…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2014

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 a bit incognito and donned a costume. But the costume was anything but awesome. To me, and many others, the costume looked like a…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 20, 2014

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, this is NOT an invitation to prove me wrong). You could have a handful of women battling it out for their child's love! Or society’…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 14, 2014

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, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 7, 2014

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 part of having a baby. I was breastfed, I grew up among women who breastfed, and it was assumed that I would a…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 2, 2014

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, ringlets that cascade down, skimming right above his shoulders. [I have seen photos of Avital's son and his hair is indeed glorious. -- Amelia] To to…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 23, 2014

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 50 percent of American women are childless — yet our society still isn’t quite sure how to treat these women, placing all sorts of assumptio…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2014

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 three short blocks to my friend’s house (sans helmet!) after school for playdates —and not of the hyper-scheduled variety. We’d usually hang out in her backyard, poking…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 7, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Not Even Princesses Are Free From Mommy Judgment

Some days, being a princess sounds like a pretty sweet set up. Then reality sets in and I realize it would really suck to have gossip magazines make it headline news that you missed your child's milestone while you're away at a five-star restort. Currently, Princess Kate is being dragged through the tabloids for…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 28, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Add Water Births To The List Of Confusing Choices For Expectant Moms

Birth: one of the most private, personal and intimate moments of a woman’s life. And for good reason — most usually end with a baby being pushed out of a vagina, and that’s pretty damn intimate. Yet at the same time, how one births has been long debated, challenged, and talked about in public, with…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 26, 2014

Mommie Dearest: I Never Expected To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom

Stay at home vs. working moms: it's a debate that may well have sparked the heated flames of the "mommy wars." There haven’t been a shortage of opinions on this topic, and despite being rehashed to death, more keep coming. The latest voice to enter into the fray is Allison Klein, a former reporter turned…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 19, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 13, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Are We Ready To Design Our Babies In A Lab?

I can still remember some of the quieter moments of my pregnancy: laying on the couch, my fingers trailing over my ever-expanding belly, wondering about the baby inside and if everything would be okay. During our first ultrasound appointment around 20 weeks, the tech had been concerned about the size of the baby’s kidneys and…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 5, 2014

Mommie Dearest: A Pregnant Person Is A Person First

Growing up, I thought the perfect host was a combination of Betty Crocker and Donna Reed: perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect food, and perfect personality all coming together to ensure her guests are well taken care of. However, Steve Martin, a Republican State Senator from Virginia, has a different take on the what it mea…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 27, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Friendships Change When You Have Kids

Within our group of friends, my husband and I were the first to get pregnant and have a kid. More than seven years later, I can now look back and see how much my friendships, particularly with my child-free friends, changed. I may not have realized it at the time, but in retrospect we experienced…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 20, 2014

Mommie Dearest: 3 Things To Ask Yourself Before You Even Think Of Disciplining Someone Else’s Child

When it comes to disciplining your children, there's no end to the opinions you'll receive. Be strict! Be gentle! Give them free reign! Allow them to fail! Time outs! No time outs! Punishment! Allow them to experience natural consequences! It's enough to make any parent's head spin. But what happens when somebody goes beyond offering…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that. From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 5, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Janet Mock, Author Of Redefining Realness

After being the subject of a 2011 Marie Claire profile, writer and activist Janet Mock decided to tell her story in her own words. And what a story it is. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, is out this week. It's a brave, honest and gripping memoir…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2014

Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

When a woman attempts to find some semblance of "having it all," she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question. The latest female politician in the hot…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 29, 2014