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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 detailing…

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

Mommie Dearest: 6 Things To Consider When Bringing Babies To Restaurants

Earlier this month, the head chef of Alinea restaurant in Chicago, Grant Achatz, made headlines when he tweeted about some of his patrons: Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but.. — Grant Achatz (@Gachatz) January 12, 2014 The facts:…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 23, 2014

Real Talk: Real-Life Teen Moms Sound Off On Study Claiming “Teen Mom” Reduced Teen Pregnancies

There never seems to be a moment where young parenthood isn't in the spotlight. But it's gotten a recent boost this week after the The New York Times reported on a recent study purporting that shows like MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have helped in the reduction of teen pregnancies. The study suggested…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 16, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 10, 2014

Mommie Dearest: The Good, The Meh & The Ugly In 2013 Parenting Headlines

As 2013 draws to a close, let's take a look at the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly in the world of motherhood this past year.

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 24, 2013

Mommie Dearest: On Beyoncé, Motherhood & Feminism

I’m not sure if you heard, but Beyoncé recently dropped a new album, causing everyone to question what they thought they knew about music, videos, and even feminism. Nothing highlights the latter better than both the video for "Pretty Hurts," about airbrushed beauty culture, and her song “Flawless,” where Beyoncé samples parts of writer Chimamanda Ngozi…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 18, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Kids Shouldn’t Believe The World Revolves Around Them

There’s an old Chris Rock bit where he explains that his only job as the father of a girl is to keep her off the pole. The joke itself is a tired one, incredibly sexist with a dollop of slut-shaming on the side. Yet at the center of its warped core is something many parent…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 12, 2013

Mommie Dearest: 5 Questions To Ask If You Think You Want To Have Kids

Earlier this week, Jessica asked the question that passes through the mind of many a woman: How do you know — really know — if you want to have kids? It’s a good question and an important one. Kids are a big decision. They’re not like those cute, fuzzy chicks people buy as gifts o…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The American Family Has Changed Forever

Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivikkah in our household) is upon us, bringing about the start of the winter holiday season. What better time, then, to think about our families? Regardless of our relationships with our families, there’s no doubt that, for better or worse, they shape who we are. Just in time for the holidays, Natalie Angier

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 28, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 20, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Discuss Sex With Our Kids

In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t in my current profession, I would absolutely love to be a sex health educator. I remember being that kid — the one whose parents gave her all sorts of illustrated books geared at children illustrating your body and all the “special changes”…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 8, 2013

6 Shows We’re Psyched About For Fall!

I’ll be the first to admit it: I have really random TV watching habits. I’ve never seen "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," or "Scandal," and I even gave up on "Breaking Bad" after ibe season. Yet, I still watch the travesty that is "True Blood," nurture a sick fascination with all the "Real Housewives" series,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 11, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Don’t Turn Public School Vs. Private School Into A Battle In The Mommy Wars

This week, many kids, including my own, are headed back to school. And, like anything parenting-related, school brings along with it its own heaping pile of judgement. What school do you send your child to? Public? Private? Charter? Or do you homeschool or unschool? Regardless of what might work best for your own child and…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 6, 2013

Real Talk: On Literary Erotica, Part 2

This edition of Real Talk -- read Part 1 here -- delves deep into the seduction that is literary erotica. This week I’m joined by two popular writers within the genre, as well as an avid reader/blogger. We talked tropes, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding erotica. Delphine Dryden writes award-winning contemporary erotic romance for Carina Press, and mainstream…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 29, 2013

Real Talk: On Literary Erotica, Part 1

This edition of Real Talk delves deep into the seduction that is literary erotica. This week I’m joined by two popular writers within the genre, as well as an avid reader/blogger. We talked tropes, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding erotica. Delphine Dryden writes award-winning contemporary erotic romance for Carina Press, and mainstream steampunk romance for…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Make Men And Women Unequal As Parents

When it comes to mothering and the so-called “Mommy Wars," the one debate that will seemingly never die is the one centered around breastfeeding. I’ve written extensively about breastfeeding in the past, and in my day job I work on finding accessible ways to educate pregnant women about breastfeeding, in the hopes that they’ll at…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 23, 2013