Avital Norman Nathman

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy --…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013

Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

What do you think about when you hear “teen mom?” Perhaps you think about someone who was arrested for heroin recently, or maybe about someone else who came out with a sex tape (aka made a pornographic movie) with James Deen. Maybe your thoughts immediately went to shameful ad campaigns by…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: On Having An Only Child

When I first read a review of Lauren Sandler’s new book, One and Only: The Freedom Of Having An Only Child And The Joy Of Being One , I was hopeful. As the mother of an only child (and with no plans at all to have any more children), I’ve had my fair…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 13, 2013

Mommie Dearest: It Sometimes Takes A (Virtual) Village

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Sometimes, this whole parenting gig can be pretty damn hard. Yes, parenting is rewarding and wonderful and absolutely special. But it can also be completely terrifying and difficult and frustrating. And, despite all the parenting books that line the shelves of bookstores, there’s truly no one manual to…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnancy Is Not A Beauty Contest

When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 24, 2013

Mommie Dearest: 9 Gifts Mothers Really Deserve This Mother’s Day

Save the breakfast in bed, chocolate, flowers, and handmade macaroni necklaces. This Mother’s Day, I’m after something just a little bit more. On a day created to honor and respect all mothers, I feel that we sometimes fall a little short. And so, I humbly present to you my list of alternative Mother’s Day gifts:…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 9, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Four Months Maternity Leave? We Wish!

Pop star Shakira gave birth to her son, Milan, back in January. Since then, she’s been hard at work promoting her new gig as a judge on the NBC show, "The Voice." As part of that promotion, Shakira spoke with US Weekly and weighed in with some thoughts on motherhood: On getting…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why I’m Bringing My Son To Bowl For Abortion

This past weekend, I spoke on two panels at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s reproductive rights conference. One of my panels, "Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table," tackled how to combine an activist lifestyle with family life. Along with three other panelists/mothers, I spoke about how to foster awarene…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The Real “Mommy Wars” Are Against Mothers, Not Between Them

One of the worst terms surrounding motherhood is "the Mommy Wars." To be fair, "Mommy Porn" is a really close second (thanks, 50 Shades of Grey!), but when it comes down to it, my disdain for the Mommy Wars knows no bounds. Not only are these "wars" sexist-as-all-get-out — I mean, have you ever heard…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 2, 2013

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 20, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Authors Jennifer Armstrong & Heather Wood Rudulph Discuss “Sexy Feminism”

It’s no big secret that one of the many battles the feminist movement fights against is its own poor PR. Many see feminism as the other "F-word" due to  stereotypes that paint feminists as mean harpies with no sense of humor who hate men, makeup, bras, and shaving their legs. Despite the majority of feminist…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 15, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

For all intents and purposes, I had a pretty textbook pregnancy. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but that also didn’t mean it was all rainbows and unicorns.I've always wondered why they call it morning sickness, when for many people it lasts all day. At least, that’s what it was like for my when I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 7, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Reality TV Producers Have Come Knocking At My Door

I recently received an email from a talent agent who is working with a production company specializing in reality television. This particular company, which has produced a number of popular (and apparently award-winning) reality shows, is looking to turn their lens on families. They reached out to me as a potential subject. The talent agent…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 19, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Mom Vs. Dad — Who Takes The Lead?

New York Times’ writers KJ Dell'Antonia and Bruce Feiler recently went head to head over parenting for the latest "Room For Debate." Their discussion focused on whether moms or dads more often take the lead when it comes to parenting, and more importantly, why? This particular debate is an age-old parenting topic. I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 4, 2013

Mommie Dearest: I’m A Mom Who Supports Legal Abortion

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I spent the day reading, writing, and thinking about abortion. I’m clearly not quite done. I’ve never had an abortion, but that doesn’t mean that I — like many women — haven’t been in a position where I ended up considering having one. I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 23, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Focusing On Celeb Pregnancies Only Raises The Bar Higher For Other Mothers

I’m not sure if you all heard about it or not, but Kim Kardashian is pregnant. I’ll wait a moment for the shock to sink in. We can now look forward to six more months of paparazzi falling all over themselves for the newest baby bump shots, interviews with Kim and Kanye’s potential…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 14, 2013

The Soapbox: On Steubenville High School & Teaching Boys Not To Rape

My son turns six next week, and among all the other wishes I have for him, I have a silent hope that won’t be shared at his birthday party. It’s one that swims in the depths of my mind, surfacing occasionally when awful things happen that force me to think about it: I wish and…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 3, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The Year In Motherhood Headlines

Motherhood is one hot topic. From magazine covers that pushed people’s buttons to daily headlines on both news and gossip sites, moms were praised, targeted, and questioned. While most headlines were pure click bait, some were actually attached to insightful, thought-provoking pieces. As we head into 2013, let’s take a look back at the good,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Explaining The Newtown Massacre To My Son

“It’s unthinkable.” That’s what headlines are proclaiming and friends are telling me about the absolutely devastating massacre in Newton, Connecticut. Unthinkable. For me, it’s the complete opposite. I can’t stop thinking about it. Since the first moment the internet started buzzing with slips of information, my mind latched on and couldn’t let go.
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 18, 2012