Avital Norman Nathman

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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

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

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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. …

Avital Norman Nathman | December 24, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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?

Avital Norman Nathman | December 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 28, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 14, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | September 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 29, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 23, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Frisky Q&A: Laverne Cox From “Orange Is The New Black”

A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit “Orange Is The New Black” has skillfully avoided either trapping.

Avital Norman Nathman | August 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Difference Between ‘Sex’ & ‘Gender’

“So? What are you having?”

Throughout my pregnancy, that was the number one question I received, tied only with: “How are you feeling?” At first I was polite…

Avital Norman Nathman | August 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half

Avital Norman Nathman | August 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm