Avital Norman Nathman

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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…

Avital Norman Nathman | May 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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,…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 30, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 16, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | April 2, 2013 - 11:00 am

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…

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

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | March 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | March 7, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | February 19, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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

Avital Norman Nathman | February 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 23, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 14, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 3, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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.


Avital Norman Nathman | January 2, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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.


For me, it’s the complete…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 18, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Give Pregnant Kate Middleton Some Space

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, then allow me to be the first to share the breaking news: Princess Kate is pregnant! Now feel…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 7, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

Mommie Dearest is The Frisky’s new biweekly column about being a mama.

I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why Is Facebook So Against Breastfeeding?

For all the pomp and circumstance of having nursed my son until he was three-years-old, I’ve only ever dealt with somebody negatively commenting on it twice. The first time happened…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 21, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Mommie Dearest: A Tale Of Two Gay Penguins

One of the more challenging aspects to being a parent is keeping a handle on all the various things to which your child is exposed. For instance, the many studies…

Avital Norman Nathman | November 14, 2012 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: No, Nickelodeon, Mothers Do Not Need Our Own TV Channel

I’m a TV junkie. Once my kid finally falls asleep, you’ll find me splayed out on the couch, flipping through the over 800 channels we apparently subscribe to. And my…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 16, 2012 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: It’s Kids’ Options For Halloween Costumes That Are Truly Scary

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy, the Jack-O-Lanterns, the parties, and of course, the costumes. I’m no stranger to awesome Halloween costumes. I’ve been everything from a box of crayons…

Avital Norman Nathman | October 15, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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