Avital Norman Nathman

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

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 free to join in with the rest of the world as it goes absolutely completely bonkers in reaction. I understand that a new…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 7, 2012

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 and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn't want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture? (I don’t…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 29, 2012

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 when my son was around 18 months old. We were visiting family in southern Connecticut and ended up at a Johnny Rockets for lunch. A…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 21, 2012

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 pointing to a connection between early exposure to violent media and aggression certainly causes me to think twice about the television shows my…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2012

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 tastes run rampant: I’m just as happy sitting through an hour of "Alphas" on the Syfy channel as I am watching Barry’s antics on "Storage…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 16, 2012

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 (four-years-old) to a genie (10-years-old) to Britney Spears pre-public meltdown (27-years-old, while eight months pregnant — it was a truly brilliant costume if I say…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 15, 2012

The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

The Soapbox: Why Choosing Your Baby’s Sex Is Gambling On Gender Stereotypes

There are many in Western society that seem to band together anytime the subject of sex-selective abortion in foreign countries comes up. It’s a tricky topic, especially for those of us who favor unfettered abortion access. Outrage and incomprehension over aborting female fetuses in favor of males is usually the default response, with many claiming…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 21, 2012

The Soapbox: Breastfeeding Professor Brings Sick Baby To Class, Heads Explode

At this point, I'm absolutely over the phrase "having it all." It's been beaten to death, taken out of context, used as link bait, etc... And I'm over it. I'm mostly over it because it's a convoluted concept. "Having it all" doesn't have one universal definition and it is something we only lord over the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 10, 2012

The Soapbox: Of Little Girls And LEGOs

You can’t walk through my home barefoot without stepping on a colorful, sharp piece of plastic at least once. Yes, we are one of the families that helps ensure that Lego’s sales and profits continue to rise in an economy where many toy manufacturers are struggling. And apparently, we’re not the only ones: Lego i…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 7, 2012

The Soapbox: Attachment Parenting Is The Lazy Mama’s Secret

When you become a parent, one of the first things that you will learn is that everyone has an opinion about the way you choose to parent. From friends, family, your doctor, to strangers in line at the grocery store, everyone will impart their own unsolicited brand of wisdom — usually by telling…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 10, 2012

50 Shades Of Smut: Confessions Of A Fanfiction Reader

Fifty Shades of Grey. From entertainment sites to the morning news, everyone has something to say about the hot, new erotic series. It’s been called “mommy porn” by the New York Times, and sits atop their bestsellers’ list, currently at #1, #2, and #4 amongst combined print and e-book fiction. It seems like everyone…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 5, 2012

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