I was a child of the ’80s (and part of the ’90s), which means I had plenty of exposure to what parenthood would really be like from iconic greats like Diane Keaton, Tom Selleck, Michael Keaton, Kirstie Alley, and Goldie Hawn. When I had kids, I was fully expecting to be a Manhattan exec turned baby food inventor just like J.C. Wiatt in “Baby Boom.” It didn’t quite go down like that when I had my daughter a couple of decades later. My husband and I were both work-at-home, stay-at-home parents who knew nothing about making baby food.
Movies from the ’80s made parenting seem like a terrifying, identity-erasing abyss full of diapers and bottles. The reality is a lot less dramatic, really. Sure, there are diapers and bottles and plenty of really difficult times, but I’ve learned parenting is an endurance test. It’s about blending elements of your pre and post-parent life together. But still, I learned some valuable lessons from my favorite 80′s movies. Here are a few of my favorites and what they taught me…
I’ve done a lot of questionable things inside of a Starbucks, usually involving an uncontrollable bout of hanger, but these people really take the cake. (A slice of iced lemon pound cake, that is.) Jennifer James and Mark Dixon of West Haven, Connecticut, are letting Starbucks customers choose their baby name. Dixon works in downtown New Haven and the couple frequents a Starbucks near the New Haven Green. Apparently a lot. So much so that they placed paper cups near the registers asking customers to cast a vote for their child’s birth name: “Help us chose our son’s (first) name, Jackson or Logan.” Customers voted on the names given, but also added write-ins, including Chaz, Webster, Lincoln and Jebediah. But ultimately, 1,800 voters at Starbucks have spoken and they have chosen Logan as the name. Little Logan Jackson Dixon is due in September. There’s no word yet on whether they’ll outsource other parenting decisions — cloth diapers or disposables! breastfeeding or formula! — to Frappuccino drinkers as well. [New Haven Register] [Starbucks logo via Shutterstock]
Every now and then the unthinkable happens and a baby is born to a mother that didn’t even know she was pregnant. Such stories are often met with skepticism because in most cases, pregnancy is a incredibly obvious condition. The big bellies. The lack of a period. The cravings for pickles and tiramisu. In a few instances, however, mothers really seem to not know they are pregnant until that baby was coming down the vaginal canal. Here are some of the strangest cases. [Surprised baby photo via Shutterstock]
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 Candie’s or New York City on preventing teen pregnancy. You might not have thought, however, about Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who prepared an epic 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday in hopes of blocking SB 5 — a bill in front of the Texas State House that would not only ban all abortions after 20 weeks, but would also close 37 of the state’s 42 clinics, making abortion access in Texas virtually null.
But Sen. Wendy Davis is both a badass reproductive justice warrior and teen mother. Keep reading »
Men should be included in strategizing ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers looked at data from the 2006 to 2010 National Survey of Family Growth reported by men about unplanned births. Through analyzing the rate of happiness that each father felt when his child was born, they found that fathers that planned the birth of their child were more likely to be happy about their bundle of joy coming into the world. Married men specifically were very happy about having a child in this manner.
The study, titled, “Exploring U.S. Men’s Birth Intentions,” by Laura Lindberg and Kathryn Kost, looked at a whole bunch of facts about unplanned pregnancy and found the rate of unintended births vary between a man’s union status, age, education level, race and ethnicity. However, quite a few unplanned pregnancies are unwanted by men. Keep reading »
Naptime, feeding time … final exam? For Rebecca Mabrey, 25, of Jacksonville, Florida, that was how her and her 10-month-old baby’s afternoon was going to play out. But she was denied entrance to her final exam at Florida State College for bringing the kiddo along.
Mabrey argued that the exam fell right between her baby’s naptime and feeding time, so she felt that she had no choice but to bring her kid along to breastfeed. (Her husband was unable to watch the kid.) Florida State College did not agree: in an email, they told her children under 16 are not allowed on campus in order to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. The school also added they were not in violation of Florida’s maternal and infant health care law on breastfeeding because “this is not a prohibition of breastfeeding an infant.” In other words, Mabrey would be allowed to breastfeed her baby during the exam — if only kids were allowed. Keep reading »
This is a story about babies in wigs! My most favorite topic there is. As I mentioned previously, if I ever have a baby, it will be made to wear a variety of wigs, depending on my/its mood. I don’t care if you think that’s strange, it’s what I’ll need to do to ensure that I am the best parent I can be. Anyhow, I am here to tell you about what is being called an “epic baby hair scandal.” The very best kind of scandal there is!
The blog Mommy Shorts held a photo contest for “Most Epic Head of Baby Hair,” and the winner, Layla, dubbed “Baby Annette Funicello,” was accused by sore loser mommies on Facebook of wearing a wig. Layla’s mother was outraged by the accusation and took to the social media site to defend her baby’s epic hair. Keep reading »
Moms these days.
In Paris, a 52 year-old mother-of-the-year named Caroline D. tried to help her 19 year-old daughter on the English portion of her high school baccalaureate exam by actually taking it for her. The whole thing.
Now that’s a cool mom. Keep reading »
There’s a buzz happening in Beverly Hills over a group of women who call themselves the “Marijuana Moms.”
Many of the members of this loosely-knit group of pot-smoking parents smoke the wacky weed in order to relax or cope with chronic pain. In addition, they meet regularly for lavish dinners where the herb is a key ingredient in dishes like cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes, Orange News UK reported.
Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old mother of two, said the group’s joint mission is to show that smoking marijuana makes them better parents and better wives. Read more on Huffington Post…