Category Archives: Parenting

A Conversation With A Two-Year-Old Girl, Starring A Grown Man

Conversations With My 2 Year Old
"She's not your wife, she's the princess."

What would the words of a two-year-old girl sound like if they were reenacted by a grown man? Really, really intimidating. Also hilarious — I’ve watched this approximately 17 times now and I’m still laughing. [YouTube via Lemon Love]

"Worry About Yourself!"
This little girl wants her dad to mind his own business. Watch »
Dads Raising Daughters
On teaching girls they are smart and beautiful. Read More »

Does This Pregnant 70-Year-Old Make You Uncomfortable?

Freezing My Eggs
My friends have a lot of opinions on whether I should. Read More »
We Want Grandkids!
egg freezing photo
Parents are paying to freeze their adult daughters' eggs. Read More »
Eggs On Ice
Would you ever freeze your eggs? Read More »

Because that seems to be the point.

This isn’t a real pregnant 70-year-old, though. She’s a British TV host, Kate Garraway, who is 46 and warning young women through the First Response Early Result Pregnancy campaign to MAKE BABIES NOW. Like, right now. Garraway got involved in the campaign because she had her two children at ages 38 and 42 and now is unable to have more. So to scare women about the terrors of old mommies, Garraway got done up in prosthetics to look like a 70-year-old who is heavily pregnant.

Except … no.   Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: It Sometimes Takes A (Virtual) Village

Pot Mom
This mom smokes pot. Read More »
Questioning Parenting
My husband's parenting made me question myself as a mother. Read More »
Mommy Wars Ceasefire
I want a ceasefire on the mommy wars, because it helps no one. Read More »
mom and kids

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 tell you exactly how to successfully raise your children without going completely batty.

It also doesn’t help that parents — new ones especially — are surrounded by images, advertisements, articles, books, television shows, “experts,” movies, news media, and more that basically dictate to them what it (supposedly) takes to be a good parent. It can be doubly overwhelming in a society that pushes Tiger Moms at you while also promoting the benefits of French Parenting in the same breath that both encourages and disparages Attachment Parenting. It’s enough to drive anyone to drink. (Or smoke).

So it doesn’t surprise me one bit when parents turn to the Internet to find some answers or relief. Even if that relief is in the form of mild complaining or slightly neurotic questioning of everything that’s being thrown at you. But of course, as with everything on the Internet, everyone has an opinion. Enter Jezebel’s Tracy Moore, who earlier this week tore apart a private online Facebook group for L.A. parents. Moore listed a handful of topics that various mothers posted about and then proceeded to mock and snark on each one. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Pregnancy Is Not A Beauty Contest

Free Kim's Feet!
Kim Kardashian's Feet Are Bursting Out Of Her Heels
Her feet are so swollen from pregnancy and look uncomfortable. Read More »
Kim's Met Ball Gown
Robin Wiliiams thinks he wore it better in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Read More »
Kim's Terrible Pants
We nominate these peplum leopard print pants for the worst-ever. Read More »
Kim's Pregnancy Essentials
She's going to need this stuff. Read More »
Kim Kardashian pregnant

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 constant pain whenever I moved). I was fortunate that during the latter half of my pregnancy I was focused on finishing my graduate thesis, thus fashion didn’t factor much into my days spent behind a computer screen or between library book shelves. In fact, my daily uniform of yoga pants, long t-shirts, a puffy vest, and comfy sneakers didn’t seem to phase me or the number of folks I came in contact with.

In retrospect, I consider myself very lucky. Keep reading »

Will & Jada Smith “Respect” Their Kids, Don’t Treat Them Like “Property”

Jada On Willow's Body
Jada defends Willows right to ownership over her own body. Read More »
Will On Willow's Hair
Will Smith explains why he and Jada let Willow shave her head. Read More »
Frisky Parenting!
twins
All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »

“My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership. I think that, specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids. We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms. We tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room, that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it.’ So the same way you would say to an adult if you let them use your car, you say, ‘Yo man, clean my car! Don’t drive around all filthy like that!’ And it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want an adult to clean your car, so we feel it’s perfectly reasonable to ask our kids to clean the rooms that we are letting them use.”

– I never would have thought the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and I would agree on much, but it turns out that Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith actually have some cool ideas about parenting. I’ve always loved their POV on Willow’s hair that it belongs to Willow and they  wants their daughter to understand she controls her own body. Will echoed sentiments like these, too, saying that they don’t believe in treating their kids like “property” they own. I happen to agree! [US Weekly] [Photo: Getty]

This Woman Is Trying To Give Birth To A Shark

Vampire Baby
Twilight vampire reborn doll
That's one creepy-ass baby. Read More »

“I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal,” 32-year-old artist, Ai Hasegawa, told Vice. “We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.”

What 30-something woman hasn’t been faced with such dilemmas concerning food and reproduction? While most of us chose to avoid dolphin meat/baby making, hoping the problem would rectify itself, Ai Hasegawa got busy looking for options that were “less costly than raising a human” with “fewer responsibilities.” To reconcile both her desire to give life and her need to eat good meat, she came up with an unconventional solution: the idea of women birthing endangered species and eating them.

Hasegawa’s project, “I wanna deliver a Shark…,”  tackles “the problem of human reproduction in an age of over-population and environmental crisis” with a literal attempt to birth a shark. And why a shark? Because, her initial research suggests that sharks are the most compatible with the human body and “they’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.” Keep reading »

False Alarm: Disney Still Keeping Sexualized Version Of “Brave”‘s Princess Merida

Disney World Line Cutters
Rich moms are hiring disabled people to cut lines at Disney World. Read More »
Real Housewives Of Disney
There's a fine line between reality show and SNL skit. Read More »
Twisted Disney Truths
The twisted truth behind five of your favorite Disney movies. Read More »

Last week, I wrote about how bummed I was that the heroine of Disney’s “Brave” is undergoing a makeover before she becomes an official Disney Princess. Her unruly hair is tamed, her figure is slimmed and the Scottish Princess is a much sexier version of the character millions grew to love.

I was only one voice in the outrage over this sex-ing up.  Writer and co-director of “Brave,” Brenda Chapman, who was the first woman to win an Academy Award for this animated feature film, wrote the Marin Independent Journal in an email:

“Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance … They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money.”

Change.org brought the issue to my attention and garnered the signatures of at least 200,000 people.  When looking at Merida’s swank new Disney Princess page, which uses the original Disney-Pixar animated character, it looked as if the outraged public had won.

Alas!  Not quite true … Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Mom Tries To Unload Toddler On Craigslist

The 1% Does Disney
Rich mothers are hiring disabled tour guides at Disney World. Read More »
Mom Forces Daughter...
To get pregnant. And she's only 14. Read More »

I so desperately want to tell you about good stuff in the world. Like, Joe, the retired barber who cuts homeless peoples’ hair in exchange for hugs. Let Joe remind you that humans are great sometimes. I wish Joe’s haircuts cancelled out Stephanie Redus’ attempt to unload her toddler son on Craigslist. The 29-year-old Texas mom was charged with “unlawfully intentionally and knowingly” placing her son, Conner Danger Redus, up for adoption. In an ad posted on CL on May 1st, Redus said:

“Hi, I’m trying to adopt out my three year old son. I’m not in a good place in my life and don’t feel like I can care for him properly, but I don’t know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I’m a single mom and can’t do this. Thanks, Desperate.”

Keep reading »

The Soapbox: It’s Not Just That I Don’t Want Kids, It’s Also That I Don’t Like Them

What Not To Say
... to people who don't want kids. Read More »
No Kids For Gloria
Gloria Steinem on Chelsea Lately
Gloria Steinem explains why she never wanted children. Read More »
Women Without Kids
Women writers without kids understand human emotions, too. Read More »
screaming child

Last week, I was in a conversation on Facebook in which I admitted to not liking kids. (My comment: “Real talk: I don’t actually like babies, actually, or children.”) I thought about taking it down as soon as I posted it. An hour later, I was still thinking about taking it down. No one paid much attention to the comment; it’s not really a secret among my friends that I feel this way, although one friend wrote “Yikes,” which I’m still not sure how to respond to. Nevertheless, I felt like I had crossed some serious line. I post everything I write — mostly personal essays that connect to my political beliefs — on social media. As such, this status is definitely not the first time I’ve insulted someone with my beliefs. Yet affirming my dislike of children on Facebook seemed like a whole new level of evil.

But still, I didn’t take the status down. Keep reading »

Parents Change Baby’s Diaper On Starbucks Seat, Pour Coffee On The Floor

Disney World Line Cutters
Rich moms are hiring disabled people to cut lines at Disney World. Read More »
Tattooed 11-Yr-Old?
If your 11-year-old asks for a tattoo, you should probably say no. Read More »
Crazy Germophobia
Australian officials try to ban kids from blowing out birthday candles. Read More »

I love me some babies. But some parents are really the worst.

On Friday evening, Ruth Burgos of Denver changed her one-year-old son’s diaper on the seating area of a Starbucks because there was no changing area in the bathroom. An employee tossed a rag at Burgos, according to her husband Alex, and told her in a “demeaning” tone that she should sanitize the seat. “He said make sure to wipe the seat when you’re done,” Alex Burgos recounted. “They started talking amongst themselves and laughing about it.”

So her husband, naturally, decided to pour his venti coffee all over the floor. “And I said make sure you clean that,” he said. Employees and Alex Burgos then “exchanged strong words and hand gestures.” Starbucks responded, rightfully so, by calling police on them. Keep reading »

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