Category Archives: Parenting

5 Women Who Had No Idea They Were Pregnant

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]

Fired Over Pregnancy
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Christian college fired woman for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Read More »
Pregnant baby?!
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Mirror, Mirror: Pregnancy
Kate discusses how being pregnant has affected her body image. Read More »

Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

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Wendy Davis was a teen mom

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 »

Study: Men Should Be Included In Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

Why Men Need Abortion
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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
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Am I pregnant or not? Only one way to find out. Read More »
I Was Unplanned
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I was an unplanned pregnancy. Read More »

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 »

Should A Florida Mom Have Been Allowed To Bring Her Baby To Her Exam?

Professor Breastfeeds
Breastfeeding professor brings sick baby to class, heads explode. Read More »
Breastfeeding on Time
TIME magazine breastfeeding cover photo
Time magazine's breastfeeding cover is just a tad provocative. Read More »
Erotic Breastfeeding
This man's erectile dysfunction was cured by his wife's breast milk. Read More »
Bachmann Vs. Breastfeeding
Today's Lady News
What's Michele Bachmann got against breastfeeding? Read More »
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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 »

Baby Hair Contest Winner Accused Of Wearing A Wig

Baby Mops!
Have a baby and a dirty floor? Then you've got yourself a Baby Mop. Read More »

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 »

RIP Society: Mom Poses As Daughter In Converse, Low-Rise Jeans For High School Exam

Mom Forces Daughter...
To get pregnant. And she's only 14. Read More »
Frisky Parenting!
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All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
Mom cheating - homework

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 »

‘Marijuana Moms’ Say Smoking Weed Makes Them Better Parents

'Marijuana Moms' Say Smoking Weed Makes Them Better Parents

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…

“Toddlers & Tiaras” Mom Tori Hensley Developing Energy Drink For Kids

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  • “Toddlers & Tiaras” mom Tori Hensley is developing an energy drink for kids “to help them.” Hensley gave her two-year-old daughter Alexa a mix of Mountain Dew, Sweet Tea and Pixi Stix and said she was contacted after the episode aired about spreading her Tinker Tea, as they call it, to the terrible parenting masses. Alexa also drinks coffee every morning, but there was no way for her mother to cash in on that. [Radar Online]
  • When a NYC restaurant’s air conditioning didn’t work, Jon Hamm was seen jokingly blowing on his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt to cool her off. Such a gentleman! [In Touch]
  • Nineteen-year-old Patrick Schwarzenegger is dating someone named Tootsie Burns and here she is lovingly caressing his abs in St. Tropez. [US Weekly]
  • “Scandal” just added Scott Foley to the cast full-time for season three, so it looks like Jake won’t be stuck in solitary forever. [Zap2it]
  • Speaking of “Scandal,” is “Mistresses” really that different of a show? [The Root] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: On Redemption In Fatherhood

Dads Raising Daughters
Real fathers share their wisdom on love, dating and (some day!) sex. Read More »
My Father's Death
Amelia lost her dad this year. Read More »
Father's Day 2013
We heart you, dad! Read More »
black father and daughter

I’ve written candidly about Mother’s Day and all the ways I think the commercialization of it fucks up our relationships with our moms. My own relationship with my mom has been easy because … well, she’s awesome. But my complex relationship to fatherhood makes both talking and writing about it difficult.

There are two people in my life that I call Dad – my biological father and my stepfather. I have very different relationships with each of them and writing about one without mentioning the other feels like a weird act of disloyalty. But this Father’s Day, I’m letting go of that and writing about redemption and it’s relationship to fatherhood.

My biological father has a colorful past; he talks openly and nostalgically about his time as a drug dealer and his stint in prison. I remember bits and pieces of it. One time when I was small, my mother took my sister and me and my brother to the prison to see him. We pressed our dirty, little hands against the impassable glass partition that separated us and talked over a black phone that connected the two sides of the glass. When my dad was released, my parents were separated and we were shuffled back and forth between them every other weekend. My parents were young when they had my twin sister and me — just 21 and 22. Now, having a brother who is 25 and a father, it puts into perspective what it must have been like for my dad to have kids at that age. Keep reading »

Dads Raising Daughters: Wisdom On Love, Dating & (Some Day!) Sex

Fictional Father Figures
Father figures
Sometimes the men who help raise us aren't real. Read More »
My Father's Death
Amelia lost her dad this year. Read More »
Dads Are Confused
Things Dads Don't Understand About Daughters
13 things our dads just don't get about us (in GIFs!). Read More »
Father's Day 2013
We heart you, dad! Read More »

Last year for Father’s Day, we ran a series of interviews with real-life dads divulging their wisdom on raising independent, vibrant girls. Dads Raising Daughters turned out really lovely, so I’m making a fledgling Frisky tradition of it! This year for fatherly parenting advice, I turned to Josh, who has two girls ages eight and five; Jim, who has a nine-year-old; and James, whose daughter is three.

First up, what these dads want to teach their daughters about love and dating… Keep reading »

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