Category Archives: Parenting

Eye Roll: Parents Sue Over Yoga In Public Schools Because It “Promotes Eastern Religions”

7 Types Of People
... who will annoy you in yoga class. Read More »
Nightmare In Yoga Class
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My Hot Yoga Teacher
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child yoga

Sometimes I do not have anything deeper to say other than “Shut up.”

And those are my choice words for the California parents who are suing their children’s school district over yoga classes being taught in a class.  That’s not very Zen, is it?  Keep reading »

Texas Teen Sues Parents For Right To Not Have An Abortion

I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Teen Pregnancy Drops
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American teens are slightly less pregnant than in years past. Read More »
Ab Only Sex Ed Sucks
Every teenager in Mississippi is pregnant, basically. Read More »
Glamorizing Teen Moms?
Is teen pregnancy glamorized by shows like MTV's "Teen Mom"? Read More »

Mostly when we discuss the “right to choose,” we focus on the right to safe and legal access to abortion.  We mostly focus abortion as the “choice” because a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions is constantly under attack from conservative politicians and the anti-abortion movement, both of which are pickled with the Religious Right.

But a woman’s right to make her own family planning decisions also includes the choice make a family — even, in a recent case out of Texas, if the woman in question is a pregnant 16-year-old girl whose parents were trying to force her to have an abortion. Keep reading »

World’s Best/Worst Mom Hired Strippers For Her Son’s 16th Birthday Party

Worst Dads
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The 7 worst celebrity dads. Read More »
strip club mom

Sometimes I feel really bad for the shit that strippers have to deal with! A 16th birthday party filled with testosterone-laden horndogs is right on top of that list. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Reality TV Producers Have Come Knocking At My Door

"Girls" Reality Show
Reality TV producers want to film a real-life "Girls." Read More »
Reality's Evil Sidekicks
Meet the most evil sidekicks of reality TV. Read More »
UK's Reality TV
4 reasons why reality TV is better in the UK than the U.S. Read More »

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 (and apparently award-winning) reality shows, is looking to turn their lens on families. They reached out to me as a potential subject.

The talent agent started his email by complimenting my writing and said he enjoys following my work. Flattery will get you nowhere everywhere. He suggested that this opportunity might be a way to share my “expertise and insight” with a larger audience. He provided a few more details, then invited my to set up a time to have an on camera interview with them to see if it was a good fit.

And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit tempted. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Older Mothers

Soapbox: Mommy Wars
Calling a ceasefire on the mommy wars, because it helps no one. Read More »
Mommie Dearest...
The year in motherhood headlines. Read More »
Soapbox: Having It All
This "having it all" crap needs to stop. Read More »

Magazines seem to love writing about women’s choices, particularly if they can inspire readers to conclude that we’re making the wrong ones. Just before the new year, a much-talked about New Republic cover story focused on women and men becoming parents at an older age. The piece was written by an author who is herself an older mother and was concerned about a steady increase in birth defects and autism in recent years, although it’s been difficult so far to prove a direct correlation. Meanwhile, one of Boston Magazine’s cover stories that same month was about a growing breed of women who believed that it’s okay to have an “occasional” drink while pregnant.  Yes, that was the language — “occasional” 00 yet the subject was so provocative that it warranted top billing. Let’s not forget the May Time cover of the woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son (she didn’t appear to be drinking wine at the time). Soon after came the story in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter that blared: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” (The Atlantic has published at least three stories since 1995 about women facing diminishing marriage and pregnancy prospects if they wait; one of the most famous such pieces, “Marry Him,” from 2008, urged women to settle for “Mr. Good Enough” rather than waiting to have babies.)

It isn’t these stories themselves that are frustrating as much as the fact that they appear to blame women for waiting to have children – as if it’s impossible to fathom that they didn’t find decent or willing men to date at the right time. Some of the stories blame the feminist movement, as if having more freedom is simply so confounding to women that they just can’t figure out what to do with themselves. There’s a wide swath of people in this country who appear to resent the idea of women having leeway in making life choices, and hope we’ll get our comeuppance if we don’t marry the first person who holds a door for us. Keep reading »

Australian Officials Take Germophobia Too Far, Try To Ban Kids From Blowing Out Birthday Candles

Pot Mom
This mom smokes pot. Read More »
We Want Grandkids!
egg freezing photo
Parents are paying to freeze their adult daughters' eggs. Read More »
Breaking Up: 30 Kids
That's just too many kids. Read More »

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is going to extreme measures to prevent the spread of germs amongst children. The council has set forth some stringent, new guidelines for birthday cake etiquette at daycare centers: “Children love to blow out their candles while their friends are singing ‘Happy birthday … To prevent the spread of germs when the child blows out the candles, parents should either provide a separate cupcake, with a candle if they wish, for the birthday child and enough cupcakes for all the other children,” states the NHMRC document. Keep reading »

Mayim Bialik’s Son Has Quit The Tit!

On Attachment Parenting
One woman's opinion about attachment parenting. Read More »

“Well, nay-sayers, prepare to be proven wrong. All of you snarky mamas who glared at me nursing my 3 1/2-year-old on the NYC subway, prepare to be amazed. And to all of my family and friends who wanted to chastise me about nursing a walking, talking, thinking, laughing little man named Fred, thanks for holding your tongues. Because we did it. Fred isn’t going to nurse on his way down the wedding aisle or at his high school graduation. I didn’t need to break him of a ‘habit’ and teach him ‘who’s in charge.’ I didn’t need to set boundaries you thought I should have set when I didn’t want to set them. Because we did it: Fred weaned.”

– The actress formerly known as Blossom, Mayim Bialik had some big news to share with the readers of her blog on the Jewish parenting site Kveller – her nearly four-year-old son has finally quit the tit! Bialik is one of the more well-known “attachment parents” in Hollywood and refused to be shamed by those who thought it was strange that she was still breastfeeding a toddler. Though I don’t know that would want to breastfeed my kid for that long (what about the teeth?!), I admire Mayim’s commitment to parenting the way she thinks is best for her family, regardless of what society thinks. I wonder if she’s a little relieved though. [Us Weekly]

The Soapbox: I’m A Mom Who Smokes Pot

18 Celebrity Potheads
We know, Woody, we know. Read More »
Rihanna's A Stoner
A Photographic Review Of Rihanna's 777 Tour
Rihanna just loves to tweet about her affection for pot. Read More »
Frisky Parenting!
twins
All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »

“So, this is kind of a random question…”

I nodded my head at the man across from me. I was in the kitchen of a fellow parent from my child’s school. I had come to pick my son up from a playdate, and found myself hanging around making small talk while the kids finished up playing. Between multiple playdates and a few shared meals, we had become friendly with this family and had reached the level of Facebook friends and random text exchanges. I was curious what his random question could entail.

“Do you … well … do you know where I could get some pot?” Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Mom Vs. Dad — Who Takes The Lead?

Jessica Valenti Q&A
The author of "Why Have Kids" explores parenting and happiness. Read More »
Stay At Home Dads
father with baby bjorn
Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
On Motherhood
Why are we treating moms like second class citizens? Read More »

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 more often take the lead when it comes to parenting, and more importantly, why?

This particular debate is an age-old parenting topic. In an era where women are constantly reminded about “having it all” despite stereotypical gender roles being enforced, it’s no wonder that we’re still discussing who takes on what when it comes to parenting. For a long time, parenting actually meant mothering by default. It was traditionally assumed that men were the wage earners while women were the caretakers, no matter how much that “ideal” didn’t match up with families that needed two incomes to stay afloat. Regardless of the advances in equality accrued by feminism, that traditional framework has been a hard one to shake off and families still have trouble when it comes to equal parenting. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

My Husband's Vasectomy
Why Andrea's husband is getting a vasectomy. Read More »
BC A Human Right
united nations
Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »

This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus.

My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.) Everyone’s heart is in the right place, I can only assume. People think they are telling us new information that will keep us from making what they perceive to be a mistake. I get that they’re trying to help. But we continually find ourselves defending this very personal decision to total strangers. So to keep myself from screaming, I’m going to outline why the condescension disguised as concern is totally unfounded. Trust us. We’ve thought it through. Keep reading »

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