Category Archives: Parenting

7 Reasons I’m Glad I Have A Weird Dad

Father Figures
Any man can be a father figure. Read More »
Dads Raising Daughters
On teaching girls they are smart and beautiful. Read More »

Whenever Father’s Day rolls around I’m reminded, once again, that I don’t have a “typical” dad. He doesn’t own a tie. He’s never worked in an office. As far as I know he’s never touched a golf club (except maybe to use it as a weapon?). My dad, in a nutshell, is weird. He spent his career taking care of research monkeys. He spent his spare time turning our house into a fortress and collecting skulls. With the exception of guinea pigs, he likes animals way more than he likes people (that’s him in the picture, holding a water moccasin he caught in a Florida swamp). And guess what? He’s the best dad I could ever ask for. Here’s why… Keep reading »

Dads Raising Daughters: On Teaching Girls That They Can Do Anything Boys Can Do

Father's Day!
Everything you need for a happy Father's Day. Read More »
Dads Raising Daughters
On teaching girls they are smart and beautiful. Read More »
I Love My Dad, But...
...I don't want him to walk me down the aisle. Read More »

Yesterday, we heard from real dads about teaching their daughters that they are smart and beautiful. Today, real dads tell us how they teach their daughters that girls can do anything boys can do.

For advice, I turned to Tony, the father of three girls under the age of nine; Adam, the father of two daughters under the age of four; Jim, the father of a nine-year-old girl; Joe (AKA Frisky commenter _JSW_), the father of two girls under the age of twelve; and Jesse, the father of three girls under eight. Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing with you some of their fab (and adorable) advice.

How a dad can teach his daughter that “girls rule!” after the jump: Keep reading »

Dads Raising Daughters: On Teaching Girls They Are Smart And Beautiful

Father's Day!
Everything you need for a happy Father's Day. Read More »
Father Figures
Any man can be a father figure. Read More »
I Love My Dad, But...
...I don't want him to walk me down the aisle. Read More »

You may have noticed here at The Frisky we pull a lot of stuff out of our ass. 5 Things You Can Lie To Your Therapist About! 7 Ways To Wear Roadkill This Season! 13 Ways To Orgasm Using Pinterest! But a serious subject calls for Serious Journalism. And for some Serious Journalism this Father’s Day, I lazily emailed all the men I know who have  young daughters and asked them for advice on raising healthy, happy girls as a modern-day dad.

For this first installment of Dads Raising Daughters, I turned to Tony, the father of three girls under the age of nine; Adam, the father of two daughters under the age of four; Jim, the father of a nine-year-old girl; Joe (AKA Frisky commenter _JSW_), the father of two girls under the age of twelve; and Jesse, the father of three girls under eight. Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing with you some of their fab (and adorable) advice.

First up, how to teach your girl she is smart and beautiful. Keep reading »

What’s The Going Rate For The Tooth Fairy These Days?

Just No: Teeth Necklace
So upsetting. Read More »
My Snaggletooth Rules
My smile doesn't need fixing -- it's perfect the way it is! Read More »
tooth fairy photo

This weekend, I called my sister to rehash my love life. 

Suddenly I could hear her turning to a small child in the background. “Do you want to tell Aunt Jessie the big news?” she asked. “No!” My five-year-old niece M. replied. 

“Tell me, what’s the big news?” I asked my sister, wondering what constitutes “big news” in kindergarten. 

“M. lost her first tooth!” my sister said. “The tooth fairy left five dollars last night.” 

“FIVE DOLLARS?!?!” I shouted into the phone.  Keep reading »

7 Random Father Figures And What They Taught Us

I Love My Dad, But...
...I don't want him to walk me down the aisle. Read More »
THE COOLEST DAD?
Brad wants his kids to think so. Read More »
Worst Dads
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The 7 worst celebrity dads. Read More »

With Father’s Day coming up, we’ve been thinking about father figures. We learned a lot from our biological dads (both good and bad), but there were also other fatherly influences in our lives who provided us with guidance, advice, and helped us understand what it means to be a dad. After the jump, check out the men who have shaped our lives (from brothers to therapists to a certain “Star Trek” captain), and please tell us a bit about your own father figures in the comment section! Keep reading »

Tween Waxing Makes Me Uncomfortable (And I Was A Hairy Tween, Too)

First Wax
One writer shares about going completely bare. Read More »
Should You Shave?
We've got a flowchart for that. Read More »
Why Do You Wax?
Ladies, tell us why you wax. Read More »
waxing photo

Many moons ago, when I went to summer camp, getting ready for the excursion meant a trip to Marshall’s for a new swimsuit. If the New York Times Style section is to be believed (which I am not saying it is: honestly, sometimes this shit is unbelievable) some tweens and teens prep for camp more glamorously: Girls are supposedly waxing their legs, armpits and bikini lines, getting keratin treatments, and even pre-summer camp facials.  Keep reading »

Air Force Mamas Photographed Breastfeeding In Uniform Called A “Disgrace”

Breastfeeding on Time
TIME magazine breastfeeding cover photo
Time magazine's breastfeeding cover is just a tad provocative. Read More »
Oreo And Breast Milk?
Care for some breast milk with your Oreo cookie? Read More »
Breastfeeding Man
Meet the man who is determined to breastfeed. Read More »
  • Apparently some people are pissed off about a photograph of two Air Force servicewomen, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, breastfeeding their children in uniform, calling it a “disgrace.” What, soldiers aren’t supposed to have boobs (or babies)? Soldiers aren’t supposed to appear nurturing? Echegoyen-McCabe told MSNBC, “There isn’t a policy saying we can or cannot breast-feed in uniform. I think it’s something that every military mom who is breast-feeding has done.” The Air Force said it has no policy against breastfeeding in uniform, but released a statement urging “airmen” to project a “professional image at all times while in uniform.” Frankly, I think these photos are extremely cool! [MSNBC] [Photos by Brynja Sigurdardottir]
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America has officially endorsed President Obama for reelection, calling Mitt Romney “wrong for women.” [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Bay Of (Guinea) Pigs

It took months of begging, pleading, bribing, and promises to convince my parents to get me my first guinea pig. We lived on a 38-acre farm with dogs, cats, and chickens, but I yearned for a pet of my very own, a pet who would entertain me and understand me, a pet who would impress my friends and make me popular at school. A guinea pig seemed like the obvious choice. When my mom finally drove my brother and I to the pet store a couple towns over, I chose a white-haired girl and named her Snowflake. My brother chose a black-haired boy. He named him Blackie.

When we got home, we carefully placed our pets in their new cage and they started squeaking excitedly. Suddenly my dad appeared in the doorway, eyes locked on the two fur balls. “Look, Dad!” we said. “This is Snowflake, and this is…”

“Guinea pigs,” he muttered. “I hate guinea pigs.” And then, like a bad omen in a horror movie, he disappeared.

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Mommy’s New Tattoo

"Twilight" Tattoos
The 10 best and worst tattoos in homage to "Twilight." Read More »
Mommy's New Tattoo

Once upon a time, there was girl who went to a tattoo shop with her mom … nope, from page one, this isn’t your typical picture book.  Mommy’s New Tattoo: A Bedtime Story For People, by Levi Greenacres, is based on the author’s true story of growing up with a parent who has ink and then deciding, as a grownup, whether to get a tat too. Three tattoo artists from the Pacific Northwest are even featured in the book. Whether you’re trying to explain your own tattoo to a child in your life, or just looking for some quirky bedtime reading, think ink! [$15, BuyOlympia.com]

Stay-At-Home-Moms More Worried, Sad & Stressed, According To New Poll

On Marrying Up
Let's be realistic about the finances it takes to raise a family. Read More »
Mommy Wars Ceasefire
I want a ceasefire on the mommy wars, because it helps no one. Read More »
Working Women Ugly?
woman working photo
... according to Rush Limbaugh's wildly inaccurate twisting of study. Read More »
Betty Draper in therapy photo

As if the “mommy wars” need even more ammunition to make women feel bad about themselves: a new Gallup poll found that stay-at-home-moms were more likely to be unhappy than working mothers.

Gallup surveyed nearly 61,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64 who had at least one child under the age of 18. A quarter of SATMs said they felt a lot of sadness “yesterday” and one-fifth said they felt anger, compared with only 16 percent and 14 percent of working mothers, respectively. Gallup said SAHMs were more slightly more likely to say they felt stressed “yesterday” than working moms (50 percent to 48 percent) and more SAHMs said they had been diagnosed with depression as well (28 percent to 17 percent). 

What does it all mean? Eh, probably nothing.

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