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Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

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One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each place I visit, there’s always a handful of folks who come up and want to talk all things motherhood.

In New York City, many of the people in the audience wanted to touch on how the media portrays women — particularly those who are mothers — versus men. In Portland, Oregon, I heard from women who were increasingly frustrated by the work/home divide and the tired notion of “having it all.” Chicago found me chatting with young college students who had come to the book reading as part of a class field trip. We talked about their relationships with their own mothers and the concerns they had about becoming mothers themselves.

And then, there was book club. Last week, I was invited to join in for a local book club that had read my book for the month of February. I was pretty excited. I arrived at the host’s house, eager to hear what everyone thought of the book. After some snacking, drinking and a bunch of chit-chatting, they started to dig into the book. They had some questions for me, ranging from how I got the idea to create the book, to whether or not I used a pen name. (Let’s just say that if I had chosen a pen name, I probably would have gone with one that gets pronounced and written correctly at least 50 percent of the time …)

I also got to hear reactions to specific essays in the book, which is always nice. One that stuck out to the women in this group in particular was Liz Henry’s “The Macaroni and Cheese Dilemma.” Liz’s essay talks about choosing to have an abortion, and why that choice was the best for her family. Keep reading »

Parents Lip Sync “Frozen” Song Perfectly; Daughter Remains Unimpressed

Parents Lip Sync Song From Frozen; Daughter Is Unimpressed
Booooorrrrrrring!

If your life involves kids in any way, then you’ve probably had the “Frozen” soundtrack on constant repeat in the car, at home, on the computer, and even in your head. (Is “Let It Go” actually playing out loud right now, or does it just exist on permanent loop in your brain? You may never know.) These parents used all those repeated listens of the song “Love Is An Open Door” to memorize every syllable of it, and filmed a video of themselves absolutely nailing a dramatic lip sync while driving around with their kids. The best part, though, is their daughter in the backseat, who is thoroughly unimpressed by her parents’ antics. She literally yawns throughout the entire performance, which, as you’ll realize when you hit play, is quite a feat. [YouTube]

 

Precocious 3-Year-Old Pleads His Case For A Cupcake, Calls His Mother By Her First Name

Well played, kid
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Linda, honey, listen, listen, listen!

I think we can all agree that this future lawyer deserves a cupcake for his debate efforts, not a “pow pow” in his butt. Seriously, I would hire him. He had me at “OK, Linda, honey, look at this.” How could you say no to that? [Daily Picks & Flicks]

Jessica Alba On Kissing Your Kids On The Lips: “People Allow Dogs To Lick At Their Mouths”

In a teaser for Jessica Alba’s Redbook cover interview, the magazine shared a “sneak peak” at a few of the star’s juiciest quotes. Spoiler alert: they’re not the least bit juicy.

In her interview, the actress tackles the hot-button issue of parent/child kissing. Jessica is passionate in her belief that parents should kiss their children on the mouth because “people allow dogs to lick at their mouths.”

While I’m not particularly offended by parents kissing their kids on the lips (except in the Stephanie Seymour kind of way, like when they’re adults), I’m not sure that “people allow dogs to lick at their mouths” really sells me on the whole thing. Because … are you French kissing your kids or is this just a mwah on the mouth. There is a difference. The difference is TONGUE. Keep reading »

Feminist Dads Pretend To Breastfeed For An Awesome New Campaign

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Photographer and father of two, Hector Cruz, believes that dads should know just as much about latching, pumping, mastitis and nipple cream as new mothers do. That’s why he founded Project Breastfeeding, an organization whose mission is to destigmatize public breastfeeding, educate men about what a vital role they play, and empower and support women. Keep reading »

Hotel Guest Leaves Parents Nasty Note For Bringing ‘Crying Baby’ On Vacation

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Recently, a mom and a dad and their baby went on a vacation. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? The family went to a ski resort in Colorado, where the brain surgeon dad had a conference, staying at a local hotel. And hotels, for those of you who have never been, have thin walls. During the night, the baby did what lots of babies do: cried. And the people staying next to the parents and the baby, understandably, weren’t happy. But instead of talking to the front desk about a room change, they slipped an incredibly nasty letter – anonymous, of course — under the family’s door, essentially telling them they were the worst people in the world and they completely ruined their vacation. Read the letter on The Stir…

New Law Means If You Don’t Take Parenting Classes, Kids Can’t Finish School​​

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All right parents, who thinks they need to take parenting classes? Wait, scratch that. Better question: who has free time to go take parenting classes? Four parenting classes to be exact? Parents in one part of the US might be forced to find the time … or their kids will fail the sixth grade! Read more on TheStir…

Frisky Rant: Kids Don’t Belong On Leashes

Frisky Rant: Kids Don't Belong On Leashes

On my way into work this morning, I had the displeasure of walking behind two women who, in each of their hands not clutching their coffee, held leashes that were harnessed to their respective children. Not dogs — children. The woman on the left had three kids, all on individual leashes, and the woman on the right had one child. All of the children appeared to around age five or younger. I am not a parent, and so I generally shy away from expressing my opinions about other peoples’ parenting choices, but if there is one thing that makes my blood boil, it’s parents who treat their children like they’re animals. And in my opinion, strapping a harness around a child’s belly and keeping them on a leash, even if it’s a leash meant for a human, is coming pretty damn close. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Pregnant Woman Robbed While In Labor

Gives Birth In Street
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Woman gives birth on the NYC sidewalk and the local news caught it on tape. Read More »
"Grandma Showers"
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Grandma wants loot, too, when a baby is on the way! Read More »
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Woman liveblogs her home birth on Twitter and Facebook. Read More »

An Annapolis woman was robbed while in labor — how’s that for a baby story? According to the AP the woman and her boyfriend were making her way to the hospital when they got held up by three men. Get this — the woman’s boyfriend fled. She is in labor, they’re getting robbed and  he runs away. Let that sink in for a minute.

The robbers tried to make her let him into the apartment, but she didn’t have a key. Instead, they stole her car. Thankfully, police busted them shortly thereafter. (Had they instead noticed she was in labor and taken her in a car to the hospital, we would have the plot of a rom-com on our hands.) No word on how this poor woman is doing, but she deserves all the gold stars. And all the epidurals. It turns out that giving birth on the New York City sidewalk and a nearby local news crew catching it on tape is not the #1 Crap Terrible Horrible Way To Give Birth. [AP] [Image of pregnant belly via Shutterstock]

This Baby-Inspired Workout Will Strengthen Your “Awww” Muscles

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"Superman, Superman, Superman, head down!"

Tummy time: an important part of your baby’s development and, as new dad (and health coach) Michael Stansbury demonstrates, the next best thing to a personal training session for busy parents. Watch Michael follow his baby daughter Lilly Ann’s patented core-strengthening moves, including the “Superman,” the “head on the ground,” and the “lay down.” My abs hurt from saying, “AWWW!” so much. [YouTube via The Huffington Post]

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