Category Archives: Parenting

Vivian Vosburg, Mother Of One Of Rebecca Sedwick’s Cyberbullies, Arrested For Child Abuse & Child Neglect

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“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in regards to the announcement that Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, FL, the stepmother of one of the cyberbullies who tormented Rebecca Sedwick, 12, before her suicide, has been charged with child neglect and child abuse. Vosburg is the stepmom of the 14-year-old girl who was arrested for aggravated stalking after Rebecca, a middle schooler, killed herself in September by jumping off a building. Vosburg was not arrested in connection to the bullying, which took the form of both in-person and online harassment; instead, Vosburg’s arrest is in connection to a video she posted on Facebook of her beating her own children. Keep reading »

Diablo Cody On Directing: A Woman Is “Expected To Constantly Prove Yourself”

“As a woman you’re still expected to constantly prove yourself, whereas men are allowed to have flops without people blaming it on their gender. If a man has a flop, people will blame it on a variety of factors. But if a woman directs a movie and it doesn’t do well, suddenly it’s because she’s a woman. That’s aggravating to me.”

Here’s “Juno”‘s Diablo Cody speaking to IndieWire about her newest film, “Paradise,” which she directed and wrote while she was pregnant and the mother of small children. Cody said she used to be skeptical about why there weren’t more women with kids who were successful directors but now she is certain that the demands of motherhood and the guilt that working women face “100 percent” has to do with it. She’s such a kickass screenwriter and filmmaker that I hope motherhood doesn’t change too much for her. I look up to you, Diablo! [IndieWire] [Image via WENN]

Poll: Should Parents Face Arrest If Their Child Is A Bully?

A riveting op-ed by KJ Dell’Antonia in The New York Times yesterday still has me thinking. The piece, questioning whether or not parents should face criminal charges if their teenager is a bully, describes the recent suicide of a teenage girl who was endlessly harassed and cyber bullied by two of her female classmates.

So is poor parenting to blame for the bullies’ actions, which ultimately led to another’s suicide? I’m not going to lie. I’m on the fence, people. Keep reading »

Teen Carrying Dead Fetus In Bag Arrested For Shoplifting At NYC Victoria’s Secret

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Today in Horrible Things I Would Rather Not Know: a 17-year-old girl was arrested  for shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret in midtown Manhattan yesterday and was carrying a dead fetus inside her bag.

Two 17-year-old girls were pulled over by security guards inside the Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square because they were seen stealing lingerie. Then they noticed  a “strong odor.” They found a dead male fetus inside one of the shopping bags, which appeared to be six or seven months along. One girl is believed to be the mother. She told police she had a miscarriage the day before and had posted on Facebook on Wednesday, “These Cramps, SON.” Police are currently investigating the cause of death. Keep reading »

Detroit Pastor Refuses To Bless Son Of Unwed Mother In Church Dedication Ceremony

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  • The pastor of a Detroit church refused to bless the two-year-old son of an unwed mother in a dedication ceremony before the congregation. Pastor Marvin Winans said it is his “policy” not to bless children born out of wedlock. The boy’s mother, Charity Grace, said “I’ve never felt so degraded and disrespected in my life. … I feel like they look down upon me and my kind, meaning single moms and unwed mothers. The church should be the last place you should go to be judged and denied.” [My Fox Detroit via Clutch Magazine]
  • How Elizabeth Smart is taking on rape culture by speaking out publicly about the sexual assaults she suffered while captive. [Think Progress]
  • Dads get three more hours of leisure time each week, showing a stark “lesiure gap” between mothers and fathers when it comes to parenting. [Pew Research Center] Keep reading »

Covering Up Naked, Immodest Barbies Is Apparently A Thing

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There are people who are worried that Barbies give little girls unrealistic expectations about their bodies.

Then there are people who are worried that when Barbie’s clothes come off, she is naked.

Justin and Cassity, the bloggers behind the DIY remodeling blog Remodelaholic*, are those people. I came across their “No More Naked Barbies!!! Tutorial” on Pinterest, assuming it would be yet another pin about how to make DIY doll clothes for American Girl dolls, Bitty Babies, or Barbies. Then I noticed the hashtag #modest. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Foster Kid Davion Only, 15, Pleads With Florida Church Congregation To Adopt Him

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Every day, there are roughly 400,000 children living in foster care. One of those children is Davion Only, a 15-year-old boy in Florida who has cycled through foster homes so many times that he has lost count how many there have been. Currently he live inside a group home with 12 other boys.

Recently, Davion did something so heartbreaking it is difficult to imagine: he stood up before 300 people inside a church and asked if any family wanted to adopt him. Keep reading »

The Kids Won’t Be All Right: Here’s A Child’s Potty Affixed With An iPad

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No wonder so many gross young people are grossly using social media on the toilet without realizing it is gross: we as a society are literally training them to do so. Yes, my flabbergasted friends, this is a child’s potty affixed with an iPad stand so toddlers can play Toca Kitchen Monsters while they’re doing their business. The loo comes with a removable touchscreen, so little hands don’t get their little germs all over Mommy and Daddy’s expensive toy. Wow, this makes you wonder how did any of us ever get potty trained without a tricked-out potty? (Oh, wait, no, it doesn’t.) [Consumerist]

This Video Of A 10-Year-Old Girl Making A Virginity Pledge To Her Father On His Deathbed Creeps Me Out

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This Makes Me Uncomfortable

I’m just going to say it: a 10-year-old girl making an abstinence pledge to her dying father on his hospital bed is all kinds of emotionally manipulative.

I thought this YouTube video would be a touching, if extremely sad, occasion for Johnny, a gravely ill father, and his 10-year-old daughter, Nakeol. Gathered by family, they shared an approximation of the little girl’s wedding day that Johnny will not live to see; according to the YouTube description of the video, he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nakeol felt “sad knowing he would never be there to walk her down the aisle when she gets married one day.” So the family arranged a small ceremony at the father’s hospital bed. Sweet, right? Grab the tissues.

But then it got  uncomfortable on multiple levels. Nakeol’s father didn’t just give her away; the 10-year-old Nakeol promised her dying father in his hospital bed that she will won’t have sex until marriage. Keep reading »

Watch This: Stay-At-Home Mom Posts Her Own “I Quit” Video

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"This is to let my family know ... I QUIT!"

We all know now that the epic “I quit!” video that went viral was probaaaaably a PR stunt, but that didn’t stop Brenna Jennings, a stay-at-home mom fed up with doing so much thankless work, make her own version. This tired mom is done making beds and cleaning the “petri dish” her family calls a bathroom. She quits! She’s gone! Just kidding. She’s running out to get milk and will be right back. Sigh. A mother’s work is never done. [YouTube via Neatorama]

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