Category Archives: Parenting

Oprah Discusses Being Childless By Choice

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“Gayle [King] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King. …If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

This is Oprah Winfrey explaining why being childless by choice is the best decision for her and her career, including the baby she had and gave up for adoption at 14. [Update: As a commenter has correctly pointed out, Oprah's baby was stillborn.] Can you imagine if we didn’t have Oprah because she’d devoted her life to motherhood instead? Or even half her life? It would certainly be a different media and entertainment business we would have and possibly a different world. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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10 Holiday Inspired Baby Names That Make My Skin Crawl

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I’ve known a few Noelles and Hollys in my day, so the trend of giving your baby a name inspired by the season when it was born—especially a magical season like Christmas—isn’t anything new. And we’ve all heard seasonal names like April, Summer, and Autumn before. (Secret confession: Autumn was my number one, all-time favorite name for a girl, no matter what season she was born in, but now I have two boys!)

But even with baby naming, you can have too much of a good thing. Read more on The Gloss…

Baby Machines Aren’t Making Quite So Many Babies

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  • The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say “economy”? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]
  • On Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston and the overlapping of football culture and rape culture. [RH Reality Check]
  • Rape apologists love to blame women for being drunk when a sexual assault occurs — but here’s what actual research says about women and alcohol. [Think Progress]
  • How “American Horror Story: Coven” is getting race all wrong. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: 5 Questions To Ask If You Think You Want To Have Kids

Mommie Dearest: 5 Questions To Ask If You Think You Want To Have Kids

Earlier this week, Jessica asked the question that passes through the mind of many a woman: How do you know — really know — if you want to have kids? It’s a good question and an important one. Kids are a big decision. They’re not like those cute, fuzzy chicks people buy as gifts on Easter only to realize that they grow up to be chickens, so they just return them or get rid of them somehow. No. Kids are a bit more complicated than that.

But is there actually any way to know for sure? You would think as the mother of a 7-year-old, who has been-there, done-that, and has pondered the same questions Jessica brought up, I would have at least some answers. But unfortunately, I don’t.

Because, if there’s one, solid rule that I’ve figured out in my short time parenting, it’s that there’s no one right answer that will fit everyone across the board. What works for one woman/couple/family may not work for another. And that’s okay. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How Do You Know, Really Know, You Want To Have Children?

30s with no kids
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5 ways not having children is different when you're in your 30s. Read More »
My Husband's Vasectomy
Why Andrea's husband is getting a vasectomy. Read More »
"I Don't Like Kids"
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This woman not only doesn't want kids, she doesn't like them. Read More »
Girl Talk: How Do You Know, Really Know, You Want To Have Children?

I have a couple of girl friends whom I really envy. They know exactly what they want — or rather, what they don’t want.  They don’t want to have children.  Two of my girl friends are childless by choice, which means that while they enjoy being involved in the lives other people’s children, they have no interest at all in becoming parents of their own. There isn’t a doubt in either of their minds that kids are not a possibility.

My own feelings on the subject are much more hazy. Keep reading »

Do Not Want: A Picture Frame Made Of Placenta

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Loni Jane Anthony Eats 10 Bananas A Day While Pregnant
She's preggo and eats 10 bananas a day. Read More »
Placenta Teddy Bears
There's placenta in that teddy. Read More »
Dolphin Birth?
Dolphin Assisted Birth
This couple plans to have a dolphin-assisted birth. Watch »

January Jones and other new mothers have been known to eat their placentas or swallow them in pill form, to the disgust of some. For those who don’t want to go so far as to ingest this fetal organ but still want to memorialize it, artist Amanda Cotton presents another option: a placenta picture frame. The 25-year-old, who says she’s received “positive feedback” on her frames, puts dried and crushed pieces of new mothers’ placentas in resin molds to create truly one-of-a-kind mementos. Keep reading »

Call It What You Want, Porscha Starr, But That Looks Like Lingerie For Kids To Me

This picture here?  This is lingerie for kids.  The mesh lace over the belly and the butt?  The lace on the sides?  If I wasn’t convinced already due to my own familiarity with lingerie as a grownup lady, I would turn right to the Porscha Starr press release and its vehement protestations that their lingerie for kids as young as eight is “age-appropriate” and not lingerie:

Intimate apparel has never been created for all women of all ages, until now. …   Porscha Starr Lingerie will launch the first adolescent apparel collection in the United States. In the past retailers have failed to present a comfortable selection that is not only socially acceptable by parents but age appropriate for its target market. … Porscha Starr is well known for its sexy, edgy, alluring, futuristic, fashion forward designs. However this line is NOT to be confused with lingerie. The Starrlett collection is a charming, appealing and most important an age appropriate line fashioned specifically for young girls. Keep reading »

Homophobic Parent Gets Served By Advice Columnist

The Gay Agenda
Walk the dog, cook dinner, break up a heterosexual marriage. Read More »
'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
Gay Teen Victory
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Court rules in favor of gay teen who was kicked out of class. Read More »
Father's Letter To Gay Son
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Grab the kleenex, people. This is a good one. Read More »
Asky Amy Tells Homophobic Parent To Change Their Sexuality

I’ve always liked The Washington Post‘s advice columnist Amy Dickinson, AKA “Dear Amy,” but after reading her recent response to a homophobic parent, I LOVE her. Here’s the letter:

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child. He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule. Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed

Ugh, right? But don’t worry, Amy’s response is on point: Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

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When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out on a walk. This meshing of work and life happens daily for DiFranco, who is back on the road after having taken some time off to have her second child. Like his sister before him, Dante has joined DiFranco on tour, and the singer has been relearning how to split her time between motherhood and music.

While her son (hopefully) walked his way into a nap, DiFranco and I discussed everything from hitting the road as a mother of two, the notion of “having it all,” her ever-growing relationship with her fans and so much more. Keep reading »

Parent Fined For Forgetting To Pack Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunch

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Loni Jane Anthony Eats 10 Bananas A Day While Pregnant
She's preggo and eats 10 bananas a day. Read More »
Dinovember Parents
Dinovember
These parents are so awesome. Read More »
Fat Shamer
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A rude woman tells trick-or-treaters they're fat. Read More »

We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you’ve ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids’ lunches are “balanced”, each one is checked against Canada’s Food Guide and “supplemented” by the school if any of the customary requirements are missing. If a child’s lunch box has to be “supplemented” on any given day, the parent gets fined. Strange. Yes. Canadians!

But it makes sense for parents who forgo the basics like fruits,veggies and proteins in favor of Doritos and Oreos. But that’s not so much how it works. Keep reading »

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