Parenting

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 20, 2015
My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At… More »

Mommie Dearest: Mother Arrested For Leaving 9-Year-Old At The Park While She Went To Work

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 16, 2014
Another day, another mother arrested for trying to have it all. And by "have it all," I mean struggling to figure out child care with little support while maintaining a minimum wage food-service industry job. A 46-year-old Black mother from South Carolina was jailed for letting her nine-year old daughter play at the park unsupervised… More »

Mommie Dearest: Are We Now In The Age Of DIY Abortions?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2014
I was a freshman in college when I found myself Googling "can Vitamin C induce your period?" There had been some condom-less sex and, surprise surprise, worries over a late period. I wasn’t about to head to my university’s health care office, which offered a Band-Aid and some Tylenol for pretty much every malady. I… More »

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2014
A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check] Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a… More »

Frisky Q&A: Now I See You Author Nicole Kear On Going Blind In Her 20s

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2014
Buying your first piece of IKEA furniture. Backpacking around Europe. One-night stands. Splurging on dinner Friday night and spending the rest of the week eating ramen. These are just a few of the things most of us expect of our 20s. Something that isn't on anyone's list? Slowing going blind from a degenerative eye disease. More »

Mommie Dearest: Can 7-Year-Olds Be Assholes? You Bet — But That Doesn’t Mean Brandi Glanville Should Say It

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 23, 2014
Can seven-year olds be assholes? You bet. Do parents sometimes talk about how their kids can be total assholes with their friends? Most likely. Should parents — especially those with a decent-size platform — talk publicly about how their kids are huge assholes? Of course not. But that’s exactly what "Real Housewife" Brandi Glanville… More »

Mommie Dearest: Meet The #FreeTheNipple Activist Who Wants Areolas To Be Free

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 16, 2014
In 2011, actress and filmmaker Lina Esco went with a handful of friends to Occupy Wall Street, curious to see the response to a group of topless women. “Within minutes there were hundreds of people taking pictures, and they didn’t know what to do with these boobs," Esco told The Frisky. "After 10… More »

Mommie Dearest: Mom Breastfeeds At College Graduation, Heads Explode

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 12, 2014
Sigh. Here we go again. People are currently in an uproar over a photo of a mother breastfeeding her daughter taken while at her college graduation. 25-year-old Karlesha Thurman posted the photo to the Black Women Do Breastfeed Facebook page, which reposted it for her, and it quickly went viral. Many people were… More »

New Reality Show “Born In The Wild” Depicts Moms Giving Birth In The Forest

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2014
Childbirth is a miracle. It's a miracle that I intend to experience (hypothetically, in the distant future, maybe) with an epidural and as many pain-numbing drugs as they'll give me. Some moms-to-be go the other extreme: giving birth outdoors, literally on the floor of the fuckin' woods, sans a doctor. And because this is America, there'… More »

Mommie Dearest: Tales Of An American Mom Traveling Abroad

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 6, 2014
I’ve been out of the country for the past two weeks, spending almost the entirety of that time in Israel. Along the way, I’ve learned some interesting things about taking an extended global trip while parenting. Contrary to what you might think, there are some pretty sweet perks to traveling with a child. I made… More »

The Soapbox: How Talking About Maya Angelou & Her Rape Made Me A Better Mom

By: Veronica Arreola / June 3, 2014
It must had been in third grade that my daughter Ella was assigned a project for Black History Month. She was assigned Maya Angelou. I was unaware of how this selection would impact my view of being a feminist mom. We eagerly trekked to the public library to check out children’s books on Angelou. I… More »

Frisky Rant: Sorry Kid, You’re Not The Man Of The House

By: Lauren Delaney / June 3, 2014
A few months ago, I was having a rough time with my son. This is not unusual, as he is going through a particularly ornery stage and I am stubborn as a mule who is really good at yelling but not much else in the discipline realm. I ended up calling my parents for backup,… More »

Child Draws All Over Dad’s Passport On Business Trip, Strands Them Both In South Korea

By: Katie Oldenburg / June 1, 2014
When I was just a young, crayon-happy little blondie, my mother thought it was the cutest thing when I drew on anything— even more so when I signed my work with a backwards 'K' and upside-down 'E'. The less legible it was, the more precious. Unfortunately, one Chinese businessman will no longer experience that joy whe… More »

Mommie Dearest: How Moms Talk About Their Bodies Matters

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2014
We’re on the cusp of "bikini season," if magazines in the grocery shore checkout line are to be believed. I'm sure you're familiar with the wide variety of products — ones that remove hair, ones that firm up jiggly thighs, ones that promise to burn stomach fat — which supposedly get a body ready for… More »

The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 29, 2014
"Wow" is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland's story is fairly typical of many transgender kids -- around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy. More »

Emma Thompson Weighs In On Balancing Work With Motherhood: “You Don’t Need It All At Once”

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014
"You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time. ... I wanted to spend more time with my family. A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly… More »

Mom Of Son With Asperger’s Syndrome: “Armchair Diagnoses Aren’t Helping Anyone”

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 27, 2014
"After Elliot Rodger murdered six young men and women in Isla Vista, California, word spread that he had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's is a developmental disorder that was also linked to mass murderer Adam Lanza. Did Rodger's alleged high-functioning autism spectrum disorder lead him to go on a murderous rampage? No. And eve… More »

Angelina Jolie Reminds Hollywood Moms (Ahem, Gwyneth) That They Really Don’t Have It That Bad

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 21, 2014
"I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food. When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. More »

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

By: Brooke Siegel / May 19, 2014
After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I've told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the liquor store who sold me the celebratory champagne, the customer service rep from Citibank’s fraud department who called to check on my unusual activity –… More »

Mommie Dearest: Gwyneth Paltrow & GOOP Wade Into The “Mommy Wars”

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 14, 2014
With the way the media shoves the "mommy wars" down our throats, I’m amazed that there isn’t already a reality show based on that concept out there. (Reality TV producers, this is NOT an invitation to prove me wrong). You could have a handful of women battling it out for their child's love! Or society’… More »

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