Famous Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth To Twin Cubs At National Zoo

Katrin Higher / August 23, 2015

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s 17 year old Giant Panda Mei Xiang, famous panda mom of Bao Bao who is now two years old, just gave birth to twin babies last night!
Look at this little red thing:

So far the mini cubs are healthy, but time will tell if they make it because it&#8217… More »

This Transgender Teddy Bear Storybook Is Too Cute For Words

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 12, 2015

Jessica Walton, an Australian school teacher, had her first baby with her partner last year. They wanted to supply their child with books that reflected their family, and were able to find plenty of books that featured children with gay parents – but what they couldn’t find was a book that represented Walton’s dad, whoMore »

Mommie Dearest: Whatever You Do, Don’t Parent Like The Duggars

I’ve written about parenting here for The Frisky for three years now, and when it comes to parenting and various parenting philosophies I usually come down on the side of “do whatever works best for your family and keep an open mind.” However, as the Mommie Dearest column comes to an end*, I’d like to… More »

Mommie Dearest: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of This Week’s Parenting News

Way too much happened in the world of parenting this week that I had troubling narrowing down what I wanted to sound off on. So, we’re going to take a look at a bunch of them. Join me for the good, the bad, and the ugly in this week in parenting.
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True Story: Why I’m Almost Childfree By Choice

Katie Klabusich / May 11, 2015

I never want to be a primary parent; I very much want to nurture and raise children as part of a committed family unit.

It’s alright if you need a minute. Go ahead and reread it. More »

Placentae & Umbilical Cords: Eat, Donate, Bury, Or Burn Them, Just Don’t Throw Them Away

“So what did you do with your placenta and umbilical cord after you gave birth?” I’m coming onto the blossoming revelation that this is a conversation that a lot of women have, these days.
It’s true enough that there are a variety of cultures around the world that have had specific customs pertaining to placentae… More »

8 Very Important Questions We Asked Our Moms This Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Frisky staff interviewed our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, maternal figures and grandmothers out there! More »

Mommie Dearest: TLC’s “Labor Games” Pushes Reality TV Too Far

May the odds of tearing your perineum be ever in your favor! … More »

WHOOPS! Anti-Vaxxer’s Seven Children All Got Whooping Cough So Now She’s Into Vaccines, I Guess?

Katrin Higher / April 11, 2015

Former anti-vaxxer and mom of many Tara Hills, recently changed her stance after all seven of her children somehow mysteriously got whooping cough. WHOOPSIE DAISIES! (Sorry, I can’t stop.)
In case you didn’t know, anti-vaxxers are those special people who don’t believe you should vaccinate your children because it may cause autism — which… More »

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

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

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… More »

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

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

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] recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a promotion of the deputy editor Dodai… More »

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

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… More »

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

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 exactlyMore »

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

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

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

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 i… More »

Mommie Dearest: Tales Of An American Mom Traveling Abroad

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. More »

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

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’… More »

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