Parenting

Mommie Dearest: On Having An Only Child

When I first read a review of Lauren Sandler’s new book, One and Only: The Freedom Of Having An Only Child And The Joy Of Being One , I was hopeful. As the mother of an only child (and with no plans at all to have any more children), I’ve had my fair share of judgement… More »


Crazy: Parents Paid Tattoo Artist To Sabotage Teen Daughter’s Tattoo

Mary Odell / June 12, 2013

The show “Tattoo Nightmares” is simple: people with horrible tattoos complain about how horrible their tattoos are, then get new tattoos to cover up the damage.

Usually the new ink looks a little strange, but the original tattoos sometimes represent some kind of emotional damage, so they are worth covering up. In the… More »


Hitched: My Dad At My Wedding

Andrea Grimes / June 12, 2013

My father didn’t walk me down the aisle on my wedding day, but he did help me up some very steep stairs. That’s not a metaphor for the next iteration of my life as a married lady: there were actual stairs, my high heels were ridiculous, and I didn’t want to fall over as I… More »


7 Fictional Father Figures Who Helped Raise Me

I’ve written before about why my dad is awesome, but looking back at my childhood, he definitely wasn’t the only father figure in my life. Being the imaginative weirdo that I was, most of my alternate dads were completely and totally fictional, but that didn’t make them any less integral to my emotional development. It… More »


Your Baby Name Choice Reveals Your Political Leanings

The Stir / June 10, 2013

Choosing a baby name may be one of the hardest things a parent has to do. I’d say it’s harder than potty training — which has become my nemesis right now. Giving your kid a name, whatever name it is, is the one single word your kid is going to hear for the rest of their life. More »


52 Years Late, Phyllis Richman Tells Harvard Admissions How She Had A Career And A Family

Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family.

You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the… More »


Mirror, Mirror: How I Want My Daughter To Look

Kate Fridkis / June 6, 2013

I was so sure I was having a boy. I’d even given my baby a boy name, and I talked to my belly and told him he was a great son. A strong, noble, excellent son. People said, “A mother knows…” and nodded along with me.

Not this mother. Apparently, this mother doesn’t… More »


A Conversation With A Two-Year-Old Girl, Starring A Grown Man

What would the words of a two-year-old girl sound like if they were reenacted by a grown man? Really, really intimidating. Also hilarious — I’ve watched this approximately 17 times now and I’m still laughing. [YouTube via Lemon Love]… More »


Does This Pregnant 70-Year-Old Make You Uncomfortable?

Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2013

Because that seems to be the point.

This isn’t a real pregnant 70-year-old, though. She’s a British TV host, Kate Garraway, who is 46 and warning young women through the First Response Early Result Pregnancy campaign to MAKE BABIES NOW. Like, right now. Garraway got involved in the campaign because she had her two childre… More »


Mommie Dearest: It Sometimes Takes A (Virtual) Village

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Sometimes, this whole parenting gig can be pretty damn hard. Yes, parenting is rewarding and wonderful and absolutely special. But it can also be completely terrifying and difficult and frustrating. And, despite all the parenting books that line the shelves of bookstores, there’s truly no one manual to… More »


Mommie Dearest: Pregnancy Is Not A Beauty Contest

When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near… More »


Will & Jada Smith “Respect” Their Kids, Don’t Treat Them Like “Property”

Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2013

“My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership. I think that, specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids. We respect… More »


This Woman Is Trying To Give Birth To A Shark

Ami Angelowicz / May 21, 2013

“I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal,” 32-year-old artist, Ai Hasegawa, told Vice. “We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to… More »


False Alarm: Disney Still Keeping Sexualized Version Of “Brave”‘s Princess Merida

Sarah Gray / May 19, 2013

Last week, I wrote about how bummed I was that the heroine of Disney’s “Brave” is undergoing a makeover before she becomes an official Disney Princess. Her unruly hair is tamed, her figure is slimmed and the Scottish Princess is a much sexier version of the character millions grew to love.

I was only… More »


Today In Terribleness: Mom Tries To Unload Toddler On Craigslist

Ami Angelowicz / May 18, 2013

I so desperately want to tell you about good stuff in the world. Like, Joe, the retired barber who cuts homeless peoples’ hair in exchange for hugs. Let Joe remind you that humans are great sometimes. I wish Joe’s haircuts cancelled out Stephanie Redus’ attempt to unload her toddler son on Craigslist. The 29-year-old Texa… More »


The Soapbox: It’s Not Just That I Don’t Want Kids, It’s Also That I Don’t Like Them

Chanel Dubofsky / May 16, 2013

Last week, I was in a conversation on Facebook in which I admitted to not liking kids. (My comment: “Real talk: I don’t actually like babies, actually, or children.”) I thought about taking it down as soon as I posted it. An hour later, I was still thinking about taking it down. No one paid… More »


Parents Change Baby’s Diaper On Starbucks Seat, Pour Coffee On The Floor

Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

I love me some babies. But some parents are really the worst.

On Friday evening, Ruth Burgos of Denver changed her one-year-old son’s diaper on the seating area of a Starbucks because there was no changing area in the bathroom. An employee tossed a rag at Burgos, according to her husband Alex, and told… More »


RIP Society: Rich Mothers Are Hiring Disabled People To Cut Lines At Disney World

Ami Angelowicz / May 14, 2013

In a New York Post expose that made my stomach turn, I learned that rich, Manhattan mothers have discovered the most despicable way imaginable to bypass long lines at Disney World: hiring disabled people to pose as family members so their precious children don’t have to wait in line.

According to the rule… More »


Girl Talk: My Husband’s Parenting Made Me Question Myself As A Mother

Susan Finch / May 14, 2013

When I was pregnant, everyone warned me not to judge myself against other women either positively or negatively. They told me not to compare myself to the Super Moms, the Momzillas or even the Deadbeat Moms. People warned me that once I was a mother there would be some things I would do effortlessly, and… More »


Mommie Dearest: 9 Gifts Mothers Really Deserve This Mother’s Day

Save the breakfast in bed, chocolate, flowers, and handmade macaroni necklaces. This Mother’s Day, I’m after something just a little bit more. On a day created to honor and respect all mothers, I feel that we sometimes fall a little short. And so, I humbly present to you my list of alternative Mother’s Day gifts:… More »


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