Parenting

Mommie Dearest: It Sometimes Takes A (Virtual) Village

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2013
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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 24, 2013
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”

By: 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

By: 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… More »

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

By: 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 one… More »

Today In Terribleness: Mom Tries To Unload Toddler On Craigslist

By: 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. More »

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

By: 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

By: 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 her i… More »

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

By: 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… More »

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

By: 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 »

Democratic Republic Of Congo Worst Place On Earth For Mothers

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2013
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst country in the world for mothers, according to the annual report on motherhood from Save The Children. The best place on Earth, in terms of education, income, maternal health and child mortality, continues to be Finland, Sweden and Norway. We should be ashamed of ourselves, America. [… More »

Hitched: What Not To Say To People Who Don’t Want Kids

By: Andrea Grimes / May 8, 2013
Now that I’m an old-ass boring married lady, spending all my time vacuuming in heels, watching my stories and making martinis at 5 p.m. in anticipation of the imminent arrival of the most interesting man in my world, the only thing left for me to do in life is get pregnant. But that is not… More »

LEGO Construction Worker Stickers That Build Sexism!

By: Sarah Gray / April 30, 2013
Last week the blog Talking To Strangers posted about a LEGO sticker showing a construction worker figurines catcalling, "Hey Babe!" LEGO issued a response, where they said, "To communicate the LEGO experience to children we typically use humor and we are sorry that you were unhappy with the way a minifigure was portrayed here." I'm… More »

These Creepy Comments From Children Will Give You Chills

By: The Stir / April 30, 2013
When my youngest son was maybe 2 years old, he crept outside our bedroom door very early one morning while my husband and I were still asleep. I awoke to a deadpan, tiny voice whispering, "Let her in. Let. Her. In. Let her in," over and over and over. Turns out the cat was pawing at… More »

Michigan Mother Is Very Concerned About Anne Frank’s Clitoris

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2013
Meet Gail Horalek, the busybody parent to top all busybody parents. She is very concerned that her daughter's copy of The Diary Of A Young Girl is pornographic. It would seem that it's not offensive enough that a vibrant young woman was a victim of the Holocaust. It's also very offensive that Anne Frank played… More »

12 Reasons I’m Obsessed With “Call The Midwife”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2013
If you have been in a one mile radius of me anytime in the past few weeks, you have probably heard me tell you all about how I love "Call The Midwife," mention I'm going home to watch "Call The Midwife," or suggest you watch "Call The Midwife." That is because — yup — I… More »

Watch This: Adorable Little Girl Wants Her Dad To Stop Meddling

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 21, 2013
When Ryan Hunley asked his daughter August if she needed help unbuckling her car seat, she got annoyed and responded with a comeback I'm going to use from now on whenever anyone gets all up in my business: "Worry about yourself!" This video made me laugh when I really needed it. I hope it doe… More »

Girl Talk: Stop Telling Me I Should Focus On Getting My Old Body Back

By: Kate Fridkis / April 17, 2013
Well, of course, someone had to take some photos of me at a party, wearing my favorite dress (should I just stop wearing the clothes I love to events where there might photos taken?), bulky, lopsided, unfortunately proportioned, and my pregnant beauty bubble, so to awkwardly speak, was popped. Shit. No matter how many time… More »

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013
This post contains spoilers! Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of "Mad Men." The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of your TV… More »

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