Parenting

Democratic Republic Of Congo Worst Place On Earth For Mothers

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

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… More »


LEGO Construction Worker Stickers That Build Sexism!

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 still… More »


These Creepy Comments From Children Will Give You Chills

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

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”

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

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

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… More »


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

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… More »


Dad’s Amazing Story Of How His Son Got The “Sofia The First” DVD

Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013

Okay, so this story is a little old, but I’m posting because it’s still utterly charming:  a little boy wanted the “Sofia The First” DVD, a random douchebag in line piped up to say the kid shouldn’t watch “girl movies,” the boy’s dad defended his son’s right to watch princess flicks, and then some lady… More »


Mommie Dearest: Why I’m Bringing My Son To Bowl For Abortion

This past weekend, I spoke on two panels at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s reproductive rights conference. One of my panels, “Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table,” tackled how to combine an activist lifestyle with family life. Along with three other panelists/mothers, I spoke about how to foster awareness of the world around… More »


Where Are The Black Barbie Birthday Themes?

Jessica Wakeman / April 6, 2013

Karen Braithwaite is a mom any Barbie lover would be lucky to have: she is asking Mattel to make birthday party merchandise featuring black Barbie dolls.

Mattel already sells black Barbie dolls (Barbie’s black friend Christie appeared in 1968; these days Barbie herself is black) and certain black Barbie items, such as stickers. More »


The 13 Hottest Baby Names Of 2013 (So Far) & What They Say About US

Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2013

You can thank “Girls” for this: according to some new baby name study from baby-naming experts Nameberry, Marnie is the top hot new baby name of 2013. Why people would want their kid to share a name with a whiny, self-absorbed, terrible-singing character on an HBO show is beyond me, but there you go. One… More »


Mommie Dearest: The Real “Mommy Wars” Are Against Mothers, Not Between Them

One of the worst terms surrounding motherhood is “the Mommy Wars.” To be fair, “Mommy Porn” is a really close second (thanks, 50 Shades of Grey!), but when it comes down to it, my disdain for the Mommy Wars knows no bounds. Not only are these “wars” sexist-as-all-get-out — I mean, have you ever heard… More »


RIP Society: Fifth Grade Boys Plotted To Rape, Murder Female Classmate

Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were… More »


I’m Sorry, But I Don’t Think Victoria’s Secret’s Line For Teens & Tweens Is A Big Deal

Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013

High school students wear underwear. Middle schoolers, even!

Crazy, I know. That’s who Victoria’s Secret’s new line, Bright Young Things, is targeting: the girls who are a little too young for the Pink line of mostly cotton panties, thongs, sweatpants and tees.

This is making lots of people upset. More »


Babies Prepared To Be Brides Right Out Of The Womb!

Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013

Your little nugget still shits her diapers, but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t being prepared for the most important role she’ll ever play in life: future bride. It’s never too early to start thinking about that ring on your finger. Seriously, Zulily.com, what are you thinking? A crystal-encrusted onesie advertising a newborn baby as a… More »


Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after the jump)… More »


Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit… More »


Another Day, Another Mother Giving Her Baby A Bong Hit

Ami Angelowicz / March 13, 2013

Rachel Braaten of Washington was arrested after this video of her giving her 22-month-old son a bong hit surfaced.”I guess it was a joke and a stupid mistake that wasn’t really funny,” the 24-year-old told authorities.
I would strongly, strongly agree with that statement. Never has a joke failed so heinously.Braaten is facing charges for… More »


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