Parenting

Children Of Lesbian Mothers Have Higher Grades And Happier Lives

By: Daley Quinn / November 7, 2012

Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives. More »


Study: Children With Lesbian Parents Are Not Screwed Up

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2012

Lesbians are great parents whose children are happy with life and academically successful, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Williams Institute. [Queerty]
A cultural history of mansplaining. [The Atlantic]
A Wisconsin politician said he had to become a lobbyist because “my wife loves to shop.” You know, womenMore »


The Soapbox: Trying to Make Sense Of The NYC Nanny Murders

By: Kate McGuinness / October 30, 2012

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

Last week, two young children, Leo and Lulu Krim, were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in their home in Manhattan. The children’s mother discovered the bodies as Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny, began to hack at her own throat. Although the nanny survived, she is hospitalized and… More »


Awesome Mom’s Reaction When Her Black Son Wanted To Be A Princess

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2012

Last week we watched an interesting social experiment on the TV show “What Would You Do?” where actors playing a mom and kids went to a Halloween costume store looking for non-gender-conforming costumes. A little boy begged to be a princess and a little girl begged to be Spiderman, while nosy shoppers (mostly) discouraged the… More »


The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

By: Veronica Arreola / October 29, 2012

“Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija,” I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. “Good!” she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. “Why good?” I probed.

What followed wa… More »


Irish Politician To Swap Lives With Single Mother For A Week

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2012

Like an episode of “Wife Swap” with feminist underpinnings and adorable accents,  an Irish politician plans to swap lives for a week with a single mother of three.

Senator John Gilroy from County Cork in Ireland will live trade lives with Andrea Gagley, an activist with Single Parents Acting For The Rights Of… More »


The Soapbox: No, Nickelodeon, Mothers Do Not Need Our Own TV Channel

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 16, 2012

I’m a TV junkie. Once my kid finally falls asleep, you’ll find me splayed out on the couch, flipping through the over 800 channels we apparently subscribe to. And my tastes run rampant: I’m just as happy sitting through an hour of “Alphas” on the Syfy channel as I am watching Barry’s antics on “Storage… More »


The Soapbox: It’s Kids’ Options For Halloween Costumes That Are Truly Scary

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 15, 2012

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy, the Jack-O-Lanterns, the parties, and of course, the costumes. I’m no stranger to awesome Halloween costumes. I’ve been everything from a box of crayons (four-years-old) to a genie (10-years-old) to Britney Spears pre-public meltdown (27-years-old, while eight months pregnant — it was a truly brilliant costume if I say… More »


What Was The Worst Meal Your Parents Used To Make?

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 15, 2012

This is Dan Toombs, but you might know him as The Curry Guy, because every single night for the past year, he’s made his family dinner using curry. Chicken korma, tandoori masala, and less traditional recipes like currywurst and curry-spiced turkey Christmas turkey, you name it–if it involves curry, he’s probably cooked it. As soo… More »


Amy Poehler Explains It All: Dealing With Your Parents

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2012

Amy Poehler’s “Ask Amy” advice series is never not amazing and this week’s segment on how to deal with your parents is no different. Even though “Ask Amy” is for teenaged girls, Poehler’s super-smart advice works for daughters of any age … including those of us in the “why aren’t you married and giving me… More »


If Your 11-Year-Old Asks For A Tattoo, You Should Probably Say No

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2012

A North Carolina woman named Odessa Clay is set to stand trial for tattooing her 11-year-old daughter with a “small, heart-shaped tattoo near her right shoulder.” The 30-year-old’s excuse for tattooing her little girl last September? “She asked me to do it,” Clay explained.

Instead of saying, “I’m sorry honey, you’ll have to… More »


The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the… More »


Australia Enacts Paid Parental Leave For Dads, Gay Couples

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2012

In America, we don’t have even have nationwide paid maternal leave. We just have the Family And Medical Leave Act, which ensures three months of unpaid job-protected leave for a new mom. Look and learn, folks, because Australia is putting us all to shame: starting in 2013, Aussies will have the Dad And Partner Leave… More »


People Are Not Laughing About This Picture Of A Baby Doing A Keg Stand

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 30, 2012

Arizona State University police were not laughing about this picture of what appears to be a baby doing a keg stand at an ASU tailgate party. Authorities are still unclear if the photo, which originally appeared on The Dirty, was a an act of Photoshop or a real photo-op. Investigation in progress.

I… More »


Kids’ Parties In Florida Now Include Alligators In The Swimming Pool

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2012

Oh, Florida. A new “trend” at kids’ birthday parties in the always-entertaining state is having alligators in the swimming pool.

A company called Alligator Attractions brings juvenile alligators with their mouths taped shut over and lets them swim in the pool with the children. But don’t worry, parents — kids get a lesso… More »


How Do We Feel About The “Kid Shaming” Meme?

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2012

Nothing on the Internet is better than the dog shaming meme: pet owners post pictures of their pups with signs around their necks reading stuff like “I ate my own barf” and “I like to hump this cat.” I keep trying to get Amelia to submit a photo of Lucca but she insists her dog… More »


Girl Talk: I Am My Mother’s Least Favorite Child

By: Daisy Barringer / September 28, 2012

When I was little, I was convinced my mother hated me. Between my two older brothers and me, I was positive I was the one she liked least. Even at a young age I could sense I was a disappointment, that I didn’t fit the stereotype of her dream daughter: sweet, demure, cooperative, loving. I… More »


Hitched: Why My Husband Is Getting A Vasectomy

By: Andrea Grimes / September 26, 2012

I’ve been walking around with a sketch of a uterus and cervix in my reporter’s notebook for several weeks now, courtesy of my gynecologist. She drew it while explaining to me how an IUD works. I keep it around both because I like it as a conversation piece and because when you write about ladypart… More »


The Best Father/Daughter Portraits Maybe Ever

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 26, 2012

Meet Dave Engledow and his daughter Alice Bee. When Alice was born, Engledow wanted to document her life and their relationship in a unique way, so he started taking these elaborate photos with her, in which he’s depicted as the anti-World’s Best Dad. They are hilarious, sweet, and such a fantastic tribute to their relationshi… More »


The Soapbox: Why Choosing Your Baby’s Sex Is Gambling On Gender Stereotypes

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 21, 2012

There are many in Western society that seem to band together anytime the subject of sex-selective abortion in foreign countries comes up. It’s a tricky topic, especially for those of us who favor unfettered abortion access. Outrage and incomprehension over aborting female fetuses in favor of males is usually the default response, with many claiming… More »


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