Mommie Dearest: A Tale Of Two Gay Penguins

Avital Norman Nathman | November 14, 2012 - 1:00 pm

One of the more challenging aspects to being a parent is keeping a handle on all the various things to which your child is exposed. For instance, the many studies pointing to a connection between early exposure to violent media and aggression certainly causes me to think twice about the television shows my almost-six-year old… More »

Hitched: On Mothers-In-Law (And Mother-In-Law Jokes)

Andrea Grimes | November 14, 2012 - 12:00 pm

I have known since I was a wee child that someday, there would be a woman in my life that I would hate more than any person on the planet. She will be the epitome of all things evil; a seething skin-bag of meddlesome, ignorant lady-pus, hardly worthy to walk among us and yet, walk… More »

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

Jessica Wakeman | November 12, 2012 - 11:20 am

At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A… More »

Children Of Lesbian Mothers Have Higher Grades And Happier Lives

Daley Quinn | November 7, 2012 - 4:40 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 1, 2012 - 5:40 pm

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

Kate McGuinness | October 30, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | October 30, 2012 - 9:40 am

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

Veronica Arreola | October 29, 2012 - 12:00 pm

“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 was… More »

Irish Politician To Swap Lives With Single Mother For A Week

Jessica Wakeman | October 16, 2012 - 1:40 pm

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

Avital Norman Nathman | October 16, 2012 - 1:00 pm

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

Avital Norman Nathman | October 15, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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?

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | October 15, 2012 - 10:00 am

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 soon… More »

Amy Poehler Explains It All: Dealing With Your Parents

Jessica Wakeman | October 14, 2012 - 10:00 am

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

Ami Angelowicz | October 8, 2012 - 12:20 pm

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 wait until… More »

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

Avital Norman Nathman | October 4, 2012 - 1:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | October 3, 2012 - 9:40 am

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

Ami Angelowicz | September 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

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 certainly hope… More »

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

Jessica Wakeman | September 29, 2012 - 2:00 pm

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 lesson… More »

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

Jessica Wakeman | September 28, 2012 - 2:40 pm

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

Daisy Barringer | September 28, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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 »

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