Parenting

Frisky Q&A: Jessica Valenti, Author Of “Why Have Kids?” Plus, Enter To Win A Kindle Fire!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 20, 2012

Go to the parenting section of any bookstore and there are hundreds of thousands of pages to read on how to do it and setting expectations for what the experiences should be like. Very few tackle the question of why a person, in particular a woman, should/would become a parent, and even fewer from… More »


The Soapbox: On Rupert Everett & Having Gay Parents

By: Suzanne Turner / September 18, 2012

The actor Rupert Everett, who is gay, believes children should have a “mother and a father.”

My father, who is also gay, shared the same beliefs. So did my gay mother. So did my gay father-in-law. So, in fact, did the Christopher Plummer character in “Beginners.”

But can it be true that… More »


Man Points Gun At Pregnant Smoker, Fails At Life

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2012

Smoking while pregnant isn’t defensible.

But you know what else isn’t defensible? Pointing a gun at a pregnant woman. More »


Mom Trades In SUV For Family Bike; Makes The Rest Of Us Look Incredibly Lazy

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 11, 2012

This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh up to 550 pounds, but Finch keeps pedaling away in her cute wedge sandals, making sure to “rotate kids into pumping position to keep them… More »


How To Tell Quadruplets Apart

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 10, 2012

Clearly, the most creative way to tell quadruplets apart is to shave numbers onto their heads. In China, that’s exactly what the mother of identical, six-year-old boys did. “My sons are identical, even to me,” said their mother, Tan Chaoyun.”Even now, their father can’t tell which one is which … Sometimes, he punishes the second… More »


Attorney General Lisa Madigan Fires Back Against Sexist Questions

By: Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

This week at the National Democratic Convention, sexism seeped out of the mouths of three Chicago Sun-Times reporters when asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan about her potential run for governor.

The reporters, Dave McKinney, Fran Spielman, and Natasha Korecki, raised the question of “whether she could serve as governor and still raise her kid… More »


Pole Dancing For Kids?

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 7, 2012

A Canadian dance studio has announced that they will offer pole dancing classes for children as young as five. You heard that correctly. Pole dancing FOR KIDS. While this may sound totally inappropriate, Kristy Craig of Duncan’s Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio on Vancouver Island insists that there’s nothing untoward about it. “There i… More »


The Soapbox: Of Little Girls And LEGOs

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 7, 2012

You can’t walk through my home barefoot without stepping on a colorful, sharp piece of plastic at least once. Yes, we are one of the families that helps ensure that Lego’s sales and profits continue to rise in an economy where many toy manufacturers are struggling.

And apparently, we’re not the only ones:… More »


11 Dumb Toys That Made Somebody Rich

By: TruTV / September 6, 2012

Silly toys may be child’s play, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big business. Here are 11 of the dumbest items that, in the hands of children, turned into pure gold for the people who sold them.

Silly Bandz
These goofy wristbands are just silicone rubber, formed into shapes. That’s it. A… More »


Every Kid Deserves To Have A Farting, Pooping Doll

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 6, 2012

I’m of the opinion that the sooner kids figure out how the whole eating/farting/pooping cycle works, the better. Kong Suni, the gassy baby doll sweeping South Korea, does just that. Designed to help with the potty training process, this apple-cheeked doll eats cereal, farts when you press her tummy and eliminates waste in a tiny… More »


Breastfeeding Mom Banned From Maryland Gym

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

A breastfeeding woman in Annapolis, Maryland, has been banned from her gym because she refused to cover up. However, Maryland law says women are allowed to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be with their children. [Capital Gazette]
An interview with a lapsed Christian virgin about “purity.” [The Hairpin]
On the… More »


Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Talks About Being A Porn Star Parent

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2012

“I try to do something fun with her every day. I just consider myself to be especially blessed, and people who knock porn, well, it affords me to be with my daughter … [When she’s old enough] I’ll tell her Mommy has a job that some people don’t approve of, but Mommy’s proud of it… More »


Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

By: Eyelid / August 17, 2012

This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.

So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.

Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law.  Patrick and… More »


Winnie Cooper’s Baby Is Memorizing The Quadratic Formula

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 16, 2012

“We’re working on some things. He knows his colors and his shapes. He still gets seven when he counts the toes on one foot — he really likes seven right now! He likes it when I recite Pi. And I’m trying to teach him the quadratic formula. He hasn’t quite gotten it yet. It’s sung… More »


Sydney Spies, Teen Accused Of Sexy Yearbook Photo, Is Arrested With Her Mother

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 15, 2012

Quick recap here. Sydney Spies is the Colorado high school student whose senior photo was deemed too sexy for her yearbook. Then, she and her mother Miki went on “The Today Show” to defend her right to express herself “artistically.” The whole kerfuffle helped land her a role in the upcoming SyFy channel movie “American Horror… More »


It’s Time To Cry: Father Sings “Let It Be” To Raise Money For Son’s Cancer Treatment

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 14, 2012

On July 15th, Mike Massé’s infant son Noah was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. As the family scrambled to find the best care for their son, and the medical bills started piling up, Mike came up with a creative way to raise some extra money: he recorded an acoustic cover of The Beatles’ song… More »


Lego Piece Stuck In Kid’s Nose For 3 Years

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 11, 2012

Words I never want to read again: “Last week, doctors found a Lego piece in a ball of fungus in a boy’s nose.” The unlucky child who had a Lego trapped in his sinuses was 6-year-old Isaak Lasson of Salt Lake City. Wait for it … it’s been up in there for three years! The… More »


Mom Sues After Parents Magazine Breastfeeding Video Ends Up On Porn Site

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2012

Two years ago, a New Jersey mom filmed an educational video about breastfeeding for Parents magazine’s website and their associated YouTube channel.

Then, to MaryAnn Sahourey’s great horror, some asshole took the video, spliced it with pornography of a woman who looked like Sahourey having sex, and reposted it online. The kicker is that both… More »


Daddy Has A Penis, Grandma Has A Pagina

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

The moment in a child’s life when he or she learns about genitalia is a precious one, second only to the moment when they realize everybody poops. I know it is weird, but I can still remember when I learned that my older brother had a penis and I didn’t.  This little girl Bailey just… More »


The Soapbox: Yes, Women Writers Without Kids “Understand Human Emotions”

By: Diane Shipley / August 3, 2012

The death of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy earlier this week has inspired a lot of articles, most of them warm tributes to her kind heart, quick wit, and writing ability.

British novelist Amanda Craig took a different tack.

In a piece published today by The Telegraph, she wonders whether Binchy might have been a… More »


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