Parenting

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

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?

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

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

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 ladyparts… More »


The Best Father/Daughter Portraits Maybe Ever

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 relationship… More »


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

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 »


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 kids… More »


Pole Dancing For Kids?

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 is… More »


The Soapbox: Of Little Girls And LEGOs

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“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 »


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