Parenting

7 Reasons I’m Glad I Have A Weird Dad

Whenever Father’s Day rolls around I’m reminded, once again, that I don’t have a “typical” dad. He doesn’t own a tie. He’s never worked in an office. As far as I know he’s never touched a golf club (except maybe to use it as a weapon?). My dad, in a nutshell, is weird. He spent… More »


Dads Raising Daughters: On Teaching Girls That They Can Do Anything Boys Can Do

Jessica Wakeman / June 15, 2012

Yesterday, we heard from real dads about teaching their daughters that they are smart and beautiful. Today, real dads tell us how they teach their daughters that girls can do anything boys can do.

For advice, I turned to Tony, the father of three girls under the age of nine; Adam, the father of… More »


Dads Raising Daughters: On Teaching Girls They Are Smart And Beautiful

Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2012

You may have noticed here at The Frisky we pull a lot of stuff out of our ass. 5 Things You Can Lie To Your Therapist About! 7 Ways To Wear Roadkill This Season! 13 Ways To Orgasm Using Pinterest! But a serious subject calls for Serious Journalism. And for some Serious Journalism this Father’… More »


What’s The Going Rate For The Tooth Fairy These Days?

Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2012

This weekend, I called my sister to rehash my love life. 

Suddenly I could hear her turning to a small child in the background. “Do you want to tell Aunt Jessie the big news?” she asked. “No!” My five-year-old niece M. replied. 

“Tell me, what’s the big news?” I asked my… More »


7 Random Father Figures And What They Taught Us

The Frisky / June 12, 2012

With Father’s Day coming up, we’ve been thinking about father figures. We learned a lot from our biological dads (both good and bad), but there were also other fatherly influences in our lives who provided us with guidance, advice, and helped us understand what it means to be a dad. After the jump, check out… More »


Tween Waxing Makes Me Uncomfortable (And I Was A Hairy Tween, Too)

Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Many moons ago, when I went to summer camp, getting ready for the excursion meant a trip to Marshall’s for a new swimsuit. If the New York Times Style section is to be believed (which I am not saying it is: honestly, sometimes this shit is unbelievable) some tweens and teens prep for camp more… More »


Air Force Mamas Photographed Breastfeeding In Uniform Called A “Disgrace”

Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2012

Apparently some people are pissed off about a photograph of two Air Force servicewomen, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, breastfeeding their children in uniform, calling it a “disgrace.” What, soldiers aren’t supposed to have boobs (or babies)? Soldiers aren’t supposed to appear nurturing? Echegoyen-McCabe told MSNBC, “There isn’t a policy saying we can or… More »


Girl Talk: The Bay Of (Guinea) Pigs

It took months of begging, pleading, bribing, and promises to convince my parents to get me my first guinea pig. We lived on a 38-acre farm with dogs, cats, and chickens, but I yearned for a pet of my very own, a pet who would entertain me and understand me, a pet who would impre… More »


Mommy’s New Tattoo

Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2012

Once upon a time, there was girl who went to a tattoo shop with her mom … nope, from page one, this isn’t your typical picture book.  Mommy’s New Tattoo: A Bedtime Story For People, by Levi Greenacres, is based on the author’s true story of growing up with a parent who has ink and… More »


Stay-At-Home-Moms More Worried, Sad & Stressed, According To New Poll

Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2012

As if the “mommy wars” need even more ammunition to make women feel bad about themselves: a new Gallup poll found that stay-at-home-moms were more likely to be unhappy than working mothers.

Gallup surveyed nearly 61,000 women between the ages of 18 to 64 who had at least one child under the age of… More »


The Soapbox: I Want A Ceasefire On The Mommy Wars

Kate Fridkis / May 15, 2012

Here it is. The latest in the “mommy wars.”

Because everything is a war these days, it seems. Yesterday, we were talking about the “war on obesity.” I even heard that Obama declared “war on marriage.” So “war” means “having a different opinion.” Or possibly “wanting equal rights.” In a moment, it might… More »


2011’s Most Popular Baby Names: Credit Kardashians?

Newser / May 14, 2012

Jacob continues to dominate in the land of boy baby names, taking the No. 1 spot for the 13th year in a row. But there’s a new winner in the female category: After twoyears atop the list, Isabella has now been replaced by Sophia. Isabella was downgraded to second place, followed by Emma (which wa… More »


10 Life Lessons We Learned From TV Moms

We’ve learned a lot of important lessons from our own moms, but we’ve probably learned even more from watching sitcoms (sorry, Mom!). In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be fun to compile some life lessons we’ve learned from TV Moms over the years. After the jump, check out our list, and please… More »


Girl Talk: I’m A Lesbian Mom

Jaime Jenett / May 11, 2012

When I think about Mother’s Day, I usually picture a dad in plaid pajama pants destroying the kitchen with his kids in a clumsy effort to make his wife breakfast in bed. There is flour everywhere, kids are enthusiastically beating something in a bowl and Dad is putting a single red rose in a vase. More »


9 Reasons Not To Date A Mama’s Boy

Jessica Wakeman / May 11, 2012

If you want a girl to be your mother / go find another, go find another one
So sang the band Elizabeth and the Catapult. Truer words were never spoken. Alas, mama’s boys don’t exactly ring your doorbell and announce themselves. They get you hook, line and sinker with their great relationship with their… More »


The Soapbox: Attachment Parenting Is The Lazy Mama’s Secret

When you become a parent, one of the first things that you will learn is that everyone has an opinion about the way you choose to parent. From friends, family, your doctor, to strangers in line at the grocery store, everyone will impart their own unsolicited brand of wisdom — usually by telling you whatMore »


TIME Magazine Goes There With Toddler Breastfeeding Cover

Jessica Wakeman / May 10, 2012

Whoa. Hi there, TIME magazine. You went there, didn’t you?

I’m as pro-breastfeeding-in-public as one can be, but this cover photo the intentional provocation of this cover annoys me.  The 26-year-old mother Jamie Lynne Grumet is model-hot and that’s no accident; nor is it an accident that her child she is breastfeeding i… More »


Fancy Babies Have Their Own Hot Tubs Now

Babies are so lazy. They lie back in their strollers and get pushed around everywhere. They’re given everything they want just by screaming and crying. They’ve even got people wiping their butts. Babies just got even more obnoxious: that is, the babies with their very own hot tub. A bath and shower company has launched… More »


10 Random Things Every Mother Knows

It might be maternal instincts, it might be years of parenting experience, it might be magic–we’re not sure how it works, but we’ve noticed that mothers know things that other people don’t. We put our heads together and came up with 10 random things that every mother seems to know. Check out our list, and… More »


10 Mothers Who Tried To Sell Their Babies

Ami Angelowicz / May 6, 2012

What’s the absolute worst thing you can do as a mother? Oh, I don’t know … TRY TO SELL YOUR BABY. Like 33-year-old Bridget Wismer of Delaware (pictured above), who was charged with felony child dealing when she allegedly tried to sell her newborn son to a gay couple for $15,000. And she did all… More »


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