Parenting

Today’s Lady News: Statewide Breastfeeding “Nurse-In” Happening In Georgia On Monday

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2012
Last summer, Nirvana Jennette's pastor compared her breastfeeding her baby in a Georiga church to stripping. Now she and other breastfeeding advocates have organized a nurse-in on Monday at five sites around the state demanding Georgia toughen its breastfeeding laws. [TIME]   A criminal complains has been filed this week against a suburba… More »

What The Hell Is A “Babyccino”?

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012
Too hip for apple juice? Try a babyccino — a coffee drink for babies. It's what all the urban lumberjacks in man buns are putting in their offspring's sippy cups.  According to the Brooklyn Paper, coffee shops in hipster neighborhoods are frequently requested to make a child-sized small decaf cappuccino for $2. Another popular "babyccino"… More »

Funny Or Die Removed Comic’s “Obscene” Breastfeeding Skit (NFSW)

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012
... because what is more obscene than feeding your hungry children?!  I mean, UGH. I am being hyperbolic; the comedy site Funny Or Die was not. Comedian Ahna Tessler is a breastfeeding mama of twins and she submitted a skit of herself, which incorporated the breastfeeding, on Funny Or Die. The short skit called "Leah… More »

Say “Nay!” To “My Little Pony” Talking Princess Celestia Doll

By: Peggy Orenstein / January 20, 2012
Rebecca Hains, best be known these days as the woman who got busted by the TSA for trying to take a red velvet cupcake through airport security, is, in her real life a media studies professor at Salem State University and author of Growing Up With Girl Power; Girlhood on Scree… More »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Screw Up Their Children As Much As Bigots Might Hope

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 12, 2012
Adolescent children of lesbian parents are just as well-adjusted and happy with their quality of life as their peers whose parents are of the opposite sex, according to a study of 17-year-olds by the University of Amsterdam. [Think Progress]  Women cancer survivors are now lobbying for a bald Barbie doll. [Boston.com]… More »

Help Bring Breastfeeding Back To “Sesame Street”!

By: The Stir / January 11, 2012
In order for breastfeeding to be seen as "normal" and natural, and not frowned upon in public, we clearly need to be doing more than what we are doing. The nurse-ins are wonderful, and extremely supportive for nursing moms, but to the general public may be seen as a big nuisance. Which is why I think it'… More »

Meet Ryan, 6-Year-Old Child Model With Down Syndrome

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2012
Hold onto your ovaries, ladies! This is Ryan. He's six years old, a child model for Nordstrom and Target, and living happily with Down syndrome. His mom writes that modeling is "an extreme confidence booster." Also, "He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for… More »

2012’s Top Baby Names: Is Your Name On The List?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2012

The “Human Barbie” Mom Needs More Attention Again

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2012
Last time we left heard from "the Human Barbie," Sarah Burge of the UK had taught her seven-year-old daughter Poppy how to pole dance and had given her a boob job voucher for her birthday. Now she's made her little girl's dreams come true yet again by gifting her a $4,500 liposuction voucher. For… More »

Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

By: Veronica Arreola / January 2, 2012
This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the… More »

Our Kind Of Parenting Book

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2011
Good to know we can still say the word "titty" after we poop one out. Stay tuned for the follow-up book, How Soon Until I Can Drink Again? [BuzzFeed]… More »

Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 25, 2011
Let's do the Time Warp, yeaaaah! Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goes off o… More »

Motherhood Only Makes Ani Di Franco More Radical

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2011
"I do a lot of interviews where people ask, 'Now that you’re all happy and content are you going to lose your edge?' Like there’s nothing edgy about being a mom. Which means that as we all become parents, songs are not written for us anymore, and we have to relive our youth to get… More »

Girl Talk: People Have Strong Feelings About My Ovaries

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 15, 2011
When you're 32, have no serious romantic prospects besides the one(s) in your head, most of your close friends are getting married or having babies, and the only thing you're sure of is that you'd like to have a baby someday too, you spend a lot of time thinking about how that's going to happen. More »

Brace Yourselves For Yet Another Disney Princess

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2011
You know what little girls don't have enough of? PRINCESSES. The scarcity of doe-eyes, glass slippers, and pink frilly dresses is truly criminal. But children need not suffer anymore: Disney is introducing a new princess marketed towards two- to seven-year-olds. "Sofia The First," a red-haired princess in an elegant purple gown, is getting… More »

Homeschooling Tips From “Toddlers & Tiaras”

By: Rachel Krause / December 7, 2011
For what it's worth, the mothers depicted on "Toddlers & Tiaras" are not widely considered the bastions of good parenthood. I've never actually watched the show, but from what I've heard and the clips I've seen, the parents of the pageant girls make a damn good case for exactly how not to raise… More »

Brunchables: For The Hipster Child’s Lunchbox

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011
If it's making fun of hipsters, you know we are going to post it. Damn, I don't even know what a Dutch pancake or eggs Rothko is. [College Humor]… More »

Baby Goes As “Golden Girl” For Halloween

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 4, 2011
Tell me this baby isn't way cuter than the slew of pea pods, lions and angels we usually see on Halloween. Somehow that plump face perfectly showcases character Sophia Petrillo's trademark sass on "The Golden Girls." I'm now wondering if they actually sell pressed velvet pants for infants. Is there a granny-inspired infant clothing line… More »

48 Pagan Baby Names Perfect For Your Little One

By: The Stir / November 20, 2011
Everywhere you look there's a John, Christian (Christie?), Daniel, Jacob, Sarah, Lily -- names derived from the Bible, or at least credited that way. My Jewish friend chose the Hebrew name 'Ethan' for her son, and I"m sure many of you know people whose religious beliefs influenced their children's names as well. My own kids'… More »

Today’s Lady News: Judge Scolds Mom For Breastfeeding In Courtroom

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2011
Michigan mother Natalie Hegedus was sitting in the back of a courtroom breastfeeding her son when a bailiff spotted her and wrote a note to the presiding jude. When the judge called her up, the judge then asked her if she thought it was appropriate to do that. She told a local TV station that… More »

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