Parenting

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 her ow… 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 a child. 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 ow… 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 statio… More »


Connie Britton Adopts A Baby, Plus 7 Other Adoptive Single Moms

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 16, 2011

ZOMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH. Tami Taylor, ugh, I mean Connie Britton, the actress who played Tami Taylor, best mom/wife in the history of ever on “Friday Night Lights,” has announced that she adopted a baby boy from Ethiopia! “It was such a wonderful moment of completion,” Britton said of holding baby Yoby in her… More »


If Your Little Girl Wears Crotchless Thongs, You Are A Bad Parent

By: Rachel Krause / November 15, 2011

If I ever have a daughter, I know what she’s getting for her seventh birthday: a crotchless thong, of course! No, but seriously, a Colorado woman was shopping with her children at Kids N Teen in Greeley Mall when she spotted the unthinkable: a tiny thong featuring a split down the crotch. Erin French snapped… More »


20 Things That Make Pregnancy Terrible

By: The Stir / November 15, 2011

Ah, pregnancy. It’s a beautiful time, isn’t it? The little life you have growing inside of you, the glow you get, the skinny jeans and generous glasses of pinot noir you have to eschew. Okay, so perhaps what I should have said is pregnancy is both a beautiful and frustrating/ugly/weird time. Don’t get me wrong, I feel… More »


Today’s Lady News: Photo Of Boy With Down Syndrome Who “Survived Roe Vs. Wade” Spreading Around Facebook

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2011

A photograph of this adorable little boy is circling around Facebook. The boy has Down Syndrome and he’s holding a sign (written by someone who is not him) which reads: “I may not be perfect but I’m happy. I am God’s handiwork and I bear His image. I am blessed. I am the 10% of… More »


The 7 Worst Ever Celebrity Dads

By: Rachel Krause / October 26, 2011

I’m fully convinced that Michael Lohan’s headline-making domestic violence arrest yesterday was copied straight out of Mel Gibson’s playbook. Of course, Mel’s famed blowouts were uniquely terrible because some of them were directed towards the teenage son of ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Last month, Mel paid $100,000 to Oksana’s 14-year-old for the guarantee that he wouldn’t sue… More »


Terrible Women Encourage Two Young Girls To Fistfight

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2011

That time your mom made you come home from the party by 11 and you were so pissed and thought she was the worst mother on Earth? Yeah, you should forgive her. At least your mom didn’t make you fistfight another kid in a parking lot. Alas, we cannot say the same for Nida Longoria, 28,… More »


Parents Arrested For Disciplining Daughter With A Medieval Duel

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 20, 2011

Talk about old-fashioned parenting. Freemon Everett Seay and Julie Seay, from Washington State, were arrested for going Medieval on their 16-year-old daughter. When they found out she had gone to a party without their permission, she was beaten with a tree branch and forced to dress in armor and fight her stepfather with a woode… More »


Carla Bruni Misses Smoking & Drinking While Pregnant

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 13, 2011

“Quite frankly, I can’t stand it any more. I spend most of my time either sitting down or lying down. I can’t drink or smoke any more. I’m in a hurry to get it over with.”
— French First Lady Carla Bruni is so over this pregnancy thing. Glad to hear we’re not the only ones who… More »


What Do We Think Of “Pothead” Candy?

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2011

Some things really get my goat when it comes to kids, like little girls wearing heavy makeup. (Cough, cough.) But pot leaf-shaped candy? Meh.

Parents around the country are reportedly upset with “pothead” lollipops and ring-pops, which are sour apple-flavored suckers in the shape of marijuana leaves. According to the Washington Post, the… More »


Sexist Beliefs Are Passed Down From Mom, Study Finds

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2011

Children learn more than just ABCs at their mother’s breast: a new study of 1,455 adolescents and their parents in Spain finds that mothers are the parent most likely to socialize traditional gender roles and therefore pass along sexist beliefs. More »


How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 25, 2011

Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. A couple of years ago, I recall a conversation I had with my 13-year-old nephew who is quite intelligent and a bit beyond his years. He wa… More »


Baby Owner’s Manual

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 28, 2011

Congratulations on acquiring your new baby! Understanding its anatomy is essential to maximizing its cuteness. When all the parts are working together in harmony, it’s possible to achieve optimized functionality. Baby parts are important to become familiar with. For example, the cry hole is connected to the snot hole. So if you stop one u… More »


Deadbeat Dads Should Be Stigmatized Like Drunk Drivers, Says UK Prime Minister

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

Deadbeat dads should be stigmatized by society just like drunk drivers, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in a Father’s Day article for the Telegraph newspaper. Cameron blasted what he called “runaway” fathers and said society should be “genuinely hostile” and make them feel the “full force of shame heaped upon them.” The prime minister… More »


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