The Soapbox: How Talking About Maya Angelou & Her Rape Made Me A Better Mom

Veronica Arreola | June 3, 2014 - 12:00 pm

It must had been in third grade that my daughter Ella was assigned a project for Black History Month. She was assigned Maya Angelou.

I was unaware of how this selection would impact my view of being a feminist mom.

We eagerly trekked to the public library to check out children’s… More »

Frisky Rant: Sorry Kid, You’re Not The Man Of The House

Lauren Delaney | June 3, 2014 - 10:00 am

A few months ago, I was having a rough time with my son. This is not unusual, as he is going through a particularly ornery stage and I am stubborn as a mule who is really good at yelling but not much else in the discipline realm. I ended up calling my parents for backup,… More »

Child Draws All Over Dad’s Passport On Business Trip, Strands Them Both In South Korea

Katie Oldenburg | June 1, 2014 - 9:00 am

When I was just a young, crayon-happy little blondie, my mother thought it was the cutest thing when I drew on anything— even more so when I signed my work with a backwards ‘K’ and upside-down ‘E’. The less legible it was, the more precious. Unfortunately, one Chinese businessman will no longer experience that joy when… More »

Mommie Dearest: How Moms Talk About Their Bodies Matters

Avital Norman Nathman | May 30, 2014 - 2:30 pm

We’re on the cusp of “bikini season,” if magazines in the grocery shore checkout line are to be believed. I’m sure you’re familiar with the wide variety of products — ones that remove hair, ones that firm up jiggly thighs, ones that promise to burn stomach fat — which supposedly get a body ready for… More »

The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | May 29, 2014 - 3:30 pm

“Wow” is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland’s story is fairly typical of many transgender kids — around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy. More »

Emma Thompson Weighs In On Balancing Work With Motherhood: “You Don’t Need It All At Once”

Jessica Wakeman | May 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm

“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time. … I wanted to spend more time with my family. A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly… More »

Mom Of Son With Asperger’s Syndrome: “Armchair Diagnoses Aren’t Helping Anyone”

Amelia McDonell-Parry | May 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm

“After Elliot Rodger murdered six young men and women in Isla Vista, California, word spread that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is a developmental disorder that was also linked to mass murderer Adam Lanza. Did Rodger’s alleged high-functioning autism spectrum disorder lead him to go on a murderous rampage? No. And even… More »

Angelina Jolie Reminds Hollywood Moms (Ahem, Gwyneth) That They Really Don’t Have It That Bad

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | May 21, 2014 - 5:00 pm

“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food. When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. More »

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

Brooke Siegel | May 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I’ve told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the liquor store who sold me the celebratory champagne, the customer service rep from Citibank’s fraud department who called to check on my unusual activity –… More »

Mommie Dearest: Gwyneth Paltrow & GOOP Wade Into The “Mommy Wars”

Avital Norman Nathman | May 14, 2014 - 12:00 pm

With the way the media shoves the “mommy wars” down our throats, I’m amazed that there isn’t already a reality show based on that concept out there. (Reality TV producers, this is NOT an invitation to prove me wrong). You could have a handful of women battling it out for their child’s love! Or society’s… More »

Frisky Q&A: Drunk Mom Author Jowita Bydlowska On Alcoholism, Parenthood & Writing

Jessica Wakeman | May 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Motherhood. We all have a vision in mind of what it’s supposed to look like: warm, nurturing, saccharine, even beatific. Even the messier versions we allow — frazzled new parent anxiety, daylight zombies — still position the mother as with-it and in control. But what about the mothers who are anything but in control? What… More »

Babies With Eyebrows Are The Best Kind Of Babies

Jessica Wakeman | May 13, 2014 - 12:30 pm

What’s the point of having a baby if not to draw scraggly, cartoon villain eyebrows on her face? (Yeah, I know there are other reasons to have a baby. Indulge me on this one.) Thanks to all the parents willing to put  black eyeliner little Connor or Emma’s big bald noggin and share it with… More »

Frisky Q&A: Hip Mama Editor Ariel Gore Talks Parenthood, Abuse & Her New Memoir

Jessica Wakeman | May 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day is when advertising distills motherhood down to home-cooked brunch, a bracelet, or a fragrant bouquet. But for far too many people, the relationship with their mom is a complicated one. Not all mothers have been nurturing and caring; not all daughters and sons have overcome the trauma of their childhoods as adults.  There… More »

Girl Talk: When You’re Not A Mom On Mother’s Day

Catherine Zuckerman | May 9, 2014 - 12:00 pm

As the song so painfully and beautifully goes, motherless children have a hard time. I am lucky I was not one of those children. And I’m not one of those adults. My mom is in excellent health and we have a close relationship. I’m grateful for that. But as mother’s day approaches, I can’t help… More »

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

Avital Norman Nathman | May 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm

It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a “trend.” Odds are, that “trend” has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New YorkMore »

California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

Jessica Wakeman | May 2, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times]
Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. []
A member of the all-female band… More »

Mommie Dearest: An Interview With Dana Ben-Ari, The Filmmaker Behind “Breastmilk”

Avital Norman Nathman | May 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Breastfeeding: it’s one of those heated topics of motherhood where everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to share it. For me, nursing was just something that was a part of having a baby. I was breastfed, I grew up among women who breastfed, and it was assumed that I would as well when… More »

Mommie Dearest: My Son’s Long Hair Gets Him Mistaken For A Girl

Avital Norman Nathman | April 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm

My seven-year-old son has hair that many people would kill …  or at least pay an arm and a leg at the salon for: honey blonde with natural ombre highlights, ringlets that cascade down, skimming right above his shoulders. [I have seen photos of Avital’s son and his hair is indeed glorious. — Amelia]More »

Frisky Q&A: Melanie Notkin, Author Of The Otherhood, On Women Who Want Children But Don’t Have Them Yet

Avital Norman Nathman | April 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The Otherhood: a growing population of educated, professional women in their 30s and 40s who have yet to find love or start a family. In fact, statistics show that almost 50 percent of American women are childless — yet our society still isn’t quite sure how to treat these women, placing all sorts of assumptions… More »

5 Annoying Things Parents Say To People Who Don’t Have Kids

Cracked | April 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm

As a father of three children, it takes quite a bit of teeth-gritting for me to admit that parents can be the most eye-roll-inducing shitbags on the planet. We don’t mean to be. The problem is that we’ve lived life before kids and we’ve lived life with them, whereas our counterparts have only experienced the… More »

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