Parenting

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2014
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

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 13, 2014
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

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2014
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

By: Catherine Zuckerman / May 9, 2014
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 hel… More »

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014
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. [Feminist.org] A member of the all-female… More »

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

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 a… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 23, 2014
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] To to… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2014
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 assumptio… More »

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

By: Cracked / April 13, 2014
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 »

33 Telltale Signs You’re Turning Into Your Mother

By: Katie Oldenburg / April 12, 2014
There comes a time in everyone's life when you're just going about your daily routine, folding and putting away your underwear or shoving old candy wrappers into your purse, and BAM— you realize you're becoming your mother. This isn't always necessarily a bad thing, but as we get older, and as hard as we may… More »

Proud Mama Announces Son Is Transgender In The Most Awesome Way Possible

By: The Stir / April 8, 2014
Las Vegas hairstylist Proud mama Jodi Gholson Oliver is definitely in the running for mom-of-the-year, at least in my book. Oliver recently took to Facebook to announce her 19-year-old son as a transgender person, and she did it in the most amazing and beautiful way possible. Along with a cute illustration of a baby-carrying white stork and the word… More »

Mommie Dearest: What Happened To Child’s Play?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 7, 2014
Show of hands: who else remembers roaming neighborhood streets unsupervised until dusk during your elementary school years? I have crystal clear memories of being allowed to bike the three short blocks to my friend’s house (sans helmet!) after school for playdates —and not of the hyper-scheduled variety. We’d usually hang out in her backyard, poking… More »

Girl Talk: My Pregnancy Is Really Interfering With My Drinking

By: Ebe Porter / April 3, 2014
After 10 years together, my husband and I are pregnant. Or I’m pregnant. It sounds too cutesy to say we, but it’s not happening to me alone. At the same time, I notice it’s only my… More »

This Mom Broke A World Record For Breast Milk Donation

By: Claire Hannum / March 30, 2014
Amelia Boomker, a 36-year-old Illinois mom, has donated more breast milk than any other woman in the world. The mom of four boys -- Danny, Liam, Ryan and Connor -- is now a Guinness World Record holder, having pumped 16,321 fluid ounces of milk since 2008. That equates to 41 two-liter bottles of soda or 4,000… More »

“Lulu’s Anal Bleaching For Kids” Is Not An Appropriate WiFi Name

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 29, 2014
The world is divided into two types of people: those who name their wireless networks and those who don't. Those in the former group (I'm in the latter -- mine is A104 because I'm lazy) tend to go with something witty like NOFREELOADERSALLOWED or something personal like AMISWIFI. A business owner in Brooklyn's posh Park… More »

Mommie Dearest: Not Even Princesses Are Free From Mommy Judgment

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 28, 2014
Some days, being a princess sounds like a pretty sweet set up. Then reality sets in and I realize it would really suck to have gossip magazines make it headline news that you missed your child's milestone while you're away at a five-star restort. Currently, Princess Kate is being dragged through the tabloids for… More »

The World’s First Exploding Penis Popsicle Has A Creamy, Sherbet Center

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 28, 2014
We can thank GB Glace, a Swedish ice cream company, for their new popsicle known as the X-Pop. Perhaps they should have called it the XXX-Pop, because although the company insists that it's supposed to be a rocket ship-esque popsicle perfect for kids, Swedish parents know what it really looks like: a… More »

Woman Successfully Fakes Being Pregnant With Quintuplets For 9 Months

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 26, 2014
Meet Barbara Bienvenue, a woman from Quebec who managed to fake a quintuplet pregnancy (yup, that's five babies!) for a full nine months. You might need a minute to wrap your mind around that. It took me 10. And once you do, you'll likely move right along to asking WHY? and HOW? and WTF? Don't… More »

Mommie Dearest: Add Water Births To The List Of Confusing Choices For Expectant Moms

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 26, 2014
Birth: one of the most private, personal and intimate moments of a woman’s life. And for good reason — most usually end with a baby being pushed out of a vagina, and that’s pretty damn intimate. Yet at the same time, how one births has been long debated, challenged, and talked about in public, with… More »

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