Parenting

Carla Bruni Misses Smoking & Drinking While Pregnant

“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?

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

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.

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How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

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 was… More »


Baby Owner’s Manual

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 up… More »


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

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 »


“Human Barbie” Mom Gives Boob Job Voucher For Her Daughter’s 7th Birthday

It figures a mother who made headlines when she taught her six-year-old daughter to pole dance would find another way to make the news: Sarah Burge of the UK gave her girl, Poppy, a voucher for breast implants on her 7th birthday. Burge, who is known as “the Human Barbie” for her slavish devotion to… More »


A Man Who Is Determined To Breastfeed

Common knowledge says that men can’t breastfeed. But … can they? In a kind of awesome article over at Slate.com, writer Michael Thomsen decided to see if he—a 33-year-old male—could lactate after reading that Charles Darwin said it was possible for men to produce milk and looking up a Bible verse (Numbers 11:12, which reads,… More »


Poll: What Do You Think About Paternity Leave?

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Kate Moss-Inspired “Anorexia” Tees Now On Sale In Children’s Sizes

A T-shirt inspired by Kate Moss’ controversial personal motto, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” is being sold on a UK website and marketed to children. As you can imagine, people are outraged, especially those who work for the campaign, Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT). The organization called for a ban on the “dangerous” tees. More »


Pregnant Couple Celebrates The Circle Of Life

I’m all for celebrating the circle of life, but this is too much celebration for my taste. Let’s hope Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon don’t see this and get any crazy ideas. [The Clearly Dope] … More »


Awesome Affordable Etsy Find: Treat Your Baby Right

I pity the baby who doesn’t have a onesie with Mr. T’s face on it. Seriously though, if you’ve been looking for a badass baby shower gift, it doesn’t get more badass than this. [$14.99, Truly Sanctuary] … More »


Elizabeth Banks Almost Makes Me Want To Be A Surrogate

“I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally … The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy … From that came two miracles. More »


Sometimes Mommy Bloggers Need To Shut It

Oh boy, one mom has really stepped in it after publishing her piece about favoring her son over her daughter. In hopes that the post will be taken down permanently, I’m not going to name names (after all, if her post lives, that poor girl might be able to find out what her mom really… More »


What Kind Of Parent Would Give Their Kid This Slutty Wolfwoman To Play With?

Toy companies have made it easy for Child Protect Services: just park at Toys ‘R Us near the slutty wolfwoman doll and snag whomever’s hand in the beartrap of poor decisions. Much like Barbie, Mattel’s Monster High doll, Clawdeen Wolf, sports a lush head of hair, a fur-lined jacket, and the shortest of miniskirts. But… More »


A 3-Year-Old Alcoholic !?

You know there’s a problem when … your toddler needs to be treated for alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. The UK’s National Health Service reports that the youngest patient they’ve treated for alcohol addiction was three years old. They are not releasing any further info on the patient’s identity to protect his or her confidentiality. More »


Is Posting YouTube Vids Of Your Pregnancy Test Sweet Or Creepy?

Taking a pregnancy test isn’t glamorous. There’s the peeing part, of course, then the waiting, then the rush of emotions that comes when the pink or blue line—or plus or minus sign or whatever—pops into view. One would think women would want this to remain a private moment, like most things that take place… More »


In Defense Of Slumber Parties

Going to slumber parties used to be a fun thing, well, unless you were the girl who got her undies put in the fridge, or the first to fall asleep, or the one who cried because they were doing drugs in “Footloose” (that was me). I guess slumber parties were not always that fun –… More »


Dr. Phil Tells Mom To Not Let Son Play With Barbies

Dr. Phil doesn’t want your son to be “confused” — especially if “confused” means “gay.” Not that one of America’s most prominent psychological experts (thanks a lot, Oprah) comes right out and says being gay is bad. The gay and lesbian blog Queerty points us to DrPhil.com, where he kindly suggests a mother “direct” her… More »


Mother Punishes Son With Hot Sauce, Cold Shower

On “The View” this week, the ladies discussed a mother who appeared on Dr. Phil, who punishes her young son for misbehaving by pouring hot sauce on his tongue and forcing him into a freezing cold shower. (The mother has since been charged with abuse.) In the clip above, it’s clear this poor kid… More »


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