Parenting

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

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?

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… More »


Girl Talk: My Pregnancy Is Really Interfering With My Drinking

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 alcohol intake that has dropped off dramatically. 

Whatever the terminology, we got pregnant easily. Almost on a… More »


This Mom Broke A World Record For Breast Milk Donation

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

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

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 tabloid… More »


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

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 penis. Making matter… More »


Woman Successfully Fakes Being Pregnant With Quintuplets For 9 Months

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

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 »


New York Movie Theater Invites Babies To See “Nymphomaniac” For Free

Ami Angelowicz / March 21, 2014

“Nymphomaniac” is notorious for being one of the most sexually explicit movies of the year, but that’s not stopping New York’s Sunshine Cinema from letting babies attend screenings of the Lars Von Trier film … for free. The theater offers noon screenings so parents can bring their crying babies to the movies without getting the… More »


Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each place I visit, there’… More »


Parents Lip Sync “Frozen” Song Perfectly; Daughter Remains Unimpressed

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 12, 2014

If your life involves kids in any way, then you’ve probably had the “Frozen” soundtrack on constant repeat in the car, at home, on the computer, and even in your head. (Is “Let It Go” actually playing out loud right now, or does it just exist on permanent loop in your brain? You may never… More »


Precocious 3-Year-Old Pleads His Case For A Cupcake, Calls His Mother By Her First Name

Ami Angelowicz / March 12, 2014

I think we can all agree that this future lawyer deserves a cupcake for his debate efforts, not a “pow pow” in his butt. Seriously, I would hire him. He had me at “OK, Linda, honey, look at this.” How could you say no to that? [Daily Picks & Flicks]… More »


Jessica Alba On Kissing Your Kids On The Lips: “People Allow Dogs To Lick At Their Mouths”

Ami Angelowicz / March 8, 2014

In a teaser for Jessica Alba’s Redbook cover interview, the magazine shared a “sneak peak” at a few of the star’s juiciest quotes. Spoiler alert: they’re not the least bit juicy.

In her interview, the actress tackles the hot-button issue of parent/child kissing. Jessica is passionate in her belief that parents should ki… More »


Feminist Dads Pretend To Breastfeed For An Awesome New Campaign

Ami Angelowicz / March 7, 2014

Photographer and father of two, Hector Cruz, believes that dads should know just as much about latching, pumping, mastitis and nipple cream as new mothers do. That’s why he founded Project Breastfeeding, an organization whose mission is to destigmatize public breastfeeding, educate men about what a vital role they play, and empower and support women. More »


Hotel Guest Leaves Parents Nasty Note For Bringing ‘Crying Baby’ On Vacation

The Stir / March 7, 2014

Recently, a mom and a dad and their baby went on a vacation. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? The family went to a ski resort in Colorado, where the brain surgeon dad had a conference, staying at a local hotel. And hotels, for those of you who have never been, have thin walls. During… More »


New Law Means If You Don’t Take Parenting Classes, Kids Can’t Finish School​​

The Stir / March 5, 2014

All right parents, who thinks they need to take parenting classes? Wait, scratch that. Better question: who has free time to go take parenting classes? Four parenting classes to be exact? Parents in one part of the US might be forced to find the time … or their kids will fail the sixth grade! Read more onMore »


Frisky Rant: Kids Don’t Belong On Leashes

Katie Oldenburg / March 4, 2014

On my way into work this morning, I had the displeasure of walking behind two women who, in each of their hands not clutching their coffee, held leashes that were harnessed to their respective children. Not dogs — children. The woman on the left had three kids, all on individual leashes, and the woman o… More »


RIP Society: Pregnant Woman Robbed While In Labor

Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2014

An Annapolis woman was robbed while in labor — how’s that for a baby story? According to the AP the woman and her boyfriend were making her way to the hospital when they got held up by three men. Get this — the woman’s boyfriend fled. She is in labor, they’re getting robbed and  he runs away. Let… More »


This Baby-Inspired Workout Will Strengthen Your “Awww” Muscles

Tummy time: an important part of your baby’s development and, as new dad (and health coach) Michael Stansbury demonstrates, the next best thing to a personal training session for busy parents. Watch Michael follow his baby daughter Lilly Ann’s patented core-strengthening moves, including the “Superman,” the “head on the ground,” and the “lay down.” My a… More »


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