Parenting

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 »


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

By: 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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 13, 2014
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

By: 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

By: 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”

By: 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 kiss their childre… More »


Feminist Dads Pretend To Breastfeed For An Awesome New Campaign

By: 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

By: 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​​

By: 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

By: 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

By: 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

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 3, 2014
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 »


Teens Discover The Real Danger Of Selfies: Lice

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 25, 2014
What's the true danger of teen selfie-snapping? Not that they'll be embarrassed of their online footprint later in life. Not that they might take a risqué picture that falls in the wrong hands. The more immediate consequence of taking regular selfies is an increased change of getting lice. Yes, lice. … More »


New Spanking Law Would Make It Legal For Parents To Leave Kids Black And Blue

By: The Stir / February 21, 2014
Right now, child protection laws in Kansas only allow spankings that don't leave marks. Democratic State Rep Gail Finney has proposed a bill that would legalize 10 types of hand spankings and smacks to use while punishing your child. Parents can also give permission to others to spank their children. Read more on The Stir... More »


Mommie Dearest: How Friendships Change When You Have Kids

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 20, 2014
Within our group of friends, my husband and I were the first to get pregnant and have a kid. More than seven years later, I can now look back and see how much my friendships, particularly with my child-free friends, changed. I may not have realized it at the time, but in retrospect we experienced… More »


Frisky Q&A: Avital Norman Nathman, Editor Of The Good Mother Myth

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014
You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the "mom" of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality. The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents, postpartum depression, the changing face ofMore »


The Daily Ovulation: Little Boy Has A Moment With A Christina Aguilera Ballad

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 3, 2014
Four-year-old Jackson is a sensitive guy in the making. Just watch as he has a moment with A Great Big World song "Say Something" featuring Christina Aguilera. It's so moving that he just can't stop himself from weeping in his car seat. We've all been there. But what's so precious about this little guy with… More »


Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 29, 2014
When a woman attempts to find some semblance of "having it all," she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question. The latest female politician in the hot… More »


Mommie Dearest: 6 Things To Consider When Bringing Babies To Restaurants

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 23, 2014
Earlier this month, the head chef of Alinea restaurant in Chicago, Grant Achatz, made headlines when he tweeted about some of his patrons: Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but.. — Grant Achatz (@Gachatz) January 12, 2014 The facts:… More »


Black Gay Dads Post Adorable Instagram Photos With Kids, Are Inundated With Hateful Comments

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 19, 2014
Black gay dads Kordale and Kaleb recently found themselves inundated with hateful comments and messages when their Instagram account, featuring photos of the couple with their three kids, caught the attention of ignorant (and often racist) homophobes. Many of the hateful comments have since been deleted -- and they've received an outpouring of support --… More »


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