Parenting

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 changingMore »


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… 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 i… 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,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… More »


Pope Gives Thumbs Up To Moms Breastfeeding In Sistine Chapel

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”
It’… More »


Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 10, 2014

It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my… More »


Poll: Is Liveblogging A Home Birth Intriguing Or Appalling?

By: Katie Oldenburg / January 9, 2014

Just when you thought your friends were oversharing on Facebook and Twitter, someone else comes along and puts them to shame in the TMI department.

Exhibit A: New mom, Ruth Iorio.

In case you haven’t heard, Ruth decided to liveblog her home birth, giving her followers (and the world) a play-by-play… More »


Photo Of Baby-Toting Dad Doing His Daughter’s Hair Goes Viral

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

It’s not hard to understand why this picture went viral: 39-year-old Doyin Richards and his kids are pretty damn cute. As Doyin explained on his blog, Daddy Doin Work, his wife usually does his two-year-old daughter’s hair in the mornings but one day she was running late. He was on paternity leave in October, whe… More »


Woman Liveblogs Home Birth On Twitter And Facebook

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 9, 2014

Many, many people are guilty of revealing too much information on social media. certainly am. But sometimes those tweets and status messages that we might write off as best kept private are actually doing a larger service to those reading along. Such in the case, I think, with new mom Ruth Iorio’s decision to liveblog her home… More »


New Favorite Thing: Kids Who Suck At Hide And Seek

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 8, 2014

Is there anything cuter than a kid who thinks she’s dominating hide and seek, but is actually completely visible to everyone? The answer is no, as illustrated by this hilarious roundup of failed hide and seek photos. I couldn’t resist compiling a few of my favorites. Click through to see if you can spot these tiny master… More »


The Soapbox: Forget Being A Tiger Mother, I Want To Make “Sloth Mom” Happen

By: Andi Zeisler / January 8, 2014

There’s a tai kwon do place that I pass daily while driving my five-year-old to and from school, where I can see through the huge plate-glass window tiny people in bright white, slightly-too-large uniforms, kicking avidly.

That looks like a good time, I think. I should sign the kid up for a class. More »


Woman Pops Out A Baby In Her Onesie

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 7, 2014

I’m a huge fan of onesie pajamas. Aside from the peeing obstacles they present, I need no further reason to love the all-in-one pajama. But if you weren’t sold on the all-in-one quite yet, I should add that in addition to keeping you super warm on polar vortex nights, onesies are also great for surprise… More »


Tiger Mom Is Back To Explain Why You’re Inferior

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

The last time we checked in with “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, she had just published a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, which argued that strict Chinese-style “tiger mother” parenting is superior to permissive, indulgent Western parenting. The Yale professor explained how her two daughters were never allowed playdates or sleepovers and were punished… More »


This Children’s Book Illustration Is The Dirtiest Thing I’ve Seen All Week

By: Katie Oldenburg / January 2, 2014

Since I began working at The Frisky, it’s safe to say my mind has taken a permanent vacation in the gutter: I see phallic clouds, vaginal-looking sandwiches and the number 69 is everywhere. So when someone else stumbles upon something unintentionally inappropriate, I smile wide and remember that I’m not alone in this dirty, dirty… More »


If Only Plus-Size Barbies Were A Real Thing!

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2013

There are Asian dolls and Jewish dolls and Black dolls … and 1,894 variations of other dolls that Mattel, Bratz and the American Girl Company have dreamed up. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn’t a doll that more accurately reflects the body size of the majority of American women — that i… More »


Mommie Dearest: The Good, The Meh & The Ugly In 2013 Parenting Headlines

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 24, 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look at the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly in the world of motherhood this past year. More »


Parents Put Their Baby To Good Use By Recreating Scenes From Famous Movies

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 23, 2013

When the world’s most creative parents, Lily and Leon, found themselves in a new country, with a new baby and lots of extra boxes from the move, instead of slowly “losing their sanity,” they used it as an opportunity to do what the rest of us would never think of: recreate their “favorite movie scenes.”… More »


Kate Winslet Threatens To Sue Fathers4Justice Group

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 19, 2013

Kate Winslet has threatened a lawsuit against Fathers4Justice, a fathers’ rights group, after they used comments she made about her parenting arrangement with two of her children’s fathers in Vogue for a Christmastime advertisement. Kate told the magazine that her kids (13-year-old daughter Mia and nine-year-old son Joe) live with her instead of being shuttled… More »


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