Parenting

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… 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. I 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… 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. The next… 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,… 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… 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 »

“Your Holiday Mom” Provides Loving Messages For LGBTQ People Without Family Support

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 19, 2013
The holiday season means lots of family time, which means this is an extremely stressful, lonely time of year for people whose families don't accept them. Unfortunately, for many LGBTQ people, living their truth means being shut out, judged, or mocked by close-minded family members. Hopefully all the homophobic moms out there will come around… More »

Topless Photo Of Mom & 14-Year-Old Daughter In Hot Tub Circulates, Police Not Amused

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2013
Another good reason for teens to have restricted use of technology that makes it easier for stupid stuff to happen: a 13-year-old girl allegedly took a picture on SnapChat of her mother and 14-year-old sister — both topless in a hot tub — and it got spread around a couple of Missouri high schools. More »

Mommie Dearest: On Beyoncé, Motherhood & Feminism

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 18, 2013
I’m not sure if you heard, but Beyoncé recently dropped a new album, causing everyone to question what they thought they knew about music, videos, and even feminism. Nothing highlights the latter better than both the video for "Pretty Hurts," about airbrushed beauty culture, and her… More »

Did Kim Kardashian Groom Baby North’s Eyebrows?

By: Rachel Krause / December 17, 2013
I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that this is all a misunderstanding, and Kim Kardashian hasn't actually pulled a Farrah Abraham and waxed her baby's eyebrows, but anything is possible. Kim posted this very cute photo of North on her Instagram yesterday, and word quickly spread that it looked as if… More »

The Soapbox: Unwanted Touching Is Unacceptable At Any Age (Yes, Even Age 6)

By: Rebecca Hains / December 13, 2013
This piece is crossposted with permission from RebeccaHains.Wordpress.com. In this week’s news, a six-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school. The reason? He had repeatedly kissed one of his classmates, despite her telling him to stop. The girl’s mother, Jade Masters-Ownbey, noted that the boy’s behavior had been an ongoing problem. The… More »

You Will Never Guess The Baby Name That Increased In Popularity 450 Percent This Year

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 13, 2013
Here are a few hints: It's one syllable. It's a dairy product. It should not be anyone's name. Give up? More »

Bill Introduced For National Paid Family Leave Policy

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2013
It's about damn time. The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that does not provide any sort of paid maternity leave. In fact, it's the only industrialized nation not to do so. All that could change with the Family And Medical Leave Insurance Act, a bill introduced today by… More »

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