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

Avital Norman Nathman | December 24, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | December 23, 2013 - 4:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 19, 2013 - 1:20 pm

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

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | December 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 18, 2013 - 2:30 pm

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

Avital Norman Nathman | December 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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 song “Flawless,” where Beyoncé samples parts of writer Chimamanda Ngozi… More »

Did Kim Kardashian Groom Baby North’s Eyebrows?

Rachel Krause | December 17, 2013 - 1:20 pm

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 Nori had undergone a… More »

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

Rebecca Hains | December 13, 2013 - 2:00 pm

This piece is crossposted with permission from

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… More »

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

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | December 13, 2013 - 9:40 am

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 12, 2013 - 3:30 pm

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… More »

Mommie Dearest: Kids Shouldn’t Believe The World Revolves Around Them

Avital Norman Nathman | December 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm

There’s an old Chris Rock bit where he explains that his only job as the father of a girl is to keep her off the pole. The joke itself is a tired one, incredibly sexist with a dollop of slut-shaming on the side. Yet at the center of its warped core is something many parents… More »

Oprah Discusses Being Childless By Choice

Jessica Wakeman | December 11, 2013 - 7:00 pm

“Gayle [King] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King. …If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would… More »

10 Holiday Inspired Baby Names That Make My Skin Crawl

The Gloss | December 7, 2013 - 4:30 pm

I’ve known a few Noelles and Hollys in my day, so the trend of giving your baby a name inspired by the season when it was born—especially a magical season like Christmas—isn’t anything new. And we’ve all heard seasonal names like April, Summer, and Autumn before. (Secret confession: Autumn was my number one, all-time favorite… More »

Baby Machines Aren’t Making Quite So Many Babies

Jessica Wakeman | December 6, 2013 - 7:30 pm

The pregnancy rate in America is the lowest its been in 12 years, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, observing data from 2000 to 2009. Can someone say “economy”? Some good news, at least: teen pregnancy also reached a historic low in 2009. [CNN, Reuters]
On Florida State… More »

Mommie Dearest: 5 Questions To Ask If You Think You Want To Have Kids

Avital Norman Nathman | December 6, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Earlier this week, Jessica asked the question that passes through the mind of many a woman: How do you know — really know — if you want to have kids? It’s a good question and an important one. Kids are a big decision. They’re not like those cute, fuzzy chicks people buy as gifts on… More »

Girl Talk: How Do You Know, Really Know, You Want To Have Children?

Jessica Wakeman | December 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm

I have a couple of girl friends whom I really envy. They know exactly what they want — or rather, what they don’t want.  They don’t want to have children.  Two of my girl friends are childless by choice, which means that while they enjoy being involved in the lives other people’s children, they have… More »

Do Not Want: A Picture Frame Made Of Placenta

Ami Angelowicz | November 26, 2013 - 11:20 am

January Jones and other new mothers have been known to eat their placentas or swallow them in pill form, to the disgust of some. For those who don’t want to go so far as to ingest this fetal organ but still want to memorialize it, artist Amanda Cotton presents another option: a placenta picture frame. More »

Call It What You Want, Porscha Starr, But That Looks Like Lingerie For Kids To Me

Jessica Wakeman | November 22, 2013 - 11:40 am

This picture here?  This is lingerie for kids.  The mesh lace over the belly and the butt?  The lace on the sides?  If I wasn’t convinced already due to my own familiarity with lingerie as a grownup lady, I would turn right to the Porscha Starr press release and its vehement protestations that their lingerie… More »

Homophobic Parent Gets Served By Advice Columnist

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 21, 2013 - 7:00 pm

I’ve always liked The Washington Post’s advice columnist Amy Dickinson, AKA “Dear Amy,” but after reading her recent response to a homophobic parent, I LOVE her. Here’s the letter:
DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if… More »

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

Avital Norman Nathman | November 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out… More »

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