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 »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 12, 2013
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 parent… More »

Oprah Discusses Being Childless By Choice

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2013
"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

By: The Gloss / December 7, 2013
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

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2013
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 University quarterback… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 6, 2013
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 o… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013
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

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 26, 2013
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

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2013
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

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 21, 2013
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 people… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 20, 2013
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 »

Parent Fined For Forgetting To Pack Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunch

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013
We can thank the good people of the Manitoba Government's Early Learning and Child Care program for enforcing the most bizarre lunch regulation you've ever heard of. In order to ensure that kids' lunches are "balanced", each one is checked against Canada's Food Guide and "supplemented" by the school if any of the customary requirement… More »

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Discuss Sex With Our Kids

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2013
In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t in my current profession, I would absolutely love to be a sex health educator. I remember being that kid — the one whose parents gave her all sorts of illustrated books geared at children illustrating your body and all the “special changes”… More »

Awesome Parents Convince Kids Their Plastic Dinosaur Toys Come To Life Every Night In “Dinovember”

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 14, 2013
Every November, Refe Tuma and his wife wait until their daughters are fast asleep, and then create intricate scenes with their toy dinosaurs, making it look like the toys have come to life overnight and wrought havoc around the family home. The brilliant parents call their tradition "Dinovember." It started with the mischievous dinos getting… More »

Imagined Adult Versions Of Kardashian Kids Are Truly Terrifying

By: Rachel Krause / November 12, 2013
Do not ask me why is in the business of creating imagined composite images of adult Kardashian offspring based on their parentage. I do not have the answer for you. What I do know is that they have done this, and that the results are what I would call "troubling." North West, Penelope Disick,… More »

Mom-To-Be, Loni Jane Anthony, Brags About Eating 10 Bananas A Day, Thinks You Should Do The Same

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 12, 2013
Instagram-famous photographer and mom-to-be Loni Jane Anthony decided to share her diet secrets with the world in a feature that ran today on an Australian news site. The 25-year-old makes the claim that eating 10 bananas a day "saved her life." And what exactly did she need saving from? The Aussie claims her "excessive partying" and use of… More »

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 8, 2013
There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all… More »

Updated: Man Sues His Wife For Birthing “Incredibly Ugly” Children And Wins

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 7, 2013
Today in people who deserved to be publicly shamed: may I call your attention Jian  Feng, the pretty-on-the-outside-awful-on-the-inside man in the center of the photo, who decided to sue his wife for giving birth to three "incredibly ugly children." At first, Jian Fend, the beautiful, accused his wife of being unfaithful because how could someone… More »

Vanessa Carlton Confesses On Facebook She Miscarried An Ectopic Pregnancy

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013
Vanessa Carlton recently confessed via a Facebook Note to her fans that she recently had a miscarriage. Explaining why she is rescheduling several upcoming tour dates,  Carlton revealed she had an ectopic/fallopian pregnancy — meaning her embryo settled in one of her fallopian tubes instead of the uterus.  … More »

This Couple’s Hip Hop Birth Announcement Has Got Swagger

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013
It's a special type of parent who is able to humiliate their child before he or she is even born. Jalene and Lincoln Taylor of North Salt Lake, Utah, are those parents — or shall I say, parents-t0-be.  The happy couple, who struggled with infertility and a miscarriage, announced their pregnancy with this sweet and… More »

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