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

Ami Angelowicz | November 19, 2013 - 12:40 pm

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 requirements… More »

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Discuss Sex With Our Kids

Avital Norman Nathman | November 14, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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… More »

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

Winona Dimeo-Ediger | November 14, 2013 - 12:40 pm

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… More »

Imagined Adult Versions Of Kardashian Kids Are Truly Terrifying

Rachel Krause | November 12, 2013 - 4:30 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | November 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm

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… More »

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

Avital Norman Nathman | November 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | November 7, 2013 - 11:40 am

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 5, 2013 - 4:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | November 1, 2013 - 5:00 pm

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 »

I Challenge You Not To Tear Up After Watching This Baby’s Tearful Reaction To Her Mother’s Singing

Rachel Krause | October 29, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Anyone got a baby a girl could borrow for a week or two? This video of ten-month-old Mary Lynne Leroux’s emotional reaction to her singing mother is enough to put me over the edge for the day. With emotion. There is just so much emotion to be had here! [via Gawker]… More »

Teen Girl Commits Suicide After Her Parents Wouldn’t Let Her Log Onto Facebook

Jessica Wakeman | October 29, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Teenagers are known for having … shall we say, dramatic … reactions to things they don’t like. But this story is beyond tragic: a 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide after her parents would not let her log onto Facebook. The college sophomore’s parents chided her for spending too much time online and talking on… More »

Mirror, Mirror: I Am Sexier As A Mom

Kate Fridkis | October 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm

I figured that after I had a baby my body would be like a soldier after war, with the proud, annoying battle scars that have a good story but don’t dress up well. A few things went differently than expected:

I had a real baby, which is sort of impossible to imagine beforehand… More »

Poll: Should There Be An Age Limit For Mixed Martial Arts Fighting?

Katie Oldenburg | October 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm

This morning, I happened to stumble upon a CNN photo gallery of children partaking in a MMA fight … in a cage. Participants as young as age five are allowed to compete in the Thunderdome, where “they punch, kick, tackle and choke each other,” with their hands and feet.

I asked myself, “How… More »

Parents Posted This Sign To The Thief Who Stole Their 2-Year-Old Son’s Pumpkin

Jessica Wakeman | October 25, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Two-years-old is too damn early to learn that sometimes people are mean for no reason. Alas, people can be terrible. A Redditor posted this sign that one of his neighbors put up for the person who stole his kid’s jack-o-lantern. The sign reads:… More »

Baby + LED Lights = The Best Halloween Costume You’ve Ever Seen

Ami Angelowicz | October 25, 2013 - 9:40 am

OMFG. A baby in an LED costume. These are the moments when I long to be a parent — so I can dress my baby up to look like a glow-in-the-dark stick figure on Halloween. Please, please, please parents of the world, let me live vicariously through you by putting this glow-y thing on your… More »

Disturbing Baby Shower Trend: Vagina Cakes

Ami Angelowicz | October 21, 2013 - 4:30 pm

You might remember the woman who found herself with a penis-shaped cake pan and attempted to find creative ways to use it. That was satire. This birthing cake is not. The Pinterest user who made this cake — featuring a strawberry vagina giving birth to doll head — and posted it with the caption: “The… More »

Blonde Girl Named “Maria” Removed From Gypsy Couple’s Care In Greece

Jessica Wakeman | October 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm

A hot international news story: Greece has taken a young blonde girl called “Maria” away from a Roma, or gypsy, couple, though they claim to have adopted her from her biological mother. Authorities instead have accused the Roma couple of abducting Maria, who is age four or five, and of falsifying paperwork for the child… More »

Vivian Vosburg, Mother Of One Of Rebecca Sedwick’s Cyberbullies, Arrested For Child Abuse & Child Neglect

Jessica Wakeman | October 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in regards to the announcement that Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, FL, the stepmother of one of the cyberbullies who tormented Rebecca Sedwick, 12, before her suicide, has been charged with child neglect and child abuse. Vosburg is the stepmom… More »

Diablo Cody On Directing: A Woman Is “Expected To Constantly Prove Yourself”

Jessica Wakeman | October 19, 2013 - 2:00 pm

“As a woman you’re still expected to constantly prove yourself, whereas men are allowed to have flops without people blaming it on their gender. If a man has a flop, people will blame it on a variety of factors. But if a woman directs a movie and it doesn’t do well, suddenly it’s because she’s… More »

Poll: Should Parents Face Arrest If Their Child Is A Bully?

Katie Oldenburg | October 18, 2013 - 4:00 pm

A riveting op-ed by KJ Dell’Antonia in The New York Times yesterday still has me thinking. The piece, questioning whether or not parents should face criminal charges if their teenager is a bully, describes the recent suicide of a teenage girl who was endlessly harassed and cyber bullied by two of her female classmates. More »

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