Parenting

NY Judge Allows Abortion To Be Used As Evidence In Custody Case

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2013
If a woman has had an abortion, does that means she's unfit for custody of her two children? That is what the lawyer for a high-powered investment banker appears to be arguing as she defends her client in family court. Manuel (John) Mehos, a Houston banking bigwig, divorced Lisa Mehos after six year… More »

Science Explains Our Urge To Take A Bite Out Of An Adorable Baby

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 25, 2013
My first instinct when holding an absurdly cute, especially chubby baby is obviously to try to take a bite out of its leg. Am I weird? Maybe. I don't have the willpower to resist a roll of chubby, baby thigh. It must be nibbled on. I feel similarly about cupcakes. According to new research, thi… More »

Romney Family Adopts A Black Baby Named Kieran & People Are Upset About It

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 23, 2013
I dislike Mitt Romney and his politics as much as the next liberal. But I draw the line at inane knee-jerk reactions to the name of his new adopted grandchild. See, Ben Romney and his wife Andelynne Romney (above) adopted a newborn baby boy. The 23rd grandchild in the Romney family  (… More »

Something Doesn’t Smell Right With Mom Who’s Allegedly Selling Misbehaving Daughter’s One Direction Tickets On eBay

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013
Allegedly, there is a mom in New South Wales, Australia who is punishing her daughter for lying about having a sleepover when instead she and her friend hung out with older boys. Also, the girl has a "self righteous and lippy attitude." You know, teenagers. Anyway, this mom's chosen punishment is to allegedly … More »

Terrified Mother Passes On Breastfeeding Baby Born With Two Bottom Teeth

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 19, 2013
When 26-year-old Vicki Griffiths gave birth to baby Eva earlier this month, she was looking forward to breastfeeding her child. That is, until she discovered that Eva was born with two formidable, bottom teeth. Griffiths quickly changed her mind and went with bottle feeding. "She had her mouth closed to begin with, so we… More »

Let’s Not Sexualize Baby Onesies, Mmmkay?

By: Claire Hannum / September 18, 2013
Just when you thought humanity wasn't headed down the shitter after all, novelty store It’Sugar thought it would be a fun idea to sell baby clothes with creepy sexual statements emblazoned on the front of them. Phrases like "hung like a preschooler", "I'm proof… More »

Some Psycho In Florida Beat A Child To The Tune Of “Blurred Lines”

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2013
This is so sickening I can't even make any jokes about Florida (and that's saying something): a 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly beating a minor relative for 40 minutes with a switch while he "played the Robin Thicke song 'Blurred Lines,' striking her with the switch to the beat of the music." WHAT THE… More »

This Is Probably The Most Vicious Obituary You Will Ever Read

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 13, 2013
When someone dies, often the surviving family members submit an obituary to the local newspaper, celebrating their loved one's life. But what if that family member was a complete shitbird during the time they were on this planet and you were still really pissed about it? Maybe you would take the opportunity to piss all… More »

Mom Shames 7th Grade Daughter For Twerking At School Dance By Making Her Hold Sign In Busy Intersection

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 11, 2013
Parenting: you're doing it wrong. Bakersfield, California, mother Frances Hena asked a local news station whether she was supposed to "whoop" her 11-year-old daughter instead, which was clearly the only other alternative to making young Jamie stand in a busy intersection with a sign reading, "I was disrespecting my parents by twerking at a school… More »

The Smaller The Balls, The Better The Father

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 10, 2013
A  a new study conducted by anthropologists at Emory University set out to determine why some fathers take to the job more than others. Naturally, they decided to study their balls. The study looked at 70 biological fathers who had a child between the ages of  one and two, and who were living with… More »

Let’s All Feel Uncomfortable About This Toddler Finding His Mother’s Giant Dildo

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2013
It's never too early to discover your mom's huge silicone dildo. Wait, yes it is. It's always too early. Fortunately I don't think this toddler has any idea what Mommy likes to do with her special toy from an Ann Summers sex toy party, only that she's very upset he found it and wants it… More »

Worst Grandma In The World Complains About Fat 6-Month-Old

By: Julie Gerstein / September 9, 2013
This weekend in the New York Times Social Q's column, a woman wrote in to inquire about how to handle a ruthless grandma who is obsessed with her six-month-old granddaughter's weight: My husband and I have a beautiful 6-month-old daughter. She is chubby but not overweight by any means. My mother-in-law, who obviously has a weight… More »

13 Celebs You Didn’t Know Got Pregnant Post-40

By: YourTango.com / September 7, 2013
Gwen Stefani is pregnant! That's right, the rocker is set to become a mom once again, at age 43. Stefani suffered a miscarriage in 2010, but was happy to announce her wonderful news this time around. The news broke one day after Rachel Zoe confirmed her second pregnancy. The fellow mama, also over 40, posted… More »

Mommie Dearest: Don’t Turn Public School Vs. Private School Into A Battle In The Mommy Wars

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 6, 2013
This week, many kids, including my own, are headed back to school. And, like anything parenting-related, school brings along with it its own heaping pile of judgement. What school do you send your child to? Public? Private? Charter? Or do you homeschool or unschool? Regardless of what might work best for your… More »

Woman’s “Appendicitis” Turns Out to Be A Miracle Baby

By: The Stir / September 2, 2013
A 37-year-old woman from New York unexpectedly became a mom a few days ago. She gave birth to a surprise baby boy -- after being rushed to the hospital with horrible abdominal pain. Teresa Brown believed she had appendicitis or gall stones, and after undergoing blood work at the hospital, she was told that she… More »

Hilary Duff’s Son Luca Knows He’s Number 1

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 27, 2013
I don't usually go super crazy for babies, celebrity or otherwise, but for some reason I'm borderline obsessed with Hilary Duff's adorable son, Luca. Maybe it's because he sort of shares a name with Amelia's adorable dog Lucca, maybe it's because he's always dressed in stylish little outfits with a slightly incredulous look on hi… More »

Mommie Dearest: Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Make Men And Women Unequal As Parents

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 23, 2013
When it comes to mothering and the so-called “Mommy Wars," the one debate that will seemingly never die is the one centered around breastfeeding. I’ve written extensively about breastfeeding in the past, and in my day job I work on finding accessible ways to educate pregnant women about breastfeeding, in the hope… More »

Please Tell Me How I Can Attend NYC’s New Avant-Garde Preschool

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 22, 2013
Imagine, if you will, a magical place. The decor is "Mad Men" meets "Free to be You and Me." While you are at the magical place, you wear a kimono and take a naps while listening to the new Sigur Ros album. When you wake up, you do some body painting, yoga stretches, play… More »

Study: Induced Labor May Be Linked To Autism

By: Daley Quinn / August 18, 2013
Another code may have been cracked in how autism occurs in children: children that were born from labor induction or speeding up the birth with drugs were more likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. The study conducted by Simon Gregory from Duke Medicine in Durham, North Carolina,… More »

Kate Middleton’s Mom Is The Only One Who Can Get Prince George To Sleep

By: The Stir / August 18, 2013
Kate Middleton is becoming the guest that just won't leave. What started out as a quick post-baby trip to mum's has turned into a potential six-month stay. And Carole's like, "Dude. Leave already." Just kidding. The Duchess could never be an intrusion to anyone, least of all her mother. But Kate really is considering staying… More »

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