Parenting

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 own child and… 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… 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 hopes that they’ll at… 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 Latvia… 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, found the education record… 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 »


The Soapbox: Quit Stereotyping Teen Moms

By: Chandra Burks / August 15, 2013

I started dating Trent when I was 18 and he was 21. Three dates in, I was hooked. We spent all our free time together, going for drives out in the country, watching the latest movies or just sitting around talking. We were also having the copious amounts of sex you would expect from a… More »


Yoga Mom Takes Breastfeeding To A Whole New Level

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 15, 2013

Amy Woodruff, the hand-standing, breastfeeding mom pictured above is a blogger and a yogi who sells handmade goods on Etsy.  On her blog, Daughter of the Sun, she explains the circumstances of the photo, which she posted back in April:
“The truth is we were living on a small community in Hawaii where our land wa… More »


Not This Crap Again: Texas Mom Stands Up For Her Right To Breastfeed In Public

By: Mary Odell / August 10, 2013

Lucy Eades was at the Burleson Recreation Center in Texas with her husband and 16-day-old infant waiting for their older daughter to finish her dance class when the baby became hungry. Eades breastfeeds and damn well knows that it is her legal right in Texas to breastfeed in a public place. An employee, however, did… More »


The Children’s Place Knows That Girls Are Bad At Math But Good At Shopping

By: Mary Odell / August 7, 2013

I know we were all just thinking that girls and young women needed another reason to avoid pursuing math and science, so The Children’s Place has graciously started selling shirts for young girls that clearly tell them math isn’t for them. Especially when there’s shopping to do, amiright?! Thank goodness you’re here, The Children’s Place. More »


Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Difference Between ‘Sex’ & ‘Gender’

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 7, 2013

“So? What are you having?”

Throughout my pregnancy, that was the number one question I received, tied only with: “How are you feeling?” At first I was polite about it, telling folks that it was too early to tell, but that we weren’t finding out anyway until the birth. After I passed 20… More »


Study: Women With Higher IQs Are Less Likely To Have Children

By: Mary Odell / August 5, 2013

Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do with something… More »


5 Ways Not Having Kids In Your 30s Is Different From Not Having Kids In Your 20s

By: Lilit Marcus / August 5, 2013

I’ve known for most of my life that I didn’t want to have kids, although I didn’t know or use the word “childfree” until I was in my 20s. For a while, it was easy to be childfree. My peers were also young, single, career-focused, and not worried about meeting The One, let alone procreating… More »


Mom Leaves “Please Stop Masturbating” Sign For 13-Year-Old Son

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2013

Puberty is rough — rougher still when you ignore your mother’s warnings to stop wiping jizz on her nice bathroom towels. If this Redditor’s 13-year-old son doesn’t start depositing his spank bank splooge into tissues soon, he’s going to find his bedroom redecorated with Justin Bieber towels and My Little Pony decor. Way harsh, Mom. More »


Sex Advice From A Dad To His Daughter That Every Parent Should Read

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2013

Have a young girl in your life? Then here’s a blog post that you’ll want to email to her parent right now. Houston Press writer Jef With One F was appalled by all the garbage he had been reading online about the pro-abstinence “purity” movement, which teaches girls and young women they are only “pure”… More »


I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

I think I’m a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually “doctor,” in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal (“Help! A hippopotamus bit my… More »


Mommie Dearest: Royal Poops And All

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 23, 2013

If the last nine months have taught us anything, it’s that Royal Baby Fever is a real thing. Princess Kate has most likely amassed more headlines than any other woman when it comes to her pregnancy. And, with the Royal Baby having finally descended upon us, I have a feeling that the royal family will… More »


Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mother… More »


Baby Wigs Finally Make The New York Times Style Section

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 18, 2013

When I first saw a picture of a baby wearing a Beyonce-inspired lace front wig — this was back in December of 2009 — I found myself disturbed by the idea. Mostly, because the mother said, “It’s never too early for my baby to start looking glamorous like Beyonce!” which I thought was ridiculous. One of… More »


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