Parenting

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 2

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 18, 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 »


Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 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 »


The Soapbox: Is It Wrong For Kids To Play With Water Guns?

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

Last weekend, families across the country gathered for hot dogs, fireworks, American flags, and clouds of bug spray. So much bug spray. My family was no different: we had our annual party at my sister’s house. But our party was better this year: we had a kiddie pool and a bucket filled with squirt guns. More »


Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013

Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy –… More »


China Says To Go See Your Parents … Or Else

By: Mary Odell / July 2, 2013

A lot of parents play the guilt card if you don’t visit enough. You never write! You never call, either! But China will actually fine you or throw you in jail for not stopping by to visit Mom and Dad. The country is having some pretty big problems with its population: as the number of… More »


Police Called To New York Country Club Over Breastfeeding

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013

Police were called to a country club in White Plains, New York, earlier this month because the wife of a United Nations employee was breastfeeding the couple’s child during lunch. After the police arrived, the the couple was accused of terrorism. What a complete and utter embarrassment this entire story is!  FYI: in New York, wome… More »


6 Essential Parenting Lessons From ’80s Movies

By: Susan Finch / July 1, 2013

I was a child of the ’80s (and part of the ’90s), which means I had plenty of exposure to what parenthood would really be like from iconic greats like Diane Keaton, Tom Selleck, Michael Keaton, Kirstie Alley, and Goldie Hawn. When I had kids, I was fully expecting to be a Manhattan exec turned… More »


Some Ding Dongs Let Starbucks Customers Vote On Their Baby’s Name

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2013

I’ve done a lot of questionable things inside of a Starbucks, usually involving an uncontrollable bout of hanger, but these people really take the cake. (A slice of iced lemon pound cake, that is.) Jennifer James and Mark Dixon of West Haven, Connecticut, are letting Starbucks customers choose their baby name. Dixon works in downtow… More »


5 Women Who Had No Idea They Were Pregnant

By: Mary Odell / June 28, 2013

Every now and then the unthinkable happens and a baby is born to a mother that didn’t even know she was pregnant. Such stories are often met with skepticism because in most cases, pregnancy is a incredibly obvious condition. The big bellies. The lack of a period. The cravings for pickles and tiramisu. In a… More »


Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 27, 2013

What do you think about when you hear “teen mom?” Perhaps you think about someone who was arrested for heroin recently, or maybe about someone else who came out with a sex tape (aka made a pornographic movie) with James Deen. Maybe your thoughts immediately went to shameful ad campaigns by Candie’s or New YorkMore »


Study: Men Should Be Included In Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

By: Daley Quinn / June 27, 2013

Men should be included in strategizing ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers looked at data from the 2006 to 2010 National Survey of Family Growth reported by men about unplanned births. Through analyzing the rate of happiness that each father felt when his child was born,… More »


Should A Florida Mom Have Been Allowed To Bring Her Baby To Her Exam?

By: Mary Odell / June 25, 2013

Naptime, feeding time … final exam? For Rebecca Mabrey, 25, of Jacksonville, Florida, that was how her and her 10-month-old baby’s afternoon was going to play out. But she was denied entrance to her final exam at Florida State College for bringing the kiddo along.

Mabrey argued that the exam fell right betwee… More »


Baby Hair Contest Winner Accused Of Wearing A Wig

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 22, 2013

This is a story about babies in wigs! My most favorite topic there is. As I mentioned previously, if I ever have a baby, it will be made to wear a variety of wigs, depending on my/its mood. I don’t care if you think that’s strange, it’s what I’ll need to do to ensure that… More »


RIP Society: Mom Poses As Daughter In Converse, Low-Rise Jeans For High School Exam

By: Alyson Penn / June 21, 2013

Moms these days.

In Paris, a 52 year-old mother-of-the-year named Caroline D. tried to help her 19 year-old daughter on the English portion of her high school baccalaureate exam by actually taking it for her. The whole thing.

Now that’s a cool mom. More »


‘Marijuana Moms’ Say Smoking Weed Makes Them Better Parents

There’s a buzz happening in Beverly Hills over a group of women who call themselves the “Marijuana Moms.”

Many of the members of this loosely-knit group of pot-smoking parents smoke the wacky weed in order to relax or cope with chronic pain. In addition, they meet regularly for lavish dinners where the herb i… More »


“Toddlers & Tiaras” Mom Tori Hensley Developing Energy Drink For Kids

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2013

“Toddlers & Tiaras” mom Tori Hensley is developing an energy drink for kids “to help them.” Hensley gave her two-year-old daughter Alexa a mix of Mountain Dew, Sweet Tea and Pixi Stix and said she was contacted after the episode aired about spreading her Tinker Tea, as they call it, to the terrible parenting… More »


Girl Talk: On Redemption In Fatherhood

By: Shanelle Matthews / June 14, 2013

I’ve written candidly about Mother’s Day and all the ways I think the commercialization of it fucks up our relationships with our moms. My own relationship with my mom has been easy because … well, she’s awesome. But my complex relationship to fatherhood makes both talking and writing about it difficult.

There are… More »


Dads Raising Daughters: Wisdom On Love, Dating & (Some Day!) Sex

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2013

Last year for Father’s Day, we ran a series of interviews with real-life dads divulging their wisdom on raising independent, vibrant girls. Dads Raising Daughters turned out really lovely, so I’m making a fledgling Frisky tradition of it! This year for fatherly parenting advice, I turned to Josh, who has two girls ages eight and five; Jim,… More »


Mommie Dearest: On Having An Only Child

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 13, 2013

When I first read a review of Lauren Sandler’s new book, One and Only: The Freedom Of Having An Only Child And The Joy Of Being One , I was hopeful. As the mother of an only child (and with no plans at all to have any more children), I’ve had my fair share of judgement… More »


Crazy: Parents Paid Tattoo Artist To Sabotage Teen Daughter’s Tattoo

By: Mary Odell / June 12, 2013

The show “Tattoo Nightmares” is simple: people with horrible tattoos complain about how horrible their tattoos are, then get new tattoos to cover up the damage.

Usually the new ink looks a little strange, but the original tattoos sometimes represent some kind of emotional damage, so they are worth covering up. In the… More »


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