Parenting

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 work… 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… More »

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 between her baby'… 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… 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 is a key… 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 masses. 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… 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… 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… 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 case of… More »

Hitched: My Dad At My Wedding

By: Andrea Grimes / June 12, 2013
My father didn’t walk me down the aisle on my wedding day, but he did help me up some very steep stairs. That’s not a metaphor for the next iteration of my life as a married lady: there were actual stairs, my high heels were ridiculous, and I didn’t want to fall over a… More »

7 Fictional Father Figures Who Helped Raise Me

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 11, 2013
I've written before about why my dad is awesome, but looking back at my childhood, he definitely wasn't the only father figure in my life. Being the imaginative weirdo that I was, most of my alternate dads were completely and totally fictional, but that didn't make them any less integral to my emotional… More »

Your Baby Name Choice Reveals Your Political Leanings

By: The Stir / June 10, 2013
Choosing a baby name may be one of the hardest things a parent has to do. I'd say it's harder than potty training -- which has become my nemesis right now. Giving your kid a name, whatever name it is, is the one single word your kid is going to hear for the rest of their life. More »

52 Years Late, Phyllis Richman Tells Harvard Admissions How She Had A Career And A Family

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013
In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family. You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the department to… More »

Mirror, Mirror: How I Want My Daughter To Look

By: Kate Fridkis / June 6, 2013
I was so sure I was having a boy. I’d even given my baby a boy name, and I talked to my belly and told him he was a great son. A strong, noble, excellent son. People said, “A mother knows…” and nodded along with me. Not thi… More »

A Conversation With A Two-Year-Old Girl, Starring A Grown Man

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 1, 2013
What would the words of a two-year-old girl sound like if they were reenacted by a grown man? Really, really intimidating. Also hilarious -- I've watched this approximately 17 times now and I'm still laughing. [YouTube via Lemon Love]… More »

Does This Pregnant 70-Year-Old Make You Uncomfortable?

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2013
Because that seems to be the point. This isn't a real pregnant 70-year-old, though. She's a British TV host, Kate Garraway, who is 46 and warning young women through the First Response Early Result Pregnancy campaign to MAKE BABIES NOW. Like, right now. Garraway got involved in the campaign because she had her two children at age… More »

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