Posts tagged "children"

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

Mommie Dearest is The Frisky’s new biweekly column about being a mama.

I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn’t want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 29, 2012

Children Of Lesbian Mothers Have Higher Grades And Happier Lives

Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.

By: Daley Quinn / November 7, 2012

Study: Children With Lesbian Parents Are Not Screwed Up

Lesbians are great parents whose children are happy with life and academically successful, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Williams Institute. [Queerty]
A cultural history of mansplaining. [The Atlantic]
A Wisconsin politician said he had to become a lobbyist because “my wife loves to shop.” You know, women

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2012

The Soapbox: Trying to Make Sense Of The NYC Nanny Murders

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

Last week, two young children, Leo and Lulu Krim, were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in their home in Manhattan. The children’s mother discovered the bodies as Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny, began to hack at her own throat. Although the nanny survived, she is hospitalized and…

By: Kate McGuinness / October 30, 2012

The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

Girl Talk: I Am My Mother’s Least Favorite Child

When I was little, I was convinced my mother hated me. Between my two older brothers and me, I was positive I was the one she liked least. Even at a young age I could sense I was a disappointment, that I didn’t fit the stereotype of her dream daughter: sweet, demure, cooperative, loving. I…

By: Daisy Barringer / September 28, 2012

Schizophrenic Young Girl Jani Appears On “Dr. Phil”

You may remember Jani Schofield from a particularly haunting episode of “Oprah” a few years ago. Jani’s parents noticed that something wasn’t right with their daughter fairly early on, but couldn’t have imagined that their she was schizophrenic. One of the youngest cases of schizophrenia ever recorded, Jani sees imaginary animals and people in vivid…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 26, 2012

Aila Wang Makes Other Street Style Stars Look Like Child’s Play

Spotted at New York Fashion Week: the inimitable Aila Wang, three-year-old niece of designer Alexander Wang and total future It girl. She’s only three, but Aila has her uncle’s trademark urban-chic on lock, not to mention a street style savvy that most aspiring fashionistas can only dream of. Nike kicks, black snakeskin, and a mini…

By: Rachel Krause / September 19, 2012

When Did Saying “Good Girl” Become So Bad?

Recently, I attended a dinner party. A couple brought their two-year-old girl with them. One never knows how a toddler and a fancy restaurant will go down, but the little girl held up through a four-hour dinner with panache — coloring on her paper, eating her chicken strips and sweet potato fries without complaint, and generally being well…

By: The Stir / September 4, 2012

Daddy Has A Penis, Grandma Has A Pagina

The moment in a child’s life when he or she learns about genitalia is a precious one, second only to the moment when they realize everybody poops. I know it is weird, but I can still remember when I learned that my older brother had a penis and I didn’t.  This little girl Bailey just…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

Unbaby.me: The Facebook Baby Photo Exterminator

The worst is yet to come, but it has already begun: high school and college friends whose Facebook pages are 24/7 baby pics. Babies crying. Babies smiling. Babies staring blankly at the camera. Babies in silly hats. Babies in silly outfits. Babies and mommies and daddies and dogs and cats. Babies babies BABIES. My ovarie…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Should Heidi Klum Get Her “Responsible Mom” Card Revoked For Letting Her Girls Wear Lipstick?

Growing up, I was never given any restrictions regarding whether or not I could wear makeup, or how much makeup I was allowed to wear. My parents, who are admittedly pretty laissez faire by most standards, are also the type to choose their battles, and what I put on my face was just not one…

By: Rachel Krause / July 25, 2012

Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Money For “Miss Zee” Coloring Book Depicting Black Girls

Designer Miss Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, is trying to raise $5,000 via Kickstarter for a line of coloring books for young black girls. Also a mama, she wanted to find coloring books for her daughter, Zee, and was unable to find ones that depicted characters that looked like her daughter. It’s a worthy project…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Adorable 8-Year-Old Adorably Explains Why Being A Girl Rocks

I can’t handle the cuteness: the eight-year-old daughter of a Reddit user penned this adorable answer to a writing prompt about why it’s cool to be a girl. She says:
We have veginas [vaginas]. We get jobs. We are creative. We have stuff that makes us preanet [pregnant]. We have milk in our bobe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Tide Pods And Other Delish “Foods” We’ve Consumed As Kids!

Just in time for the 4th of July, the red, white, and blue Tide Laundry Detergent Pods have been causing major upchuck from the stomachs of little children in the last couple of months. Climbing from 200 in late May to 1,200 in recent weeks, poisoning reports have Poison Control Centers throughout the country blowing…

By: Daley Quinn / June 29, 2012

Judge Judy Thinks Parents Should Be Licensed To Have Children

National treasure Judge Judy hit up “The View” this morning. I barely recognized her when she’s not screaming at someone! But as always, J.J. spits the truth.

The ladies asked Judy what her thoughts were on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”‘ Brandi Glanville, who made headlines this week [second to last item]

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2012

Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Temper Tantrum

Six-year-old girl Salecia Johnson landed herself in the slammer recently after throwing a temper tantrum. Georgia police arrived at Creekside Elementary School where the kindergartener was accused of tearing items off the walls, throwing furniture and knocking down a bookshelf that “injured” the principal. When officials attempted to calm her, she “resisted,” so cops handcuffed…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 23, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Little Girls & Their Pink Things Make For A Fascinating Photo Project

As if you needed further proof that toy companies are ruthless when it comes to marketing “girls” and “boys” toys in the basest way possible: “The Pink & blue Project,” by photographer JeongMee Yoon, captures little girls and their pink — very pink — toys, dolls, shoes and clothes. [Flavorwire]
Feminist activists Gloria Steinem,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2012

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word “gay” frequently used in a negative way (such as “that’s so gay”). We’re talking about elementary school

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

11 Annoyingly Gorgeous Celebrity Model Children

Normally, we associate Noel Gallagher with the band Oasis, and his neverending tumultuous relationship/feud with brother Liam. But it seems that Noel’s also been busy raising a family. His daughter Anais — with ex-wife Meg Matthews — is now 11, has signed up with Select Model Management and had her first shoot with photographer Mario…

By: Julie Gerstein / January 13, 2012
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