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 majority of my childhood playing right out in front of my house, alternating between frolicking in the garden (much to my mother’s chagrin) or biking up and down the sidewalks with friends. A good portion of that outside time was spent with friends, by myself, or with my younger brother in tow, but mostly unsupervised by adults. Sure, my mom stuck her head out every now and again, and a neighbor was never far off. But the majority of my outside play was independent and unstructured. Keep reading »
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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 Chanel… um, Suri who? [World of Wonder]
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 behaved and social.
Towards the end of the gathering, the little girl ended up sitting next to me. So we’re sitting there, chillin’, and she was doing something cute with her large red bib, when I cooed, “Aren’t you a good girl?” Her mother — a very nice woman, by the way, don’t get me wrong — leaned over and said, calmly but firmly, “We don’t use the term ‘good girl.’” Read more…
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 found out that Daddy has a penis and Mommy doesn’t. She’s still a bit confused about Grandma, however. At least Bailey is learning the real words and not “wee wee” and “hoo hoo,” which drive me crazy. [HyperVocal]
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 of them. I expressed interest in products from a hilariously young age — home videos show me at five talking extensively about my mother’s fancy body wash like a regular Suri Cruise — and for all but a few grease-filled tweenage years, I’ve been beauty-crazed ever since. That’s why I find it so difficult to fathom why mothers, particularly those under the relentless and unforgiving eye of the media spotlight, receive so much flack for letting their young daughters wear a little bit of makeup. Keep reading »
- 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 and certainly one I hope Frisky readers will support! [Clutch Magazine]
- Gregory Peterson, a Republican fundraiser who co-chaired an event for Mitt Romney, has been arrested for kidnapping and raping multiple women. Peterson, of Utah, was charged with nine counts of forcible sexual abuse, seven counts of rape, three counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, assault, burglary and sexual battery. Peterson harmed at least four women, whom he met both at church and via an online dating website. [Raw Story]
- The Creole art gallery in Lansing, Michigan, is looking for vagina-themed artwork for an exhibit called “The Vagina Show,” coordinated in response to the recent foolishness over the word “vagina” being used in the state’s House of Representatives. [Detroit News] Keep reading »
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 bobes [boobs]. We are smart. We have power.
So totally true. (Of course, she has no idea how much this “we have stuff that makes pregnant” thing will suck in 20 years when she’s horny and there are no condoms left in the box. But in the meantime let’s not burst her bubble about womanhood being awesome.) What a smart little kid. [HyperVocal]
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 up! Toddlers have been scouring laundry cabinets in hopes of lathering their tongues with the delish taste of Tide Pods, many instances resulting in immediate visits to the emergency room.
Many of The Frisky staffers have also eaten some noteworthy “foods,” both in their younger years and recently. Some of these lip-smacking chow includes, well, puppy chow, doggie Beggin’ Strips, and milk bones (in multiple flavors, of course). Other non-canine foods that were consumed include crunchy poison packets found in shoeboxes and grainy fists full of sand. Keep reading »