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Do You Have A Backup Baby Daddy?

My friend Erin and I were stuck driving behind a slow-moving bus yesterday, and to kill time, we started talking about the particular mythical unicorns in our lives — our fallback baby-making guys. Men who, if neither of us was in a committed relationship, we might want to have children with. For Erin, it’s her friend Rich, with whom she’s been friends for almost 10 years. “Occasionally I think that maybe we’d make a good couple, but I know he’s too flaky. He’s too unreliable.” But still! “He has so many qualities that are wonderful, that I would love for my kids to be. And yeah, it’s crossed my mind that he’s kind of my go-to if nothing else works out.” I have one of those too — a guy friend that I have no real romantic interest in, but who possesses all of the qualities I’d love to have in a baby daddy. First off, Scott is smart beyond words, accomplished, and very, very thoughtful. (How thoughtful? He took me with him to Tiffany’s to pick out jewelry for his ex-girlfriend.) And he’s cute; there’s just never been any spark between us. Still, he’s really a very ideal man, and one whose genetic material should be propagated. Of course, he doesn’t know I think this about him. And maybe he never will. But it’s nice to know that there is someone out there that I do find ideal. Do you have a baby daddy backup? Keep reading »

Cheapskate: The Children’s Place Sale

I don’t have any children, but I have a few cousins with at least three children each, who don’t want for anything. So when it comes to birthdays, I prefer to get my cousins’ children, whom I consider my niece and nephews, clothing rather than toys. I often look to The Children’s Place for affordable and stylish clothing. This store is able to translate trends and classic items so the clothes look current, but not too adult — the kids still look like kids. Although The Children’s Place’s prices are really reasonable, the sale prices are even more remarkable. Check out some of my favorite items for newborns, baby boys and girls, and big boys and girls, after the jump. Keep reading »

Did Michael C. Hall & Jennifer Carpenter Split Because He Changed His Mind About Having Kids?

I gotta say, even though I’m rarely surprised when a celebrity couple splits, I was pretty shocked when “Dexter”‘s Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter announced they were divorcing. They’d only been married a couple years! They weathered through his battle with cancer! Surely they had the stuff that makes relationships survive? Apparently not. According to the National Enquirer (I know, a dubious source), after his cancer went into remission, Hall decided he no longer wanted to have children, a dealbreaker for Carpenter. If this is true, how sad. Imagine going into a long-term relationship/marriage with someone, agreeing on such a key aspect of where you see your lives headed together, only to have your partner up and change their mind one day. Keep reading »

When Should A Child Give Up The Pacifier?

Salma Hayek-Pinault and her adorable daughter, Valentina, were photographed taking a stroll on a beach in St. Barts. But what I found interesting is that 3-year-old Valentina still sucks on a pacifier. Now, I have never read a parenting book and don’t have any children, but I thought that most parents would try to wean their little one off the pacifier by the age of 3. If Valentina was old enough to understand that her last name was different from her mother’s, isn’t she too old for a pacifier? Shouldn’t parents try to teach their children to calm themselves without the use of a device by that age? So what say you, Frisky parents? When should a child give up the pacifier? Keep reading »

Do You Look Like Your Mom Or Your Dad?

Jerry Hall and daughter Liz Jagger (dad is Mick Jagger) opened the sale at Harrods in London on December 27. While I guess that’s a major honor, I was more struck by how much Liz looks like Jerry. Liz’s features are so similar to her mother’s that it looks as if former model Jerry cloned herself and didn’t use any genetic info from Mick. I found this kind of strange because in my experience, girls tend to look like their fathers and boys tend to look like their mothers. My brothers look like their mom, and my sister and I look most like my dad. (Just don’t tell my mom that.) My resemblance to my dad is so uncanny that I’ve had random people who know my dad from back home in Barbuda stop me in my neighborhood to ask me if he’s my father. Freaky! Who do you look like — your mom or your dad? And if you have them, who do your kids look like? Keep reading »

Poll: How Do You Handle Invites To Children’s Parties?

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Will You Read “LuckyKids” Magazine?

I don’t pay attention to the ads in Women’s Wear Daily often, but today I noticed an ad seeking advertisers for LuckyKids magazine. Now, I love Lucky, the women’s magazine about shopping, as much as the next style geek seeking relatable fashion (and I even still own the very first issue of Lucky), but I can’t for the life of me understand why Condé Nast is going to publish LuckyKids. Keep reading »

Vincent Kartheiser Doesn’t Want To Have Your Babies

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“I’ve been a vegetarian for four years and I have chosen not to have children, which are both green choices in my life. I also xeriscaped my lawn.”

Mega minimalist Vincent Kartheiser, aka Pete Campbell on “Mad Men,” says he won’t be breeding anytime soon, lest his spawn further wreck the planet. Oh, and in case you’re wondering what “xeriscaping” is, it’s gardening to reduce the amount of water needed. That seems like an easier save-the-world strategy than his first two examples. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Father Of 88 Wants An Even 100 Kids

How many kids is too many kids? If you’re Daad Murad Abdul Rahman, then you can never have enough. The 64-year-old Arab Emirates citizen already has 88 children but wants to make it an even 100. So he’s marrying an 18-year-old Indian girl named Aisha and hopes to have 100 kids by 2015 (this is making my uterus hurt). Rahman’s been married 15 times and currently has three wives. This latest union was arranged via his doctor and Rahman says he will bring Aisha back to his home city of Ajman after the wedding. He says he’ll stop marrying when he has an even 100 children.

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Dear Wendy Updates: “Not Sure About Children” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Not Sure About Children” the 24-year-old who was engaged to someone who didn’t want children, but, as her name suggests, hadn’t yet made up her mind whether she wanted them or not. After the jump, find out if she’s still engaged and whether she’s any closer to making a decision about kids. Keep reading »

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