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Simone Biles Is Teaching Americans That Adoptive Parents Are Just Parents

The 4-foot-9 all-star gymnast dominating the Olympics isn’t just racking up medals in Rio and making an international name for herself as potentially the best gymnast of a generation. More »


I Love Reducing Your Personality To Four Letters

Despite always having a notebook on hand, I use the notes on my iPhone for keeping track of a lot of things. For one, this emoticon: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I record my grocery lists, which is pretty much just the same block of text specifying how many cans of tuna I need to buy this week (#cleaneats). More »


Justin Bieber’s Stepmom-To-Be Is Only 7 Years Older Than Him

Jeremy Bieber, as in the dad of Justin Bieber, is a weird dude. It seems like he only got in contact with his son after he rose to fame, but it was the comment about the Biebs’skinny dipping photos that really disgusted us. Guess we shouldn’t be super surprised that Jeremy just got engaged to… More »


My Meddling Mother-In-Law Won’t Let My Husband Get A Vasectomy

My husband and I spent countless hours deciding whether or not we should be done having kids. The reasons for deciding that it was time for my husband to get a vasectomy were many: financial stress, previous miscarriages, my experience with postpartum depression. They were also deeply personal.

But that didn’t stop my mother-in-law from… More »


People Are Posting The Hilarious Beds They’re Sleeping In While Home For The Holidays

Maybe you’ve decked your dorm room out with Christmas lights and a Bob Marley poster, but there’s a good chance that your childhood bedroom has remained reletively untouched. It’s almost like a shrine to your 12-year-old self, complete with participation trophies from sports you quit a decade ago, embarrassing bed sheets, and posters of the… More »


9 Types Of People Who Seriously Struggle During The Holidays

Are YOU one of them?
Let’s face it: The holidays are a time of sadness, anger, grief, and frustration for a lot of people. Not everyone enjoys them or looks forward to them, and many people have a good reason why.
Here are nine types of people who may struggle during the holiday season,… More »


14 Books To Read When You Want (Or Need) To Escape Your Family

You can talk to your family all day, if you want or you can just sit somewhere nice and not think about being related to anyone. More »


On Thanksgiving, Gratitude & Family-By-Choice

It took several decades and multiple disownings, but family got simple for me a few years ago: family is made up of the people who stick around to support you no matter what, no “We’ll love you anyway,” assumptions, or prerequisites. Now, family members are the people I count on and I getMore »


Here’s What To Talk About At Thanksgiving Instead Of Fighting About Politics

Argue with Aunt Edna about immigration reform, if you want, or talk about literally anything else. Your call! More »


Man Chooses Wife’s “Needs” Over Sister With Down Syndrome, Expects Cookies

A supposedly heartwarming story that made me want to punch a wall. More »


On Donald Trump & Fathers Who Sexualize Their Daughters

Late one summer night, I received a message on Facebook.

“You looked so sexy,” it read. More »


Make It Stop: “I’m Afraid My Parents Will Hate My New Boyfriend”

Introducing a new relationship to the folks is nervewracking as it is, but especially so when they didn’t like the last guy you brought home… More »


Make It Stop: “My Sister Is Pregnant & She’s Stealing My Baby Name”

Well, it’s a little more complicated than that… More »


7 Ways To Express Your Distaste For Someone Without Being Mean

We’ve all been in situations where we hate the person or people we’re near, but for one reason or another can’t leave. It’s your best friend’s birthday party, for example, and even though he’s just great, his old buddies from high school are dickheads. Or you’re at a work function, and you’re trying not to… More »


9 Reasons Sister Fights Are The Worst Fights Of All

Growing up with three sisters, I can guarantee there is no fight worse than one with a sister — not with your husband, wife, ex-wife, ex-husband, mother, child, father, neighbor, co-worker, boss, or friend. Sure, a fight with your child might hurt, but he or she will come around. You’re one of their parents for… More »


True Story: Why I’m Almost Childfree By Choice

I never want to be a primary parent; I very much want to nurture and raise children as part of a committed family unit.

It’s alright if you need a minute. Go ahead and reread it. More »


Make It Stop: “My Sister Totally Ignores Me On Social Media”

Just toss me a like! Is that so hard? More »


Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post)
A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family,… More »


10 Reasons Why Valentine’s Day Is Awesome And You Should Celebrate It

Despite my consistent general mood of cynicism and constant mild frustration with humanity, I happen to be a person who’s enthusiastic about all holidays, even the “Hallmark” holidays. Which means that I love Valentine’s Day, and now that it’s just around the corner, I’m going to try to make an argument for why you should… More »


Make It Stop: “My Twin Brother & I Took Separate Paths In Life — But He Still Resents Me For It”

Make It Stop is a weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email anna@shmittenkitten.com with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.More »


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