Posts tagged "moms"

A Rough Guide To 16 Pass-Aggro Comments Your Mother Will Make This Christmas

The holidays means spending more time than usual with your family, which equates to an increase in those passive-aggressive comments your mother used to dole out every hour on the hour when you were growing up in her house. Moms take on a special tone when lovingly criticizing their children that leaves the victim unsure…

By: The Frisky / December 9, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Seriously, Stop Policing Mothers’ Bodies

Kim Kardashian recently posed naked for Paper magazine, and despite the prediction, she did not actually break the internet. Instead, she got a whole lot of people talking. While many people are naturally talking about her shiny posterior, others are rightfully discussing the racial implications of the photoshoot. Along with the thoughtful critique, there's also…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 18, 2014

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week's Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for "abandoning" her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s. (Just yesterday we learned that Harrell has been let go from her job.) I had mentioned in my post that Harrell i…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 23, 2014

Awesome Teenage Barista Defends Breastfeeding Mom Against Bully, Is My New Hero

Given all the stories we hear about women getting flack for breastfeeding in public, it's so uplifting to hear about the experience of Julia Wykes, who was defended by a teenage Starbucks barista. Wykes stopped at the coffee shop while running errands with her five-month-old son; when he started to get cranky in line, she sat dow…

By: Claire Hannum / July 4, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Moms Talk About Their Bodies Matters

We’re on the cusp of "bikini season," if magazines in the grocery shore checkout line are to be believed. I'm sure you're familiar with the wide variety of products — ones that remove hair, ones that firm up jiggly thighs, ones that promise to burn stomach fat — which supposedly get a body ready for…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2014

The Soapbox: 3 Things Not To Say To A Woman Who’s Going Back To Work After Having A Kid

After almost two years at home with my son, I’m going back to work. As I've told people the news — family, friends, other moms, the checkout guy at the liquor store who sold me the celebratory champagne, the customer service rep from Citibank’s fraud department who called to check on my unusual activity –…

By: Brooke Siegel / May 19, 2014

This Mother-Daughter Exercise Team Is Totally Adorable (And Strong)!

Meet Cheryl and Tessa, a mother and daughter who pledged to spend 100 days getting fit together -- and happened to lose a combined 74 pounds along the way. These ladies are amazing. When I first came across this video, I was skeptical. Sometimes "inspirational" videos about losing weight irk me because they encourage a very…

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

27 Things I’m Glad My Mom Taught Me

For better or for worse, our first impressions of the world usually come through the people who raise us. Luckily for me, the women in my family were able to gently guide me through any situation, offering their priceless opinions and advice along the way. They conveyed much of their wisdom through words, but I…

By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Hip Mama Editor Ariel Gore Talks Parenthood, Abuse & Her New Memoir

Mother's Day is when advertising distills motherhood down to home-cooked brunch, a bracelet, or a fragrant bouquet. But for far too many people, the relationship with their mom is a complicated one. Not all mothers have been nurturing and caring; not all daughters and sons have overcome the trauma of their childhoods as adults.  There…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 9, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a "trend." Odds are, that "trend" has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New York

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 7, 2014

California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times] Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. [Feminist.org] A member of the all-female band Warpaint has apologized…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Mommie Dearest: An Interview With Dana Ben-Ari, The Filmmaker Behind “Breastmilk”

Breastfeeding: it's one of those heated topics of motherhood where everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to share it. For me, nursing was just something that was a part of having a baby. I was breastfed, I grew up among women who breastfed, and it was assumed that I would as well whe…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 2, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know

Mother's Day is still three weeks away, but the Internet is already getting started with weepy videos about our moms. And Buzzfeed's video, "Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know," is up there on the weep-ster scale. From body confidence, fear of failure, and filling your life with love, the tips these mothers and soon-to-be-mother…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

Frisky Rant: Kids Don’t Belong On Leashes

On my way into work this morning, I had the displeasure of walking behind two women who, in each of their hands not clutching their coffee, held leashes that were harnessed to their respective children. Not dogs — children. The woman on the left had three kids, all on individual leashes, and the woman o…

By: Katie Oldenburg / March 4, 2014

“Your Holiday Mom” Provides Loving Messages For LGBTQ People Without Family Support

The holiday season means lots of family time, which means this is an extremely stressful, lonely time of year for people whose families don't accept them. Unfortunately, for many LGBTQ people, living their truth means being shut out, judged, or mocked by close-minded family members. Hopefully all the homophobic moms out there will come around…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 19, 2013

Mom Plans To Breastfeed Until Her Daughter Is 10 — Yes, 10

Leading the way in creating Mommy Issues For 20-somethings of the future, Maha Al Musa, a 51-year-old mom who told the UK tabloid New! that she plans to breastfeed her daughter Aminah until she is 10 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. She'll be breastfeeding her child until the 5th grade. Aminah, who i…

By: Claire Hannum / October 3, 2013

18 Things We Never Want Mom To Find Out (In GIFs)

I'm a lucky gal. I am very close with my mom and feel comfortable opening up to her with just about everything under the sun. But there are still a few things that I never, ever, ever, evvvvver want my mom to know about me, mostly because I really don't want to see or deal with her…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The Year In Motherhood Headlines

Motherhood is one hot topic. From magazine covers that pushed people’s buttons to daily headlines on both news and gossip sites, moms were praised, targeted, and questioned. While most headlines were pure click bait, some were actually attached to insightful, thought-provoking pieces. As we head into 2013, let’s take a look back at the good,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2013

It’s Mama’s Day — Don’t Forget To Thank Your Mom

It's Mother's Day, so we thought we'd share this cute video of New Yorkers (including Reggie Watts!) thanking their mamas for all the special ("thanks for taking care of me while I was in jail") and wacky ("for introducing me to punk music') things they do. Don't forget to thank your mom-figure today! [ThanksFa]…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 13, 2012

21 Important Lessons From Mom

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? No? Here are a few gift ideas if you need some last-minute help! Thank you for tweeting and emailing us the lessons your mother taught you — but don’t forget to tell her this Sunday!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 10, 2012
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