In one corner, we have Jayla Hamm, 18, the mother of a 22-month-old toddler who she taped to a wall using green electrical tape. In the other corner, we have Carol Lynn Schnuphase, a Michigan woman who bilked her neighbors out of $7,000 by claiming that her 12-year-old son had cancer. How did she convince them? She shaved the kid’s head and drugged him. Keep reading »
Moms are often the keepers’ of family wisdom, the family archivists and key family storytellers. Moms are also often chock-full of secrets. That’s why you should try and take advantage of your mother’s sage words and ask her everything you can.
The folks over at Real Simple came up with a handy list of must-ask questions… Keep reading »
Erica Anderson is your average 37-year-old mom of two in Grants Pass, Oregon. Which is why it’s so surprising that last Monday she walked into a local bank and slipped the teller a note telling her to fill a bag with money. The note also told the teller to wait 15 minutes before calling the police, “or else two kids wouldn’t make it home from school.” Keep reading »
Meet Colby Brin, a 31-year-old single guy who has agreed that mother knows best when it comes to his love life. His endearingly yenta-esque mom, Geri Brin, is so bound and determined to help Colby find the right lady to settle down with that she has a website dedicated to the cause. Geri doesn’t think she’s meddling—more like helping cast a wider net to catch more fish in the sea. Hmmm … I let my mom help me “cast a wider net” once. BIG MISTAKE. But I digress. Keep reading »
Certain products are made to simulate real things for quite useful reasons—think Splenda, dildos and Skype video chat. And then there are things that when “brought to life” fall in the realm of just plain scary. That’s what we first thought about these lifelike breast baby bottles by Mimijumi. The “Very Hungry” baby bottle is designed to make suckling babes take to a plastic cap like they would a mother’s teat.
Maybe this would be incredibly useful to get a newborn to take to a bottle … but maybe create some weird sexual conceptions in the future? (OK, total exaggeration.) So, you tell us—is this lifelike bottle something that sucks you in? Or just plain sucks? [TrendHunter.com] Keep reading »
I’m not a mom, and the thought of becoming one scares the crap out of me. And here’s yet one more reason motherhood freaks me out—”teething bling.” Necklaces with donut-shaped pendants made specifically to go in your baby’s mouth when she’s teething. Horrifying mental flash-forward: Not only have I lowered my style standards to include amethyst jewelry in my wardrobe, but I also have baby spit all over the front of my dress.
On the other hand, moms probably have baby spit all over them anyhow. And I guess the alternatives to soothing a teething child aren’t much more appealing—fingers or jewelry you really like. So what scares me even more is that I actually see the usefulness in this object. But, uh, couldn’t the kid just settle for a Ring Pop or something? [Smart Mom] Keep reading »
Betty Draper doesn’t take any crap. Well, until she booted Don out of the house last season, the “Mad Men” matron took a lot of crap from her two-timing husband. Rather, stay-at-home suburban mom Betty doesn’t take any crap from her two oldest children, Sally and Bobby, and that brand of maternalism would make her practically an endangered species in America today. In nearly every episode, Betty sternly barks: “No,” “Go upstairs and play,” or “Don’t touch that”—and the rugrats actually listen. Keep reading »
Talk about being an overly-involved parent. Last week, mom Carolina McNeal was charged with hacking into a Pennsylvania high school’s computer system to make her daughter come out at the top of her class. Caroline worked as the school’s secretary, and used other people’s passwords to change four years worth of grades, test scores, and SAT scores for her daughter Brittany…even giving her daughter’s classmates crappier grades and scores! McNeal is accused of changing 200 scores and is charged with 29 counts of tampering with public records—third-degree felonies that warrant up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines. (For each count…yikes.) Nutso mom got caught when a guidance counselor noticed that Brittany’s SAT score of 1370 was listed as 1730 in the school’s computers…which totally could have just been a dyslexic mix-up, right? Also, 1370 is practically perfect on its own! I guess that’s motherly love to the extreme—doing time so your daughter could get into a good college? But my guess is that Brittany would rather have a mother than good grades. [Yahoo News] Keep reading »