Posts tagged "mothers"

Mommie Dearest: Mom Issues That Deserve Media Coverage In 2015

The media loves a good "mom story." Flip through the TV or hop on a news website and there will invariably be some sort of story with a mom at the center. Whether it's celeb-based or breaking news, moms make good media. Why? Because everyone can connect to them -- whether they are one or…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2015

Holiday Estrangements: On Being Motherless By Choice At Christmas

Like many American families who celebrate Christmas, mine does it in a pretty secular way. The more observant among us attend services to mark the holiday, but the magnet that pulls our scattered members across the country to one point in the Midwest is, I think, the same as what brings you and yours together…
By: Katie Naum / December 10, 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…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 18, 2014

Dater X: Finding The Love My Mother Lost

I've been writing Dater X for almost a year now, and can honestly say that putting everything out there about my love life hasn't been easy. Writing this column is therapeutic in a way, because it allows me to reflect on my relationships, both good and bad, and figure out how to move forward with…
By: Dater X / November 5, 2014

Could Disney’s Next Princess Have Special Needs?

Many little kids, at one point or another, have wanted to be a Disney Princess. We grew up watching Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and others teach us that it's okay to be brave, strong-willed, vulnerable and fiercely independent, and as the times have changed, the brand's Princesses have adapted to become more culturally diverse. But…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 29, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Talking About Abortion At Book Club

One of the awesome things about having a new book out [The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality] is that sometimes people actually want to talk to you about it! I’ve been having a blast the past couple of months traveling across the country doing bookstore readings and signings. Each…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 13, 2014

Mommie Dearest: A Pregnant Person Is A Person First

Growing up, I thought the perfect host was a combination of Betty Crocker and Donna Reed: perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect food, and perfect personality all coming together to ensure her guests are well taken care of. However, Steve Martin, a Republican State Senator from Virginia, has a different take on the what it mea…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 27, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Avital Norman Nathman, Editor Of The Good Mother Myth

You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the "mom" of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality. The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

10 Things That Happen When You Move Back In With Mom (In GIFs)

Let’s face it. Life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned.  Breakups, unemployment, and other sudden life changes can leave one stranded.  The feelings of uncertainty and helplessness are hard to combat when trying to get back on track. And sometimes to get where you want to go, you need to move back home.
By: Sophie Leon / October 14, 2013

A Mother’s Amazing Letter To Her Gay Son Makes Us Feel All The Feelings

Earlier this week, teenager Zach Gibson came out as gay on Facebook. His mother found out about her son's sexual orientation through the social networking site and penned the touching letter above, noting that she loved him very much, but he really needed to do something about those empty soda bottles (they…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 5, 2013

Girl Talk: Breaking Up With My Mother

“Oooh this one looks discreet.” My mom held up a hot pink vibrator. I was 16 years old and instead of going home to do homework or grab a snack like any normal teen, our mother-daughter outing consisted of going to the Love Boutique. I knew in my gut that none of this fell under…
By: Jordan Katz / July 22, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

An Open Letter To The New Movie “Adore” (Which Is Eerily Similar To That Andy Samberg & Justin Timberlake Song “Mother Lover”)

Dear the movie "Adore," starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, Let me start by saying that I'm not here as another social media troll who just wants to make fun of your semi-absurd plot. That would just be too easy. I know that you didn't just turn the satirical "Mother Lover" into a pouty, melodramatic screenplay.
By: Alyson Penn / July 13, 2013

Mommie Dearest: On Having An Only Child

When I first read a review of Lauren Sandler’s new book, One and Only: The Freedom Of Having An Only Child And The Joy Of Being One , I was hopeful. As the mother of an only child (and with no plans at all to have any more children), I’ve had my fair…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 13, 2013

How To Make (Almost) Any Mom Love You

"Mona wanted me to tell you that she'd really like to spend more time with you the next time she's in town," Ami IM'd me the other day. Mona is her mom. "She's, like, obsessed with you." "I would love to see more of your mom next time," I wrote back. "We should all go…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: 9 Gifts Mothers Really Deserve This Mother’s Day

Save the breakfast in bed, chocolate, flowers, and handmade macaroni necklaces. This Mother’s Day, I’m after something just a little bit more. On a day created to honor and respect all mothers, I feel that we sometimes fall a little short. And so, I humbly present to you my list of alternative Mother’s Day gifts:…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 9, 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

9 Daughters Who Had Serious Mommy Issues In 2012

You think you've seen the worst of them, but the bad mothers of this world just keep one-upping each other. Whatever grievances you have with your mom, know that these daughters' mommy issues are way, way worse. We extend our condolences. Seriously. We've rounded up the most appalling mothers of the year and the unfortunate…
By: Ami Angelowicz / December 12, 2012
1 2 3 4