parenthood

This Mom Adorably Turned Her Son’s Scar Into A ‘Harry Potter’ Scar

When the Imgur user mommybrittaney found her little son had scraped up his forehead from hitting his head on the edge of his frame, she decided to dry his tears by making his scratch into a sign of wizard-status. More »


This Professor Knows Just The Trick To Soothe A Crying Baby In Class

Professor Sydney Engelberg was in the midst of teaching an organizational behavior class at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University when a baby starting crying during his lecture. Engelberg has been teaching for 45 years, and he currently instructs master’s students, many of whom are parents. The 67-year-old encourages students with kids to just bring them along to class if they… More »


I Got My Tubes Tied At 28 Because I Don’t Want Kids — Ever

What I want is to be happy. I’m often told that I’d make a good mother. Depending on my relationship with the person making this wildly incorrect statement, I have one of two reactions: either a small, insincere smile and a “mmmm” response that does not invite further discussion or a hearty laugh followed by… More »


Dax Shepard Has Written The Only Thing You Need To Read About Tonight’s “Parenthood” Finale

Put down your thinkpieces and tributes (especially the poorly written ones), Crosby Braverman has written the only words worth keeping in mind as you ugly cry your way through tonight’s series finale: … More »


Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Black Mirror,” Rock Out To Sleater-Kinney & Make Origami

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone,More »


Mommie Dearest: Your Kids Need To Know About Consent Long Before They Head To College

Talking about sexual assault is never an easy thing. But as a parent, it’s crucial to find ways to talk to your children about it. Lately, there’s been a lot of attention focused on campus rape and sexual assault, and with good reason. Many colleges have been called out (and even sued) for not taking… More »


Mommie Dearest: On Parents Who Publicly Shame Their Kids

When it comes to parenting, one of the more difficult aspects to figure out can be discipline. There doesn’t seem to be one set method that works for every child, yet everyone has an opinion on what supposedly works best. For parents, it feels like a lot is riding on our disciplinary method, as it’s… More »


RIP Society: Mom Arrested For Swearing In Front Of Her Kids At The Grocery Store

Police in South Carolina arrested a mom last weekend after she allegedly directed the word “fuck” at her children in a Kroger grocery store. Danielle Wolf, who just moved her family to the city of North Augusta three weeks ago, grew frustrated with her husband for squishing the bread in her shopping cart, and displayed her… More »


Mommie Dearest: Parents Need To Get Real About Sex Ed

Once upon a time, I was a high school social studies teacher. One of my favorite classes to teach was a college lecture-style current events course. I co-taught it with a handful of my colleagues and we gathered every morning in the school’s auditorium with the entire senior class. Since it was so convenient, administration… More »


Study: Maybe Millennials Aren’t Into The Whole Marriage And Babies Thing

Millennials aren’t exactly lining up to tie the knot, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

Researchers asked people of every generation whether they believe society is better off if people prioritize marriage and children. Of all the participants combined, 46 percent said society would be better off, while 50 percent… More »


Emma Thompson Weighs In On Balancing Work With Motherhood: “You Don’t Need It All At Once”

“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time. … I wanted to spend more time with my family. A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly… More »


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 –… More »


Mommie Dearest: What Happened To Child’s Play?

Show of hands: who else remembers roaming neighborhood streets unsupervised until dusk during your elementary school years?

I have crystal clear memories of being allowed to bike the three short blocks to my friend’s house (sans helmet!) after school for playdates —and not of the hyper-scheduled variety. We’d usually hang out in her… More »


True Story: I Want A Baby In My 20s

They say that your life completely changes when you have a baby. That this overwhelming sense of love makes you forget all of the sleepless nights and dirty diapers, the temper tantrums and crayon marks on the freshly-painted walls. Many new mothers declare that this is what they were meant to do: bring another life… More »


The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus.

My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.)… More »


True Story: What You Don’t Know — But Should — About Single Mothers

I’m going to propose something that may seem radical, given the hysteria that single motherhood seems to conjure in American society. The typical single mother? She doesn’t exist.

As a solo-parenting mother (which is different than a single parent — this is a nuanced “issue” my friends!), I’ve searched high and low to… More »


Connie Britton Adopts A Baby, Plus 7 Other Adoptive Single Moms

ZOMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH. Tami Taylor, ugh, I mean Connie Britton, the actress who played Tami Taylor, best mom/wife in the history of ever on “Friday Night Lights,” has announced that she adopted a baby boy from Ethiopia! “It was such a wonderful moment of completion,” Britton said of holding baby Yoby in her… More »


LeAnn Rimes Hates The Word “Stepmom”

“Step … Stepmother, Stepfather, Stepchildren—the word ‘step’ can take on such a negative connotation to so many in our society. A family is a family. In my eyes, there’s no ‘step’ about it … It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It… More »


Barack Obama On Being A Dad

“I grew up without a father around. I have certain memories of him taking me to my first jazz concert and giving me my first basketball as a Christmas present. But he left when I was two years old. And even though my sister and I were lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful… More »


Health Care Reform Might Require Coverage Of Birth Control

For the past three years, I have not taken any birth control pills and instead solely relied on condoms for contraception. These past few years, I have been a full-time freelancer without health insurance and I have prioritized paying for my anti-depressant prescription — anywhere from $100 to $120 bucks a month, depending on the… More »


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