Posts tagged "Parenting"

Mommie Dearest: Quit Bitching About Kids On Airplanes

Very few parents want to be seen as the problem, and want to have as relaxed a flight experience as you do.

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2015

Girl Talk: My Ex, Who Didn’t Want Kids, Is Having A Baby And My Feelings Are Complicated

Every relationship has its milestones: first kiss, first fuck, finally saying "I love you," moving in together, meeting the parents, going on vacation, etc. But every major breakup has its milestones too, often full of either sadness or relief. Moving out of the place you once shared; unfollowing/unfriending on social media; realizing that his birthday passed and for once, you didn't think about…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 15, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Do You Regret Your Kids?

Regrets. I've had a few. But my child hasn't been one of them. But if he was, how eager would I be to sharing that openly? Over at Yahoo! Parenting, Brooke Lark gets brave and admits that her life might have been better if she never had her kids. Lark laments not being the "pretty,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 12, 2015

Mommie Dearest: How Much Time Do You Actually Have To Spend With Your Kids?

Guilt and motherhood seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. With all the demands on our time and energy, mothers are constantly worrying: Are we spending enough time with our kids? Or are we spending too much time with our kids, running the risk of becoming a helicopter parent? What I've found i…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 5, 2015

Those Body-Shaming Onesies Are Back — At NYU

A few weeks ago, I wrote about some really gross baby snapsuits that were targeted specifically at female babies and read “I hate my thighs.” Now, Twitter’s found them -- but not on Wrybaby’s website. Nope, they’re at the NYU campus store.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Shaming Women For Public Breastfeeding? There Should Be A Fine For That!

Another country making leaps and bounds over the US when it comes to supporting mothers? Insert my not-at-all-shocked face here. The Brazilian city of São Paulo recently approved a bill that will fine people $150 for shaming women who breastfeed in public. That's right. Women in São Paulo who are nursing their babies no longer…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 29, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Being A Stay-At-Home Mother Is A Job, Not A Hobby, And Nothing Like Doing Heroin

The newest log to stoke the fires of the hyped-up "Mommy Wars," is an xoJane essay that got extra legs when it was recently republished over at TIME.com. Liz Pardue Schultz's piece "Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job," compares being a stay-at-home mom to a hobby, like camping, throwing a party for a…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 16, 2015

Amnesty International: Iranian Women Are Being Made Into “Baby-Making Machines”

An Iranian bill restricting the availability of contraception and abortions in order to boost the country’s population is effectively going to turn Iranian women into “baby-making machines.”…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Babies Should Hate Their Thighs, That’s Normal, LMAO (Not)

Oh, the scent of dumb bullshit in the morning. Today, it’s this adorable onesie from Wrybaby that reads “I hate my thighs” and is presumably targeted at baby girls. Because there’s nothing like parents projecting their own body insecurities and our culture’s unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies onto infants who can’t speak yet, don’t know…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Overpraising Kids May Turn Them Into Narcissists

When I was about five years-old, I asked my dad if I was as good a singer as Billie Holiday. He told me I was not, and I cried quite a bit over this. I was reasonably sure, at that age, that my parents were supposed to believe that I, Robyn Elyse Pennacchia, was the…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 10, 2015

Mommie Dearest: “Born In The Wild” Is Full Of Bears And Bullshit

I've been hearing about Lifetime's new reality show, "Born in the Wild," for some time now. Everybody seems to have an opinion on the show, which follows an array of pregnant women who have voluntarily chosen to birth their babies in the wilderness, far from any form of hospital or — for the most part…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 9, 2015

The Soapbox: Sheryl Sandberg’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Erases My Family

Sheryl Sandberg’s new #LeanInTogether campaign makes me want to lean out and run as far away as I can from her brand of “feminism” as fast as my feet will carry me.   The COO of Facebook's latest op-ed for The New York Times — "How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom," co-bylined by Wharton School…

By: Katie Klabusich / March 6, 2015

Mommie Dearest: If Girl Scout Cookies Are The Devil’s Dessert, We’ll Take Seconds

Girl Scout cookies are damn delicious, and who doesn't like supporting a bunch of girls who are trying to earn merit badges and do good things? Apparently, a whole bunch of folks.

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 3, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Doulas Should Be A Birth Option For Everyone, Not A Status Symbol

The New York Times, once again, is on it. Much like their report on midwives as a status symbol that appeared in their style section a couple of years ago, they've again turned their focus on the birth world. And this time, in a piece from last week, they're zeroing in on doulas. For those…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 21, 2015

Dear Parents, Please Stop Taking Your Miserable Kids To Fashion Shows

This season's hottest accessory is something that I don't know because I've paid zero attention to Fashion Week, thanks to all these dumb parents who can't keep their squalling infants at home. First, North West cried at her dad Kanye West's fashion show, while sitting next to Anna Wintour, who was not having it. Then,…

By: Beejoli Shah / February 17, 2015

Mommie Dearest: I’m A Parent With Postpartum Anxiety

When it started, I thought it was just a stomach thing. I had probably unwittingly eaten some dairy, my usual digestive foe. But the mild nausea showed no signs of letting up. Two weeks, then three. I couldn't ignore it anymore. It had gone from a minor inconvenience to an omnipresent feeling, lurking deep dow…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 6, 2015

Rapper J. Cole Is Turning His Childhood Home Into A Rent-Free Haven For Single Mothers

The cover of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album features a photo of the rapper sitting on the roof of his childhood home, the single-family dwelling that he and his family moved into after years spent living in a trailer park. At some point, his mom, a single mother, lost the house because of…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 27, 2015

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 20, 2015

Parents Investigated For Neglect After Letting Kids Go For A Walk

A big part of the reason why I don't want to have kids is that I think that this is probably one of the most dull times in history to be a kid. I look at those plastic playgrounds with only those diaper-looking swings, and no merry go-rounds or see-saws or legit slides (sorry, but…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 16, 2015
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