Posts tagged "Parenting"

Girl Talk: My Husband’s Parenting Made Me Question Myself As A Mother

When I was pregnant, everyone warned me not to judge myself against other women either positively or negatively. They told me not to compare myself to the Super Moms, the Momzillas or even the Deadbeat Moms. People warned me that once I was a mother there would be some things I would do effortlessly, and…

Susan Finch / May 14, 2013

On The Matter Of Mattering In The Aftermath Of A Parent’s Death

It has been five-and-a-half months since my dad died and yet it sometimes feels like it hasn’t hit me yet. Even though his ashes are sitting in a box in my apartment. He had been absent from my day-to-day life for years, our interactions limited, at their most intimate, to Skype. Then we stopped talking.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2013

Huh? Good Men Project Founder Calls NY Times Piece On The Benefits Of Paternity Leave An “Attack On Dads-At-Large”

Last week, The New York Times published a fairly straight forward news piece on the bountiful array of studies conducted here and in other parts of the world that suggest that offering paternity leave to new fathers could actually help stimulate the U.S. economy while also supporting women in their quest for work/life balance. The piece start…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Father Of Gay Son Writes A Pre-Emptive Letter On His Coming Out

A dad overheard his son talking on the phone about coming out to his parents, and decided to write a pre-emptive letter to his kid, letting him know that he and the entire family supported him no matter what. The letter details that his father knew from the time his son Nate was very young…

Julie Gerstein / March 15, 2013

Another Day, Another Mother Giving Her Baby A Bong Hit

Rachel Braaten of Washington was arrested after this video of her giving her 22-month-old son a bong hit surfaced.”I guess it was a joke and a stupid mistake that wasn’t really funny,” the 24-year-old told authorities.
I would strongly, strongly agree with that statement. Never has a joke failed so heinously.Braaten is facing charges for…

Ami Angelowicz / March 13, 2013

Seriously, The Most Insane Surrogacy Story You’ve Ever Heard

When Crystal Kelley agreed to carry a child for a Connecticut couple, she was expecting a happy ending. The 31-year-old (29 at the time), who had been a surrogate before, enjoyed helping couples with fertility problems. The couple’s frozen embryo was implanted into Kelley’s uterus and the pregnancy took. Everything seemed to be going a…

Ami Angelowicz / March 5, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Reality TV Producers Have Come Knocking At My Door

I recently received an email from a talent agent who is working with a production company specializing in reality television. This particular company, which has produced a number of popular (and apparently award-winning) reality shows, is looking to turn their lens on families. They reached out to me as a potential subject.

The…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 19, 2013

The Soapbox: In Defense Of Older Mothers

Magazines seem to love writing about women’s choices, particularly if they can inspire readers to conclude that we’re making the wrong ones. Just before the new year, a much-talked about New Republic cover story focused on women and men becoming parents at an older age. The piece was written by an author who is herself an older…

Caren Lissner / February 15, 2013

Australian Officials Take Germophobia Too Far, Try To Ban Kids From Blowing Out Birthday Candles

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is going to extreme measures to prevent the spread of germs amongst children. The council has set forth some stringent, new guidelines for birthday cake etiquette at daycare centers: “Children love to blow out their candles while their friends are singing ‘Happy birthday … To prevent the…

Ami Angelowicz / February 10, 2013

Mayim Bialik’s Son Has Quit The Tit!

“Well, nay-sayers, prepare to be proven wrong. All of you snarky mamas who glared at me nursing my 3 1/2-year-old on the NYC subway, prepare to be amazed. And to all of my family and friends who wanted to chastise me about nursing a walking, talking, thinking, laughing little man named Fred, thanks for holding…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 9, 2013

Girl Talk: My Parents Are Threatening To Move Away If I Don’t Give Them A Grandchild

My sister is the good daughter. My sister was kind enough to get married and procreate. She’s not only doing the species a favor, but my parents as well. My parents had always wanted to be grandparents to a couple of rascals. My sister gave them two: Jackson and Elliot. My parents are obsessed with…

Amanda Chatel / February 7, 2013

The Soapbox: I’m A Mom Who Smokes Pot

“So, this is kind of a random question…”

I nodded my head at the man across from me. I was in the kitchen of a fellow parent from my child’s school. I had come to pick my son up from a playdate, and found myself hanging around making small talk while the kid…

Anonymous / February 6, 2013

The Soapbox: What Calorie-Obsessed Vogue Diet Mom Dara-Lynn Weiss Ignores In Her Memoir The Heavy

Dara-Lynn Weiss, the woman who became infamous for writing in Vogue about putting her daughter on a diet, wants it both ways: she repeats over and over in her new memoir The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet, how much she loves every inch of her daughter, including her pesky belly, but then painstakingly…

Rachel Kramer Bussel / January 17, 2013

“Diet Mom” Dara-Lynn Weiss Attempts To Justify Putting Her Dieting Daughter In The Pages Of Vogue

“I understand the desire to make a child feel beautiful at any weight. I truly advocate for size acceptance. The culture of body image upsets me and has tortured me personally. I do think we should be able to be different sizes but I draw the line at when it starts affecting her health.”

Julie Gerstein / January 16, 2013

The Soapbox: On Steubenville High School & Teaching Boys Not To Rape

My son turns six next week, and among all the other wishes I have for him, I have a silent hope that won’t be shared at his birthday party. It’s one that swims in the depths of my mind, surfacing occasionally when awful things happen that force me to think about it: I wish and…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 3, 2013

Girl Talk: Motherhood & The Tragedy At Sandy Hook Elementary

I am not a mother. This fact has kept me from expressing my heartbreak over the shootings in Sandy Hook. In the aftermath of this horrifying event, I’ve watched countless friends — mothers, all of them — post wrenching status updates on Facebook. I’ve read them, feeling oddly ashamed inside. These moms talked of compassio…

Catherine Zuckerman / December 21, 2012

Jada Pinkett Smith Defends Daughter Willow’s Right To Do Her Hair However She’d Like

“This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 26, 2012

Astrology 101: Things You Said To Your Parents

No matter how awesome our parents are, we’re bound to have some issues with them. Whether we hash them out in therapy or over cocktails with friends, certain complaints are going to come out again and again. And you know what? It’s possible your parent’s astrological sign has something to do with how and why…

If Your 11-Year-Old Asks For A Tattoo, You Should Probably Say No

A North Carolina woman named Odessa Clay is set to stand trial for tattooing her 11-year-old daughter with a “small, heart-shaped tattoo near her right shoulder.” The 30-year-old’s excuse for tattooing her little girl last September? “She asked me to do it,” Clay explained.
Instead of saying, “I’m sorry honey, you’ll have to wait until…

Ami Angelowicz / October 8, 2012

Australia Enacts Paid Parental Leave For Dads, Gay Couples

In America, we don’t have even have nationwide paid maternal leave. We just have the Family And Medical Leave Act, which ensures three months of unpaid job-protected leave for a new mom. Look and learn, folks, because Australia is putting us all to shame: starting in 2013, Aussies will have the Dad And Partner Leave…

Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2012
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