Posts tagged "Parenting"

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 kids finished u…

By: 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…

By: 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." --

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: 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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2012

People Are Not Laughing About This Picture Of A Baby Doing A Keg Stand

Arizona State University police were not laughing about this picture of what appears to be a baby doing a keg stand at an ASU tailgate party. Authorities are still unclear if the photo, which originally appeared on The Dirty, was a an act of Photoshop or a real photo-op. Investigation in progress. I certainly hope…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 30, 2012

Girl Talk: I Am My Mother’s Least Favorite Child

When I was little, I was convinced my mother hated me. Between my two older brothers and me, I was positive I was the one she liked least. Even at a young age I could sense I was a disappointment, that I didn’t fit the stereotype of her dream daughter: sweet, demure, cooperative, loving. I…

By: Daisy Barringer / September 28, 2012

Frisky Q&A: Jessica Valenti, Author Of “Why Have Kids?” Plus, Enter To Win A Kindle Fire!

Go to the parenting section of any bookstore and there are hundreds of thousands of pages to read on how to do it and setting expectations for what the experiences should be like. Very few tackle the question of why a person, in particular a woman, should/would become a parent, and even fewer from a feminist…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 20, 2012

How To Tell Quadruplets Apart

Clearly, the most creative way to tell quadruplets apart is to shave numbers onto their heads. In China, that's exactly what the mother of identical, six-year-old boys did. "My sons are identical, even to me," said their mother, Tan Chaoyun."Even now, their father can't tell which one is which … Sometimes, he punishes the second…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 10, 2012

Pole Dancing For Kids?

A Canadian dance studio has announced that they will offer pole dancing classes for children as young as five. You heard that correctly. Pole dancing FOR KIDS. While this may sound totally inappropriate, Kristy Craig of Duncan's Twisted Grip Dance and Fitness Studio on Vancouver Island insists that there's nothing untoward about it. "There i…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 7, 2012

11 Dumb Toys That Made Somebody Rich

Silly toys may be child's play, but that doesn't mean they aren't big business. Here are 11 of the dumbest items that, in the hands of children, turned into pure gold for the people who sold them. Silly Bandz These goofy wristbands are just silicone rubber, formed into shapes. That's it. A pack of 24…

By: TruTV / September 6, 2012

Every Kid Deserves To Have A Farting, Pooping Doll

I'm of the opinion that the sooner kids figure out how the whole eating/farting/pooping cycle works, the better. Kong Suni, the gassy baby doll sweeping South Korea, does just that. Designed to help with the potty training process, this apple-cheeked doll eats cereal, farts when you press her tummy and eliminates waste in a tiny…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 6, 2012

Parents Set Up Facebook Sting To Bust Teen Daughter’s Sex Offender Boyfriend

A mom and dad in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, took "To Catch A Predator"-esque tactics into their own hands and caught their teenage daughter's sex offender boyfriend sending dick pics to a supposed 15-year-old girl over Facebook. William Elms (also known as Liam) is a 19-year-old low-level/"level one" sex offender for committing third-degree child molestation. He wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2012

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Talks About Being A Porn Star Parent

"I try to do something fun with her every day. I just consider myself to be especially blessed, and people who knock porn, well, it affords me to be with my daughter … [When she's old enough] I’ll tell her Mommy has a job that some people don’t approve of, but Mommy’s proud of it…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2012

Delaware Daycare Workers Organize Toddler Fight Club

In today's edition of "There is no hope for humanity," let's discuss the three Delaware daycare workers who have been accused of organizing a toddler fight club, shall we? Dover police obtained cellphone video of a fight between two three-year-olds that was reportedly taken in March, which includes employees of the Hands of Our Future…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 21, 2012

Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

This piece first appeared on Eyelid's LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here. So uh, don't freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend. Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy's Law.  Patrick and I both thought it…

By: Eyelid / August 17, 2012
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