Posts tagged "Parenting"

Grab Those Snippers! San Francisco Judge Nixes Circumcision Ban On Ballot

Snip away, San Francisco! A judge ruled yesterday that the city cannot vote on whether to ban circumcision on the ballot next election. The ban, which was spearheaded by activist Lloyd Schofield, would have made "genital mutilation" of minors punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in prison. The Jewish community was meshuggenah about…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2011

Miranda Kerr Should Keep Labor Horror To Herself

Labor already has a terrible reputation, so when Miranda Kerr said her natural, drug-free birth was so painful, she thought she was going to die, most people probably were not terribly surprised. And while I am sure it was intense (because duh), it does not do women any good to hear all the time how…

By: The Stir / July 16, 2011

Racist Doctor Writes Prescription For Mom To Spank Her 5-Year-Old Biracial Son

Oh, Texas. A mother appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week to complain about an ER doctor at Huguley Memorial Medical Center who treated her five-year-old boy for a finger infection and wrote a prescription for her to "apply large paddle to bottom of child anytime he needs it." What's even more WTF about…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2011

Casey Anthony Wasn’t Ready To Be A Mom, And Neither Was I

When Caylee Anthony disappeared in 2008, I followed the news coverage with a sick heart. I hugged my then-6-year-old daughter a little tighter and whispered multiple prayers of thanksgiving for her safety. Caylee's story made me imagine what it would be like to have a child disappear, and those thoughts terrified me on a level…

By: YourTango.com / July 9, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Italian Company Fires All Women “So They Can Stay Home” With Kids

When an Italian company Ma-Vib faced budget problems, it fired all 13 of its female employees and justified it claiming the women could stay home with their kids now: "We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2011

“Elimination Communication” — When Children Poop In Public

This weekend, a friend of mine posted the following on her Facebook wall:Just witnessed a new low in parenting. We were waiting in line for the ferry when the dad in front of us announced his kid had to go to the bathroom. Instead of, oh, I dunno, going to one of the many port-a-pottie…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 21, 2011

Deadbeat Dads Should Be Stigmatized Like Drunk Drivers, Says UK Prime Minister

Deadbeat dads should be stigmatized by society just like drunk drivers, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in a Father's Day article for the Telegraph newspaper. Cameron blasted what he called "runaway" fathers and said society should be "genuinely hostile" and make them feel the "full force of shame heaped upon them." The prime minister…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

Critics Of Toddlers Pole Dancing Are Such A Buzzkill

A pole dancing class for toddlers offered at a dance studio in England is being attacked by critics who say it's "promoting sexually precocious behavior" in young kids. But I don't get what everyone is so worked up about. Isn't climbing up and down and around a stripper pole just another form of exercise? And…

By: The Stir / June 18, 2011

Do Your Parents Financially Support You?

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By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2011

Dear Wendy Updates: “No Kids, Please” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from "No Kids, Please," who said she didn't want to ever have small children, preferring, instead, to maybe one…

By: Wendy Atterberry / June 13, 2011

Texas Chick-Fil-A Hosting Daddy-Daughter “Date Night”

Saturday June 18 will be a creepy evening in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: it's Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-Fil-A. Dads and daughters can RSVP for tables at participating restaurants on DaddyDaughterDate.com, a site so festooned with red hearts, filigree and curlicue script that it wouldn't look out of place on Valentine's Day. Even though June…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2011

“Human Barbie” Mom Gives Boob Job Voucher For Her Daughter’s 7th Birthday

It figures a mother who made headlines when she taught her six-year-old daughter to pole dance would find another way to make the news: Sarah Burge of the UK gave her girl, Poppy, a voucher for breast implants on her 7th birthday. Burge, who is known as "the Human Barbie" for her slavish devotion to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2011

UK May Ban Raunchy Music Videos On TV Before 9 PM

Raunchy music videos would be banned from television until after 9 p.m., if UK politicians listen to a parents' group that apparently did not appreciate Rihanna and Britney Spears' recent lingerie-clad pillow fight whilst singing high praises to S&M.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2011

Dear Wendy: “I Don’t Want Kids, But My Live-In Boyfriend Does. Are We Doomed?”

I have been in a wonderful relationship with my boyfriend for about a year and a half. We moved in together about a year ago and it has been going great! He is financially responsible (although we both deal with school loan debt), fun to be around, and has a great family. We have talked…

By: Wendy Atterberry / May 26, 2011

Quickies: “Botox Mom” Visited By Child Protect Services & LiLo Hangs Out With Marilyn Manson

"Botox mom" Kerry Campbell, who injects Botox into her eight-year-old daughter Britney's forehead to help her compete in beauty pageants, had her daughter removed by Child Protective Services. An all-around very sad story. [TMZ] Donald Trump has at last announced he won't be running for president, praise be! "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2011

Frisky Q&A: Dr. Peggy Drexler, Author Of “Our Fathers, Ourselves” About Women And Their Dads

Confession: I'm a bit of a daddy's girl. My dad has always made me feel protected and loved, even if he hasn't always verbalized it the way my mom does. In the back of my mind, I'm always comparing how well the men I date treat me with how well my father treats me. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2011

Butt-Toning Skechers Shape Up Sneakers Miiiiight Not Be Appropriate For Little Girls

We've all seen Kim Kardashian's softcore porn for Skechers' Shape Ups, the sneakers which claim to tone your ass (despite the health and fitness community calling BS on that one). Whatever, that's what Kim Kardashian does in every commercial. But Skechers is also selling Shape Ups butt-toning sneakers for your little girl!

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 11, 2011

Girl Talk: I Was Pregnant, He Was Partying

One night, while six months pregnant, I woke to the sound of something crashing down the stairs. That something, I discovered, was my husband Jason, who lay sprawled on the floor like a limp marionette. At first, I was worried. Had he broken his neck? Was the father of my unborn child alive? But my…

By: Judy Dutton / April 20, 2011

Kate Moss-Inspired “Anorexia” Tees Now On Sale In Children’s Sizes

A T-shirt inspired by Kate Moss' controversial personal motto, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels," is being sold on a UK website and marketed to children. As you can imagine, people are outraged, especially those who work for the campaign, Beating Eating Disorders (BEAT). The organization called for a ban on the "dangerous" tees.

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 16, 2011
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