Parenting - Page 18

Two Men And A Baby … Kind Of

There are alternative ways of becoming a parent if traditional human child rearing is not your cup of tea. Partners of 26 years, Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick, adopted their “son,” Digby, some 20 years ago in Paris. Yes, Digby is technically a “doll” but they don’t care to refer to him that way. To… More »


Sometimes Mommy Bloggers Need To Shut It

Oh boy, one mom has really stepped in it after publishing her piece about favoring her son over her daughter. In hopes that the post will be taken down permanently, I’m not going to name names (after all, if her post lives, that poor girl might be able to find out what her mom really… More »


What Kind Of Parent Would Give Their Kid This Slutty Wolfwoman To Play With?

Toy companies have made it easy for Child Protect Services: just park at Toys ‘R Us near the slutty wolfwoman doll and snag whomever’s hand in the beartrap of poor decisions. Much like Barbie, Mattel’s Monster High doll, Clawdeen Wolf, sports a lush head of hair, a fur-lined jacket, and the shortest of miniskirts. But… More »


A 3-Year-Old Alcoholic !?

You know there’s a problem when … your toddler needs to be treated for alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. The UK’s National Health Service reports that the youngest patient they’ve treated for alcohol addiction was three years old. They are not releasing any further info on the patient’s identity to protect his or her confidentiality. More »


A Loving Partner Can Help You Become A Better Person

A new study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that the better relationship you had with your parents, the better you are at letting bygones be bygones with your S.O. Why? When parents or caregivers help you regulate negative reactions when you’re a kid, you’ll be better able to do it as an adult,… More »


Billy Ray Cyrus Is Worried About Miley, Regrets “Hannah Montana”

“I’m scared for her. She’s got a lot of people around her that’s putting her in a great deal of danger. I know she’s 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I’d like to try to help. Take care of her just a little bit, to at least get her out of danger. More »


Today’s Lady News: You Mean Everyone Can’t Afford To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

While cutting funding for a Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers, elected officials in Frederick County, Maryland, made appallingly ignorant comments about how their own wives took time off of work to stay home with their kids when they were young, so why can’t other moms? [TDB.com]
A subcommittee of Iowa’s state House of… More »


Today’s Lady News: Lots Of Boobs At The Smithsonian On Saturday

Breastfeeding moms are holding a “nurse-in” at the Hirschorn Museum at the Smithsonian on Saturday after a woman who sat on a bench to nurse her daughter in January was told by a security guard to go feed the baby in the bathroom. A 1999 federal law states “a woman may breastfeed her child… More »


In Defense Of Slumber Parties

Going to slumber parties used to be a fun thing, well, unless you were the girl who got her undies put in the fridge, or the first to fall asleep, or the one who cried because they were doing drugs in “Footloose” (that was me). I guess slumber parties were not always that fun –… More »


Dr. Phil Tells Mom To Not Let Son Play With Barbies

Dr. Phil doesn’t want your son to be “confused” — especially if “confused” means “gay.” Not that one of America’s most prominent psychological experts (thanks a lot, Oprah) comes right out and says being gay is bad. The gay and lesbian blog Queerty points us to DrPhil.com, where he kindly suggests a mother “direct” her… More »


Mother Punishes Son With Hot Sauce, Cold Shower

On “The View” this week, the ladies discussed a mother who appeared on Dr. Phil, who punishes her young son for misbehaving by pouring hot sauce on his tongue and forcing him into a freezing cold shower. (The mother has since been charged with abuse.) In the clip above, it’s clear this poor kid… 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 »


Happy Daughters Play Video Games With Dad

Fathers and daughters who game together stay together, according to a new study. Researchers found that adolescent girls who played video games with their parents (more specifically, their dads) were happier, less aggressive, better students who were more connected with their families. The same results did not apply to the boys. Of course, we’re talking… More »


Jane Krakowski Is My Pregnancy Role Model

You know what’s annoying? When a friend gets pregnant and all of a sudden, all they can talk about is the number of toxins in industrial carpet and the ins and outs of breastfeeding. I mean, I respect that these are things they have to think about, but does it have to be the only… More »


Elton John Enjoys The Scent Of Dirty Diapers

“I love the smell of [soiled] nappies … Fatherhood is fantastic … It’s been the most wonderful thing that’s happened to me after meeting David. This little soul that you’re feeding, changing, bathing and telling bedtime stories to is a blank canvas. And all it needs is love and nurturing. When he gets to talking… More »


Today’s Lady News: Are “Chinese Mothers” Superior?

The Wall Street Journal ran a controversial op-ed by Yale Law professor Amy Chua about “Chinese mothers,” or more broadly, a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. “Chinese parents can get away with things that Western parents… More »


Today’s Lady News: The Regrets Of A Stay-At-Home Mom

These are the regrets of a stay-at-home mom who “opted out” of the workforce, got divorced, and is now broke. For anyone who would eventually like to stay at home and raise some babies, this is a must-read. [Salon.com]
Beth Ditto of The Gossip is writing a memoir! Yay! [Vogue IT]
A Kentucky Senate… More »


To Stop Your Dog From Barking, Breastfeed Her!

Single mother Suzanne Morgan made a life-changing discovery one evening after she put her daughter Tasha to bed. Her dog Dixie was howling, barking uncontrollably, hungry to be fed. She opened the cupboards and discovered they were bare. She was low on cash after her husband split. So instead of going to the store to… More »


Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

“[After the birth of her son, Moses,] I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect.It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I… More »


Elton John Has A Baby Boy!

Elton John is father to a new baby boy! The “Rocket Man” singer became father of his own little “Tiny Dancer” on December 25, with his husband David Furnish. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born via anonymous surrogate in California. “We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment,” the couple told… More »


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