Posts tagged "Parenting"

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…

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.”…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 16, 2015

If You’re Going To Tell Us Banging Your Dad Is Okay, Please Be An Actual Adult

New York magazine’s splendid “Science of Us” section released a whopper of an interview today, talking to an anonymous female who was in a sexual relationship with her father. The opening narrative of the article focused on “Genetic Sexual Attraction,” a phrase coined by an incest support group to describe the relationships between adopted childre…

Beejoli Shah / January 15, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

Breastfeeding in public just got a major, holy, endorsement. Pope Francis recently told mothers that they could breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. While presiding over the baptism of 33 babies, the leader of the Catholic church said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them,…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 13, 2015

Watch Kids Getting The Birds-And-Bees Talk For The First Time

Do you remember the birds-and-bees talk? I do: I avoided having to talk to my parents about sex as long as I could, relying on my sister for the info (she was only two years older than me) and reassuring my mom and dad that I knew enough and didn’t need them to tell me…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 8, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Parenting Is A Fear-Based Industry

In the latest issue of Porter magazine, actress Emily Blunt discusses motherhood — she and her husband, John Krasinski, are the parents of 10-month-old Hazel — stating that raising children “…is such a fear-based industry.” She goes on to clarify that “there used to be one book that everyone read, now there’s How to Raise

Avital Norman Nathman / January 4, 2015

Sarah Palin Proud To See Her Son Trig Stepping On The Family Dog

Well, this has to be a metaphor for something, doesn’t it?

Earlier today, Sarah Palin caused a bit of a kerfuffle on her Facebook page by posting a picture of her son Trig standing on the family dog … like it was a good thing. Seriously. This is what she wrote for the…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 2, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Mom Issues That Deserve Media Coverage In 2015

The media loves a good “mom story.” Flip through the TV or hop on a news website and there will invariably be some sort of story with a mom at the center. Whether it’s celeb-based or breaking news, moms make good media. Why? Because everyone can connect to them — whether they are one or…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2015
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