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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 caption:

Happy New Year! May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me. He, determined to help wash dishes with an oblivious mama not acknowledging his signs for “up!”, found me and a lazy dog blocking his way. He made his stepping stone.

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Mommie Dearest: Mom Issues That Deserve Media Coverage In 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 not — and because the shaming/belittling/exploitation of women always sells, unfortunately. While occasionally there are some gems among the sludge, many mom-centric stories are all about outrage and impact, regardless of whether it’s beneficial or not.

Just days into 2015, I thought it would be helpful to offer suggestions of what I’d love to see covered when it comes to moms this year… Keep reading »

Girl Talk: What My Mom Taught Me About Motherhood

I was in an online networking group, for a while, in which there coincidentally happened to be many, many children of narcissistic parents, mothers especially. Well, either it was a coincidence, or there are more narcissistic parents in the world than one would imagine. It sounds horrible. Apparently, narcissistic parents rely on their children for their own self-esteem, keep their kids possessively close to them, and then when the child starts to branch out and become independent, the parent gets jealous. It can be, and apparently often is, abusive. It leaves those children with a lot of baggage. (The link above has good information and resources for adult children of narcissistic parents.)

It got me thinking, though: My mom is kind of awesome. Well, no, she just is awesome. During the conversations about narcissistic mothers in that networking group, I’d just think, “I should probably show myself out.” I didn’t want to rub my awesome mom in the faces of people who struggled with their mothers. Keep reading »

Watch Some Babies ROCK THE F**K OUT To Metal

HARDCORE

Today in FUCK YEAH, PARENTING: Here are some babies who are getting really, really, really into metal. That blond kid is in a carseat and I am not ashamed to admit that I am slightly intimidated by him. He seems super, super intense. When he grows up, you know he’s the kind of kid who’s going to accidentally break some chick’s collarbone in a mosh pit. She’ll deck him with her good arm and break his nose, they’ll start a fight, get rushed off to the same emergency room, fall in love, and one day create their own spawn and dress her in Slayer onesies. It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all. [eBaum’s World]

Mommie Dearest: Sister Wife-ing It Up

Mommie Dearest: Sister Wife-ing It Up

I used to watch TLC’s “Sister Wives” — a reality show about a Mormon household with one husband, four wives, and a combined 17 children =- with a mix of shame, incredulity, and, dare I say it, jealousy. While I couldn’t imagine sharing my husband like that, there was something appealing about the way the Brown family came together to support each other, living out the concept of “it takes a village,” and redefining what family means. Push aside the inherently sexist concept of religious male-centric polygamy for a second, and there is something really beautiful about a group of adults coming together to help raise a family. Keep reading »

Holiday Estrangements: On Being Motherless By Choice At Christmas

Holiday Estrangements: On Being Motherless By Choice At Christmas

Like many American families who celebrate Christmas, mine does it in a pretty secular way. The more observant among us attend services to mark the holiday, but the magnet that pulls our scattered members across the country to one point in the Midwest is, I think, the same as what brings you and yours together on your special occasions. Togetherness. Kinship. Love — however mixed up with less-exalted emotions — of family.

This gets a little complicated when, like me, you’ve publicly stated you may never speak to your mother again. Keep reading »

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