Posts tagged "Parenting"

It’s Time To Cry: Terminally Ill 6-Year-Old Asks For A Lifetime’s Worth Of Christmas Cards

This year, add another Christmas card to your list and make one little girl’s last holiday season a bright one. Addie Fausett of Fountain Green, Utah, suffers from an undiagnosed illness that causes cerebral atrophy, which affects her speech and motor skills, according to CNN. At age three, Addie stopped growing, and now, at 6,…

By: Katie Oldenburg / December 9, 2014

Everyone You Know Is Picking Baby Names From “Frozen” & “The Hunger Games” For 2015

People have been naming their babies after popular film, television, and pop culture figures for years, but some of those baby name trends are better than others. For example, when everybody started naming their kids “Bella” and “Edward” and “Wolfman McAbs” after Twilight‘s leads, many of us rolled our eyes. But this year, things are awesome: people…

By: The Gloss / December 5, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Why Are Kids’ Toys So Crappy?

One of the coolest parts of childhood is definitely all the toys. But as a parent today — especially a feminist one — toys can be one of the more frustrating aspects of raising a child. Marketing and branding has increased tenfold, and even kids who don’t regularly watch TV are aware of all the…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 5, 2014

This Trans* Birth Announcement Is Melting The Internet’s Heart

A couple in Australia updated their trans son’s birth announcement in the Queensland Courier-Mail to correctly gender him, 19 years after their first announcement. “Oops! Our bad,” they said, adding, “Loving you is the easiest thing in the world.” M’aaaawwwwww, I love great parents. See the full announcement after the jump…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 2, 2014

Mommie Dearest: No, Feminism Is Not About Stripping Boys Of Their Masculinity

Recently, Tara Kennedy-Kline, a mother of two boys, took to the internet to proudly declare that she cannot (and will not) support feminism. If the title of the piece didn’t send up a bevy of red flags, the fact that it appeared on Thought Catalog should have clued me in to the fact that it…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 24, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Seriously, Stop Policing Mothers’ Bodies

Kim Kardashian recently posed naked for Paper magazine, and despite the prediction, she did not actually break the internet. Instead, she got a whole lot of people talking. While many people are naturally talking about her shiny posterior, others are rightfully discussing the racial implications of the photoshoot. Along with the thoughtful critique, there’s also…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 18, 2014

Bryan Cranston Narrates Children’s Book You Have To F**king Eat

After Samuel L. Jackson narrated Go the F*ck to Sleep, I didn’t think that another children’s book could make an adult so happy — yet this glorious book has done just that, and it’s now narrated by none other than Bryan Cranston.

I’d highly recommend not reading this to your child if they’re anywhere near…

By: Ask Men / November 13, 2014

New Dad Builds Sick Infant Iron Man Costume To Help Him “Feel Brave”

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent with a sick child, but I do know that the feeling of helpless must be awful. That’s why Eric Hart is doing everything he can to help his four-month-old son “feel brave,” while he’s kept in the neonatal intensive care unit. Eric is a professional…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 11, 2014

A New Font Makes Reading Easier For Children With Dyslexia

File this under Simple Solutions For Complex Problems: Font designer Christian Boer constructed a font that is more easily readable for people with dyslexia by tailoring the letters to accommodate the perceptual problems that are characteristic of dyslexia.
The problem with standard fonts for people with dyslexia is that letters are made to look…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 11, 2014

Mommie Dearest: The “Mommy” Problem

“Mommy!” Coming from anyone other than your child it can certainly sound sickeningly saccharine, diminutive, and even mocking. But at the moment, all things Mommy reign supreme. This past weekend, Heather Havrilesky (who writes the awesome advice column Dear Polly, BTW) addressed this dichotomy for the New York Times Sunday Review in her piece, “Our

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 11, 2014

This Is Easily The Most Disturbing Toy Ever Created

Disclaimer: This story is all kinds of NOPE.

When Nicole Allen made her way into a local Dollar Store to buy a small surprise for her daughter, she got more than she bargained for when she found a toy fairy wand called “Evilstick.” The wand is supposed to play music and invoke happy…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 11, 2014

RIP Society: Woman Invents Motion-Sensing Mobile So Babies Can Post Selfies From Their Cribs

For those of you whose Facebook news feeds have become bombarded with photos of your friends’ babies, this is not good news for you. A design student in the Netherlands has just come up with perhaps the most invasive technology ever, sure to make baby’s first words be “I hate you, mama.”

New…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 6, 2014

Boy Going Blind Creates Bucket List Of Sights

Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they’re bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind. Read more on Newser…

By: Newser / November 5, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy’ Is Still Hilarious

Aside from trick-or-treating, dressing up in costume and carving pumpkins, Jimmy Kimmel has created my favorite, newest Halloween tradition that I truly hope will last forever. The late night host has instructed his fans, yet again, to mess with their kids by telling them the morning after Halloween that they’ve eaten all of their Hallowee…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 4, 2014

Could Disney’s Next Princess Have Special Needs?

Many little kids, at one point or another, have wanted to be a Disney Princess. We grew up watching Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and others teach us that it’s okay to be brave, strong-willed, vulnerable and fiercely independent, and as the times have changed, the brand’s Princesses have adapted to become more culturally diverse. But…

By: Katie Oldenburg / October 29, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Shannon Drury Of The Radical Housewife On Motherhood, Modern Feminism & Reproductive Justice

The phrase “family values” tends to conjure up images old white dudes with traditional nuclear families imploring us to “think of the children” despite actively ignoring the plight of thousands of American kids growing up in poverty or with a poor shot at education – essentially, people who are not concerned with the wellbeing of…

By: Claire Hannum / October 26, 2014

You May Be Liable For Your Kids’ Facebook Posts

Parents who don’t already pay close attention to their kids’ Facebook posts may want to start. Georgia’s Court of Appeals says parents may be liable for their children’s online activity after a couple didn’t force their son to delete a defamatory Facebook profile, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to court documents, the boy and another student created…

By: Newser / October 25, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Moms & The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana For Sick Children

In their new documentary, “Weed The People,” filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein profile the story of Sophie Ryan, who at seven months, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. After much research and investigation, Sophie’s parents turned to medicinal cannabis oil, and the results were almost unbelieveable — the treatment was shrinking Sophie’s tumor.

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 24, 2014

Oh Thank Goodness, “The Talk” Is Getting Less Awkward For Both Parents And Children

I was glad that my mom and I had exactly the same feelings on having “The Talk”: neither of us wanted to do it, and we were glad that it was over so quickly. I was 11-ish or 12-ish, and my mom casually asked, “We haven’t had The Talk yet, have we?” And I said,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 16, 2014

Mommie Dearest: From Helicopters To Lawnmowers, With Free-Range In Between, What Kind Of Parent Will You Be?

Parenting can be overwhelming. Not the actual act of being a parent — although that certainly has its challenges — but the whole world of parenting philosophies. It seems like every other week we’re bombarded with a new way to parent, each one promising even more chances of insuring your offspring’s success. For a new…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 14, 2014
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