Parenting

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | March 9, 2015 - 2:30 pm

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.

Katie Klabusich | March 6, 2015 - 1:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | March 3, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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,…

Avital Norman Nathman | February 21, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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…

Beejoli Shah | February 17, 2015 - 11:33 am

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | February 6, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | January 27, 2015 - 3:40 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 20, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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…

Robyn Pennacchia | January 16, 2015 - 9:00 am

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…

Beejoli Shah | January 15, 2015 - 6:20 pm

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,…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 13, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | January 8, 2015 - 11:30 am

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 4, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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…

Robyn Pennacchia | January 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | January 2, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | December 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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

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…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | December 17, 2014 - 2:30 pm

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…

Avital Norman Nathman | December 12, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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…

Katie Naum | December 10, 2014 - 2:30 pm

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…

Katie Oldenburg | December 9, 2014 - 11:30 am
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