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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 »

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, she weighs only 23 pounds. According to doctors, Addie is only expected to live one more year, likely making this Christmas her last.

After receiving such a devastating prognosis, Addie’s family decided to ask for donations of Christmas cards to give their little girl a lifetime of love and joy from strangers across the world. Keep reading »

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

Everyone You Know Is Picking Baby Names From "Frozen" And "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 are naming their kids after Frozen characters at a huge rate, and not just the one name you might think. Read more on The Gloss…

Mommie Dearest: Why Are Kids’ Toys So Crappy?

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 new toys, many of which are — at best, creatively limiting — and at worst, fairly sexist or even hypersexualizing. And with the holiday season upon us, the problem with kids’ toys is only brought further into the spotlight. Keep reading »

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… Keep reading »

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

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 was most likely suspect. And suspect it was. In fact, the piece was so completely obtuse, it almost feels as if it’s pure linkbait from one of Thought Catalog’s resident trolls. Yet, even if it’s 100 percent trolling, the sad fact remains that there are actually still people out there who think like this “mom.” Keep reading »

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