Posts tagged "Parenting"

Mommie Dearest: On Adrian Peterson, Discipline & Child Abuse

Growing up, I was occasionally threatened with "the belt," or asked if I wanted a "patch on my tuchus" whenever I behaved extra naughty. But that's all they were — threats. Instead, my parents sent me to my room, took away prized privileges, or assigned me extra chores. Now, with my own son, there aren't…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 16, 2014

Apparently, The “Apparently Kid” Went On “Ellen”

Nothing brings joy to our hearts and barren wombs like "Apparently Kid"! And his appearance on "Ellen" yesterday did not disappoint. Noah Ritter — the five-year-old boy whose interview with a local newscaster went viral for his strong opinions about carnival rides and adorable overuse of the word "apparently" — took some time out from…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Breastfeeding In Bars

Sometimes it feels like moms who breastfeed in public can’t catch a break. Or, in the case of a Virginia mother, a few sips of beer. A woman identified as “Crystal” was thrown out of Big Woody’s Bar and Grill for drinking a beer while she nursed her baby. Crystal says she only had one…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 11, 2014

Baby’s Projectile Poop Makes Newborn Portrait The Best Ever

Al Ferguson, the proud new father of a baby boy, is ready for whatever parenthood throws at him— or in this case, whatever bodily fluids spew at him. While cradling naked baby Ted for a newborn portrait session with photographer Christy Grant, Al was in for quite the messy surprise. "As I felt his stomach…

By: Katie Oldenburg / September 5, 2014

This Mom Dressed Her Sons Like Celebrities And It’s Everything

Is your day feeling particularly slow and sleepy? Get ready for all that to change, with these adorable baby pictures that will have your ovaries squee-ing. What could be better than smoking hot male models posing for your pleasure? Well, these nuggets definitely compete. Their mom started photographing them after a friend showed her pictures of “fashio…

By: College Candy / August 31, 2014

Mommie Dearest: 4 Reasons I’m Glad I Brought My Kid To Provincetown’s Carnival This Year

It was only by happy accident that I scheduled our yearly family vacation to the outer Cape to coincide with Provincetown, Massachusett’s annual Carnival. For the uninitiated, Provincetown — or PTown, as its called — is a sweet little seaside village on the tip of Cape Cod, known for being the first place the Pilgrims

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 29, 2014

63 Things I Will Teach My Daughters About Sex

I don’t plan on having kids but I often imagine what I would be like if I were a mother. I imagine all the things I would have to teach my kids to put them on the path of being a good person. Then I imagine how they still may not turn out as I…

By: College Candy / August 27, 2014

Anthropologie Told Nursing Mom To Feed Her Kid In The Toilet

Breastfeeding moms held a "nurse-in" at Anthropologie after a woman shopping in a Los Angeles store was escorted by a manager to the bathroom to continue feeding her kid. Might I remind you that breastfeeding in public is legal in California? And that no one should have to hang out in the toilet any longer…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Parents Who Publicly Shame Their Kids

When it comes to parenting, one of the more difficult aspects to figure out can be discipline. There doesn’t seem to be one set method that works for every child, yet everyone has an opinion on what supposedly works best. For parents, it feels like a lot is riding on our disciplinary method, as it’…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 18, 2014

RIP Society: Mom Arrested For Swearing In Front Of Her Kids At The Grocery Store

Police in South Carolina arrested a mom last weekend after she allegedly directed the word "fuck" at her children in a Kroger grocery store. Danielle Wolf, who just moved her family to the city of North Augusta three weeks ago, grew frustrated with her husband for squishing the bread in her shopping cart, and displayed her…

By: Claire Hannum / August 15, 2014

Frisky Rant: The Public Faces Of The “Childfree By Choice” Movement Just Went And Got Pregnant

Almost exactly year ago, TIME magazine ran a cover story called "The Childfree Life" about the rising number of Americans who were opting not to have kids. One of those couples was Paul and Leah Clouse, who both felt that they couldn't balance their creative interests (a bakery for her, a blog for him) and…

By: Lilit Marcus / August 15, 2014

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

Although the birth rate for unmarried women has been slowly declining, middle-aged American women aren't waiting to tie the knot before having kids. According to recent CDC data, birth rates for unmarried females between the ages of 35 and 39 rose a substantial 48% between 2002 and 2012. Read more on Newser...

By: Newser / August 14, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Parents Need To Get Real About Sex Ed

Once upon a time, I was a high school social studies teacher. One of my favorite classes to teach was a college lecture-style current events course. I co-taught it with a handful of my colleagues and we gathered every morning in the school’s auditorium with the entire senior class. Since it was so convenient, administratio…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 12, 2014

Men Also Struggle Have It All

Imagine your next formal event. Now picture meeting a man in a tuxedo, asking him, “So what do you do?” and hearing him reply, “I’m a stay-at-home dad.” How do you respond? As a veteran at-home father (and now writer), I can attest that most men — and some women — stumble here, though progress inche…

By: Ask Men / August 10, 2014

4 Terrible Messages That Girl-Centered Ads Are Sending

The Internet has exploded in an estrogen-charged fury of pro-girl viral ads, each more emotionally manipulative than the last. And it's a good thing, because prior to the summer of 2014, American girls were languishing in princess towers, completely clueless that they had any value beyond their homemaking and boob-flashing skills. As a grown woma…

By: Cracked / August 10, 2014

Stop What You’re Doing & Let The ‘Apparently Kid’ Make Your Day

In my day, I've come across many children I want to snatch up and keep for myself, and Noah Ritter has now made his way to the top of my list (sorry, Blue Ivy, you've been bumped). The five-year-old was visiting a local fair when WNEP gave him the chance to talk on live televisio…

By: Katie Oldenburg / August 6, 2014

The Most Clever Pregnancy Announcement You Ever Will See

I think Coke's #ShareACoke campaign is stupid. Just think of how many germs you're spreading by sharing your soda with someone just because it says their name on the can. I'm not drinking my "Katie" Coke and then offering it to some other random chick named Katie just because we share the same name, nor…

By: Katie Oldenburg / August 6, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Bravo Is Serving Up Some “Extreme Parenting”

There’s a new reality show coming to Bravo this Thursday: "Extreme Guide to Parenting" will be an hour-long show that follows the lives of a variety of families, all living on the “extreme” edge of parenting. Several stereotypical parenting philosophies will be represented, from the helicoptering couple to the overly attached attachment parents, authoritative parent…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 5, 2014

Glamour Photographs Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding At A Diner Wearing A Fancy Gown, As You Do

“Being shot with [my son] Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breast-feeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2014

Pissed Off Mom Sells “Spoiled Brat” Daughter’s Katy Perry Tickets On Facebook

One teenage girl from Fargo, North Dakota, won't be seeing Katy Perry's whipped cream rocket bra in person this month, thanks to her fed up mother. Cindy Bjerke decided to teach her daughter a lesson by selling the teen's Katy Perry concert tickets online, which to me, seems like a pretty good punishment. The problem…

By: Katie Oldenburg / August 4, 2014
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