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

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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 also be good parents. “If we decided to have children, we’d have to grieve the life we currently have,” Leah said.

Now, it looks like the grieving time has begun. Because the Clouses are having a baby.

If you go to Leah Clouse’s Facebook page, you’ll see that her profile photo is now an illustration of her (with pregnant belly), Paul, and their two cats, with a note reading “Baby Clouse Arriving April 2015.” For many people, having a baby is a joyous occasion, and I’m happy to congratulate friends when they welcome children of their own. But I just can’t feel too happy for the Clouses. Keep reading »

More Unmarried Women Over Age 35 Having Babies

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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…

Mommie Dearest: Parents Need To Get Real About Sex Ed

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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, administration occasionally used this time for other events like assemblies, graduation information, and the mandatory sex-education requirement for 12th graders. This requirement was fulfilled over the course of two days, where a sexual health educator from Planned Parenthood would come and lecture for two class sessions on contraception and STDs.

Ninety minutes. Ninety minutes over the course of an entire year. That is how long was devoted to teaching over 500 teenagers the ins and out of safe sex and sexuality. So it never failed to surprise me that, like clockwork, I would have students come up to me after the safe-sex presentation and ask me all sorts of questions. This is absolutely not to dismiss the wonderful educator from Planned Parenthood; she knew her stuff and was a pro at disseminating the information to teens. She never faltered, used to the outbursts, titters, and hand gestures routinely made … especially as she demonstrated the proper way to put on a condom. Keep reading »

Men Also Struggle Have It All

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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 inches along. Of the many less-than-appropriate replies I have heard while in a tux, regular suit, or just “average dad” clothes at various social events, here is the most memorable: “You must like watching cartoons.”

Not exactly a having-it-all moment. Read more on Ask Men…

4 Terrible Messages That Girl-Centered Ads Are Sending

Dove Real Beauty Ad Send The Wrong Message

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 woman and a mom of middle school daughters, I’m convinced that the new wave of viral ads are just as pandering and insulting as the things they’re trying to prevent. You just have to get past your gut reaction of “Yay! Girls!” to see it. Read more on Cracked…

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

Stop What You're Doing & Let The 'Apparently Kid' Make Your Day
"Apparently I've Never Been On Live Television Before..."

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 television about one of the rides, but he had an agenda of his own.  Needless to say, he completely stole the show. Noah may only be in kindergarten, but he’s “apparently” already found his favorite word. He’s also apparently the cutest, funniest kid ever and I can only hope my offspring are as awesome as he is.

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