Posts tagged "Parenting"

Worst Grandma In The World Complains About Fat 6-Month-Old

This weekend in the New York Times Social Q's column, a woman wrote in to inquire about how to handle a ruthless grandma who is obsessed with her six-month-old granddaughter's weight: My husband and I have a beautiful 6-month-old daughter. She is chubby but not overweight by any means. My mother-in-law, who obviously has a weight…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 9, 2013

The Soapbox: Slutshaming Social Media Mom Kim Hall Needs To Learn Some Appropriate Boundaries With Her Kids

By now you've probably heard about the Is-She-Serious? blog post written by a Christian mother of three sons and one daughter addressed to the teenaged girls her kids are friends with on social media. In the post, "FYI, If You're A Teenage Girl," Kim Hall — who is director of a women'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2013

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

When I was in sixth grade, I'd advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski's math class, I felt suddenly out…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 4, 2013

Study: Women With Higher IQs Are Less Likely To Have Children

Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do…
By: Mary Odell / August 5, 2013

Frisky Rant: I Will Love My Dog Forever, Even After I Have Kids, Thanks

The first few months that I had my dog Lucca were rough. I adored her, make no mistake, but training a two-month-old puppy is no joke. I would set my alarm for the middle of the night so I could walk her, as her tiny bladder wasn't yet prepared to hold it all night. And while I…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 29, 2013

Women Receives Free Pizza For Breastfeeding At A Restaurant

When Jackie Johnson-Smith’s child began to cry during dinner at Fong's Pizza in Iowa, as you might expect, she fed the child and then exited the restaurant to avoid disturbing other diners. Johnson-Smith happens to breastfeed her baby, a practice that is often met with a lot of opposition in public. This time, however, she…
By: Mary Odell / July 19, 2013

RIP Society: Florida Mom Leaves Kids In Car During Lil’ Wayne Concert

Some Lil’ Wayne fans will to go extremes to see him perform — like leaving their young children in a car in the parking lot while they go to his concert. Brittany Harris, a 25-year-old Floridian from West Palm Beach, thought she would get away with leaving her three and five-year-old children in the Cruza…
By: Daley Quinn / July 17, 2013

‘Marijuana Moms’ Say Smoking Weed Makes Them Better Parents

There's a buzz happening in Beverly Hills over a group of women who call themselves the "Marijuana Moms." Many of the members of this loosely-knit group of pot-smoking parents smoke the wacky weed in order to relax or cope with chronic pain. In addition, they meet regularly for lavish dinners where the herb is a key…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / June 19, 2013

Today In Terribleness: Dad Sticks Baby In Freezer & Falls Asleep

First off, you just don't stick a baby in a freezer. Nope, not okay. Never okay. But secondly, if you do, you don't just lie down for a nap afterwards. Washington father Tyler James Deutsch was apparently fed up with his six-week-old baby's screaming, so he stuck the child in the freezer. And then he…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 29, 2013

Today In Terribleness: Mom Tries To Unload Toddler On Craigslist

I so desperately want to tell you about good stuff in the world. Like, Joe, the retired barber who cuts homeless peoples' hair in exchange for hugs. Let Joe remind you that humans are great sometimes. I wish Joe's haircuts cancelled out Stephanie Redus' attempt to unload her toddler son on Craigslist.
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 18, 2013

That’s Original! Women Names All 15 Of Her Kids Walter

Remember how George Foreman named each of his five sons George? He couldn't get enough of his own name, I guess. Well, a Brazillian mother of 12 has got him beat by a friggin' mile. She's named each of her 15 kids Walter. Like, all of them. Even the girls. Erotides Brandao promised she'd name…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 17, 2013

Mom Enters Fetus In A Beauty Pageant

It's never too early to start prepping your child to be a beauty queen. At least, that's what mom-to-be Jenny Oliver thinks. At seven months pregnant, she's already entered her unborn daughter, tentatively named Ella, into her first Bonnie Baby pageant. "With my dance skills and her sister Jess’s knowledge of pageants, there’s no way…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 16, 2013

RIP Society: Rich Mothers Are Hiring Disabled People To Cut Lines At Disney World

In a New York Post expose that made my stomach turn, I learned that rich, Manhattan mothers have discovered the most despicable way imaginable to bypass long lines at Disney World: hiring disabled people to pose as family members so their precious children don't have to wait in line. According to the…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 14, 2013

Girl Talk: My Husband’s Parenting Made Me Question Myself As A Mother

When I was pregnant, everyone warned me not to judge myself against other women either positively or negatively. They told me not to compare myself to the Super Moms, the Momzillas or even the Deadbeat Moms. People warned me that once I was a mother there would be some things I would do effortlessly, and…
By: Susan Finch / May 14, 2013

On The Matter Of Mattering In The Aftermath Of A Parent’s Death

It has been five-and-a-half months since my dad died and yet it sometimes feels like it hasn't hit me yet. Even though his ashes are sitting in a box in my apartment. He had been absent from my day-to-day life for years, our interactions limited, at their most intimate,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2013

Huh? Good Men Project Founder Calls NY Times Piece On The Benefits Of Paternity Leave An “Attack On Dads-At-Large”

Last week, The New York Times published a fairly straight forward news piece on the bountiful array of studies conducted here and in other parts of the world that suggest that offering paternity leave to new fathers could actually help stimulate the U.S. economy while also supporting women in their quest for work/life balance. The…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Father Of Gay Son Writes A Pre-Emptive Letter On His Coming Out

A dad overheard his son talking on the phone about coming out to his parents, and decided to write a pre-emptive letter to his kid, letting him know that he and the entire family supported him no matter what. The letter details that his father knew from the time his son Nate was very young…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 15, 2013

Another Day, Another Mother Giving Her Baby A Bong Hit

Rachel Braaten of Washington was arrested after this video of her giving her 22-month-old son a bong hit surfaced."I guess it was a joke and a stupid mistake that wasn't really funny," the 24-year-old told authorities. I would strongly, strongly agree with that statement. Never has a joke failed so heinously.Braaten is facing charges for…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 13, 2013

Seriously, The Most Insane Surrogacy Story You’ve Ever Heard

When Crystal Kelley agreed to carry a child for a Connecticut couple, she was expecting a happy ending. The 31-year-old (29 at the time), who had been a surrogate before, enjoyed helping couples with fertility problems. The couple's frozen embryo was implanted into Kelley's uterus and the pregnancy took. Everything seemed to be going a…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 5, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Reality TV Producers Have Come Knocking At My Door

I recently received an email from a talent agent who is working with a production company specializing in reality television. This particular company, which has produced a number of popular (and apparently award-winning) reality shows, is looking to turn their lens on families. They reached out to me as a potential subject. The talent agent…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 19, 2013
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