Posts tagged "Parenting"

Quiz: Are You Ready To Be A Mom?

So, you think you’re ready to be a mom, huh? What kind of questions did you ask yourself: am I financially viable, is my partner on board, do we have room for this baby? All good markers of motherhood preparedness, I suppose, but let’s get real for a second.
It isn’t until I had a baby that…

The Stir / February 25, 2014

New Spanking Law Would Make It Legal For Parents To Leave Kids Black And Blue

Right now, child protection laws in Kansas only allow spankings that don’t leave marks. Democratic State Rep Gail Finney has proposed a bill that would legalize 10 types of hand spankings and smacks to use while punishing your child. Parents can also give permission to others to spank their children. Read more on The Stir…

The Stir / February 21, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Friendships Change When You Have Kids

Within our group of friends, my husband and I were the first to get pregnant and have a kid. More than seven years later, I can now look back and see how much my friendships, particularly with my child-free friends, changed. I may not have realized it at the time, but in retrospect we experienced…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 20, 2014

True Story: I Want A Baby In My 20s

They say that your life completely changes when you have a baby. That this overwhelming sense of love makes you forget all of the sleepless nights and dirty diapers, the temper tantrums and crayon marks on the freshly-painted walls. Many new mothers declare that this is what they were meant to do: bring another life…

Anonymous / February 19, 2014

Melissa Harris-Perry On Welcoming A Daughter Via IVF And Gestational Surrogate

My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter…

Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2014

Mommie Dearest: 3 Things To Ask Yourself Before You Even Think Of Disciplining Someone Else’s Child

When it comes to disciplining your children, there’s no end to the opinions you’ll receive. Be strict! Be gentle! Give them free reign! Allow them to fail! Time outs! No time outs! Punishment! Allow them to experience natural consequences! It’s enough to make any parent’s head spin. But what happens when somebody goes beyond offering…

Avital Norman Nathman / February 13, 2014

Canadian Husband Keeping Pregnant Wife On Life Support Until Childbirth

Only a few weeks ago, a Texas husband successfully sued a hospital to remove his brain dead wife, Marlise Munoz, from “life support,” something they had refused to do because she was pregnant. The Fort Worth hospital believed they were following a state law which instructed them not to stop “life-sustaining treatment” for a patient…

Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Avital Norman Nathman, Editor Of The Good Mother Myth

You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the “mom” of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality.

The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents, postpartum depression, the changing

Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

On Woody Allen, My Father & Darkness

(Trigger Warning: Discussion of incest and childhood sexual abuse.)

The greatest gift my father gave me was a passion for art. As a pianist and composer with a Master’s degree in Musicology, he infused our home with creativity throughout my childhood. He encouraged me to find my own outlet; instead of sports team…

Anonymous / February 3, 2014

New Moms In The UAE Are Now Required To Breastfeed For Two Years

New mothers in the United Arab Emirates are now required by law to breastfeed their babies for two years, according to a clause in the country’s Child Rights law. Mothers who cannot nurse would be provided with a wet nurse by the government.  One viewpoint held by the council is that children have the right…

Jessica Wakeman / January 31, 2014

Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

When a woman attempts to find some semblance of “having it all,” she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question.

The latest female politician i…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 29, 2014

‘Grandma Showers’ Are The Most Ridiculous Thing Since … Baby Showers

Well, well, well — what will they think of next? Would you believe there is such a thing as grandma showers? Yes, as in a party for a grandmother-to-be, when either her daughter or daughter-in-law is preggo. You know, to give her tons of attention and get her all stocked up on supplies for the…

The Stir / January 28, 2014

Mommie Dearest: 6 Things To Consider When Bringing Babies To Restaurants

Earlier this month, the head chef of Alinea restaurant in Chicago, Grant Achatz, made headlines when he tweeted about some of his patrons:
Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but..

— Grant Achatz (@Gachatz) January 12,

Avital Norman Nathman / January 23, 2014

Black Gay Dads Post Adorable Instagram Photos With Kids, Are Inundated With Hateful Comments

Black gay dads Kordale and Kaleb recently found themselves inundated with hateful comments and messages when their Instagram account, featuring photos of the couple with their three kids, caught the attention of ignorant (and often racist) homophobes. Many of the hateful comments have since been deleted — and they’ve received an outpouring of…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 19, 2014

Real Talk: Real-Life Teen Moms Sound Off On Study Claiming “Teen Mom” Reduced Teen Pregnancies

There never seems to be a moment where young parenthood isn’t in the spotlight. But it’s gotten a recent boost this week after the The New York Times reported on a recent study purporting that shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have helped in the reduction of teen pregnancies. The study suggested…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 16, 2014

Lawyer Parents Make Their Daughter Sign An Affadavit For The Tooth Fairy

Emily Winter is not just one of our freelancer writers. Once upon a time, she was also a highly suspect little girl whose parents  — both lawyers — made her sign an affidavit to confirm to the Tooth Fairy that she really did lose a tooth she claimed to have lost. She even searched i…

Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

Pope Gives Thumbs Up To Moms Breastfeeding In Sistine Chapel

“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”
It’s not…

Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my…

Avital Norman Nathman / January 10, 2014

Kristen Bell Has A Refreshingly Healthy Attitude Toward Her Baby Daughter & Sex

“People ask, ‘Oh, well you’ve done some sexy material. Do you not want [your daughter] to see that?’ And I’m like, ‘My guess is if she’s anything like the other five billion people on the planet, she’s gonna grow up and enjoy sex, so I’m not gonna be shocked by that.’ I just think you’re setting…

Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

Poll: Is Liveblogging A Home Birth Intriguing Or Appalling?

Just when you thought your friends were oversharing on Facebook and Twitter, someone else comes along and puts them to shame in the TMI department.

Exhibit A: New mom, Ruth Iorio.

In case you haven’t heard, Ruth decided to liveblog her home birth, giving her followers (and the world) a play-by-play…

Katie Oldenburg / January 9, 2014
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