How I Identify Is Not Your Choice

In April, several months before Rachel Dolezal became head jester of racial appropriation court, Rush Limbaugh called celebrated black image activist and feminist Michaela Angela Davis, “a mixed-race little orphan Annie.” The statement was shockingly ugly, a blatant reminder from the court’s self-appointed king that,… »11/10/15 2:15pm11/10/15 2:15pm

Sesame Street Introduces First Muppet With Autism

Sesame Street Workshop has added a new, autistic muppet named Julia to the gang. Julia’s addition is part of a program launched Wednesday morning called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” that features routine cards, videos, and further resources for family and friends of an autistic child. »10/22/15 12:30pm10/22/15 12:30pm

What to Do When Your Kid Lies to You

A typical four-year-old lies about once every two hours, according to some studies. A typical six-year-old lies even more often (hourly)! Fellow parents: What do we do about this deception? How can we build trust with our kids and prevent them from growing up into psychopaths? This is the dilemma I’m learning to deal… »9/18/15 11:25am9/18/15 11:25am

Lesbian Moms Say Arkansas Won't Put Both Parents on Birth Certificate

Three lesbian couples have sued Arkansas’s state health officials, saying the department refuses to put both parents on their children’s birth certificates. They say the State Health Department will only put the biological mother on a birth certificate, and requires a court order to include the other parent. »7/14/15 2:15pm7/14/15 2:15pm

Stop Saying Only Children Will Grow Up to Be Selfish Monsters

Only children are so easy for people to hate. They are, as the caricature goes, spoiled from having been loved and provided for too much, without having to endure the character-building benefits siblings provide: being ignored, being forced to jockey for the TV remote, enduring the humiliation of hand-me-downs, and… »7/08/15 1:00pm7/08/15 1:00pm

Should I Fly With My Baby or Just Walk Her From Los Angeles to Detroit?

Recently, Jessica Coen shared a photo here of how I prefer to fly with my tiny child. A lot of folks in the comments thought maybe DCFS should take her from me (be my guest!) because I let her hang out on the floor. Now, this week, a mother — a pregnant mother — was apparently kicked off a United Airlines flight… »5/28/15 1:30pm5/28/15 1:30pm

Staten Island Very Upset About Woman Being Walked on Leash at the Mall

There’s no word on whether the below couple enjoying a nice walk through the mall together are doing some sort of art project or participating in something sexual, but concerned folks in Staten Island are shaking their heads at the photo of a man walking a woman on a leash. The shot, which was snapped on Saturday, has… »5/21/15 4:00pm5/21/15 4:00pm

What's Harming the Children Today? A Dangerous List.

America’s Youths are unusually endangered today, with a variety of societal and environmental factors threatening to really wreck their shit. Take a few minutes, turn your chair around Cool Teacher-style, and make the children and teens in your life aware of the following threats. That is, if they’re at home and not… »4/24/15 11:30am4/24/15 11:30am

Study: Time Spent with Your Kid Means Less Than Quality of The Hang

Apparently American parents spend more time with their kids than any other parents in any other country. I for sure thought Swedish parents - with their endless maternity and paternity leave - would win the parental hang time race but the Washington Post attests to American exceptionalism. Rah rah. So how come… »3/29/15 5:30pm3/29/15 5:30pm

Everything You Need to Consider Before Having Another Child

In many ways, deciding whether to have another child is even harder than deciding on having the first one. It's a lot more complex than asking "Do we want more children and do we have enough money? Okay, go!" Adding another child is almost like creating a whole new family again. Here are some things you should… »3/20/15 2:42pm3/20/15 2:42pm