A Guide to the Terrible, Delicate Art of Making Parent Friends

You'd think it would be a cakewalk to make friends with other parents. After all, you're both parents! With children! Presumably at the same daycare or preschool! But no, you would not believe how difficult it is to find other people who both feel the same way you do about Cry it Out and also like the Pixies. » 12/02/14 4:45pm 12/02/14 4:45pm

Why I Won't Buy My Daughter a 'Normal Barbie' for Christmas

Designer Nickolay Lamm has created a "Normal Barbie." It has the proportions, according to CDC data, of the "average" 19-year-old woman, which means she looks more healthy and realistic. But in spite of being committed to encouraging a healthy body image, I don't think I'd buy my daughter this doll for Christmas. » 11/28/14 4:00pm 11/28/14 4:00pm

Trick or Treat: Why Not Dress Like a 'Sexy Mom' This Year?

Given that literally all costumes remotely associated with women or girls are run through the Naughty McSexy meter at this time of year, you may be astonished to learn that regular old moms, those tireless handmaidens of domesticity, have not been adequately sexed up for the season — UNTIL NOW. » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm

Stay-At-Home Mom Would Like Other Stay-at-Home Moms to Shut Up

This Just In: From deep inside enemy lines, proof that the Dumb Mommy Wars rage on in the hearts and homes of women in spite of our best efforts to move on. Today, a stay-at-home mother speaking from an unknown location forcefully advises other SAHMs to, and I quote, "Shut up and love your life." The charge: Unchecked… » 10/15/14 5:10pm 10/15/14 5:10pm

​It's OK if You Like Gaining Weight When Pregnant and OK if You Don't

The battle royale over how much weight you are or are not allowed to gain during pregnancy rages on: In one corner of the Internet, a "stick-thin" mom says having a baby is just an excuse to get fat. In another, a woman argues that no woman has ever said the best thing about pregnancy is getting fat. They are both… » 10/12/14 2:30pm 10/12/14 2:30pm

How to Tell if Having Kids Will Ruin Your Marriage

I don't know if you've heard, but having kids will destroy your marriage. It used to be just because kids are terrible, but now it's allegedly because everyone is so obsessed with their children. But I say neither of these things will destroy your marriage automatically. Allow me to present a more reasonable way to… » 10/05/14 2:15pm 10/05/14 2:15pm

OMFG Teach Your Kids Accurate Names for Body Parts Already

Generally speaking, girls have vaginas. Boys have penises. I did not think this was a groundbreaking thing to teach a 4-year-old (even at 2), but it is according to her teacher, who informed me my kid was telling other kids that babies come out of vaginas. First, I was so proud. Then I realized she was asking me to… » 9/24/14 12:20pm 9/24/14 12:20pm

We Need to Talk About Women Who Regret Motherhood

It's hard enough for women to talk about not wanting to become mothers at all, or to admit it isn't all its cracked up to be, but imagine the experience for women who straight-up discover it is not a good fit, a troubling experience, a series of disappointments, a bum deal? There is no good way to discuss this. » 9/18/14 11:50am 9/18/14 11:50am

'Bumpie' Is the Pregnancy Bump-Selfie Combo of Your Nightmares

It's hard to blame a lady for wanting to document her pregnancy. Growing a new person inside your tummy is probably one of the most insane-yet-somehow-natural things a woman can do, so it's understandable if she wants to snap some pics throughout the process. The only time she should ever be judged is if she refers to… » 9/15/14 7:00pm 9/15/14 7:00pm

Parenting: Are You Doing It Right? Depends on Where You Live.

Parenting is hard, no newsflash there. Know what can make it harder? Having too much information about various approaches, all with conflicting supporting data. Add to this that our entire sense of community has shifted, and many parents live nowhere near their families of origin, leaving most of us to wing it in a… » 8/19/14 1:40pm 8/19/14 1:40pm

Meet the Assholes of Bravo's 'Extreme Guide to Parenting'

There are two kinds of parenting approaches: Yours, and everyone else's. There are reasonable parents who set boundaries and give love (like you), and then there's the crazies: the hippies, Tiger moms and assorted nutjobs who fill us with the warm glow of self-righteousness. Lucky us: The latter now have a reality… » 8/08/14 1:20pm 8/08/14 1:20pm

Letting a Child Pick Her Sippy Cup Color Will Not Destroy Society

Apparently, there is a crisis in modern parenting. It's not that there's no paid parental leave, affordable daycare, or better-funded public schools, it's that parents are letting their children pick their own Sippy cup color, directly contributing to the utter squalor that is Modern Society. Oh No. What Will We Do. » 7/15/14 2:00pm 7/15/14 2:00pm

Mila Kunis Is Right: Dudes, Stop Saying 'We're Pregnant'

Pregnancy is a lot of things: A joy, a pain, a blessing, a curse. One thing it's not is simultaneously experienced physically by the dude who knocked you up, or whoever your partner in this crime is. So unless the you is two women who are actually both pregnant simultaneously, do us all a favor and stop saying "We're… » 6/13/14 5:30pm 6/13/14 5:30pm