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

For Chrissakes, Don't Leave a Kid Under 6 Alone in a Car

I'm not here to judge Kim Brooks, a mother of two who made the choice to leave her 4-year-old son in a car for five minutes while she purchased headphones in the midst of a frenzied effort to get to the airport in time. The kid was fine, but Brooks wasn't — a parking lot bystander recorded her leaving the child in the… » 6/08/14 1:00pm 6/08/14 1:00pm

If You Could Choose Your Parenting Choice Again, Would You?

You would think that choosy moms choose their choice and would choose it again. But not always. A recent informal experiment into whether stay-at-home mothers would also advise other soon-to-be moms to stay at home now that they've walked a mile in their own choice shoes produced some interesting results about… » 3/30/14 2:00pm 3/30/14 2:00pm

Nothing Can Help You Decide Whether to Have Kids

Are people without kids happier than their parents? Does having children make people happier? Does having children make you unhappy? Still no proof that children make us happy! These are just a handful of headlines of late probing the effect of kids on parents in the great Happiness-a-thon of life. But here's the… » 2/22/14 3:20pm 2/22/14 3:20pm

Bristol Palin Is Trying to Pick a Pointless Fight With Wendy Davis

Today in awful people news: Bristol Palin — America's mean older sister — has THANKFULLY weighed in on the whole Wendy Davis (non) scandal and accused the Texas politician of being a gold digger, an abortion lover and a terrible mother. Aw, BriBri. You are as cruel as your hair is shiny. Can I hang out in your room???? » 1/29/14 12:40pm 1/29/14 12:40pm

If Yelling at Kids Is as Harmful as Spanking, What the Hell Is Left?

I grew up in Tennessee in the 1980s. This means that when I wasn't being spanked by a paddle, a hand, a belt, or a switch of my own choosing, I was being yelled at. Clearly, I have an extremely well adjusted attitude towards authority figures and a deep, abiding love for all mankind. Which is why it comes as zero… » 11/05/13 11:00am 11/05/13 11:00am

Hot Right Now: Letting Your Newborn Keep His Placenta for Six Days

Okay, brace yourself. There's a birthing technique that will allow you to live in a house with a Keurig and some wifi but still keep the umbilical cord attached from your baby to its placenta postpartum until it detaches on its own, about a week later, just like chimpanzees do. Sure, it requires lugging the thing… » 10/28/13 1:00pm 10/28/13 1:00pm

Some Ladies Just Don't Give a Shit About Having It All

Lost in the debate about having it all, wanting it real bad, reaching for the brass ring and living a life mired in the anxiety of striver-driven perfection that comes with it are all the women who just don't give a fuck. True, we are not that loud and not that pissed. Sure, we care about stuff, but only up to a… » 10/11/13 11:50am 10/11/13 11:50am

You Don't Have to be a Rich Asshole to Raise a Successful Kid

If you are a rich person living in a Big City and the only definition of success you can picture looks like private school —> Ivy League —> hedge fund manager, then please, go read this story about ethical parenting over at New York mag, which should really be called "Things Rich People With Kids Will Relate To," and… » 10/08/13 11:59am 10/08/13 11:59am