If Your Children Were a Happy Accident, Why Not Just Tell Them? 

There is a video going around the Internet of a man finding out he is about to become a father. But instead of expressing pure joy or even the shock of fear, his response is bummed, surprised, and despondent, all mixed together. Some commenters feel putting this out there is a bad idea. I disagree. » 3/31/15 12:10pm Today 12:10pm

Lego Helps Little Girls Dream Big—About Face Shapes and Great Haircuts

So much for the punk rock Lego movie message of not following the instructions: In a recent edition of the Lego Club mag, the company ran a spread featuring beauty tips for five year olds, establishing for girls who've not yet learned to read that the only good face shape is oval. Et tu, Brute? » 3/20/15 3:20pm 3/20/15 3:20pm

New Trend: Men Wanting Babies, Women Wanting Freedom

It was bound to happen: One day, women would awake from the fog of cultural myth-making to realize that having kids is in fact a lot of work, work that was bound to fall disproportionately on them—maybe even too much work, all said, if you want to get other stuff done or have a low-key existence. And they would decide… » 3/19/15 2:50pm 3/19/15 2:50pm

These Questions Will Help You Stop Judging Pregnant Women at Work

Do you know a pregnant colleague? Have you already drawn negative conclusions about her intentions, abilities, basic competence, and general character? Hold the phones, you're probably being a dick. Here's how not to. » 3/15/15 1:30pm 3/15/15 1:30pm

​How to Love Your Kid Without Telling Her She Is Special

You think your kid is special? Of course she is. She is a unique combination of two unique individuals with her own unique personality, unique fingerprints, and unique theories about the world. Just don't go telling her that unless you want to raise a big ol' jerk. » 3/14/15 4:30pm 3/14/15 4:30pm

Corporate Boss Admits She Was Horrible to Mothers Until She Had a Kid

Five years ago, when Katharine Zaleski was a hard-charging manager in the media industry with no kids, she routinely found herself assuming working mothers were less reliable, less focused. Then, she had a child of her own and realized what a dick she was being. » 3/07/15 4:15pm 3/07/15 4:15pm

Fact: Parents Are Begging to Be Lied to Every Single Day

The very prospect of parenting a child can seem completely odds with honesty. By wanting so nakedly to raise a decent non-liar person who makes you look good, you are essentially pleading to be told intricately embroidered nonfictions of your own shaping. That's right. When your kid lies to you, rest assured you… » 3/01/15 12:45pm 3/01/15 12:45pm

How to Get Your Fetus Ready for College

It's not an exact science, but there are little ways you can tell if you're carrying a child who is college-bound. One kick to the uterus every now and then with no discernible rhyme or reason? Eh. Roundhouse kicks to the bladder every hour on the hour? You've got yourself an overachiever. » 2/09/15 2:00pm 2/09/15 2:00pm

Should You Ditch Fairytales and Teach Your Daughter Science Instead?

Here's a thought: Instead of filling your daughter's head with nonsensical fairytales, how about filling it with real-world facts—science!—and see if you can't foster a love for a subject that's still and notoriously more encouraged in boys. This is the subject of an essay by Wendy Thomas Russell at PBS NewsHour, and… » 2/06/15 4:50pm 2/06/15 4:50pm

Godless Parents Are Doing a Better Job

Hate to break it to you, Bible thumpers: Parents who raise their kids without religion are doing just fine, studies say, possibly even better. Overall, not believing in God seems to make people and their offspring more tolerant. Less racist. Less sexist. Enviro-friendly. And their kids care less about what's cool,… » 2/03/15 3:30pm 2/03/15 3:30pm

Very Blessed New Mom Wishes She Had Been Warned More About Blessings

Unsolicited emotional forecasting is a well-known side effect of pregnancy: the unavoidable comments, questions and advice from complete strangers thirsty to tell you how your life will change for the worse. But one new mother would like you to know that the real warning for expectant women revolves around how utterly… » 1/22/15 12:10pm 1/22/15 12:10pm

How to Cancel Christmas When Your Kids Are Too Entitled

Let's say you have a couple kids who have been acting way too ungrateful, seriously entitled, and majorly disrespectful this year. You want to teach them more gratitude but you don't know how to do it. Guess what? Christmas is just around the corner. Try canceling it. It's easy! » 12/24/14 2:50pm 12/24/14 2:50pm

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

Is 'Mommy' Becoming a Dirty Word?

It is hardly shocking anymore that some women have mixed feelings about motherhood. Blogs, books, TV shows, and social media have given us access to an outpouring of the general meh many women feel about breeding. The problem is, it's changed virtually nothing in terms of the expectations on women to be perfect moms. » 11/11/14 5:30pm 11/11/14 5:30pm

Face: Women With Kids More Productive Than Literally Everyone

In news you have always intuitively understood to be indisputable but knew was routinely dismissed, ignored, or downplayed because of raging sexism, it turns out that women who have kids — at least two — are more productive than literally everyone who has ever existed. In other news: FACE. » 11/09/14 2:00pm 11/09/14 2:00pm

When Can You Take Your Baby to Brunch Or the Bar? A Guide

Possibly the only thing worse than people who bring their babies to bars are the people who hate those people insistently. Talk about babies: they're all, WAH LEAVE ME ALONE I'M DRINKING WAH DON'T LOOK AT ME! » 10/30/14 12:10pm 10/30/14 12:10pm

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

Cancer Survivor Still Hassled About Not Breastfeeding

Guys guys guys. I think it's safe to say we've reached a critical mass of ludicrousness when a woman who cannot breastfeed DUE TO A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY still can't dodge the heat of the breastfeeding brigade, intent to force breastmilk on her child or lecture her about how wrong she is. » 10/19/14 2:40pm 10/19/14 2:40pm

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