How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/23/15 2:06pm 1/23/15 2:06pm

Father of the Year Gives His Daughter a (Literally) Frozen Doll

When this little girl asked for a Frozen doll for Christmas, she probably did not expect the possibility of getting a doll frozen in a block of ice. CLASSIC MISTAKE. She only has herself to blame. I mean, can anyone really blame her ingenious jokester father who pulled the most epic Frozen-related fast one? I only… » 12/28/14 12:30pm 12/28/14 12:30pm

Three-Year-Old Takes 677 Selfies in a Row Because This Is Life Now

Imagine you're a parent with a charming 3-year-old. From time to time, you allow said child to hold your phone and play with it because it's either that or listen to a screaming 3-year-old cry because they want to play with your phone. Imagine now that after you give your phone to your lovely child you discover she… » 12/16/14 10:55pm 12/16/14 10:55pm

Why I Will Never Tell My Daughter to Give You a Hug

I feel grumpy. It's probably too late for me to be up. There's a house full of people, some kind of party. I go to my parents' room to lie on the bed, and my Grandpa Pat comes after me. He wants a hug and a kiss. I don't feel like it. I like him, but I'm always a little shy: he's got that big barrel chest and smells… » 10/23/14 4:00pm 10/23/14 4:00pm

Here Is a Pregnancy Announcement in the Form of a Wes Anderson Parody

The latest, greatest thing in reproduction is elaborate pregnancy announcements. Can't have a baby without a sufficiently adorable announcement. And so, meet the Shu-Syders, who opted to deliver their happy news in the form of a trailer for a fake Wes Anderson film. Title: The Pretentious Presentation of the Uterine… » 10/09/14 3:30pm 10/09/14 3:30pm

Seven Valuable Pieces of Advice Just for Teenage Girls

There comes a day when you realise you cannot continue as the child you are now — fashioned in an unfashionable decade by your poor parents, and at a time when they were inadvisably discombobulated by Caesarian stitches, fundamental disagreements with their own parents, retrospectively laughable hair-cuts, and utter… » 9/23/14 5:30pm 9/23/14 5:30pm

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

Rich People in Hollywood Aren't Vaccinating Their Children

It's hard to believe that in the year 2014 we are still debating what most scientists believe to be fairly straightforward, research-proved facts. Yet, that is exactly the name of the game when it comes to critics of child vaccinations. While Jenny McCarthy was an excellent and deserving scapegoat for awhile, we can… » 9/10/14 6:15pm 9/10/14 6:15pm

Woman Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview Regains Custody

There's some good news in the case of Shanesha Taylor, the 35-year-old homeless Air Force veteran who lost custody of her children after being arrested for leaving two of her kids in a car alone on a hot day while she attended a job interview. After five months, she has been granted full custody of her children. Her… » 9/02/14 3:30pm 9/02/14 3:30pm

The Awful Swagger Dads of Advertising Need to Get Got

It's been well documented (if not well researched): At some point in the 1990s, Ad Dads very suddenly became moronic punchlines. I don't know who was more responsible for this—ad agencies or brands or Homer Simpson—but the tipping point was reached quickly. It was an anti-Mad Men ad movement. It was anti-creative. And… » 8/22/14 11:20am 8/22/14 11:20am

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

Mom Arrested for Leaving Kids in Park While She Visits Food Bank

A 28-year-old Florida woman was arrested and charged with four counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm after police observed her four children playing in a park without supervision. When the mother, named Ashley Richardson, arrived at the scene to retrieve them, she told officers that she had been at been… » 8/15/14 7:45pm 8/15/14 7:45pm