Why Don't Rich People Talk to Their Children About Money?

Nearly everyone agrees that children need to learn the value of a dollar, but how many parents are willing to tell their children the exact dollar figure of their own income? Turns out, not that many—and the more affluent the parent, the less likely they are to disclose their income to their offspring. The reasons for… » 6/29/15 2:45pm Monday 2:45pm

Don't Listen to Assholes Who Tell You When to Have Kids

For the first time in seven years, the birth rate has risen. The 1 percent increase is attributed to women in their 30s and 40s popping ‘em out a smidge faster. But, before you begin to celebrate the expansion of motherhood’s age range, here are a bunch of statistics from a piece at Quartz that says that those older… » 6/23/15 12:15pm 6/23/15 12:15pm

What High School Dress Codes Teach Our Daughters

“Stand up straight,” I tell my daughter, for the tenth time in an hour. I notice when she rolls her eyes. By the time she’s staring straight ahead again, I have seen myself reflected entirely in her behavior at her exact age of 14. I’ve heard the echoes of my mother instructing me to stop slouching, to stand up… » 6/16/15 1:50pm 6/16/15 1:50pm

Stop Telling Me and My Partner to Adopt

In March of this year, after a lot of discussion with my partner Charlie, I did something I’d been afraid to do for a long time: I wrote, and submitted for publication, an essay about our year-and-a-half (so far) of attempting to conceive a child. The essay, which was published on BuzzFeed LGBT, prompted not only a… » 6/15/15 3:00pm 6/15/15 3:00pm

Women Need to Make $66K More to Offset ‘Stress Cost’ of Having a Kid

It has been argued that it would take an annual salary of $120,000 to recoup stay-at-home-mothers fairly for the work they do. But if you wanted to include the cost of stress added to a woman’s life directly due to childrearing, you’d need to tack on another $66,000 to compensate her. Just think! You could spend that… » 6/13/15 2:30pm 6/13/15 2:30pm

What Are You Really Looking For in Other People's Baby Photos? 

Remember Unbaby.me, a Chrome plugin that replaced photos of babies in your Facebook feed with photos of cats? When it launched in 2012, it was briefly a viral hit, racking up the likes, although it no longer exists today—probably owing to most people getting hip to Facebook’s “unsubscribe” option. Unbaby.me is a bit… » 6/04/15 3:40pm 6/04/15 3:40pm

Pictures of Children in Bathing Suits Are Not 'Sexy,' You are Gross

My sweet 5-year-old likes to run around naked wearing only a belt, which she ties so that it has a long piece dangling out in front, a piece which she calls her fake penis. She grabs it and shakes it and goes, “fake penis fake penis!” It’s a real gas. I’ve taken a picture of her doing this. I wouldn’t post it on the… » 5/30/15 3:45pm 5/30/15 3:45pm

Rich Ladies Who Get 'Wife Bonuses' Are Your New Favorite Demo to Hate

Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun to really despise, over the weekend, a breakthrough: anthropologist Wednesday Martin exposed the world to Glam SAHMs: glamorous, rich, Manhattan Stay-At-Home Moms who devote themselves exhaustively to looking good and advancing their children academically and… » 5/20/15 5:00pm 5/20/15 5:00pm

I Went to a Simulated Teen Drinking Party and It Freaked Me the Fuck Out

I’m far from the target audience for the simulated teen drinking party I attended last weekend—that audience being freaked-out parents who want to see what really goes on at the hormone-fueled ragers their children are just starting to attend—but let me start by saying that the whole thing was very effective. I was… » 5/04/15 3:45pm 5/04/15 3:45pm

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 5:30pm 3/29/15 5:30pm

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

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 2:42pm 3/20/15 2:42pm

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

A Short, Freakish History of Mothers Harming Their Children For Money

At the end of the sixteenth century, there was an infant in France with an excess of skin on its head. The parents of the child were poor and carried their infant from town to town, putting him on display for profit. When they reached Paris, a magistrate questioned them, suspecting the pair of fraud. The parents… » 2/17/15 2:10pm 2/17/15 2:10pm