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

12 Is the New Age to Demand a Cell Phone, Kids

It’s back-to-school time and all of the parents on your Facebook feed are thrilled to have their lives back. That is, right after they stopped crying about the cost of sending their little monsters to class with new clothes, learning supplies and cell phones. And these days, if a kid’s at least 12, many think it’s… » 8/14/14 6:15pm 8/14/14 6:15pm

This Secret Treasure Room May Be The Best Birthday Present Of All Time

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When Sarah Goer and her husband discovered a disused storage space attached to their son's room, they decided to convert it into a Secret Treasure Room. For years, they concealed the room's entrance with a dresser, waiting for the perfect moment – their son's fourth birthday – to reveal its existence. Here, Sarah… » 8/10/14 5:19pm 8/10/14 5:19pm

Parents Now Naming Their Babies Based on What Domains Are Available

It's the oldest parenting advice in the book! Right there on page one of What to Expect When You're Expecting: It is never too early to start building your fetus's personal brand. Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, Jimmy Buffett—America's most successful luminaries all have one thing in common: Their parents… » 8/07/14 11:00am 8/07/14 11:00am

Another Mom Is Arrested for Letting Her Kid Go to the Park Alone

Fifteen days ago, we heard about South Carolina mom Debra Harrell, who was arrested when her 9-year-old daughter was found playing in a park alone. On Wednesday morning, the Today show aired the story of Florida resident Nicole Gainey, who was arrested when her 7-year-old son was spotted walking to a park by himself. » 7/30/14 4:20pm 7/30/14 4:20pm