Moms are allowed to have a sense of humor. We’re kidding when we call ourselves “bad.” Failing at crafts and Pinterest does not make you a bad mother. Neither does not shopping organic, feeding your kids fast food occasionally, or complaining that motherhood is boring.
Here are some really bad moms – just to clear up any confusion the Internet may have with the label. More
Let’s do that thing where you guys tells me all the reason why homeschooling is so great again because stories like these make me want to never put my own kid on that big yellow bus again. A teacher in Memphis, Tennessee locked a FIVE-YEAR-OLD (Not that this would be OK with a kid of any age, but five? I have ketchup that is older than five-years-old!) in a closet because according to the little girl, she was “playing too much.” More
Nigella Lawson, who was pictured with her seemingly abusive husband’s hands around her neck in full view of a restaurant, is getting divorced. Charles Saatchi released a statement to the public about the end of their marriage. And apparently Nigella is “devastated” by this news. Oh, honey, no, no, no. Do not go Rihanna on us.
Charles Saatchi had a violent argument with his wife Nigella Lawson that resulted in his hands around her neck at a restaurant. In the paparazzi pictures, Nigella appears “petrified” and “helpless” to quote other reports. Onlookers describe her as crying and “scared.” But husband of the year Charles wants you to know that these are all just signs of a “playful tiff” between married folks. “Playful tiffs” do not include crying and neck grabbing. Like ever. More
Times are stressful for new parents. Even if you’ve already got one in the house, there’s a lot to get straight before welcoming new life. Mounting stress over bills, impending birth arrangements, adjustments to work schedules, and possibly even the guilt over taking some attention off your older kids. That being said, nothing warrants or excuses chomping on your pregnant wife’s behind during even the most noxious fights. More
We all know child abuse is rampant, but we don’t hear as often from parents who are being abused by their own children. This story from the BBC resonated with me because my seventh grade friend, we’ll call her Melissa, frequently gloated about hurting her mother. More
Super Woman has arrived and she needs to be canonized. More
Conversations surrounding failed adoptions — or “disruptions” as they are more formally referred to — usually contain an avenue back to Tory Hansen. The adoptive mother accrued many a headline after she notoriously sent little 6-year-old Artyom Saveliev on a flight back to Moscow by his lonesome with a single note. Tory specifically cited her concern for “the safety of my family, friends and myself” when deciding to pop the child on a plane. She was ultimately ordered to pay quite a hefty sum for her vastly irresponsible judgement call. But her deep sense of helplessness and fear “after giving my best to this child” is an experience that reportedly defines adoption for some parents. More
Jerry Sandusky may have been found guilty in the massive Penn State Clearly Doesn’t Care About Children 2012 scandal. But despite the verdict and the whopping report revealing how four of the most powerful men looked the other way for over decade, one of Sandusky’s victims now is contemplating going after the institution that failed to prioritize his safety. As well he should. More
Last week we shared the very disturbing story of a Texas dad who beat a man to death after he walked in on him molesting his 4-year-old daughter. He called 911 afterwards and said he had not intended to kill the man, who died after being punched in the head repeatedly. It’s a gruesome scene, to be sure, though I wrote at the time that I don’t know of a single parent who wouldn’t have done the same. A recent Mommyish poll reveals 63% of you agree with the sentiment, while 29% think the man should not be charged, period. More
The Penn State sex abuse scandal, in which former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually assaulting eight young boys over a 15-year period, is unthinkable. As is the fact that angry students rioted on the streets in support of Joe Paterno, the 84-year-old football coach who got fired moments after announcing his retirement. But even more unthinkable is the fact that one of Sandusky’s alleged victims, referred to simply as Victim One, has left his school because of bullying. More
When Hillary Adams, 23, posted an eight-minute video on YouTube earlier this month that showed her abusive father beating her with a belt, it went viral within days. People were both shocked and outraged to see Texas family-law judge William Adams lashing his then 16-year-old disabled daughter – repeatedly – as she begs and pleads for him to stop. No charges were filed against Adams because of the statute of limitations but, thankfully, he’s not out of the clear quite yet. More
The most brutal part about suicide is the feeling that it could have been stopped (if only the victim had asked for help, for instance, or if only we had known). That’s what makes this heart-breaking story about 18-year-old Ashley Billasano all the more tragic. The Houston teen tweeted 144 times over a six-hour period Tuesday morning before taking her own life, reports Fox News. And her graphic tweets – about everything from sexual abuse to a failed suicide attempt – were an obvious cry for help. Yet none of her 500 followers did a thing. More
If you’re one of the 4.1 million people who have viewed this graphic, eight-minute video of Judge William Adams beating his daughter while she pleads for him to stop, then you know that he’s an asshole who deserves to be punished. Just to recap: Adams is shown lashing his disabled, then 16-year-old daughter Hillary Adams with a belt and verbally abusing her, too. Although the beating took place in 2004, Hillary, now 23, posted the video just last week. She has since been making the media rounds, claiming that her father “needs help” (ya think?).
This led to an investigation and guess what? William Adams will not face criminal charges. More