Topic: children’s health

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Before I had a child of my own, I merely disliked them. They made me long for those proverbial “good ol’ days,” when children were seen and not heard. A golden age of yore when they had it half right (I mean, I’d rather not see them either, truth be told). However, thanks to their mother and grandmother, who, God only know why, have worked them up to a fever pitch over my new baby, my feelings have escalated to complete abhorrence (yes, I consulted a thesaurus in composing this piece). More »

STFU Parents: How Parents Talk About Vaccines On Facebook (And Why Those Discussions Matter)

STFU Parents: How Parents Talk About Vaccines On Facebook (And Why Those Discussions Matter)

The increased discussion surrounding vaccination in the media isn’t surprising given our increased usage of social media. While social media can be used to share legitimate articles about vaccines, it can also be used to spread misinformation that gets lots of parents talking. In fact, one study claims that social networks play a significant role in parents’ decision to vaccinate their children. What this means is that not only do parents influence each other’s opinions through discussion on sites like Facebook, but they influence each other’s actions, as well, even when dealing with something as serious as immunization from deadly diseases. More »

Real Or Fake: Sanctimommy Arguments For Ruining Halloween

Real Or Fake: Sanctimommy Arguments For Ruining Halloween

Sanctimommies pop up year round but Halloween is very special time of year  for those looking to wag some parenting fingers. As you’re scrambling to put together this year’s Halloween costume and organize a tick or treating route, you better believe there will be Facebook statuses and online comments about how “evil” Halloween is and how that Halloween candy consumption needs to be put into check. Whether it’s a concern about cavities, “tripping hazards,” or Satanic Worship, you’ll be truly spooked. More »

Every New Parent’s Web Browser History

Every New Parent's Web Browser History

When entrusted — or rather suddenly confronted — with a newborn, many a modern parent understandably turns to the Google. For better or worse, you’ll most likely be crowdsourcing images of your newborn’s poop to gauge normalcy while also picking through old BabyCenter comment threads about curious skin rashes. If you’ve recently welcomed a baby, your web browser history probably looks a little something like this. More »

Your Toddler Can Join The CrossFit Cult For An Obscene Amount Of Money

Your Toddler Can Join The CrossFit Cult For An Obscene Amount Of Money

It’s increasingly becoming part of the New Yorker experience (and probably elsewhere) to lose many a friend to the CrossFit Cult. First come the cancelled plans, then the near hourly Facebook updates along with maps that read “CrossFit!” and before you know it they’re on the Paleo diet. Well now, CrossFitters and the CrossFit curious can also enroll their toddlers in the lifestyle that is CrossFit. But it will cost you! More »

Mom Calls Out Our ‘Preggo Ladies Are Delicate Flowers’ Complex

Mom Calls Out Our 'Preggo Ladies Are Delicate Flowers' Complex

The notion that expectant mothers can’t do pretty much anything, from lifting semi-heavy boxes to drinking lightly caffeinated tea, is a huge pillar of contemporary mommying culture. The list of things pregnant women can’t consume seems to just keeping getting longer and longer, with only a few vocal women willing to break from recommendations. But the “paranoia and mixed messages” of North American parenting are being called out by one mom who says we don’t have the data to back up our fears. More »

Mom Who Received Hateful Anonymous Autism Letter Responds Without Getting Nasty

Mom Who Received Hateful Anonymous Autism Letter Responds Without Getting Nasty

Last we heard from Karla Begley, the mother who received an anonymous screed about her autistic son, she was understandably pretty shaken. Despite that police are unable to press any charges at this time, the rallying support from Karla’s community has her talking back. In a response to said anonymous person with “normal children,” to quote their letter, Karla addresses the problem with how the able-bodied often view the disabled. But never does she even bother with any low blows. More »

Amish Family To Use ‘Natural Medicine’ Over Chemo For Dying Daughter, Appeals Court Says Hell No

Amish Family To Use 'Natural Medicine' Over Chemo For Dying Daughter, Appeals Court Says Hell No

For most of us, the moment one of our children fell sick, we would want to do whatever was medically possible to help them get better. Anything else is impossible to even entertain. So you can imagine the horror hospital officials felt when one Amish family in Ohio decided to stop chemotherapy treatments on their daughter to focus on “natural” care. Thankfully, an appeals court has stepped in and sided with the hospital that wants to force their hand in the matter. More »

5 Ways I’ve Succeeded In Getting My Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

5 Ways I've Succeeded In Getting My Kids To Eat Their Vegetables

With the exception of my son, who for some reason loves the ever living hell out of his veggies, dinner time has been a struggle for the last few years. Right when my oldest daughter was outgrowing her vegetable-aversion, my middle child was there to pick up the sword and fight the good fight (against nutrition). Along the way I picked up some great (and not so great) ways to get my bratlings to eat vegetables. More »