Aaron Sorkin may have caught a lot flack for his depiction of ladies in The Social Network, but in an open letter to his young daughter Roxy, the father suggests that he’s quite attuned to at least some of the plight of growing up female. More specifically, raising his daughter in a hotbed of body issues, hyper plastic surgery, wealth obsession, and all within the shadow of the ever looming entertainment industry. As a Los Angeles native, I made it out pretty well-adjusted so I guess it’s possible for young girls. More
Topic: family and money
Other countries may have mandated paternity leave, but here in the United States we’re just begging for the basics, like decent maternity leave. Companies like Yahoo that give new daddies eight weeks of paid time off are in the minority on this side of the ocean. But even among the Lean In crowd’s male partners, specifically men who are privileged enough to have access to this type of leave, dudes aren’t taking it. And it all comes back to being taunted at the water cooler by their colleagues. More
In Brea, California, fertility specialist Dr. C. Terence Lee is making a surprising claim. Using a photo of an adorable baby, he announced the world’s first “Bitcoin Baby.” No, this isn’t the story of a baby bought on the black market, but rather a baby conceived thanks to a discounted fertility treatment which was paid for using bitcoins. I don’t know about you, but personally I would feel pretty icky about getting a discounted medical treatment so some doctor can push an internet trend. More
After I found out I was pregnant with my third child, I decided to approach my boss about reducing my hours at the hospital where I work as a labor and delivery nurse. Her reaction, after subtly and offensively also quizzing me on my age? (27, in case youâ€™re wondering.), was as follows.
â€śI donâ€™t care if you go part-time,â€ť she told me. â€śBut I want you to know that if you do this, everyone will hate you. People will say youâ€™re not a team playerâ€¦â€ť More
Lloyd Chen has cleaned up. The 17-year-old is graduating valedictorian from Laguna Creek High School in California with over three million dollars in scholarships from some of the most elite universities in the world. Â Don’t all salivate at once, Tiger Moms. More
Last week we reported about Baby No. 59, the child who was rescued from a sewer pipe after his mom gave birth over a toilet.Â His unmarried mother conceived him during a one night stand and could not afford an abortion so she hid the pregnancy from her family.Â Baby No. 59 is lucky.Â The baby was given to his grandparents and apparently authorities believed the mom’sÂ
totally sketchy story because she was released with no charges filed. Unfortunately this type of thing happens way too often and thanks to a new policy in one Chinese city, stories like this might become even more common. More
Kindly direct your attention to a hopefully not emerging trend in children’s birthday etiquette. Forget about writing out thank you cards,Â committingÂ to goody bags, or debating whether or not to open presents in front of guests. The new question is what to do about those last minute guest cancellations. According to one mom on the interwebs, you should charge. More
Goodness knows I don’t expect Kim Kardashian to be a beacon of class and etiquette, especially when it comes to money. The soon-to-be mother may have eventually opted out of receiving baby shower gifts (points!) but she does want you to know that she just shopped her latest preggo craving on her black American Express card. KARDASHIAN KLASS, BABY! More
Mommies are bringing home the cash monies like never before according to a new Pew Research Center study. Mothers are outearning their husbands in nearly one in four American homes. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to there being a ton more Sheryl Sandbergs among us. In fact, this data explicitly points to the non-Marissa Mayer class.
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I’m often irritated when I hear parents talk about having a second child like its an obligation. What irritates me more is when parents rationalize having a second child before their financially or emotionally ready because “Little Johnny wants a sibling.” It’s a cop out. It’s an excuse to do something you don’t have the discipline to wait/prepare for, while putting the onus on a child that wouldn’t know a baby brother or sister if it jumped up and bit them in the diapered behind. More
There’s a lot to be irked about in The New York Post‘s story about “wealthy Manhattan moms” cutting Disney World lines with the hired help of “handicapped tour guides.” While I kept quadruple checking to make sure I wasn’t reading The Onion, I also found myself unable to get past a few particular details. And it wasn’t just the echoing of, “This is how the one percent does Disney.â€ť More
My mom hated the concept, and still does, of ANY extracurricular activityâ€”if and when I joined anythingâ€”and my track record (never actually ran track) was pretty modest. Anything I wanted to do: build sets for drama, enter the science fair, try out for tennis, or simply peddle cookies; wellâ€¦ I had to work hard on the PR angle and make Mom see that it was worth our time.
â€śKids need to just be,â€ť sheâ€™d insist and still does, especially now that her grandchildren are heavy into piano lessons. More
There was one winter we lived for months with no gas, meaning we didnâ€™t have central heat, because we didnâ€™t have the money to get it reconnected. Meanwhile, my mom was working through the emotions of a failed marriage and had no one to talk to.
She and I have always been close, and so she turned to me to vent her worries and frustrations about money or my dad. I didnâ€™t have the words at the time to tell her that she was giving me a burden my small shoulders werenâ€™t strong enough to bear. More