Society is quick to blame Smartphones for a parent being distracted or disengaged. However, parental distractions are nothing new. More
It’s the end of summer, and time for kids to go back to school. All kids, including children with disabilities. Unfortunately, all those back to school ads featuring shiny, happy, pimple and attitude-free children rarely (if ever) include kids with disabilities. Why? Because kids with disabilities aren’t considered attractive. And because they remind us of a fact of life that many would rather forget. Photographer Jenni Driscoll, who is also the mother of a child with Down syndrome, is trying to change that.
You’d probably think that Megan Huntsman, the woman who admitted to strangling or suffocating her six infants before placing them in boxes in her garage is a deeply disturbed murderer who should be punished for the crimes she’s committed. But you would be wrong.
But how could anyone look at that cover above and think it’s appropriate for all ages of children, that it’s about “female empowerment” rather than, well, sex? More
If you’re not listening to 16-year-old Lorde‘s new album “Pure Heroine,” then we can’t be friends. This New Zealand songstress, otherwise known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor, demonstrated that she was clearly more than a flash in the pan with her single “Royals,” which you’ve been hearing eerily out of the bedroom of teenagers for the better half of the summer. But now I’m one of them, and I can’t even so much as pour a cup of tea without one of her melodic songs in the background. More
One night, however, he watched a whole episode of “Breaking Bad.” (I know, I know. That’s why I’m writing this anonymously, OK?) He normally would have been nursing at that time, but instead he was wide awake and not at all hungry. Meanwhile, I really needed to watch one of the final episodes of my favorite show, and we don’t have a DVR. I happened to have him side-saddle on my lap, where he could easily turn his head and see the set… which he did. He fixed on the images flashing across the screen — and then stayed there, staring calmly, for the full hour. I did cover his eyes during the gun fight, though, because I wanted to protect my candidacy for Mom of the Year. More
Celebrity mom coverage usually comes with an assortment of signature backhanded vocabulary: “flaunting” and “parading,” i.e. a pregnant lady leaving the house, being “brave” for wearing a bikini. “Curves” and “post-baby body” to describe their figures — because that’s currently what eclipses all else. But celebrity mom headlines can often times be so off the wall batty that it can difficult to distinguish between the authentically offensive and Mad Libs. More
What’s an average day like in the Mommyish offices, you ask? I get this one on the regular from friends, family, prospective employees, and intern candidates. Truthfully, there isn’t one. But this as about as “average” as it gets. More
Kate Middleton may have received the tabloid “post-baby body” seal of approval back when she was just trying to grab some groceries, but that arbitrary thumbs up has just gone way, way up. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Tusk Trust awards and, because the princess welcomed a baby a few months ago, this made for an ample royal post-baby body update. Because who gives a hoot about an award ceremony when there is a postpartum body to analyze? More
Miley Cyrus‘s raunchy, highly sexualized, and otherwise lackluster performance at the VMAs continues to keep gums flapping, this time from the mouth of the Parents Television Council who is less than thrilled about all the sexy sex time that was happening on MTV. According to them, parents were duped about the show’s rating. More
SIDS is a horrible thing and my heart breaks for any parent who has lost a child this way. I know that sharing a bed with a baby can increase the chances of SIDS, even though some studies say that co-sleeping reduces the likelihood of a baby dying this way. What I don’t agree with is alarmist news articles like this one published today in the Daily Mail that pretty much states any parents who bring their babies into their bed will more than likely kill them. More
Humor is subjective. I don’t believe in censorship. But what I do believe is that The Onion just isn’t funny anymore, and In a desperate click-grab, they post things like this which are offensive to many out there, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
It’s just not funny. More
Senate Bill 606, the California bill that Halle Berry has passionately advocated for, has unanimously passed. The legislation will include recording or photographing a child without parental/legal guardian permission as “harassment.” But while Halle has certainly put her daughter Nahla‘s story front and center when testifying, so has everyone’s favorite Normal mom Jennifer Garner. The mother who doesn’t want you to think of her as “just” a wife, nearly cried on the stand when describing her concerns for her kids. More