For most of the mid-2000s, I could have recited entire dialogue from Mean Girls for you on demand. In particular, I could spout entire scenes and exchanges between Queen Bee Regina George and my favorite of favorite characters, the pink track suit wearing wannabe BFF “cool mom” played by Amy Poehler. But now we may get to relive the pure amazingness of the Mean Girls dynamics all over again — as Mean Moms. OH YES. Bring on the sanctimommies! More
Pregnant Halle Berry has seemingly always been among celebrity parents who criticize our cultural celebrity obsession. Primarily because the tabloid-fueled frenzy makes for very harrowing experiences for their children. Perhaps that’s why when Halle Berry testified for an anti-paparazzi bill, she didn’t exactly hold back on how threatening the paparazzi presence is to her daughter Nahla. More
I find the current state of kid’s TV to be positively abysmal. Especially when my tween-age daughter tunes into most of the shows found on The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. I Hate (with a capitol H) the way adults are portrayed on these shows. Apparently Bill Cosby agrees with me.
This is an epic moment in tabloid pregnancy speculation. Despite years of pregnancy musing based on the shape of Beyonce‘s dress or the every angle of Jennifer Aniston‘s coat, People is actually admitting that one lady’s pregnancy is just the wind and nothing more. We’ve turned a corner! Or something. More
If you want your children to be in People magazine, I suggest going the now seemingly old-fashioned route of pimping them out via “Toddlers & Tiara’s” or any other reality show. Goodness knows that there is a rainbow of options for parents of virtually any parenting stripe. But now the tabloid is giving awful parents an even cleaner shortcut into getting their kids into the rags. Kid celebrity lookalikes! More
It wasn’t long ago that pregnant Evan Rachel Wood was leading nothing short of a crusade against paparazzi snapping photos of children — namely her own unborn child. But on the other end of the camera, Nicole Richie claims to have caught what one pap is willing to do to his own kid just to get that photo.
Daniel Radcliffe is officially playing the baby calendar game and talking to the press about it. The 23-year-old “definitely” wants kids and is figuring when exactly to have them. And People magazine is covering this news as if he were a lady. More
Celeb ladies who happen to be mommies get pretty much asked the same questions in interviews — most of which are variations on these two inquiries 1). Aren’t you panicked as shit about aging? 2). What’s it like to be a mommy? Luckily, Julianne Moore recognizes how lame it is to repeatedly ask actresses about these same novel topics. More
But while a Drake University professor has literally penned an essay entitled “The Baby Bump is the New Birkin,” a new cultural analysis is being presented. A baby bump isn’t just a trendy accessory (eye roll). In a rich celebrity setting, it’s the biggest lady tabloid status symbol. More
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Oh to be a celebrity lady and have your entire childbearing years be constantly assessed and scrutinized for that possible baby bump. Is it here? Is it there? Is it under that big fancy print dress that you wore to the Met Gala that your BFF Gwyneth Paltrow will never ever be attending again? Inquiring and completely entitled misogynistic minds are dying to know, Beyonce! More
Last night at the 92Y Tribeca, Isabella Rossellini previewed one of her nine short films entitled “Mammas,” a contemplation of motherhood that pivots towards the animal kingdom. But by juxtaposing animal behavior with that of human mothers, Isabella meditates on many of the complex threads of motherhood. Specifically, the complex and loaded terrain of “maternal instinct.”
Reaching out to abused children is difficult to say the least. Considering that these kids are most likely being abused by the person that they depend on the most — their parents or guardians — encouraging them to speak up is fraught territory. But the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR) in Spain has just pioneered a worthwhile attempt: a child abuse ad that appears differently to kids and grownups. Or maybe a very short grownup. More
I was sitting around this morning feeling a deep void in my soul. I was thinking, Gosh, I wish men would be more vocal about what they thought about women’s bodies. Because, as you know, we don’t get critiqued, picked apart, and held up to impossible standards of beauty enough. More
Postpartum doula and lactation counselor Sarah Longwell-Stevens is a stay-at-home mother of two. Among many other parenting accolades, including being an early childhood education specialist and a certified babywearing educator, Sarah is an advocate of elimination communication (EC) — a childrearing practice in which parents learn to read baby’s cues that it’s time for potty without relying solely on diapers.
She has been recently quoted in the now highly clickable DNAinfo.com piece, espousing the virtues of this “au natural parenting trend” that is allegedly sweeping through Brooklyn. But Sarah tells Mommyish that the press’s depiction of her as a deranged helicopter mom is all wrong — as is the sensationalizism of EC. Turns out EC parents do use diapers, claim that there is less cleanup, and overall less potty training struggle. Sarah admits that she too initially thought the tactic was “batshit” and nearly gave up herself. Oh, and she also doesn’t let her kids poop and pee all over Brooklyn. More