Topic: parenting style

Before My Kids Had Opinions, Dressing Them Was A Dream

Before My Kids Had Opinions, Dressing Them Was A Dream

My kids are forever walking around in too-tight T-shirts stained with god-knows-what and plastered with hideous photos of Optimus Prime or Super Mario characters like Yoshi and Toad. Their shorts are “athletic,” meaning they’re lightweight and mesh, usually with a white stripe down the sides. And their shoes? Don’t even get me started. We’ve got Spiderman runners, Spongebob flip-flops and Crocs adorned with Batman charms. The look is almost always topped off with one of those flat caps that are apparently all the rage (picture a kiddie-version of those hipster trucker hats).

All this to say, my kids dress like jerks. More »

Wait A Minute Here, Jon Gosselin Hasn’t Had To Pay Child Support Since April!

Wait A Minute Here, Jon Gosselin Hasn't Had To Pay Child Support Since April!

Kate Gosselin may be a fame whore but you know what? She’s seeming more and more “normal” after this whole Jon Gosselin-proclaiming-he’s-broke fiasco. Yesterday we reported on Jon’s single-dad predicament: pay rent or pay child support, one or the other. “I need to support my kids, but I could lose my house, and I need my home to continue to have custody,” he said of his catch-22 situation. But if Kate and her attorney are to be believed, Jon hasn’t had to pay child support since April (!). More »

Totally Messed Up: Family Hid Deaths From Olympic Diver Until She Won Gold

Totally Messed Up: Family Hid Deaths From Olympic Diver Until She Won Gold

Imagine winning an Olympic gold medal – no doubt one of life’s greatest feats – then being told just moments later that both your grandparents died and that your mother is battling breast cancer. Crazy, right? Yet that’s precisely what happened to 26-year-old Chinese diver Wu Minxia, who on Sunday walked away with a gold medal – her country’s first – for her performance in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving event. Hours later, Minxia’s parents broke the news that her grandparents had passed away more than a year ago, and that her mother has battled breast cancer for eight years (she’s now in remission). Talk about dropping a bombshell! More »

Jon Gosselin Says He’s Too Broke To Pay Child Support – Try Getting A Job, Buddy!

Jon Gosselin Says He's Too Broke To Pay Child Support â Try Getting A Job, Buddy!

Kate and Jon Gosselin had a pretty nasty split, as we all know, but they’re supposedly on good terms these days. I don’t see that lasting, however, since Jon says he can no longer afford to make his house payments if he supports his children:

“I am a single father who’s trying to make ends meet during a recession. What do I do – pay child support or rent? I need to support my kids, but I could lose my house, and I need my home to continue to have custody.”

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Unfathomable: Mother Who Kidnapped Newborn From Hospital Sentenced Today – 23 Years Later (Updated)

Unfathomable: Mother Who Kidnapped Newborn From Hospital Sentenced Today â 23 Years Later (Updated)

So here’s a story I knew nothing about until early this morning, and I have since become obsessed. It’s about Ann Pettway, a 51-year-old woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a New York City hospital more than two decades ago and went on to raise her as her own. During the 1987 kidnapping, Pettway traveled from her Connecticut home to the Harlem hospital, where she snatched up 3-week-old Carlina White (her parents had brought her to the emergency room that day). What’s especially chilling is that Carlina’s birth mother, Joy White, said Pettway approached her that day, dressed like a nurse, and said, “Don’t cry. Your daughter is going to be okay.” More »

I’m A Failure As A Soccer Mom

I'm A Failure As A Soccer Mom

“Why are there so many soccer games?” I moaned to my fiancé. I moan this about every two weeks, because every two weeks his answer is, “It’s almost over.” But let me tell you this: If you have two bonus children and a fiancé who all play soccer, soccer is never over. Ever. My fiancé is gone at least three nights a week for his daughter’s soccer game nights. And on the nights they don’t play an actual game, they still have soccer practice. After he announced he, too, was joining a soccer team (ages 35 and up), I told him, “Okay, I’ll see you never!” More »