Topic: parenting styles

My Fiancé And I Have Totally Different Parenting Styles And We Probably Should Have Discussed This

My Fiancé And I Have Totally Different Parenting Styles And We Probably Should Have Discussed This

I’ve come to realize – a little too late – what a couple SHOULD talk about before having a baby is not how you don’t like the name Kelly, because that was the name of the girl who bullied you throughout school, but about PARENTING STYLES.

Oops! It turns out that my fiancé and I have somewhat different parenting styles, which I really only realized in the last few weeks. Our son is 21 months old. More »

I Refuse To Read A Parenting Book By Anyone Who Names His Kid This

I Refuse To Read A Parenting Book By Anyone Who Names His Kid This

There is no lack of parenting advice out there. Ask a question and you will find that hordes of authors have lined up to answer it. Sociologist by training Dalton Conley agrees, but still thought he would give the parenting advice genre a stab with his new book, Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask. It should be called, If You’re Wealthy Enough To Afford Therapy For Your Kids You Can Do Whatever You Want. More »

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

That’s why I’m done with “parenting styles.” Well, I’m not done making fun of them of course – because I need to get paid for doing something. But I’m done actually believing for one second that anyone really has a formula for doing it better than anyone else. Let’s give our kids some credit and realize that more often than not they are great in spite of us, not because of us. More »

Parents-To-Be, Listen To Your Smug, Sleep-Training Friends

Parents-To-Be, Listen To Your Smug, Sleep-Training Friends

I’m having a moment right now where I hate all my friends who went the sleep training route. In my head, I am winning the suffering olympics of parenting, because I do it so many hours a day. If your kids go to bed at seven o’clock, you can’t complain about anything, ever. Do you hear me? Shut your big, fat, sleep-training, superior-parenting mouth-hole. Also – you are a much better parent than I am. I can admit that now. Parents-to-be – here’s what happens when you don’t sleep train… More »

What Your Child’s Outfit Says About You

What Your Child's Outfit Says About You

I think we all need to come clean about this whole children’s fashion thing. The only reason we spend more than three dollars on any of our kid’s outfits is because we want other people to think a certain way about our parenting. Our kids are tiny little reflections of ourselves, our hopes and dreams and aspirations for them, and this is exactly why we don’t demand that they all be clothed in bleach-able little utilitarian jumpsuits that resist stains, holes and demands for new toys. Here’s the message that you are trying to convey about your own parenting by what you dress your kids in. More »

This Photo Of Tweens Clutching Bottles Of Booze Isn’t Cool Just Because Madonna Took It

This Photo Of Tweens Clutching Bottles Of Booze Isn't Cool Just Because Madonna Took It

Madonna posted a picture of her 13-year-old son and some of his friends clutching bottles of booze with the caption, “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014″ to her Instagram account over the weekend. The Internet went nuts. Just in case you were wondering – you really do get many, many allowances when you are a celebrity. One of them is people defending you when you are being ridiculous. More »