Topic: parenting

There’s No Such Thing As A Mother’s Intuition

There's No Such Thing As A Mother's Intuition

I’ve never been very good with children. If I’m being totally honest, I’d say there was a time when they actually used to terrify me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like them so much as I just didn’t know what to do with them. Those tiny, sticky hands; that weirdly freakish self-detonating soft spot on the back of a newborn baby’s head; the constant, seemingly unending streams of poop, pee, tears, and weird words I didn’t understand—it’s fair to say that growing up I wanted no part in any of it. More »

Shaming Your Kids Is Not Always A Bad Thing

Shaming Your Kids Is Not Always A Bad Thing

For most parents, shame and parenting is a very touchy topic. The very word “shame” conjures up stories like the mom who bragged about selling her daughter’s concert tickets, or parents who make their kids wear shaming slogans on shirts and signs. And on the whole, most people seem to feel that public shaming by a parent leaves a bad taste in their mouths. More »

STFU Parents: Finding Solidarity With Irritated Parents On Facebook

STFU Parents: Finding Solidarity With Irritated Parents On Facebook

I never said that I hate babies (I don’t), and the purpose of “STFU, Parents” is not to say, “Your friends don’t want to see pictures of your child, so don’t post them.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to reassure people that posting occasional (meaning fewer than 10 a day) photos of their kids online is fine, and that most people, including me, enjoy seeing them. More »

When Even Deleted Photos Aren’t Safe, How Do We Protect Our Kids

When Even Deleted Photos Aren't Safe, How Do We Protect Our Kids

No doubt most (if not all) of you have heard about the latest celebrity nude photo scandal. Some basement-dwelling asshole has released intimate photos of some major female celebrities, and is promising to release dozens more of even more women. What is most hideous and terrifying about these newly outed photos of stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kate Upton is not only that these were, of course, photos that were never meant to be shared, but that in some cases these photos had been deleted by the women involved yet were still accessible to hackers through their iCloud accounts. As a mother, how do I teach my kids that even the last illusion of privacy — the deletion of personal photos and videos — is gone? More »

If Your Daughter Wants A Pink Gun To Kill Zombies She Is Too Young To Own A Gun

If Your Daughter Wants A Pink Gun To Kill Zombies She Is Too Young To Own A Gun

I understand that if you have fire arms in your home, you would want your children to be comfortable around them and aware of their power in order to cultivate a healthy respect for these weapons. What I do not understand is how making them pink, frilly and adorable will help anyone. I think this “cuteification” of guns does nothing in the way of getting young girls to respect their power and if anything, downplays how very serious they are. More »