Topic: parenting

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 »

I Feed My Kids McDonald’s And That’s Okay

I Feed My Kids McDonald's And Thatâs Okay

It’s happened more than once. It goes exactly like this, every time. I am standing in a group of fellow moms, chatting and laughing about all the things we swore we’d never let our kids do before we became parents: iPads! TV! Sugar! We’re chuckling and swilling back wine and then I mention that I let my kids eat fast food. Suddenly everyone goes silent. One mom drops her wine glass. Another mom crumples to the ground in the fetal position. Another starts smoking from her ears and then spontaneously combusts into a pile of ash. Oops. More »

Open Thread/ Brag Your Baby: Tell Us That Thing You Never Tell Anyone Because You Don’t Want To Sound Like A Jerk

Open Thread/ Brag Your Baby: Tell Us That Thing You Never Tell Anyone Because You Don't Want To Sound Like A Jerk

There is nothing worse than that parent who thinks their one-year-old can read. Or their two-year-old can do math. Nobody likes to hear parents bragging about how great their kids are. I am fully aware of this as a parenting writer. It annoys me just as much as the next person. But sometimes I think I take my sensitivity towards this to an extreme by not sharing some of the incredible things about my child. More »

If You Think Newborns Are Easier Than Big Kids You Have A Selective Memory

If You Think Newborns Are Easier Than Big Kids You Have A Selective Memory

BabyCenter has put together a list of 17 (yes, 17) reasons why caring for a newborn is “infinitely” easier than caring for a big kid. BabyCenter should stop being a liar. I would rather take care of the older half of the Duggar family than one newborn. Whenever I hear a mom talk about how much she misses the newborn phase because it was her favorite, I assume that she has some kind of mental imbalance. The newborn phase was the worst time of my life. My entire life. And I grew up disabled with an alcoholic father. More »

Anonymous Mom: I’m An OCD Mom Parenting An OCD Kid

 Anonymous Mom: I'm An OCD Mom Parenting An OCD Kid

“I’m so tired, Mom,” she sobs. “I just want to go to bed.” She covers her face with her little hands, raw and chapped from constant washing. “Why can’t I stop? WHY CAN’T I STOP?!” She doesn’t understand. But I do. My kid’s genetic chickens have come home to roost.

Some moms pass on great cheekbones or an ass that won’t quit. Me, I gave my kid an obsession with soap. More »

I’m Too Tired To Be A Better Mom

I'm Too Tired To Be A Better Mom

I look at my friends online and I see art projects, interesting dinners and family outings. I see vacations and smiling children and I wonder what the heck I am doing wrong. There are not enough resources – especially with my husband traveling as much as he does. How do you catch up? Is it possible to actually feel like you’re doing a good job when there are so many things that take your focus off your children daily? More »