Topic: parenting

Dad Turns Son Into Police, Because That’s What You Do When Your Kid Breaks The Law

Dad Turns Son Into Police, Because That's What You Do When Your Kid Breaks The Law

A fifteen-year-old boy is facing charges after his dad turned him into the police. That’s right — his son broke the law, his father found out about it, and now he is making his son face the consequences of that behavior. What a novel freaking concept, huh? There are a lot of parents who would have difficulty turning in their kids for shoplifting, let alone for being a sexual predator, as this boy is. More »

I Can’t Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

I Can't Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

How hard it is to parent without projection. To not imagine the rope course in elementary school gym class, the thick yellow braids that seemed to hang down from the sky, causing my heart to race. The humiliation of barely allowing my feet to leave the ground before I turned around, my hands stinging from the rope, admitting defeat. Or how I never learned to do a cartwheel, because I just couldn’t trust my own body. More »

Being The Fun Parent Is The Best

Being The Fun Parent Is The Best

When my first child was born, I had not given much thought about what type of parent I would be. I don’t mean a particular parenting style- I just couldn’t picture how I would interact with my kids. I am kind of a strange person in that I am very anxious about certain things but extremely laid-back about others. I honestly had no idea how it would translate for me as a mother. More »

Obsessively Monitoring Your Kids’ Social Media Isn’t Parenting, It’s Spying

Obsessively Monitoring Your Kids' Social Media Isn't Parenting, It's Spying

Monitoring your kids’ social media is a hot topic. There are seemingly endless ways for a child or teenager to cause themselves trouble in the digital age. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and texting present young people with many opportunities to exercise bad judgment and misbehave. However, parents obsessively spying on all of that is not an effective means of parenting. More »

My Outgoing Child Makes Me Stand Out When All I Want To Do Is Blend In

My Outgoing Child Makes Me Stand Out When All I Want To Do Is Blend In

I am not what one would call a shy person. I like to talk to people, I make friends easily and I spent years performing in musicals and singing on stage. I enjoy being in those kinds of situations but I do want it to be on my own terms. When I am out and about running errands or chilling out on my front porch, I am usually content to keep to myself and would rather not take center stage. For the last few years, I have not been given a choice in the matter as my son is a very outgoing child and engages people everywhere we go, whether I like it or not. More »

If You Need To Attend A ‘Reality Party’ To Learn Teens Drink, Then You Are A Cyborg

If You Need To Attend A 'Reality Party' To Learn Teens Drink, Then You Are A Cyborg

What do teenagers do at parties? Well, I imagine there’s a table with soda and snacks, and perhaps a few board games like Yahtzee and Monopoly. The girls probably sit on the one side of the room while they giggle about who they have crushes on, and the boys are probably on the other side of the room engaging in horseplay. If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you are the type of parent that “reality parties” were designed for. The rest of us are praying our kids don’t do the kind of stuff we did as teens, and that isn’t going on a four-game Yahtzee losing streak. More »

Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Video Of Crying Kids Is Only Funny If You Are A Huge Jerk

Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween Video Of Crying Kids Is Only Funny If You Are A Huge Jerk

Every year, Jimmy Kimmel does a segment on his show right after Halloween showing parents lying to their children about stealing all of their candy. The kid’s reactions are filmed by their parents and sent in to Kimmel’s show for inclusion in his yearly mash-up so all the adults watching can laugh at the tantrums and tears of little kids who think their candy is gone. Sounds like a good time, right? How about, nope. More »

Mom Enters Unborn Baby In Beauty Pageant Based On Ultrasound, Needs Better Hobbies And Values

Mom Enters Unborn Baby In Beauty Pageant Based On Ultrasound, Needs Better Hobbies And Values

I’m not one to judge, but I think it’s fair to say that baby beauty pageants are a nonsensical cesspool of narcissism and ignorance. Now, that’s just one opinion. However, there is a story out today about a six-week-old who was named runner up in a competition her mother entered her into before she was born. So, I’m going to go ahead and call that Exhibit A. More »

I Love Christmas But I Hate Elf On The Shelf

I Love Christmas But I Hate Elf On The Shelf

I started writing for Mommyish in May of this year and I am not joking when I tell you that I have been waiting since then to write about Elf on the Shelf. More specifically, why I think Elf on the Shelf is the worst thing to happen to Christmas since fruit cake. I know plenty of parents think this is a harmless new tradition to enhance the “magic” of the season for their little ones but I don’t see it that way.
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Finally, A Celebrity Speaks Some Truth About What It’s Like Having Twins

Finally, A Celebrity Speaks Some Truth About What Itâs Like Having Twins

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twins arrived three weeks after mine were born. I remember buying the People Magazine issue with the first photos of Lopez and the twins in it. There was a nursery filled with white bedding and an enormous chandelier, there was Lopez bottle-feeding a twin while wearing a cocktail dress and a smile, and there were both parents running down a gravel driveway while pushing baby carriages and laughing. I wiped some baby vomit off my shirt, redid my oily ponytail, and said, “You lie, Lopez. You lie.” More »