I was SO SCARED and I almost considered waking my daughter up and asking her if she, you know, wanted to sleep in my bed with me, but because I’m a big girl and brave I slept all alone, but with my hall light on! More
One night, however, he watched a whole episode of “Breaking Bad.” (I know, I know. That’s why I’m writing this anonymously, OK?) He normally would have been nursing at that time, but instead he was wide awake and not at all hungry. Meanwhile, I really needed to watch one of the final episodes of my favorite show, and we don’t have a DVR. I happened to have him side-saddle on my lap, where he could easily turn his head and see the set… which he did. He fixed on the images flashing across the screen — and then stayed there, staring calmly, for the full hour. I did cover his eyes during the gun fight, though, because I wanted to protect my candidacy for Mom of the Year. More
I’m officially over summer. Fall is my favorite season and now that school has started again and leaves are falling all over my yard I am ready for fall to get here. The weather isn’t cooperating yet, because it’s hot and humid and generally gross outside, and I’m ready for this to be over. I wanna see autumnal wreaths on doors and ghosts in yards and to bust out the sweaters. You can have your bikinis and your beach weekends and your drippy popsicles, I am ready for fall. More
My daughter and I started watching medical shows, or shows that feature people who are born with a syndrome that affects one in a trillion, when she was only three. She was addicted to them from the start and could easily sit there and watch an hour-long documentary on the 450-pound man or the Tallest Man in the World or on Siamese Twins. I thought it was wonderful that she was so fascinated and thought for sure she‚Äôs going to be a doctor, because what other child is so fascinated by these shows?
Well, she may still be a doctor one day‚Ä¶or she could turn out to be a completely neurotic adult. More
I watched a lot of television as a kid and I’m happy to say that it didn’t lead me down a path of giving wedgies and stealing lunch money. It looks like I may have been one of the lucky ones. A new study by the University at Glasgow reveals that in addition¬†to being bad for a child’s health watching too much television may cause children to become bullies. More
I am sure there are experts out there who say watching television before bed is not a good idea. In fact, I know there are. Oh well. It works for my child and that‚Äôs all I care about. More
The biggest heartthrob on television right now is a father. Arguably the best scene in Mad Men to date features Don Draper‚Äôs ‚Äúcarousel‚ÄĚ pitch to Kodak in Season 1, a seminal moment for both the program and for daddy-watchers like me. And in the next season, when Don Draper fried an egg in an ominously dark kitchen with Sally, I reckon I could hear a million women sigh.
These days there are, perhaps, more interesting things to watch on my computer than on cable TV (I‚Äôm excluding reality television from my thesis here), but the dads keep me coming back to the tube. More
Kids spend a lot of time consuming some sort of media these days and given what that media often advocates, it should be no surprise that unrealistic body expectactions and anxiety about image are creeping into the minds of children at younger and younger ages. A UK survey determined that over half of girls and a third of boys actively compare their bodies to those on television. More
Nickelodeon just wised up to the fact that the majority of moms today aren’t hanging out in front of the TV all morning their tots. Many work all day, head to the grocery store, throw together a meal, put the kids to bed, and then settle into their own TV-viewing well after the sun goes down. And although mothers have been “co-viewing” NickJr. for years, Nickelodeon has realized that they could get a good slice of the mommy-viewing pie by setting up some programing for mothers after hours.
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Rachel: What do you mean, you‚Äôre taking over my job.
Gavin: Well, while you were on your baby vacation, I was *doing* your job.
Rachel: A vacation? My idea of a vacation does not involve something sucking on my nipples until they are raw.
This is a rather comical look at what it‚Äôs like when a woman comes back maternity leave as portrayed on the popular sitcom Friends. When Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston) returns from her maternity leave from Ralph Lauren, she finds that someone has taken over her job and she is going to have to fight to keep her place. But that was a sitcom with a fun theme song and a laugh track. It was not real life. In real life some women really do have to come back from maternity leave and fight for their jobs. It was not so funny when Christina Thielst was laid off three weeks after returning from her maternity leave to her position as Chief Operating Officer for a hospital. Her boss told her the only women that were CEOs either had fully-grown children or no children.
Some of the reasons women are going to the home is because organizations are not stepping up to the plate. Some organizations are cutting back,‚ÄĚ says Lisa Levey of Catalyst, a women‚Äôs rights research and advisory group in New York. With the U.S. being one of only three countries to not offer paid maternity leave many women have to go back to work after six weeks even if they aren‚Äôt ready but more and more mothers are doing this today. According to a recent study, the proportion of mothers with young children who go out to work was around 31% in the early 1980s. The figure passed the 50% mark in the late 1990s and hit 55% in 2003. More
In case you didn’t know, the fertility rate in the United States is down. People aren’t having large families anymore, and in some cases, not having kids at all. Single, childless women are on the rise and a whopping one in five women not only doesn’t have kids, she doesn’t want them. Childless by choice is on the upswing as an increasing number of women (and men) astound convention by declaring they don’t want kids.
Factors to consider are perhaps the continual progress of women in the workplace, the recession in which even starting a family seems like a daunting task, and the high unemployment rate. Or, you can be like The New York Times which claims women aren’t having kids because of the all the scary, graphic births on television. More
You’re not alone in your distaste for your kid’s keeping up with the one of the most popular families on television. Even President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama worry about how much time their daughters, 10 and 13, spend watching the Kardashians. And isn’t just Michelle who takes issue with the girls following the televised lives of the Kardashian women. Barack isn’t much of a fan either. More
Heather Havrilesky cites the new series Up All Night with Christina Applegate as a prime example of the “culture of parenting” being reflected back at us on nighttime television. And despite how much today’s parents obsess over their every move, Havrilesky finds it fascinating that parents still crave to see that anxiety relived on screen. More
Former American Idol star Kellie Pickler isn’t going to have babies just because that’s what all her friends are doing. (People)
In northern Spain, a guy dressed like a devil jumps over babies to ward off the evil spirit. At least Evel Knievel did it with inanimate objects. (Daily Mail)
Not only will too much TV rot their brains, but it turns out TV watching also screws up kids’ sleep patterns. (GoodyBlog)
The way you design your home can help you avoid arguments. (ShelterPop)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn had lunch with his daughter after he alleged attacked a maid in his hotel. But will his demeanor during lunch affect the case? (Double X)
Do men inherit their cheating ways from their dads? (TheFrisky)