Topic: Childrearing

STFU Parents: Do Viral Pictures Of Babies Pooping On Their Parents Encourage Other Parents To Overshare?

STFU Parents: Do Viral Pictures Of Babies Pooping On Their Parents Encourage Other Parents To Overshare?

Everyone poops, and for babies in particular, pooping is a huge part of an average day. It’s not necessarily appropriate for a middle-aged man to regale people with stories or pictures of himself pooping, but since babies have no control over their bowels, those tales and images are viewed as much more acceptable — funny, even. More »

Circumcising Your Child Because You Think An Intact Penis ‘Looks Funny’ Is Absurd

Circumcising Your Child Because You Think An Intact Penis 'Looks Funny' Is Absurd

Parents make choices for their children all the time, and parents of boys have one extra one to ponder: whether or not to have him circumcised. It’s up to parents to make the best choice for their family, but I always find it odd when the reason for opting to do it is purely cosmetic. You’d be hard-pressed to find a story about choosing to circumcise a child (apart from religious reasons, of course) that doesn’t involve some mention of how an uncircumcised penis looks. More »

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It’s Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It's Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

There have been a number of studies done on the benefits of breast-feeding and Lord knows there are many people in a new mother’s life that will extol said benefits ad nauseum in an effort to promote the “breast is best” bandwagon that all the hip kids are jumping on these days. As a new mom, I mostly believed it because this notion is so wide-spread. OF COURSE I would breast-feed because it would make my baby a magical, healthy unicorn that never got sick. More »

You Don’t Have To Read Parenting Books To Be An Awesome Mom

You Don't Have To Read Parenting Books To Be An Awesome Mom

I’m sure if I read this parenting book two years ago instead of renewing it three times before finally returning it in defeat, I’d be sitting pretty now. I read the opening chapters, and I’m here to tell you it’s well-written, engaging, filled with concrete examples and even cartoons for the visual learners. I stopped reading it because at the end of a long day of parenting a toddler and a preschooler, the last thing I wanted to do after wrestling them into bed was think about how I could be doing it better. I didn’t want to think about them at all. More »