Topic: Childrearing

My Dog Doesn’t Trust My Kids — And I Wouldn’t Either

My Dog Doesn't Trust My Kids -- And I Wouldn't Either

Last year, we upended our dog’s life by adding twins to our family. As with most ten-year-olds, Miss Beasley was not expecting to suddenly have to start sharing Mom and Dad’s attention at such an advanced stage of life, and her reaction upon the babies’ arrival from the hospital could best be described as “intense indifference”. But that was nearly a year ago, back when the kids were listless little potatoes and not crawling, tottering, dog-adoring maniacs. More »

World’s Worst Hospital Calls Security On Breastfeeding Mom

World's Worst Hospital Calls Security On Breastfeeding Mom

There have been plenty of stories about breastfeeding moms thrown out of restaurants and shamed for daring to feed their kids anywhere but the privacy of their own homes. I can confidently say I never thought I’d be writing one about a breastfeeding mom ejected from a pediatrician’s office. A pediatrician’s office. You know, that place that is practically wallpapered with posters encouraging you to breastfeed you baby? We’ve reached a new level of absurdity. More »

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 »

How To Survive The 5 Stages Of Sleep Training Grief

How To Survive The 5 Stages Of Sleep Training Grief

Sleep training sucks. People will tell you stories about their baby that slept through the night from the moment he popped out of the womb with a bottle of his mom’s favorite Chardonnay in one hand and his Nobel Prize in the field of Infancy in the other; they will offer you books called The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The Sleepeasy Solution. These people are liars and these books are, too. The word “easy” has no place in sleep training. There will be blood tears. Many of them will be yours. More »

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

While these posts are funny, they often seem to translate to, “I’m a MOM now, so don’t ask me to “go out for drinks” unless they come in a sippy cup! And no, I won’t attend events that require attire other than yoga pants, and I won’t apologize for not caring about your meaningless life when I’ve got my awesome kid on my mind, because guess what? He’s more interesting than your marathon training or political views or whatever it is you want to chat about.” More »

I Cheated On My Mom BFF And I Don’t Regret It

I Cheated On My Mom BFF And I Don't Regret It

I first met Kate when I was single in a new town and she was months away from her wedding. It was instant envy from go. Kate is sharp and savvy. A woman who spends time in Paris. A woman who is well-versed in restaurants and art sales. She’s a writer on a show you’ve totally heard of (and may even love, as most of the modern world does). She wears a lot of black, and reminds me of what Daria probably grew up to be. More »