Topic: Childrearing

9 More Jobs Being A Mom Totally Qualifies You To Do

9 More Jobs Being A Mom Totally Qualifies You To Do

Being a mom can be challenging. Kids get into fights and need Mom to arbitrate; they hurt themselves and get sick; they even want to be fed on a regular basis, the pesky little buggers. With all the wound care, household engineering, and early childhood education they do on a daily basis, is there any job a stay-at-home mom like myself isn’t qualified to do after a sadly unsalaried tenure as CEO, chief financial planner, and child psychologist? More »

I’m A Feminist And I Plan On Buying My Daughter A Ton Of Barbies

I'm A Feminist And I Plan On Buying My Daughter A Ton Of Barbies

I love Barbie. I’m not going to lie.

I’m also a proud feminist, and somewhere along the way it became not okay for proud feminists to love Barbie. I’ve become lost in the arguments for why that is — I think it has something to do with her body types and assigned ‘jobs.’ I stopped caring, because when we analyze a doll this much, we really give small children zero credit — and place an unrealistic amount of emphasis on a variable that really doesn’t influence kids all that much. More »

8 Ill-Advised Options For Baby Storage

8 Ill-Advised Options For Baby Storage

Breona Synclair Watkins, a Florida mother, put her five-month old infant in the trunk of her car. She put the baby there because she was afraid of getting in trouble for not having a car seat for the infant to ride in. Of course, this is a very reasonable way to handle the fear of getting in trouble, when you’re about eight. So to help Watkins out, I put together this small explainer of places to not put your baby: More »

13 Elaborate Costumes You’ll Never Pull Off

13 Elaborate Costumes You'll Never Pull Off

Halloween can be a time of serious insecurity for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to grab a costume off the shelf, and on the other, no parent who actually loves their child does that, right? So you have no choice, when you think about it, than to hit up Pinterest and ogle DIY Halloween costumes that the parents who do love their children end up making. I don’t know how they do it, but I suspect that methamphetamines are involved. More »

My Toddler Learned Baby Signing And Now She’s The Boss

My Toddler Learned Baby Signing And Now She's The Boss

My daughter wakes up. It’s early. She looks at me, smiles, and moves her arms in the breaststroke motion. She wants to go swimming. Again. And she’s telling me in sign language. After breakfast, she asks to go swimming. In the car seat on the way to the store, she asks to go swimming. While she’s eating her snack, she asks to go swimming. Finally, we go swimming.
Thanks a lot, baby signing class. More »