Topic: Childrearing

World’s Most Clueless Parent Tries To Buy ‘Cool Black Kid’ Friends On Craigslist For Bullied Son

World's Most Clueless Parent Tries To Buy 'Cool Black Kid' Friends On Craigslist For Bullied Son

If your kid is bullied, have you tried posting on Craigslist to find him some ‘cool black kid’ friends? Today in ‘please let this be ill-advised satire’ news, there’s a clueless New Orleans parent who placed an ad on behalf of his poor beleaguered son, who I’m sure will not be in for an even worse time once his classmates find out that his parents tried to buy him friends on Craigslist. More »

Turns Out I’m Not A Jerk, I’m Just A “No Rescue” Parent

Turns Out I'm Not A Jerk, I'm Just A "No Rescue" Parent

Woo hoo! I knew it! Take that all you moms at the park who look at me like I’m a monster when I don’t force my kid to wear a coat in the winter, or when I refuse to buy them a snack after they forgot theirs at home. Turns out I am what the Today Show calls “a no-rescue” parent, which is the antithesis to “helicopter parents.” And I wouldn’t want to be any other way. More »

Breaking Up With Your Daycare Is Harder Than Dumping A Boyfriend

Breaking Up With Your Daycare Is Harder Than Dumping A Boyfriend

Breaking up is hard to do. When Neil Sedaka wrote those words, I am fairly confident he was not referring to breaking up with your child’s daycare provider. Nevertheless, they apply just as well. My daughter started with her daycare just after she turned one and, apart from trips out of town with us to visit family, it is the only out-of-home care she has ever had. It is the place where she first got used to not having mama or dada around with her all day. It is where she met her first little friend. It is where she made her first piece of Father’s Day art for us to take home and hang on the wall (it’s a masterpiece, in case you are wondering). In short, it is a place with a lot of good memories for her. More »

Mom Without A Mom: What I Learned About Parenting After Losing My Mother

Mom Without A Mom: What I Learned About Parenting After Losing My Mother

24 hours after learning my mom had terminal cancer I climbed into my childhood bed at my parents house, wailing. My younger brother and I had gotten the news late the night before and spent the morning steering his ’93 Camry out of New York City, through Connecticut to our home outside Boston, ignoring the Red Sox game that came in and out in the radio. At the hospital my mom let me curl up beside her in her bed, tucking her one arm without an IV around my back. I remember the sun stirring everything in the room up into this ethereal white light. She was only 55. More »

Scary Mommy: The 10 Stages of Choosing a Halloween Costume

Scary Mommy: The 10 Stages of Choosing a Halloween Costume

Stage 1: Realization. This stage typically occurs in late August. You know, when CVS begins to display candy corn on all of their end caps. Wonderful. Just wonderful, dearest CVS. You have officially ruined the months of September and October, not to mention the last few days of summer because now we get to entertain the question, “How many more days until Halloween?” for approximately 57 days. Sweet. (No pun intended) More »