Topic: Childrearing

Self-Described ‘Good Mom’ Wants To Know Why You Hate Her For Being Better Than You

Self-Described 'Good Mom' Wants To Know Why You Hate Her For Being Better Than You

After a few years of writing on the internet, I’m starting to believe The Mommy Wars still exist because there are some women who just plain enjoy them. They might say otherwise, but that’s only because it’s socially unacceptable to say, “I really enjoy finding obscure reasons to pit myself against other women and remind myself that I come out on top.” Case in point: blogger Whitney Fleming whose recent post on BlogherWhy Do People Hate Good Moms?, laments her inner turmoil over all the many parents who hate her because she is “actually trying.” More »

Foster Mom: Saying Goodbye Hurts The Most

Foster Mom: Saying Goodbye Hurts The Most

We had been certified foster parents for about two months when we got our first call. The placement specialist on the phone said, “We are trying to place a sibling set; a girl and a boy. Would you be able to take them?” My mind raced faster than I thought possible. I had a thousand questions but asked only two: How old are they and when are they coming? More »

A 6-Year-Old Evaluates Every Extracurricular Activity He’s Ever Done

A 6-Year-Old Evaluates Every Extracurricular Activity Heâs Ever Done

With every new season, the Boys and Girls Club Brochure comes out, sending me and many other parents I know into a frenzy of agonizing over their kids’ extracurricular activities. This time, I decided to interview my 6-year-old son about every single activity he’s ever done before I signed him up for anything new. Below is a transcript of the interview, edited only for length and clarity. It’s possible that I’ve been overthinking things. More »

Dad Accidentally Sics Internet On School That Shamed Him For His Daughter’s Unhealthy Bag Lunch

Dad Accidentally Sics Internet On School That Shamed Him For His Daughter's Unhealthy Bag Lunch

A substitute teacher sent a note home to a set of parents (one of whom is a doctor) that sent their child to school with a bag lunch the cafeteria deemed inappropriate. This is basically my nightmare. Dad wasn’t horrified at all, though. He was just like, “Hey, I’m a doctor. If I want to fill my kid’s lunch bag with crap, I will.” Just kidding! He didn’t say that. But he thought it. More »