Topic: Childrearing

It’s Adorable Pat Robertson Thinks More Male Companionship Will Turn Viewer’s Gay Son Straight

It's Adorable Pat Robertson Thinks More Male Companionship Will Turn Viewer's Gay Son Straight

A 700 Club viewer wrote in to get cantankerous dinosaur Pat Robertson‘s advice on what to do about her 13-year-old stepson’s crushes on other men. Robertson bizarrely suggests that the young man might have caught the gay by being raised by a single mom. His explanation of the situation is way off-base: the real problem isn’t that the stepson is attracted to other boys, but that his stepmom thinks Robertson is a font of wisdom rather than a font of tired stereotypes and homophobia. But strangely enough, I found myself nodding along in agreement with Robertson’s suggestion on what to do next. More »

Annoyed Preschool Expels 4-Year-Old Because Of Mom’s Bitchy Facebook Post

Annoyed Preschool Expels 4-Year-Old Because Of Mom's Bitchy Facebook Post

A preschooler in Florida has been expelled from the private Christian school he attends because the school was less than happy about something his mom said on her private Facebook page. My kid attends a church-run daycare and this is basically my nightmare. I was totally on her side until I read that she tagged the school in her bitchy post. That was a dumb idea. More »

Anonymous Mom: I’m An OCD Mom Parenting An OCD Kid

 Anonymous Mom: I'm An OCD Mom Parenting An OCD Kid

“I’m so tired, Mom,” she sobs. “I just want to go to bed.” She covers her face with her little hands, raw and chapped from constant washing. “Why can’t I stop? WHY CAN’T I STOP?!” She doesn’t understand. But I do. My kid’s genetic chickens have come home to roost.

Some moms pass on great cheekbones or an ass that won’t quit. Me, I gave my kid an obsession with soap. More »

Daycare Is Not Raising My Kids

Daycare Is Not Raising My Kids

I am a daycare mom. I work full-time from home, and so does my husband. From close to one year old, both of my kids have been enrolled in half-day daycare at local in-home daycares in our area. When they first started daycare, I had all of the same fears as any new parent. I was worried that they wouldn’t like it; I was worried that they would feel lost and alone without me; I was especially worried about neglecting them while I was at work. More »

Sorry Kuddle, But There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Safe’ Photo Sharing App For Little Kids

Sorry Kuddle, But There's No Such Thing As A 'Safe' Photo Sharing App For Little Kids

Have you ever wished that there was an app out there for your kids that was a little less educational and a little more narcissistic? Well then you, internet rando, are in luck, because there is no a bonafide social network app for little kids to share pictures on, an idea that couldn’t possible go wrong ever at all: Kuddle, the photo sharing app that boasts; “all ages allowed”. More »

New Pediatric Dental Recommendations Will Make The Anti-Fluoride Crowd Lose Their Minds

New Pediatric Dental Recommendations Will Make The Anti-Fluoride Crowd Lose Their Minds

Rates of cavities are increasing in the diapers-and-crayons crowd for unclear reasons: too many sweets (including fruits)? Parents forgetting to brush their little ones’ teeth before bedtime? The use of bottled or filtered water instead of the straight-from-the-tap variety? Who knows, but if a tiny smear of toothpaste a couple of times a day can help to head this problem off, I’m all for it. But I have a hunch that this isn’t a sentiment shared by the rest of the world, or at least not the part that takes a certain scene in Dr. Strangelove a little too seriously. More »

I Was Smug About My Early Walker

I Was Smug About My Early Walker

I mumbled something about each baby doing things in her own time, but secretly I felt smug. I tried to dispel the smugness, but the feeling hung on for the rest of the day, surfacing again when I told my husband about what our daughter had done in the baby group, recounting that collective gasp in which an entire roomful of mothers paused for a beat to marvel at our daughter. More »

I’m Too Tired To Be A Better Mom

I'm Too Tired To Be A Better Mom

I look at my friends online and I see art projects, interesting dinners and family outings. I see vacations and smiling children and I wonder what the heck I am doing wrong. There are not enough resources – especially with my husband traveling as much as he does. How do you catch up? Is it possible to actually feel like you’re doing a good job when there are so many things that take your focus off your children daily? More »

I Hope The Girls Who Bullied Aaron Paul’s Wife Watched The Emmys Last Night

I Hope The Girls Who Bullied Aaron Paul's Wife Watched The Emmys Last Night

Last night, while accepting his third Emmy, actor and class act Aaron Paul used a few seconds of his time on stage to direction attention to a foundation called The Kind Campaign. The foundation, whose website Paul crashed with the flood of post-Emmy hits that headed its way was co-founded by Paul’s wife Lauren. She’s someone with more than a passing familiarity with bullying of this brand: her junior high treatment by her cohorts left her depressed and suicidal, and now she’s out to make the world a better place, a little kindness at a time. I wonder if any of the girls who harassed her in school were watching last night, and if so, I wonder if they clicked over to the site and recognized the girl they’d given so much grief all those years ago? More »