Topic: Childrearing

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 »

‘Don’t Rape’ Should Trump ‘Stay Safe’ When We Talk About Campus Sexual Assault

'Don't Rape' Should Trump 'Stay Safe' When We Talk About Campus Sexual Assault

In August, female college students get bombarded with message after message reminding them that as soon as they move back to school, they have a laundry list of things to do to keep themselves from getting raped. A far more important message than that, though, that seems to be missing from all the coverage, is this: Hey, guys! Don’t rape people! More »

We Should All Be Angry That Another Mother Is Burying Her Son After He Was Killed By Police

We Should All Be Angry That Another Mother Is Burying Her Son After He Was Killed By Police

I’m heartbroken today because watching parents bury their child is something that I will never be able to comprehend without debilitating grief and compassion.

I’m angry today because imaging what these parents have been through in the past two weeks — defending the fact that their son had a right to come away from a brief altercation with police alive is infuriating. More »

10 Frightening Baby Shower Cakes That You Can’t Un-See

10 Frightening Baby Shower Cakes That You Canât Un-See

Maria Guido broke the mold when she introduced us to Vagina Cakes. And with the help of the Internet, I have discovered that there are many, many more disturbing baby shower cakes that we haven’t seen yet. I personally was a pregnant woman with a sense of humor—I loved the semi-irreverent pregnant belly cake that was served at my baby shower. But sometimes, baby shower cake art can go a little too far. More »