Topic: Childrearing

Hospital Hops On The Mommyshaming Bandwagon With Horrible Breastfeeding Contract

Hospital Hops On The Mommyshaming Bandwagon With Horrible Breastfeeding Contract

A lot of us have had a bad experience with pushy nurses and lactation consultants after giving birth, but a Canadian hospital system has taken things to a whole new low. New moms are being handed a feeding “contract” that basically tells them all the ways that formula feeding rather than breastmilk is going to mess up their kid’s life as well as their own. Then they’re told to pick the feeding method they want to use, and sign and date the contract. No pressure, though! It’s good to know that moms don’t even have to wait till after they’re discharged from the hospital to get a world of mommyshaming unleashed on them! More »

Ignorant Parents Prefer Bullying To Buddhism

Ignorant Parents Prefer Bullying To Buddhism

Can practicing mindfulness make kids less likely to bully one another? Maybe; there certainly isn’t anything wrong with putting it into practice. Not unless you’re horrified at the prospect of your kids learning a technique that originated in a different culture, at least. Parents? If the worst thing you have to worry about your kid getting exposed to at school is a little Buddhist meditation, then you should be grateful. There are a lot of worse things that could be happening to them. Like getting bullied, for example. More »

NRA Responds To 9-Year-Old Killing Man With Uzi By Tweeting ‘Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range’

NRA Responds To 9-Year-Old Killing Man With Uzi By Tweeting 'Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range'

A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor at a gun range this week, when she lost control of the Uzi she was learning to fire. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence. Why in the world would anyone think it was a good idea to put a semi-automatic weapon in the hands of a child? The world responded with shock and horror – NRA Women responded by tweeting this story, “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range.” More »

If You Think Newborns Are Easier Than Big Kids You Have A Selective Memory

If You Think Newborns Are Easier Than Big Kids You Have A Selective Memory

BabyCenter has put together a list of 17 (yes, 17) reasons why caring for a newborn is “infinitely” easier than caring for a big kid. BabyCenter should stop being a liar. I would rather take care of the older half of the Duggar family than one newborn. Whenever I hear a mom talk about how much she misses the newborn phase because it was her favorite, I assume that she has some kind of mental imbalance. The newborn phase was the worst time of my life. My entire life. And I grew up disabled with an alcoholic father. More »

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 »