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
Yes, I watched Extreme Guide To Parenting, again last night.Â I am a glutton for punishment. Each week it’s becoming clearer and clearer that all of these “extreme” parents are simply saddled with issues from their childhoods and trying to write the wrongs of their upbringing through their own kids. Which is sick, if you ask me.
The other day I was driving with my daughter around our new town when I needed to stop for gas. I decided to run in for water and maybe a treat for my daughter; a slurpee, some cashews, perhaps a cherry flavored cigarillo? Lord knows my child loves those things. More
Having your newborn spend time in the neonatal intensive-care unit is often unexpected and very upsetting. These are the things I wish a fellow NICU parent had told me at the start of my journey. More
Apparently there were security measures in place to keep children from learning about throbbing members and heaving bosoms, but the kids surpassed them pretty quickly because OF COURSE THEY DID. More
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
Due to a lack of relatable Touch-and-Feel books, I have written one that seemed much more relevant to our own lives.
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
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
You hear a lot about what’s going to happen when you have children. People giggle maniacally as they gleefully tell you you’ll never sleep again, as though they were the very first people on the planet to break that news to you. They talk all about labor horror stories and give you way too much information about their mucus plug. More
A mom in Florida is probably wondering why she decided to live there this morning after the terrifying experience she had Saturday when she accidentally locked her 10-month-old son in the car. Despite calling 911, the dispatcher refused to send help, leaving her to panic in a CVS parking lot. More
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
It’s the week before Labor Day, and for many kids, school’s already back in session. I don’t know this because I have a kid of my own, or because I pay particularly close attention to TV commercials or other youth-focused advertisements; I know it because I’m on Facebook. More
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