Topic: Childrearing

There’s A Special Place In Hell For People Who Judge Cancer Survivors For Not Breastfeeding

There's A Special Place In Hell For People Who Judge Cancer Survivors For Not Breastfeeding

Women wrote in about being accused by strangers of poisoning their babies with formula, about doctors who were not allowed to use the word ‘bottle’, about being reduced to tears after being harangued by nurses and consultants. Some of these women were cancer survivors, some of the were just women who didn’t want to or couldn’t breastfeed, and not a single one of them deserved to be treated this way. More »

Having A Child Who Doesn’t Sleep Is A Form Of Mom Torture And I’m Barely Surviving

Having A Child Who Doesn't Sleep Is A Form Of Mom Torture And I'm Barely Surviving

As a new mom, you think that nothing can possibly touch the early days- your baby is hungry several times during the night, barely naps during the day and might even need to be laying on your chest to sleep at all. No doubt, the first months can be very difficult in regard to sleep and sometimes, even the entire first year. However, while most babies do start to sleep through the night eventually, there are some babies that grow into toddlers and children that still do not sleep through the night. More »

10 Most Ridiculous Depictions Of Parenthood From The ‘It’s Like They Know Us’ Tumblr

10 Most Ridiculous Depictions Of Parenthood From The 'It's Like They Know Us' Tumblr

Some of you may have picked up on the fact that I love to lampoon stupidly expensive stuff that is totally unrealistic for families with children. In the past, I have skewered American Girl dolls, ridiculous nurseries meant for grown-ups and the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I realize that these companies are not trying to make product set-ups that regular people can relate to and that they are selling a fantasy rather than reflecting the reality of the typical family but I still find it laughable that they even try to shill a bright white couch for a child’s playroom. Or that they think a 7-year old girl should have a $300 “parlor” for her $125 doll. It is all pretty silly and making fun of it is a great hobby. More »

Stop Trying To Romanticize Breastfeeding

Stop Trying To Romanticize Breastfeeding

Pictures of mothers breastfeeding infants are considered distasteful by some. Photos of older children being breastfed cause even more controversy. But before photographers and moms get their nursing bras in a twist over backlash, maybe they should consider that it’s the message behind the image that’s the problem, not the depiction itself. More »

Having A Kid In The Car Doesn’t Entitle You To Police Other Drivers’ Habits, So Kindly STFU

Having A Kid In The Car Doesn't Entitle You To Police Other Drivers' Habits, So Kindly STFU

Kids are little sponges, absorbing information and behaviors from all around them, and that isn’t something that stops the second they’re strapped into their car seats. So when we see them taking note of the bad habits that drivers in other cars might have, what should we do? I’m not sure, but I can safely say that the answer is not posting a whiny screed to the Internet about how no other drivers should ever do anything that you think is icky. More »

I Threw An Over-The-Top Birthday Party For My Baby And I Don’t Regret It At All

I Threw An Over-The-Top Birthday Party For My Baby And I Don't Regret It At All

It all started innocently enough. In fact, I didn’t even want to have a 1st birthday party. I had sat through all of my niece’s and younger sibling’s parties and while they were entertaining for the child, the parents mostly looked either frazzled or bored. In one party, my niece cried because she was afraid of the piñata. In another party, my sister’s mother in law ended up in a fight because of the way my sister treated her granddaughter, my sister’s stepdaughter. Family parties have always been stressful for me. My parents are divorced, so it seems as though someone is always feeling left out, pissed off or just doesn’t show up at all. More »

Mean People Are A Part Of Life So Kids Should Get Used To Them Now

Mean People Are A Part Of Life So Kids Should Get Used To Them Now

It’s only natural to want to shield your kids from every sort of hurt. I have cried myself to sleep before worrying about the future and my kids being bullied or disliked. Just the thought of them being left out or feeling lonely is enough to get my lower lip quivering. It is a very normal instinct as a parent to step in and try to stop the hurt from happening but we need to fight this urge, particularly when it comes to letting our kids learn to deal with mean people. More »