I’ve always been a little grossed out by the idea of shopping your infant’s picture to the highest bidding celebrity tabloid shortly after the child’s birth. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t need to see anyone’s six-day-old baby trotted out like a show pony so mom and dad can get a nice big paycheck. And that’s the Shakira baby picturesÂ of little baby Milan, and the charity these photos are going to support, makes me smile so much. More
May I have babies now?
Iâm thinking thatâs a pretty typical response to Ben Affleckâs hand at the Directorâs Guild Awards last night, no? Ever since Ben sported a similar message to the Criticâs Choice Awards and won, Ben has clearly decided to give Violet and Seraphina (who knows maybe even Samuel, wouldnât be surprised if Bennifer had a baby genius) free reign with the markers â âMy daughter wrote my name on my hand for luck,â he said in his Criticâs Choice acceptance speech. âI donât know how that works, but I guess it worked, so you can look forward to seeing more of this!â And why wouldnât he?
At 8:35 this morning, a freshman atÂ Coweta Intermediate School in Oklahoma went into the bathroom and fatally shot themselves, sending the students and school around them into disarray. Police were on the scene within minutes, securing the school and making sure there were no other threats to the students. The school administrators handled the situation well, putting the local middle and high school on lockdown and quickly reaching out to parents. But sadly, that well thought-out and executed response won’t be enough to comfort students of the school, who will all be suffering through a very traumatic emotional experience over the next couple of months. More
First it was Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress that was flying off the shelves and being refashioned into knock offs. But, let’s be real. The pregnant Duchess’s every grab for leggings and a comfy t-shirt is somehow going to be spun as the New It Maternity Wear. Such as when she resurfaced on the streets of London wearing a shawl. You’ve been forewarned. Pregnancy shawls are in. More
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is investigating a second rape case that allegedly took place in April of 2012, involving a 14-year-old girl in Steubenville. Now, I know the good residents of Steubenville have claimed that the other alleged gang rape case involving a 16-year-old victim is an isolated incident, and that the kids of Steubenville are good kids who don’t engage in underage drinking or sexual assault, but because of new information regarding this case, I think maybe the parents of Steubenville are pretty deluded when it comes to what their teenagers are doing. And they may be interested in reading the following Tweets. More
I have recently heard two stories about parents having to leave work because their kids have had a âdirtyâ diaper. My cousinâs 2-year-old is in “school” for a few hours a day. She recently has been called because her daughter pooped and because of licensing they arenât allowed to change her diaper. So my cousin has to leave work, change her daughterâs diaper and go back. Not only is this a major inconvenience but her daughter gets so excited when her Mommy shows up and wants to leave with her. More
This sets a dangerous precedent. (The Stir)
The pressing moments we’ll try hard to remember. (HuffPo Parents)
Slut-shaming vs. STD-shaming. Which would you rather? (YourTango)
8 terrible Super Bowl ads we’ll never forget. (HuffPo Women)
Our favorite baby shower gift ideas. (Babble)
9 reasons I love my period. (The Frisky)
Martin AmisÂ character or “Tatler” byline from Feb. 2013? (The Hairpin)
Holly Madison throws Valentine’s Day themed baby shower. (Celeb Baby Laundry)
Etch A Sketch creator dies at 86. (Parents.com)
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Warning: This article is amazingly graphic and beyond terrible and will probably cause your heart to break in a million pieces, like it did mine. But I feel it is our responsibility, as women, as mothers, as humans to know about these things. I’m not sure what exactly we can do to make a difference in cases like this, in the mindset that lets men in faraway countries get away with this type of brutality, but we need to do something. This story is appalling to the millionth degree. Lindsay Cross covered this story a few months ago, but we have new information regarding this horrific case. More
Like millions of families across the country, we tuned in to the Superbowl last night. We wanted to see the commercials and Beyonce and cheer on Bernard Pollard, one of our hometown high school football heroes who just won a Superbowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens. So my parents, my daughter and I grabbed some junk food and plopped down on the couch for a little of America’s favorite past time. Unfortunately, I spent as much time covering my five-year-old’s eyes from overly sexualized images as I did actually cheering on the teams. More
Usually, being a celebrity sounds pretty awesome. The clothes. The money. The parties. It all seems like something I would be really good at. Until today when I read three different reports about what Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy cravings are. Then … More
Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban after using a blog to criticize their extremist efforts to prevent girls from getting an education, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. My faith in humanity is restored. More
Are you ready for some football? If by football you mean am I ready to eat a mess of junk food and watch some amazingly expensive television commercials and BEYONCE then yes, yes I am! And my kids are ready too, because my daughter woke me at six a.m. this morning asking if it was time to eat the king’s cake I purchased for breakfast, and I think she mainly wants it because this bread is bedecked in mardi gras beads and Â fake gold coins. I love Super Bowl Sunday you guys. My refrigerator is filled with beer and we have takeaway pulled barbecue pork to pick up and I will be making something involving cheese and salsa and tortilla chips. Plus, cupcakes. Plus, that super gross and by gross I mean amazingly good onion dip and salty potato chips. More
Is there a heterosexual teenage boy in existence who wouldn’t support his young, attractive teacher disrobing on social media? I don’t think so. That’s why I am not surprised there is a huge movement on Twitter in support of Carly McKinney – the teacher who posted semi-nude pictures on Twitter and was put on paid leave.
Just in time for the Superbowl! The San Francisco 49ers are experiencing some seriously bad PR thanks to the actions of a few players. Who is in charge of the PR for these idiots? Whoever it is should be fired.