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Get Government Out of Marriage: How Would It Work?

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples, the notion of “privatizing marriage” or “getting government out of marriage” has gained popularity. But how would that actually work? Writing for The Week, author Shikha Dalmia suggests that “privatizing marriage would be a disaster“: At the most basic […]

After Ten Years of Marriage: An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Dear 2005 Walter, This is your 2015 self, transmitting back ten years from the day you take your vows and wed Carrie. I know exactly what you’re thinking. I know what questions and doubts tug at the fringes of your mind. I know what self-assurances counteract those doubts. I know, because I was there. While I […]

Actually, Women Do Regret Their Abortions

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Brianna Sharbaugh

The headline of an article at Time this week screams: HARDLY ANY WOMEN REGRET HAVING AN ABORTION, A NEW STUDY FINDS. Time describes a study recently published in the “multidisciplinary academic journal PLOS ONE” that concluded: “Ninety-five percent of women who have had abortions do not regret the decision to terminate their pregnancies.” The study, which surveyed 670 women three […]

An Open Letter to Pretty Much Everybody About the Marriage Debate

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Dear America (and any of my international friends who may be reading this): Since Friday, I’ve seen many opinions on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage everywhere in the nation. From the viewpoint of social media, people have never been so divided over any single issue. In the light of these […]

[VIDEO] ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ Reminds Us That Our Babies Grow Up Way Too Fast

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Aaron Dickson, who created “The Best First Date” — a video that’s been viewed over 12 million times — is back with a new creative effort. The name says it all and there’s nothing I can add except, “Grab some tissues — you’re going to need them!” Be sure to watch all the way to […]

10 Things I Want to Do Just Like My Dad

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Make my time their time. For most of my childhood my father worked 60 hours a week. I’d see him for about 10 minutes each morning, a 45 minute dinner hour and as I grew older, for a few minutes before bed 5 days a week. Regardless of how much house work he had to […]

Is 40 Too Old To Be a First-Time Mom?

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

At my age, when friends announce that they are pregnant with twins, my surprise has been replaced the reaction, “Oh, they did IVF.” #40 — Miss JMV (@MonsoonPuma) June 15, 2015 I can’t think of one friend who willingly had kids in their twenties. They say the average age of a first-time mom is 26. […]

Are They Kids or Employees? Are We Parents, or Just the Boss?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Consequence Chart for Moms and Kids via @BusyMomsHelper #Parenting http://t.co/UYnfAwINI6 pic.twitter.com/1cfE4oLMUL — 5minutesformom (@5minutesformom) June 13, 2015 The other day I came across a “Consequence Chart” when surfing parenting Tweets. It’s a simple list detailing consequences for various actions taken and it’s meant to hang in a common area of the home as a contractual […]

9 Ways Your Marriage Changes When a Baby Is on the Way

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Everything about our life together changed the minute we learned we were pregnant. The obvious changes were welcome ones. Loads of much-needed gifts, the rearranging of rooms, the changing of jobs so I could be the work-from-home mom I always wanted to be. Those weren’t the issue. It was all the seemingly mundane unexpected changes […]

Anatomy of a Knock-Knock Joke, or How to Raise Funny Kids Without Even Trying

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Knock knock. Who’s there. Mr. Piggy Pants. Great. Mr. Piggy Pants who. Mr. Piggy Pants went to … the funniest place … and everyone came with him. Haaa. Mmm. Uhuh. Quick, change the sub— Knock knock. I said knock knock. OOOOkay, let me explain something. Here is how knock-knock jokes work…. That’s a cross-section of […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

Why It’s Hot to Rag on Jurassic Park, Chris Pratt and Sexism in Hollywood

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

So, some so-called feminist wrote a “scathing” review of Jurassic World in the Daily Beast, accusing the film of being overtly sexist because it features a corporate bitch who discovers her mothering instinct in the midst of rescuing her two nephews from an onslaught of wild dinosaurs. Let’s make one thing clear: If that woman existed in […]

The Spaghetti Mess Inside a Woman’s Head

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

I’m sitting in McDonald’s this morning, sharing Cinnamelts with my nine-year-old son. He should be at day camp, as that was most assuredly the plan, except that two days ago he broke four bones in his foot. He fell from a swing set, and he cracked a jagged line across the bones of his instep. […]

Lena Dunham Breaks Up America’s Favorite Couple

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

NBC New York reports: There’s some major heartbreak coming up on “The Simpsons” and we’re not sure our hearts can handle the pain. Homer and Marge, one of TV’s longstanding married couples (27 seasons and counting), are separating this season…and Lena Dunham is the one to blame? What the what?! In an interview with Variety, executive […]

British Court: Beating Your Kids Is OK if You’re an Immigrant

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In America if a parent is caught so much as verbally reprimanding a child in a harsh tone they run the risk of being reported to Child Protective Services. However, in Britain, a parent can walk away from accusations of beatings with a leather belt as long as they are an immigrant: Immigrants should be […]

Is the Government Trying to Criminalize Your Basic Parenting Decisions?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Bethany Mandel

It’s no secret that cigarette smoke, even second hand, is dangerous for everyone around it. MyFoxDC reports on the latest legislation aimed at smokers: It’s already illegal to light up a cigarette inside most public places in New Jersey. Well now, a legislator from the Garden State is hoping to put another anti-smoking law into […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth — Part 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My own pregnancy roller coaster went a little bit like this: The test is positive! Hooray, we’re pregnant! Can’t we get this kid delivered overnight?! Oh. My. God, we have so much to do! And less than 9 months to do it in!  Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and […]

The World Where Being an Odd Mom Means Loving Your Kids

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Watching a four year old boy jiggle his mother’s underwear’d-rear end was an odd way to open a TV show. Then again, it was the perfect kind of quirk for Bravo, a network devoted to mocking worship of all that is rich, fake, and wannabe-famous. This, of course, makes the “odd” in Odd Mom Out the […]

Hey Kiddo, Your Joke Wasn’t Funny but You Are and We Love You

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

I began telling people my kids were funny as early as my son’s first birthday. “How’s Jonah?” “Oh, he’s funny—and he knows it!” Wink. Folks would smile and nod, their thoughts probably ranging from What a proud young father, to That dad has no idea what he’s talking about, to What a shock, pompous Hamilton […]

Duggar Girls’ Pain Makes for Great Spin-Off PR

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Why hasn’t TLC officially cancelled the Duggars? Ask Jill and Jessa, the daughters who are going through “immeasurable pain” presumably because they have to re-live the humiliating experience of being fondled by their brother when they were pre-teens. They’re so humiliated that they booked an exclusive with Fox News to air their shame before an […]

5 Reasons You Feel Like You Need a Vacation After Your Family Vacation

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Megan Fox

We are leaving tomorrow at the crack of dawn for 7 days of wonderful, relaxing family fun on a river in Michigan somewhere. We are staying in a lovely log cabin and we are going to spend our days basking in the sun, catching fish, and listening to our children’s laughter as they hold hands […]

How This Bad Parenting Technique Can Turn Kids into Alcoholics

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Parents today have a bevy of scientifically proven parenting methods to choose from when it comes to raising their children. Magazines don’t just talk about putting them to bed on time or making sure they eat their vegetables. Now, it’s all about how you do it that matters. Are you going to attach and hug […]

Admit It: You’re Wearing Yoga Pants or Pajama Bottoms Right Now and You Need a Wardrobe Makeover

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Megan Fox