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What This Guy Said About Women Might Change What You See In the Mirror Forever

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

“How great is it to belong to the beautiful half of society?” Well, now there’s a question! I didn’t even know how to answer, but I wanted to know how he divided society into these two kinds of people. There are beautiful truths you can learn in a vulnerable, intimate conversation with a man who […]

Would You Rather Have Your Naked Pics Leaked or Your Financial Data Stolen?

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

According to a survey released by MasterCard last week, 55 percent of Americans would rather have naked pictures of themselves leaked online than have their financial information stolen. My husband and I were riding in the car together when we heard this news blurb and our conversation went something like this: Me: I don’t even have […]

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 […]

How to Handle a Dad Who is a Total Tech Geek

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My husband is a huge tech geek. Therefore, as soon as we started talking about having kids he began researching what he thought was the obvious: Baby monitors, of course. And the stroller/car seat combo along with any other device that had convert-to-age capabilities. Before this child was in my womb he’d already made his […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

28 Things You Can Do to Raise Sane Kids in an Insane World

Sunday, June 7th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

“I’m the new normal,” cooed Caitlyn, with a serious, authoritative look. The long-haired, attractive celebrity model said this while being interviewed on CNN. This celebrity has been the topic of many articles and has graced the cover of many magazines — including the most recent edition of Vanity Fair, where the curvy Caitlyn posed in a […]

Media Greed Causing Immeasurable Pain to Duggar Daughters

Friday, June 5th, 2015 - by Jamie Wilson

When I read about Josh Duggar’s —  I can hardly say it even now — molestation of his sisters and another young girl, I was just as appalled and shocked as anyone else might be. ‘House of Horrors!‘ screeched the In Touch headline. Other media outlets followed suit: Salon with ’Fox News’ Freak Show Heroes’…columnist Clarence Page with […]

I Accidentally Dated a Drug Dealer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

We had been on several really great dates before I realized he was keeping a secret. Whenever I complimented him on who he is, who we were together, or what I enjoyed about us, he responded with warning phrases like, “Withhold your judgment for now, sweetheart,” or “Be careful around me, darlin’. You don’t know […]

Why Are Gay Atheists More Comfortable with the Bible than Christians and Jews Are?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Writing on the recent Catholic Church reaction to the gay marriage referendum in Ireland, Matthew Parris parodies Exodus 32, the chapter in which Moses descends from Sinai with the original tablets only to find the Hebrews worshiping a golden calf: ‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that […]

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]

Inside the Dark and Scary World of Mommy Tech

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

“I don’t know how your father and I managed to raise perfectly healthy children without all this stuff.” That was my mother’s reaction to Buy Buy Baby, the suburban megastore modeled after its sister location, Bed Bath & Beyond. We got a kick out of the baby monitors that allow you to speak to your child […]

Survey Says: Want to Be Happy? Have Kids! Less Stressed? Stay at Home with Them!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Yahoo Parenting and Care.com partnered on a survey of couples with and without children to determine who was happier. The non-kid couples proved happier by a 10% margin. That margin shifted drastically, however, when the couples were asked what they thought would make them even happier: 54% of those supposedly already happier couples agreed that […]

5 Spiritual Lessons I Learned From My Pregnancy

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Whether this is your first time out or you’ve already been around the bend, take a moment to congratulate yourself, Ms. Mom. You are a miracle maker. You, hovering over the toilet in the midst of all-day sickness, are in the midst of accomplishing what no one else on this earth but you can do. […]

Did You Receive Your ‘Wife Bonus’ This Year?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In Lifestyles of the Rich and Non-Famous news, Manhattan bankers’ wives have negotiated bonuses for good “work” performance at home: A wife bonus, I was told, might be hammered out in a pre-nup or post-nup, and distributed on the basis of not only how well her husband’s fund had done but her own performance — how […]

The Real #WarOnWomen in One Easy Tweet

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IT’S A TRAP pic.twitter.com/kDC6bT1Oh3 — The Happy Feminist (@HappyFeminist) May 20, 2015 This is what happens when you lump in pregnancy with chlamydia and refuse to include any real discussions on family planning and career in sex education classes. Is it any wonder women believe the best way to self-advocate is to demand free access […]

NYT Buries Research Revealing That Kids Need More Time With Mom, Less Dependence on Government

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

  The Old Gray Lady has decided there is “mounting evidence of advantages for children of working mothers.” It’s a politically correct headline that follows the newspaper’s classically liberal slant. But, like one of those extensive designer-drug warning labels, to find out what constitutes “advantages” you have to read the small print. The “silver bullet” […]