Topic: Lindsay Cross

Hooters Is Not a Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Hooters Is Not a Kid-Friendly Restaurant

verywhere I look lately, there seems to be a whole lot of hooters. First, NOW is suing Hooters (the restaurant) for catering to children. During previous litigation, Hooters has claimed to be “adult entertainment” which allows them to hire waitresses based on sex and appearance. The problem with their argument is that adult entertainment is normally only for adults, as in 18 and older. Hooters not only lets children in, it has a children’s menu, complete with crayons, and hosts kids’ birthday parties. What parent throws their child’s birthday party with a bunch of scantily clad women? More »

Modern Etiquette: How to Negotiate Shared Holidays

Modern Etiquette: How to Negotiate Shared Holidays

he holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness. Extended relatives make the once-a-year visit, honored family traditions are upheld and, in general, most of feel a little more lovey-dovey. Unfortunately, the larger your family gets, the more difficult it gets to share your time.

Every couple knows that things have gotten serious when you start discussing shared holidays. It starts with an innocent 4th of July barbecue. But six months later, your grandmother is crying because no one will appreciate her homemade cranberry sauce like you do. And secretly, you’re crying, because you’re really going to miss that cranberry sauce! Then comes December. Who gets Christmas Eve? What about Christmas morning? Day after brunch? What about extended families? More »

Is Organic Motherhood Just a Status Symbol?

Is Organic Motherhood Just a Status Symbol?

I got SO excited when I read this headline on SheKnows.com. I realize that being environmentally friendly is important. There’s a reason that “green marketing” has been so effective, everyone really does want to do their share and save the planet and leave our children with a better world. Really, we do!

But it’s not easy. It’s expensive and it’s time-consuming and sometimes, it’s downright exhausting to put so much effort into one more thing… one more thing every mother can feel guilty about. More »

The Unbearable Lightness of Choosing a Baby Name

The Unbearable Lightness of Choosing a Baby Name

Whether we’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant or simply have a lot of extra time on the internet, plenty of women can spend hours searching for the right baby name. We read lists of the most popular, favorite up-and-coming, celebrity-inspired and literary-inspired (by which I’m always disappointed). From there, we move to the more obscure collections – soap opera names, names from musicals or Gilligan’s Island. We search the names of every ethnicity we might possibly have a connection to. My cousin’s husband is from Moscow, so a Russian name might work. A hundred years ago, someone in my family came over from Croatia, maybe I should look at Slavic names? No, I don’t know how to pronounce them, because I’ve never even heard the language spoken, but there’s history there.

If you’re actually pregnant, this process is extremely stressful. Finding the right baby name is difficult. Getting the father of your child to agree with you is even harder. Thinking of all the possible nicknames your child can get and reconciling with them is the hardest of all. More »

How Do You Feel About Child-Free Flying?

How Do You Feel About Child-Free Flying?

Ok, I get it. Toddlers can be loud and cranky and sometimes, obnoxious. I live with a two-year-old and while I love her with all my heart, I know that she is not perfect. Why do I bring this up? Because there are lots of imperfect people who can feel completely fine riding on an airplane. But apparently, there now needs to be separate seating so that no one has to deal with my petite travel buddy. More »

Are Only Children Happier?

Are Only Children Happier?

You know that stereotype of a snotty, spoiled only child? The kid who never learns how to share or socialize and acts way too grown up because they never get any playtime with other children? Well apparently, that’s bullshit. The Observer ran a report from the Understanding Society study in Britain that found only children to be happier children. And the more siblings they had, the less happy they were. More »

Marriage Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Marriage Doesn't Have to Be Scary

Jennifer, I think you’re great. Really great. I also think that there is no reason for you to fear marriage. I’d like to shine some much-needed limelight onto modern marriage. People don’t get married because they are Leave it to Beaver-obsessed and want to create the perfect model home. People get married because they are in love. That ooey-gooey, “I don’t want to look at anyone but you”, “You complete me” kind of love. The love that no one else wants to hear about because it’s obnoxious and gag-worthy if its anyone’s but your own. More »

Not Every Disney Star Is Lindsay Lohan

Not Every Disney Star Is Lindsay Lohan

The media world is abuzz with the news that Demi Lovato entered rehab. Another Disney star, another downfall. There seem to be a million reasons that the young singer and actress has quit her world tour with the Jonas Brothers. Magazines and blogs everywhere are hypothesizing about the impact of Joe Jonas’s new relationship with Ashley Greene, Demi’s alleged new-found coke habit (all because she might have dated Miley’s brother), an altercation with a female member of the concert tour, and the prevailing theory brought to us by an anonymous People source, an eating disorder and self-mutilation. The young woman’s representatives said that Demi was seeking treatment to deal with “emotional and physical issues.”

I have no idea why the Disney star decided to seek treatment. But I hate to see a young woman, eighteen years old, become just another “Disney princess gone bad” storyline, even if there aren’t hard facts to back it up. More »

The Slutty Kid Costume Conundrum

The Slutty Kid Costume Conundrum

Here in Indiana, our local children’s zoo has Halloween weekends. They make adorable animals entirely out of gourds. They introduce kids to creepy animals and tell you why you shouldn’t be afraid of snakes and spiders and bats (which is all a lie, you should be petrified!). And they hand out lots of candy. Walking through on a Saturday is an onslaught of adorableness. All the little kids are dressed up and excited and posing for pictures with Broomhilda the Nice Witch. Really, it deserves to be in Thornton Wilder play. More »

Smoking Is Not a Dealbreaker

Smoking Is Not a Dealbreaker

Lilit always inspires me to get writing. And today is no exception. Today, she asked is smoking a deal-breaker? This got me thinking a lot about deal-breakers in general and how destructive they can be. For a long time now, and even here at TheGloss, I’ve argued that using deal-breakers or checklists is a terrible way to go about dating. It excludes wonderful people from your life for mostly petty reasons. There are a million examples to prove this point, but I’d like to share a personal one. More »

I Love My Daughter’s Nanny

I Love My Daughter's Nanny

Nannies are in the news lately. Angelina’s think that she’s an awful parent. Meg Whitman might have exploited hers. But the nanny/mother dichotmy is a lot more complex than most people realize. It’s an important relationship, one that has to have open communication and lots of trust. My relationship with my daycare provider might be one of the best I’ve ever had. Thank God!

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