Topic: parents

Resolution Week: Date Night Ideas That Don’t Involve SVU Marathons

Resolution Week: Date Night Ideas That Don’t Involve SVU Marathons

Benjamin Franklin claimed that there was nothing certain in this world but death and taxes. Obviously Ben didn’t have the foresight to include the certainty that, on any given night, there is an episode of Law & Order, or the Big Bang Theory, available for my zombie-like TV consumption after my kids have gone to sleep. This is a problem for a few reasons: One, I do not actually like The Big Bang Theory, and yet I think I have seen every episode. Two, Law & Order (especially SVU) convinces me that there may be no reason to ever let my kids leave my sight until they are 39. And finally, that means the majority of the alone time my husband and I get to spend with each other on a given day is spent warmed by the soft glow of our TV. Judging by the amount of people venting about Scandal or Brian dying on Family Guy via social media, we are not alone in our vegging out. More »

A Comedian Got People To Text Their Parents And Imply They Are Spreading STDs

A Comedian Got People To Text Their Parents And Imply They Are Spreading STDs

For the past little while, Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder has been using the power of Twitter to convince people to play pranks on their loved ones, like texting their parents about drugs “by mistake” or telling their significant others they haven’t been completely honest with them. While I think that last one was kind of mean, I’m pretty amused by his latest bit of mischief: getting people to text their parents implying they might have not only contracted, but passed along, an STD: More »

Boy At Sandy Hook Shooting Describes Being Rescued By Teacher

Boy At Sandy Hook Shooting Describes Being Rescued By Teacher

Well, I am crying now. It seems obvious to say, but the school shooting in Sandy Hook is just making me very, very sad.

I don’t really understand why things like the Sandy Hook shooting seem to happen. I know people have mental disorders, and there are insufficient gun control laws, and all the other explanations that we use whenever people decide to shoot down a bunch of unarmed people. Still, in some deeper way, I still do not understand how anyone can walk into a room of children and shoot at them without some fundamentally human part of themselves stopping them. More »

When Should You Introduce Your Significant Other To Your Parents?

When Should You Introduce Your Significant Other To Your Parents?

It’s time-honored ladymag fodder: at what point do you bite the bullet and introduce your bf/gf to mom and dad? Always impressively heteronormative, we decided to let Cosmo weigh in. They suggest: “Meeting your mom is great, because it’s typically an easy way to score points. Your boyfriend knows that as long as he speaks highly of you, asks her questions, and doesn’t accidentally use her drapes as a hand towel, Mom will probably like him. Fathers, however, are another matter. Your dad is a dude and has had sex at least once, which means he knows the kinds of things your boyfriend thinks about and the kinds of things you do with your boyfriend—and your boyfriend knows that your dad knows these things. The result is at least slight discomfort and at worst naked terror, no matter how cool or laid back Dad is. So when they first meet, try not to leave them alone together for any longer than it takes you to pee.”

Well, that illuminated nothing. Here are some actual thoughts… More »

I Smoked Pot With My Parents

I Smoked Pot With My Parents

One summer home from college I went on a trip through Arizona with my parents. It was the first family trip since I had moved away from home, the first trip where we were all adults and the first time I smoked weed with my parents. It was eye opening, and not only in the way being high usually is. More »