Topic: Mom

It’s Time To Stop Pretending Secondhand Smoke Isn’t Child Abuse

Itâs Time To Stop Pretending Secondhand Smoke Isnât Child Abuse

Many people struggle with an addiction to smoking cigarettes and parents aren’t immune. As difficult as it may be for non-smokers to understand, quitting the habit doesn’t suddenly become easier just because you find out you’re pregnant or become a parent. Lots of people still light up around their kids, even though they’re well aware of the studies that prove it’s damaging not just for them, but also for their children. The question is, does that constitute abuse? More »

Why Do Babies Make Men Babe Magnets, And Women Undateable?

Why Do Babies Make Men Babe Magnets, And Women Undateable?

When a father goes out in public with his child, it is a near certainty that someone (usually a woman) will make an admiring comment about what a “great” job he’s doing or possibly, quietly note how “hot” he is doing it. As a society, we set the bar low for what makes a dad “great” and being a dad makes a man sexier to a great many women. Meanwhile, a mother can perform the exact same feat and she’s either totally overlooked or admonished for some kind of parental wrong-doing. More »

I Never Got To Say Goodbye To Alcohol, And Other Confessions Of A Newly Pregnant Person

I Never Got To Say Goodbye To Alcohol, And Other Confessions Of A Newly Pregnant Person

The first thought that popped into my mind when I saw the “positive” sign on my First Response Early Result pee stick? “Wow, so that happened a lot faster than I anticipated.” I was shocked, ecstatic, amazed, and bouncing off the walls. The second thought that occurred to me? “Wow, so now I stop drinking. For a long time. BUT…BUT…BUT I NEVER SAID GOODBYE TO ALL THE WINE.” More »

Shaming Women For Breastfeeding ‘Discreetly’ Is Just As Bad As Telling Them To Cover Up

Shaming Women For Breastfeeding âDiscreetlyâ Is Just As Bad As Telling Them To Cover Up

Public breastfeeding shouldn’t be controversial, but unfortunately we live in a society where it is. Countless times we’ve seen women shamed, asked to cover up, and even asked to leave places for the simple act of breastfeeding an infant. That sort of shaming is hurtful and ignorant. Equally damaging, though, are members of the breastfeeding community who shame ultra-modest women for their feelings about their own breasts and bodies. More »

Gross Things All Parents Do But Won’t Admit

Gross Things All Parents Do But Won't Admit

There’s no question that babies can do gross things, yes, even the girl ones. But despite the fact that parents are practically the reason Purell stays in business, we too are guilty of doing things that would make the childfree blush, including those who regularly undertake the trek to Burning Man. While parents love to overshare on Facebook, there are some things not even the boldest among us will confess to on our timelines. Here’s ten gross things all parents do, but will never admit. More »

ScarJo Says Her Baby Looks ‘Completely Different’ Than She Imagined, Was Hopefully Imagining A Baby

ScarJo Says Her Baby Looks âCompletely Differentâ Than She Imagined, Was Hopefully Imagining A Baby

There’s a new interview with Scarlett Johansson for the March issue of W magazine in which she discusses her experience as a new mother. In case you forgot (I kind of did, not gonna lie), Scarlett recently gave birth to daughter Rose Dorothy, her first child with husband Romain Dauriac. Apparently Scarlett had an idea in her head of what little Rose would look like, but she was “so surprised” when she finally saw the real thing. More »

Why I Stopped Saying ‘Someday’ When It Came To Having Kids

Why I Stopped Saying 'Someday' When It Came To Having Kids

I didn’t plan to be an old mom. I got married at twenty-three and wasn’t even sure I wanted kids. That ambivalence toward motherhood stretched through the first several years of my marriage. I didn’t think parenting was for me—I’d never babysat as a teenager or changed a diaper in my life. My husband Jay is in the Navy and his back-to-back deployments meant having a child wasn’t just on the back burner—it was on a burner in someone else’s kitchen. “Someday when we have kids” was a phrase we used often, but it never seemed real. A resolution for a distant new year, maybe. More »

Did Beyonce Just Create A New Baby Bump For Herself Out Of Sand?

Did Beyonce Just Create A New Baby Bump For Herself Out Of Sand?

Over the weekend, Beyonce posted a new photo of herself on Instagram. As you can see above, she’s at the beach and has been covered in sand. The reason it’s important isn’t because ooh look at Beyonce, she’s so fun and goofy, I bet Ariana Grande wouldn’t allow herself to be buried under sand. It’s also not important because ew sand is gross and the beach is yucky, I can’t believe Beyonce can stand it, she must really be God. More »