Parents of babies need shortcuts wherever they can get them. Parents do occasionally need to eat or sleep or pee without putting their child in grave danger, after all.
“I need a few new shortcuts in the kitchen,” I told my mom-in-law recently. “I’m tight on time these days and I gotta pick up the pace.”
The thinking tends to be that racists raise racists. Therefore, if you see yourself as a good person, raising your kids with inclusive morals, you would have no reason to worry that they’d grow up to the be the sort of person who would march with white nationalists in Charlottesville. But it happens.
Year after year, my son tends to knock school Picture Day out of the park with a confident stance and natural smile. Except for one year when he was two and-a half and in daycare. Because his friends will one day Google his name, I won’t post it here. Instead, I’ll paint a mental picture for you.
Boy, we really know how to wreck a good thing. Japan sends us their charismatic organizational expert and what do we Americans do? We ruin her by turning her into a verb.
A new study by MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) researchers found that many parents perceive e-cigarettes to be safer than regular cigarettes. Parents who vape were much more likely to vape in their homes and cars with their children present than parents who smoke traditional cigarettes, they concluded.
Let’s start with this: Dads are not babysitters. After all, a babysitter is someone who “takes charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.” Therefore, when a dad is caring for his child, he is not “babysitting;” he is “parenting.”
Sometimes you get the vibe first thing in the morning. Your kid wakes up in a foul mood and you think, “Well, this should be a fun day.” Or they’re grumbling the moment you pick them up from school, quashing that excitement you felt about seeing them after a long day.
A year ago, school-aged children across the country were staging walk-outs and protests to pressure their representatives to support meaningful gun legislation.
The high chair can seem like the perfect spot to confine your baby or toddler while you’re eating a meal or trying to get some dinner prepped in the kitchen. Throw a few Cheerios on the tray and everyone is happy. But the high chair is also one of those things that parents of little ones use so often that your safety…
On the One Bad Mother podcast, hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn end each episode by telling each other, “You’re doing a really good job.” It has always struck me as such a sweet way to encourage each other when you’re in the thick of parenting, everything seems like a struggle and you feel like no one around you sees…
From the time my son was an infant until he was about 2-1/2, he was in daycare for 45 hours per week. He was chronically overstimulated, which was exacerbated by the fact that he couldn’t/wouldn’t nap at the daycare.
Seeing “Please, no gifts” on a child’s birthday party invitation has become more and more common in recent years. And I can understand why. They already have so much stuff. They’re probably going to be getting gifts from grandparents or aunts and uncles, too. Perhaps most importantly, we don’t want to put an…
Using an asthma inhaler correctly is a tricky, multi-step process. If you don’t do it just right, you cannot get the full benefit of the drugs, potentially making the asthma worse or making it appear as though the medication isn’t helping.
Last week, we suggested that you turn a hidden wall of your house (in a basement or laundry room, for example) into an “art wall” to display all of your kid’s masterpieces. One commenter, known as “Ja’mie Lannister, Private School Kingslayer,” jumped in with another idea we love: Pick a wall or door in your kid’s room…
When someone confides in you—about anything from truly awful to just an average shitty day—the next words out of your mouth should never, ever be: “At least...”
Nefertiti Austin is the single mother of two children she adopted from the foster care system. Her memoir, “Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America,” comes out in September.
My husband and I have both been eyeglass/contact-wearers since childhood, so I’ve always assumed it’s only a matter of time before things start to get a little blurry for our son. But he hasn’t started squinting or complaining of headaches, and he gets a yearly vision screening at school, so I figured all is well for…
You remember America’s Funniest Videos, right? That 90s homemade video clip show hosted by Bob Saget that mostly featured people falling and pets doing weird things?
If you’ve ever worked from home with a young child underfoot, you know it is an unwritten rule that the second you get on an important phone call, your kids will spill something, hurt something or just generally need SOMETHING from you.