10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
Re: "you have no idea what it's like," it's worth noting that we parents no longer have any idea ... more

Excommunicated from the Mormon Church for Women's Advocacy: My Daughter, Kate Kelly

On Monday, I sat in a state of quiet panic waiting for the news I feared most, dreading the ringing of my phone. And then it came: My daughter, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated from the Mormon church for “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church” after publicly advocating for the ordination of Mormon women to the church’s priesthood. The life was sucked out of the room. I sat in stunned silence—speechless and immobile....more
I applaud your support for your daughter and would remind those who, in the name of faith, claim ... more

We ARE Pregnant: Why Mila Kunis Is Wrong

When Mila Kunis made her rant about men with pregnant mates saying “we are pregnant,” I heard a collective cheer from mothers and mothers-to-be from every end of the universe. And while I understand the difference between being pregnant and being WITH someone who is pregnant, I have to say that I don’t agree. Many men and wives of doting husbands would beg to differ as well. ...more
I'm with Mila on this one. And I really like the idea of saying, "We're expecting," which is ... more

An Open Letter to American Girl: Why Are You Retiring Girls of Color?

As many of you may know, my girls and I are huge fans of American Girl dolls. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have several dolls in their collection, as well as books, clothing, furniture, and all kinds of fun accessories. Last week American Girl announced that it will be retiring four of its Historical Dolls: Marie-Grace, Cecile, Ruthie and Ivy. With this announcement I am forced to focus on what has become for me a troubling marketing practice of this doll company" their lack of diversity in their product offerings. ...more
I couldn't agree more. Thanks for writing this. Reminds me of the recent piece in the NYTimes ... more

"He's Not the Sun": Cristina Yang and Barbara Walters' Last Message to Women about Having it All

Sandra Oh has left Grey's Anatomy, and frankly, now that she's gone, there is no other reason to watch the show. For me, she was the show, and for the past nine years, I only tuned in to watch how her character, Cristina Yang, would break yet another stereotype, yet another normative female behavior. And she never failed me....more
Thanks for writing this. More conversation on the subject of "having it all" and the hard ... more

'American Blogger' Still Isn't Getting The Outrage. Let Me Break It Down.

There is something truly beautiful in two creatives supporting one another through their art the way the Weigands do. And as Casey Leigh noted in today's post, titled "Response to the American Blogger Controversy" they never imagined that Christopher's uplifting film about the power of building community through blogging would become a target for so much derision. Here's why that's not good enough. ...more
I'm with you, AV. Thanks for writing this. The title and marketing of the movie - as well as ... more

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth—where opinions never turn into facts, no matter how fervently we believe, no matter how personal the loss or the triumph—the growing number of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children is in part responsible for a resurgence in diseases long laid almost to rest. ...more
Thanks, Stacy. Thanks. This is what I want to say every time I see a ridiculous "isn't there ... more

Should I Tell You About Your Daughter's Racy Instagram Selfies?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My 13-year-old son has an Instagram account that I check regularly to make sure he's not posting anything too private. He's been doing well, however I've noticed that quite a few 7th grade girls he follows -- neighborhood girls -- are posting very inappropriate pictures of themselves in bikinis or small shorts....more
I've had this conflict about telling another parent that their nanny was neglecting their ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
The (New) Rules of the Road. Driving with littles can make you re-think your vocabulary ... more

New Jersey Mall Shooting: I Almost Lost My Husband and Daughter Last Night

"I just want to tell you we're fine," he said in a soft voice. I could hear Becky crying in the background. At first, I thought they'd been in a car accident, but then my husband explained. "There has been a shooting at the mall. The Apple employees have us all locked up in their stock room in the back. We're totally okay, but Becky is a little freaked out." ...more
Thank you for posting this. I could not agree with you more. Keep safe. more