A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more
Oh, Lisa.  Dear, dear Lisa.  Can life ever be as good again?  Good luck to you always, and may ... more

What Is It With 'Ma'am'?

Why does being called "ma’am" rub some women the wrong way? Would they prefer “hey, bitch” or “sexy lady” or a loud catcall? ...more
I think this country needs a little formality.  "Ma'am" is a respectful title.  "Hey you" is for ... more

Dear Teachers, Please Don’t Give Up On My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind everything you do say: You’re giving up on my kid. ...more
Can you ask the teacher to give your son two assigned seats?  That way he can legitimately get ... more

Do You Invite the Whole Class to Your Kid's Birthday Party?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,So what's the etiquette on birthday parties? Do you have to invite your kid's whole class? Or can you just invite your child's close friends? We are new to the area. I don't want to piss people off before we have even gotten settled, but we don't have limitless resources.Signed,No Birthday Drama MamaImage: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr Creative Commons...more
If you're only going to invite a select few, send the invitations through the mail.  I've ... more

Why Can't A Mom Enjoy Elf On The Shelf At Christmas?

Warning. A "cranky, I've had it rant" follows. Hang with me, okay? Well here we are, barely into the month of December and already I've seen more bitterness about what some moms do over others in terms of the Christmas season. I've already read an ugly handful of articles that mock moms just like me, with dozens of people patting them on the back. And you know what? I'm already sick of it. ...more
My kids are grown up, but if Elf on the Shelf had existed back when they were little, you can ... more

Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be healthier. ...more
I don't see generic fat-hate here.  I see personal fat-hate, but that doesn't mean he's putting ... more

9 Tips for Quick Trips: How (and Why) to Pack Light

Now that most airlines charge to check bags, the words “carry-on only” are becoming more attractive. When packing for a trip, I’m in the “less is more” camp. My packing tips fit my comfort zone and the kind of traveler I am. Will they work for you?...more
With a carry-on and a laptop bag, I'm good for a week.  More, if there's a washing machine.  And ... more

The One '70s Album You Should Share with Your Daughter

Quick: What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Marlo Thomas? For me, it’s That Girl and Free to Be You and Me. Apparently, not everyone remembers her the way I do, though: Me: I used to love That Girl. Marge: What girl? Me: Marlo Thomas. Marge: Marlo Thomas wasn’t in That Girl. What’s-her-name was in that show. Oh, what’s her name? You know the one who was in that show with Ed Asner? ...more
We need to share it with our sons, too!  "Free to Be You and Me" was a family staple; my kids ... more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
Teaching and encouraging a child to hate?  My mind is blown.  No.  This is not how it's done. 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 am pregnant, and WE are expecting.  (I'm not pregnant.) more