Unlimited Streaming? How About Unlimited Family Leave for Netflix Employees

Netflix announced this week a new paid family leave policy for its workers. Netflix employees with newly born or adopted children can take up to a year of paid leave at their current salary. Within that first year, workers can return at full- or part-time, and return then take leave again. Netflix Headquarters in Los Gatos, California, Image Credit: Scott Carson/ZUMAPRESS.com...more

Taking Baby Steps For Your Post-Baby Body

Here in Toronto, the start of August signals the imminent end to our too-short summer season. Almost every year around this time, I come to one clear revelation: I didn’t get my summer body as "on point" as I wanted it to be. And almost every year around this time, I make another promise: Next year, I swear I’ll do better. ...more

How Charles Schultz Almost Quit Over His First Black Peanuts Character

When I read the fantastic story in the Washington Post about how Franklin -- the first character of color -- in the Peanuts strip changed comics history nearly 50 years ago, I felt heartened, hopeful, for the first time in a long while. ...more

I Hate Reading to My Kids at Bedtime!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I know that reading to your kids is good for them. But, to be really, really honest? I can’t stand those damn children's books! Every last one of them. The husband usually works late, so I’m stuck pulling bedtime duty most nights. How can I save my sanity without robbing my kids of their bedtime stories? Signed, Go the Eff to Sleep ...more

Tackling the Big Questions of Tiny Humans at Bedtime

Bedtime always brings unexpected treasures. Not only is it the promise of sleep after what is always a too-busy day, but it's also an extra long hug from my son or a whispered endearment from my daughter. In that twilight before the day ends for my children, I often find space to relish our time together.It's a pause to take a mental snapshot of what I hold dear. However, bedtime is not always hugs and quiet; sometimes, the kids have another idea, using that time to remind me of their extraordinary ability to throw me a curve ball. Tonight was one of those nights. ...more

How the Totally Tubular Moms of the '80s Got Parenting Right

Thinking back on the '80s, I can’t help but smile. It was the decade. Big hair, flashy clothes and a whole lot of attitude! I feel fortunate to have been teen during one of the most pivotal times in history. But it wasn't the kids of the '80s who made this era great. Hells to the no! It wasn’t the music or the movies or even the idols we worshipped (I’m looking at you, Madonna!). True, those things were great, but what really made the '80s gnarly were our mothers. ...more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

19 Difficult Questions About Parenting

There are occurrences in parenting that are puzzling to the mind. Sure, there are probably scientific reasons or results to a study that may help to explain some of these parenting phenomena, but still, moms and dads everywhere are thinking to themselves, what in the hell? Parents of little ones, do these unrelenting questions sound familiar? 1. Why do they hate to sleep? ...more