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Entries by Lisa Belkin from 09/2012

Bribing Other Passengers Not To Hate Your Babies On The Plane

| Posted 09.03.2012 | Parents

Debating the deeper sociological meaning of the goody bags given out by the parents of infant twins on a flight.

The Story Of Donna Quirke's Cancer Could Be Any Child's Tale

| Posted 09.04.2012 | Parents

I am better for having "met" this little girl and her mother. This story is uniquely theirs, yes, but it is also universal. It is the tale of too many Donnas and too many Sheilas.

Postpartum Depression And Poverty: Breaking The Cycle

Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents

Lindsey Tomlinson could not stop crying. In the four months since her daughter Rachel was born, the new mother had spent numbing hours pacing her doub...

Michelle Obama: What Does She Mean By 'Mom In Chief'?

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents

It was the only off-key moment in the whole transcendent address -- one that had been, until then, a pitch-perfect blend of the personal as political.

Parenting Rules For Those Who Don't Live In The White House

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Parents

The reason my guys needed cellphones -- in case of emergency once they started wandering out in the world on their own -- is moot when the Secret Service is following you around all the time.

Breastfeeding Isn't The Only Cause Of Droopy Breasts, New Study Says

Posted 09.07.2012 | Parents

Feeling droopy? Blaming breastfeeding? Not so fast. A study published this week in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal sexily titled "Determinants ...

Are We There Yet? The End Of Men, The Rise Of Dads

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Parents

Will this be the moment when fathers finally listen? Combined as it is with every other social trend, is this what it will take to change the roles of fathers into what we've been hoping for and hinting at for years?

Sh*tty Mom Excerpt: How To Miss Work Without Saying It's Because Of Your Sick Kid

Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
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In the spirit of "Go The F*uck To Sleep," four mothers have written "Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide For The Rest Of Us." In it, authors Laurie Kilmar...

Toys Will Be Toys

| Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

Something precious can be lost, he had learned, and the knowledge itself was the loss of something precious.

Should A Professor Breastfeed While Teaching Class?

| Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

If it is appropriate for a baby to be someplace then it is appropriate for that baby to eat in that place. The more we see that, the more it becomes the norm.

Would You Call The Cops On Your Child?

| Posted 09.13.2012 | Parents

"I have a bruised hand, sore forearm, and who knows what condition the back of my knee will be in once it stops throbbing. He just snapped tonight."

Are You Scaring Young Women With Your Parenting?

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Parents

Young women without children are watching to see how we do it. They feel both sympathy and resentment. We are their role models and worst nightmares. They are stressed by seeing our stress.

It Takes HOW Long For New Parents' Sex Life To Return to 'Normal'?

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Parents

"Rather than setting the bar for six weeks, I think it's more likely to set at six years.''

When A Pre-Schooler Is A 'Racist'

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Parents

Over the past two weeks, he has made several comments, unprompted, that he didn't want to say hello to a specific child or "be their friend" because they are "brown."

Dear Daughter: Romney Seems To Hope I Vote With My Hormones

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents

This ad seems based on the assumption that addressing women -- specifically mothers -- by name, is the same as addressing their needs.

Getting The Girl: How Technology Helped Me Get Over My Wish For A Daughter

| Posted 09.20.2012 | Parents

Wouldn't it be better to encourage this conversation among women, seeing it as an airing of the normal doubts and preference so many of us have, rather than shutting each other down?

Giving Birth With A Borrowed Womb Is Not What Makes You A Mother

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Parents

There are countless ways to have a baby, and all of them are essentially irrelevant to actually becoming a parent.

Julie Bowen, Of Modern Family, Has A 'Sister Wife'?

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents

On the list of people who make their victory possible are always agents, managers, assistants, parents, spouses and often God. But almost never the women who care for their homes and families all day.

Telling Your Son He Is Not Your Favorite Child

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents

Does every parent have a favorite child? Should any parent admit that?

How Does Being A Parent Change Your Politics?

| Posted 09.26.2012 | Parents

Both Presidential candidates have been talking endlessly to parents this election cycle, but we parents have had far fewer chances to talk back.

Leo Traynor, Irish Writer, Learns His Internet Stalker Is Very Close To Home

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Parents

"I told them of nights when I'd walked the rooms, jumping at shadows and crying over the sleeping forms of my family for fear that they would suffer because of me."

Banning The Word 'Penis' From A Preschooler's Vocabulary

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Parents

We all have our list of those words. Not the banned-by-the-FCC ones -- I figure all parents agree that those should probably not be part of a 3-year-old's vocabulary. But words that are loaded, words that are hurtful, words that feel personal.

When The Teacher Is Wrong And Your Child Is Right

| Posted 09.30.2012 | Parents

When to step in between your child and his teacher?