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Louise Sloan
Louise Sloan is a longtime magazine writer and editor and the author of Knock Yourself Up, a memoir/report on the trend of women choosing single motherhood. She is currently working on the launch of, an online magazine and community for single parents of all stripes.

Entries by Louise Sloan

A Mom Speaks Out Against 'Mom Culture'

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 4:48 PM

Enough already with Mom! She's everywhere, and she's oppressive.

Mommy and Me yoga. Dr. Mom, selecting the right cough syrup. Choosy Mom, who is just so dang smart she actually knows how to buy the right kind of peanut butter.

It's 2015, and despite a Super Bowl full...

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A Real Mom Attends the Motherhood Movie Premiere

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 1:19 PM

2009-10-16-motherhood_uma_thurman.jpg"Motherhood will break your heart," advised the extremely chatty 60-ish woman who was standing in the line of mere mortals--to the right of the red carpet--waiting to get into last Wednesday's New York premiere of Motherhood, a new film starring Uma Thurman....

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Preschool Lesson #1: How to Pack Greener Lunches

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 4:20 PM

I was getting a bit lax in the eco-friendly arena. But preschool whipped me into shape.

My son just started preschool for the first time a couple weeks ago, and I thought I'd be the dorky parent who sends carrot sticks and soy nuts for snacks when everyone else gets...

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True Confession: I Loved Having a Newborn

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 2:18 PM

Here's what I want to know: Are happy new moms just lucky, or are we also a wee bit simpleminded?

These days, it seems like all the cool new parents complain -- bitterly and hilariously -- about having an infant. In memoirs, essays and blogs, they debunk the cruel myth...

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Bad to the Bone

(6) Comments | Posted January 8, 2009 | 1:52 PM

Thank you, Ann Coulter, for shoring up my self-esteem. Just as my life was getting duller and more traditional -- steady job, bad haircut, nightly bubble baths and bedtime stories, weekends at birthday parties and playgrounds, no nightlife, no culture, no sex, out-of-date-wardrobe, thickening midsection, you know, the whole American...

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Today's Dad: Paycheck or Pervert?

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 4:14 PM

When will fathers start getting some respect? Women may still struggle with the old madonna/whore dichotomy, but men -- as dads, anyway -- often get to choose between paycheck and pervert.

Paycheck: You pay the bills and profess an inability to handle the most basic childcare issues, like changing...

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You Can Take the Sperm Out of the Man, But Can You Take the Man Out of the Sperm?

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 4:54 PM

So, can you take the man out of the sperm? Judging from last week's news that Clay Aiken got someone pregnant, you sure can! (Sorry, just couldn't resist the easy joke.)

Last week was sperm central, what with Aiken's news (he's reportedly the known donor for a...

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Why Your Husband Won't Do Laundry

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2008 | 5:42 PM

A researcher at the University of New Hampshire just isolated the "inability to do housework or hands-on childcare" gene in men.

Just kidding.

Actually, Valerie Hooper, a graduating senior in sociology, found that men's level of interest in the domestic sphere -- home, family -- probably has more to do...

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What Baby Mama Is Missing

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2008 | 4:38 PM

"There's nothing 'funny' or 'weird' about having a child as a single mother," snapped one solo mom in a sharply worded email to me a couple years ago. I'd posted to a national online list, looking for single moms by choice willing to tell me what had been "hard/good/funny/weird"...

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Is Unwed Motherhood Really the Problem?

(18) Comments | Posted March 27, 2008 | 12:25 PM

Unwed motherhood is a national disaster, say many pundits, the latest being Slate advice columnist Emily Yoffe. They argue that the uncoupling of motherhood and marriage has devastating effects on the kids, who, according to statistics, grow up poor, have behavior problems, drop out of school, have children out...

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Who Wears The Pants? A Quick, Easy Test**

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2008 | 12:08 PM

I went out of town last weekend and came home, bone tired, to two dead mice. Well, two murdered mice--thank you, electronic traps! The baby had croup, was feverish, and barking like a seal, the 40-pound suitcase was waiting for me at the bottom of three flights of stairs, and...

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My Sick New Fashion Accessory

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2008 | 8:19 PM

"Sick" is the new "rad"-- as in, "Girl, those new shoes are sick!" I love it as a slammin' new slang word, but it does introduce some confusion. For example, we can probably all agree that single moms and lesbian moms are, like, totally sick. But does that mean we...

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Single Mom, Serial Killer

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2008 | 5:33 PM

Sure, you can do it all as a single mom -- if you are willing to go over to the Dark Side.

I've been called a lot of names for choosing to have a kid on my own and daring to write a book about it: "selfish," "thoughtless," even...

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The Imagined Family

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2008 | 5:01 PM

It's the family so many of us dream of: beautiful, loving mommy, big strong handsome daddy, 2.5 cute, good-natured kids. Perfect. But those perfect, fantasy families get us into trouble when we insist that real life fit into that fantasy mold. Not even the finest family quite measures up.

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