Our cultural conversation about pregnancy, birth and motherhood is way off from what the actual experience is. And it's hurting women.
I feel a litte bit dirty even reporting on the report cards but if I can save one person from buying the magazine and thus make Star $3.99 less than they would have made otherwise, I've done a good thing.
We try to teach our daughters to love their bodies, no matter the size. We want to empower girls to respect themselves. But how can we teach them to make strong, independent decisions about their own selves when society, peers (and yes, even parents) are sending mixed messages?
How does one person host a network show, star in a daytime TV hit, write a novel, work out daily, and be the best mom she can be? We found out when we hosted our most recent Mamarazzi event with Ali Sweeney.
Our house was always ﬁlled with music -- from the moment we woke up. And whenever she threw a dinner party, you could be sure that at some point, Nat Cole or Sammy Cahn would be at the piano, accompanying Frank Sinatra or Sammy Davis or Sophie Tucker.
In order to help give your mom -- or yourself -- that sweet little escape, we've complied a list of the best cookbooks written by moms for your mom or yourself.
"I hear it all the time when I talk to other women. We want to make a difference and we want to do it all, but we can't -- or at least, I can't. ... For me, it is about balance as I want to be involved in a global movement like my work with Save The Children and I also want to make a difference close to home. "
Whether it's Kim, Kate, or Drew, why not admire them for their courage to bear children under scrutiny and do it so beautifully? When it comes to the rest of us, remember that there is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' path toward motherhood.
To show just how greatly a mother's influence can shape her child, here's a list of ten famous people throughout history who matched the great successes their mothers had already achieved.
Think about how much judgement new moms feel over things like natural childbirth vs. c-sections. Can you imagine having your birth plan come up for conversation on Good Morning America?
I saw the photos the paparazzi snapped of you leaving yoga class and the way the media twisted those photos into something negative. But you continued on, seeming to not let the media's obsession with your weight impact your desire to be a positive role model for other new moms. And that's where our bond comes in.
I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding Jessica Simpson's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard every time the star makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.
It's great that women feel more comfortable documenting their pregnancies. For my generation, photographic evidence of our pregnant mothers were relegated to a snap from a baby shower or candid at a picnic. Then again, those photos ended up in albums, not splashed across websites.
Listen, I've given up many things since becoming a mom: perky boobs, solo trips to the restroom, an enormous amount of hair (I had no idea how much hair I would lose after pregnancies)... but the one thing I refuse to give up is being glam.
When my friends and I decided to pose for photographs of our post-baby bodies, I don't think any of us anticipated what would happen next.
Welcome to motherhood, Jessica! You'll want to cry from happiness and tear your hair out with frustration on the very same day.