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Rebecca Black's 'Friday' is Harmless Bubblegum Pop, So Why All the Haters?

Rebecca Black is famous for singing and starring in "Friday," known to a lot of people as the worst song and music video of all time. To date, the video has garnered more than 60 million YouTube hits, and Rebecca and her mom says she's the victim...Why all the vitriol over a silly teenage video fantasy?

Need a Snow Day Activity? Make Snow Ice Cream!

If you live in the Midwest, you might be home with the kids today, since much of this part of the country is having a blast of snowy weather and some parts are under blizzard warnings. Who doesn't love snow days? It's fun to be indoors, warm and...Snow ice cream adds yummy fun to a day spent at home.

Why Lent Is Good for Your Family

For many, the word Lent conjures up images of stern nuns, hair shirts and Catholic schools circa 1951, but it's a ritual and tradition American families need now, more than ever. In our family, Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) marks the...Lent is a ritual and tradition American families need now, more than ever.

Child Abuse Comes to YouTube

A few weeks ago I wrote about what seems to be a new trend -- Hooters birthday parties for kids and the disturbing fact that parents found it fit to post the sad, uncomfortable affair on YouTube. The site has also exposed criminally sadistic parents...For the last 10 years, America has done a pathetic job of shielding our children from the worst elements and influences of our popular culture.

Message to Teachers in Wisconsin: Leave the Governor's Kids Out of It!

On February 15th, more than a thousand protesters gathered outside of the Wauwatosa, Wis., home of Governor Scott Walker to protest his proposed state budget bill. But Scott Walker doesn't live there, and the teachers in that community know that. ...When it comes to political debates, leave the politician's kids out of it.

Michelle vs. the Michelles: A Breast-Feeding Throwdown

To celebrate the anniversary of her "Let's Move!" anti-obesity campaign, Michelle Obama is talking up the health benefits of breast-feeding and new government incentives that she hopes will encourage more moms to nurse and hopefully, curb childhood...When it comes to breast-feeding, can't we women put down the gloves and work together?

Can You Inoculate Your Kids From a Raunchy Culture?

Last week, a friend told me that her teenage daughter walked out of the room when she saw "Jersey Shore" on the television. You heard right, some teenagers don't want to watch Snooki and her morally-depraved roommates. It was enough to make me, a mom...It's not too late to keep "Jersey Shore" characters from shaping your child's morals.

Is Hooters a Family Restaurant?

Does a children's menu and a box of crayons from your waitress necessarily make a restaurant "family friendly?" That's what Hooters is hoping you'll think now that it has a kids' menu and an expanded online store with toys and clothes for kids...Will normalizing family night out at Hooters sexualize yet another previously sacred part of our children's lives -- the family dinner?

Santa Banned From Classroom When Muslim Family Complains

For the past four years, Santa Claus has visited the children of St. Peter, Minnesota's Head Start Program. Santa, in this case, is a gentleman by the name of Dennis Jackson, who donates his time and the candy he gives out to spread Christmas cheer...When Santa is banished, is it really the children that we're trying to protect?

Barbara Walters' Question on 'The View' Gave Me a Pregnant Pause

My husband, now known as Congressman-Elect Sean Duffy, Barbara Walters, Baby Maria Victoria and me behind the scenes this week at The View. During my appearance on "The View" this week, Barbara Walters asked me, "Did you ever think, 'I...Our columnist had that "I wish I would've said that moment" after her interview with Barbara Walters on The View.

MTV's 'Teen Mom': Pro-Life or Pro-Sex?

After giving birth to my sixth child, I spent two days in the hospital alone -- bonding, nursing ... and totally addicted to a marathon of MTV's "16 and Pregnant." Watching episode after episode, I was riveted by the brutally honest portrayal of...Clearly the teens on the show had sex, but there's a level of comfort that the kids have in each other's homes that I suspect was there before the double lines appeared on the EPT test.

Government Leaders Reflect New Partnership in Family Life

Recently, when my husband and I arrived in Washington, D.C., for congressional freshman orientation week, several national newspapers noted the more casual and hands-on style of this new generation of leaders. One wrote, "Former MTV Star...During congressional freshman orientation week, several national newspapers noted the more casual and hands-on style of this new generation of leaders.

Breast-Feeding Prompts Bipartisan Moment

My first night in Washington, D.C., for my husband Sean's Congressional Freshman Orientation, involved a lovely reception and dinner in Statuary Hall. It also involved a cocktail dress that made it impossible for me to nurse my 7-month-old baby. ...Nancy Pelosi and Rachel Campos-Duffy might have wildly different political views, but they do share one important bond: Motherhood.

When a Parent Runs for Congress, Kids Get Front Row Seat to American Politics

Courtesy of Rachel Campos-Duffy
On November 2, my husband, Sean Duffy, had the honor of being elected to represent Wisconsin's 7th District in Congress. In a decisive eight-point victory, our northwestern and largely rural district voted for a...
I can now say with absolutely certitude that unless you've been through it, it's difficult to understand the toll it takes on candidates and their families.

Do Dads Matter?

Jennifer Aniston stepped on a cultural landmine. "Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child," the actress said while discussing male sperm donation, a central theme of...

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