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Parents Find Playing With Kids 'Boring,' and Kids Know It

Does family game night bore you to tears? Credit: .A.A., Flickr
If you fear your head may explode if you have to play one more board game or build yet another village out of blocks, you're not alone. A new survey commissioned by Disneyland...

Feeling Guilty About Being a Working Mom? You're Not Alone

Working mother often means mommy guilt. But you're not alone. Credit: Getty
It's just a fact of life: Many mothers need to work. A lot of them even want to work. But that doesn't mean they don't feel guilty about leaving their little ones for t...

Baby Formula is Not Rat Poison

Do you think we could maybe take a break from beating up non-breastfeeders? Formula is not rat poison. The moms who use it are not Simlac abusers. In fact, they are the majority of us: Only 14 percent of American women are exclusively breastfeeding...

New Study: Parents Stink

Another day, another article on how we parents can screw up our kids with our very best intentions. I'm getting sick of these things. Right now, a bunch of people are sending me this piece from the New Scientist because they think I'll love i...

Guilty Kids Grow Up To Be Good Adults

Turns out, a little guilt goes a long way. Credit: 小旺旺的媽, Flickr
Maybe it's time to lay off the overbearing Italian or Jewish mom cliches. A little guilt, it turns out, is a good thing. Guilt -- what kids describe as "that sinking feeling i...

Mom Guilts Sons Into Committing Armed Robbery

Mom's financial plan lands family in jail. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu. Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but this is ridiculous: A mother in Phoenix, Arizona recently lost her job and was having trouble coming up with the money to p...

Binging after baby

Ever binged after you had a baby? You know you've been there.You played by all the health and safety rules during pregnancy. Maybe you even got healthy and in shape before the pregnancy in anticipation, which included not drinking. After the birth, ...

Halloween guilt trip

For the past few weeks,my husband has been working nearly around the clock on a big project at work. Leaving early in the morning, coming home late at night and spending weekends with his nose to the grindstone at the kitchen table. Because of the ob...

Do Kate McCann's looks make her an unsympathetic figure?

According to her mother, they do. Kate McCann's mother, Susan Healy spoke out against the media's portrayal of her daughter as being cold and controlling. Essentially Susan said if Kate were heavier and had bigger boobs people would feel sorrier fo...

The merging of households: sometimes a bumpy road

Yesterday I was driving along in my car when I was suddenly hit with a pang of guilt. I picked up my cell phone and dialed my mother with the following apology: Me: I'm sorry I was less than cordial this morning. I didn't intend to be so horrid. She:...

You know you're divorced when...

...You are able to spend the holidays without your kids. This Thanksgiving marks the first holiday that I will be without my children for a significant holiday. Although their father and I have actually been divorced for nearly four years, we have al...

What did you wish you knew then?

I am feeling a little angst over my decision to stay home with Nolan. It's not that I regret for a minute the extra time I'll spend with him. I cherish our mornings with the coffee percolating and the dawn stretching in through the windows. I try to ...

The Wisdom of Mary P. (part two): Benign neglect: It's a good thing

Mary P. is now my patron saint of exhausted mothers. Oh, how I wish I had read this post when my first child was a baby. Oh, I wish I hadn't had to learn this the hard way. And it was a long and hard lesson, indeed. The impetus of this post was an...

BabyCenter: I *won't* get pulled into your whirlpool of parental terror

While I'm ranting and raving at mainstream media over their treatment of parents, let me just take a minute to talk to you, BabyCenter. Yes, you. You see, the thing is, I've worked for many a year in marketing. I understand what you're trying to do, ...

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