parenting

A Trans Woman Was Able To Breastfeed For The First Time & It’s A Major Step Forward

As a transgender person, I often get awkward questions when people ask if and how I plan to have biological kids. I don't plan to, but since I was designated female at birth, I could conceive, carry, and breastfeed a child, if I wanted to. And now, t…
By James Loke Hale

I Was Sexually Harassed In Middle School. Here’s Why I Needed #MeTooK12

The first time I got called a whore, I was 11. I heard it from the older boys at my middle school, who would corner me at my locker and wouldn’t move until I let them touch my butt or my chest. I thought I was the only one who had experienced this ki…
By Zoe Weiner

This Mother Got Charged With A Felony For Trying To Record Her Daughter Being Bullied

Update: On Nov. 29, CNN reported that charges had been dropped against Sarah Sims. The charges against her previously included one felony —intercepting wire, electronic, or oral communications — and a misdemeanor — contributing to the delinquency of …
By Katie Mitchell

7 Signs You're Going To Be A Toxic Mom

The fact that parents can easily mess up their kids is one of the top running gags in film. Comedies are chock-full of daddy issues jokes, dramas are fraught with portrayals of damaging mother-daughter relationships, and in very few of these movies d…
By James Loke Hale

A Video Of Black Parents Teaching Their Kids What To Do If They Encounter Police Is Going Viral

This one is really hard to watch. A video of Black parents talking to their children about how to handle police violence has come under renewed attention since it was originally shared in February, and it's nothing short of heartbreaking. The video f…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This "Cards Against Humanity" For Parents Is Hilarious Even If You Don’t Have Kids

I’m at that point in my life where, although I am not a parent myself, I have a lot of friends who are parents — and honestly, the next time I’m in a gift-giving situation with any of them, I might very well gift them the party game “KinderPerfect.” …
By Lucia Peters

The Reason This Dad Couldn't Donate A Kidney To His Son Will Infuriate You

The National Kidney Foundation estimates that over 100,000 people are awaiting a potentially lifesaving kidney transplant. On average, most people wait over three and a half years. Unfortunately, of those on the waiting list for a new kidney, 13 die …
By Katie Mitchell

This Anxiety Disorder Can Affect New Moms In A Really Scary Way

Obsessive-compulsive disorder has a simplistic and incorrect reputation; it's often seen as the need for things to be neat, rather than the serious mental issue it actually is. People with OCD cope with intrusive, obsessive thoughts, often about harm…
By JR Thorpe

This Is The Most-Shared Birthday In The U.S.

September is here, and with it comes the beginning of fall, the emergence of all things flannel, and apparently, for a lot of you out there, your birthday. Nine out of the top ten birthday dates in the U.S. are in September — so if you haven't had yo…
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Mom Is Getting Called Out For Saying She Didn't Want A Fat Person Taking Care Of Her Daughter

A UK mother is facing strong backlash after she penned an op-ed for the Daily Mail earlier this month. In her article, journalist and mom Hilary Freeman said she decided not to enroll her daughter in a nursery school because some of the staff were ob…
By Madeleine Aggeler

This Is How Your Relationship With Breastfeeding Changes When You’re Trans

Every so often in the past few years, transgender men have made headlines for getting pregnant and giving birth. Despite the current administration's hostility toward members of the transgender community, it's a testament to the progress this country…
By JR Thorpe

What Parents Can Learn From This Mother's Devastating Story

Even with seasoned parents, apparently innocuous items can turn out to be dangerous to an infant. That's the message one bereaved mother wanted to get across in a Facebook post explaining her son's sudden death on Jul. 3. Jordan DeRosier announced th…
By Claire Warner

The Way You Hold A Baby Isn't As Random As You Think

Sometimes, we're so used to performing the same actions in the same way that we don't even realize we've developed a routine. Take, for instance, the way you hold a baby. If you're like most women, you automatically hoist a child up to rest on your l…
By Claire Warner

16 Baby Names Millennial Parents Should Steal From Baby Boomers

Gen X and Millennial parents are often lambasted for giving their kids “weird” names, although I’d argue that “unique” isn’t necessarily the same thing as “weird.” If unusual names don’t really do it for you, though, there are plenty of baby names th…
By Lucia Peters

Why This Dad's Post About His Daughter's Tantrum Is Going Viral

Temper tantrums? They happen. Anyone who has ever spent time around small children can attest to that fact — and sometimes, there’s nothing you can do about it. And that’s fine. In fact, that’s what a recent Instagram post from a dad whose child had …
By Lucia Peters

How To Become A Surrogate Mother

With news breaking today that Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West will reportedly be hiring a surrogate to carry their third child, many might be wondering how to become a surrogate mother. As you might expect, it’s not an easy process; a lot of surro…
By Lucia Peters

Céline Dion Knows Beyoncé Will Be Just Fine

The world is more excited than ever that our beloved Queen Bey is expecting twins. But unfortunately, critics and rude, unsolicited advice always seem to go hand-in-hand with celebrity pregnancy announcements. On the flip side, legendary singer Célin…
By Ashley Rey

This Man Celebrated His Ex For A Great Reason

We’ve all heard our fair share of ugly divorce stories, but here's one that’s actually hopeful. This Boston dad’s Facebook post about celebrating his ex-wife’s birthday will give you major #parentinggoals — and a good lesson in civility and kindness.…
By Lara Rutherford-Morrison

Signs Your Parents Raised You To Be A Free Spirit

Our society has protocol for how to raise children — obedient, rule-abiding, polite, ambitious little kids. Then there are parents who raise their kids to be free spirits, effectively saying, "Screw your protocol," and doing things their own way. I t…
By Megan Grant

How To Talk About Santa Claus With Older Kids

Small children who steadfastly believe in Santa Claus are just about the cutest thing ever, but, as kids get older, they’re going to discover the ruse one way or another. A Canadian mom recently posted a brilliant idea of how to tell kids the truth a…
By Lara Rutherford-Morrison