Confessions of a Former Sanctimommy

So I have a confession: I used to be a sanctimommy. Well, I still kind of am one, but I’m working on it, I swear. What is a sanctimommy, you ask? You know the type—the sanctimonious mother you avoid because she judges every single parenting decision you make, such as how you feed your kids, … Continued


Having a Baby Doesn’t Entitle You to Take Over the World

The new comedy Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate, satirizes the insane perfectionism of many of our culture’s parents.     But the movie also evidently inspired a group of women in Florida to cast themselves as heroes for . . . taking their newborns to an R-rated movie on a Friday night? … Continued


Feminists Just Don’t Get the Significance of Motherhood

Motherhood is a transformative event in every sense: physically, emotionally, psychologically. If you don’t believe it, I have the stretch marks and bags under my eyes to prove it. While I once would have spent weekends sleeping in, reading, and watching Law & Order marathons, I now spend them preparing endless snacks, waking up at … Continued


Mother’s Day on the Internet

One of the great joys of parenthood is realizing just how many clichés about parenthood turn out to be true. And on Mother’s Day the Internet is flooded with tributes to moms, some clichéd, some heartfelt, many falling under the headline of “sponsored content.” Because what’s a charming holiday without a bit of viral marketing? … Continued


Should Breastfeeding Be a Spectator Sport?

For the past few years, every few months, a mini scandal would erupt when a woman posted a picture of herself breastfeeding to Instagram or Facebook. These so-called “brelfies” are, say their proponents, a way of sharing the joy of motherhood with others and have the welcome side-effect of encouraging others to breastfeed. Facebook, following … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Elite Women Discover Parenthood Can Sometimes Be Boring

In the last couple of years, a number of women have written honest articles about their struggles with being a mother to young children. I don’t mean the struggles we are all more or less aware of: the sleepless nights, the never-ending diaper changing brigade, and so on. I mean the internal boredom battle that … Continued

Culture, Parenting

What if Madonna Was Your Mother?

Is there anything more embarrassing than being Madonna’s 15-year-old son? Last week, the Material Girl made news when her son Rocco Ritchie decided he’d rather stay with his father in London than hang out with his mother for the holidays. Madonna and director Guy Ritchie divorced in 2008 after eight years of marriage. Their younger … Continued

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