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

Culture

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

Celebrities, Parenting


Was China’s One-Child Policy Actually Feminist?

Analysis of the impact of China’s “one child” policy and the government’s recent decision to reform the program to grant couples two births varies. Unsurprisingly, radical environmentalists who see human beings as a plague destroying Earth’s habitat are concerned about greater breeding in the world’s most populous country. Economists debate the policy’s impact on China’s … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Too Smart to Be A Mom?

A 27-year-old, Ivy-League graduate’s New York Times missive about coming to terms with her decision to stay home after the birth of her son starts with a question: “I Wanted to Stay Home with My Son. So Why Would I Lie About It?” The author, Jessica Levy, doesn’t explicitly answer that question, but I will: … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Have We Finally Seen the End of Mommy Blogging? Here’s Hoping

Is mommy blogging finally over? This is the question posed by Olga Khazan recently in The Atlantic. Her full question was, “Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make a Living?” and to answer it she details the rise and downfall of Dooce, perhaps the most famous (and annoying) mommy blogger ever.  Dooce was a pioneer in what became a virtual industry of moms hawking their opinions, judgments, … Continued

Culture, Parenting