La Leche League Shames Dad for Feeding Kid

Seriously. … [Read more...]

Lorax: Anti-Capitalist and Dubiously Environmental?

If you're thinking about taking the kids to this new movie, Rebecca Cusey gives us a heads-up over on Tinsel.  After reading her piece, I went to the movie's official website.  Here's what I found. … [Read more...]

What Tyler Clementi’s Death Can Teach Parents

Prosecutors in New Jersey are throwing the book at Rutger's student Dharun Ravi, two years after he spied on his homosexual roommate who later jumped off the George Washington Bridge. The trial has just begun and promises to be on the news for the next several days and weeks. When the story first broke, we were told that Tyler Clementi had a gay sexual encounter with a man which his roommate posted on the internet, consequently outing his shy roommate.  It turns out, none of this was accurate.  … [Read more...]

Father Knows Best – Finally, Reasonable Parents Reject “The Bachelor”

(Spoiler Alert: If you’ve not watched this week’s episode of The Bachelor on your DVR, you might want to skip this article.)I’m the mother of a young teenager who’s not dating yet, so I can only imagine a nervous young man asking her father for her hand in marriage. Many argue that the whole idea is chauvinistic and reminiscent to times when women were treated like objects. Most people, however, still think it’s a respectful gesture, an important tradition, a rite of passage, and a moment tha … [Read more...]

How Target Knew a Teen Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did

Forbes has an interesting piece that will make you think twice before sliding your debit card:Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. Target, for example, has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Secret Model Quits Because of Her Christian Beliefs about Marriage

I saw this article today over on National Review's The Homefront Blog (H/T Greg Pollowitz): One Victoria’s Secret angel might be turning her back on lingerie modeling but she’s not giving up her wings.Model Kylie Bisutti, 21, has decided to leave Victoria’s Secret because it clashes with her Christian beliefs.“My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing,” Bisutti told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column.  “I didn’t really want to be that kind of role model for younger girl … [Read more...]

Why Do People Brag about Not Buying Books?

        Since I’ve become an author, I’ve noticed people have a certain (rather irritating) pride about not buying books. I’ve been consistently perplexed at how well-educated, smart women almost wear their anti-book-buying policies as a badge of honor.  And it comes up more than you’d think.Just in the past few years:Some members of a short lived book club asked to pass the book around so they “wouldn’t have to buy i … [Read more...]

The Joy of Pretty Things

In 2008, we decided to adopt.  At first, like many couples who hear of the dreaded “one child” policy, I wanted to adopt from China.  However, when we contacted our agency, the wait for a Chinese baby was four years.  Instead we decided to go the quickest and most affordable route.And so, several months – and a lot of paperwork – later, we got our referral photo from Ethiopia.  She was a fourteen pound two year old, with a large head and twiggy arms.  She was wearing camouflage and it was not … [Read more...]