Dear Samantha: Can we talk?

By on April 4, 2012

Hi Samantha. Come sit. Have a cuppa. You've had a hell of a 24 hours, and I'm sure it hasn't been fun. Facing the vast angry internet hordes of crazy people, well, it's tough, and I feel for you. Now, if I were the advice giving type, I'd maybe say that it wasn't the best [...]

Take Your Screaming Midget Outside, Lady

By on February 22, 2012

The blogosphere has its knickers in a knot over this, the Atlanta, GA restaurant that has asked that people take their screaming kids outside to calm them down. get your ex back Um. Am I the only one that isn't bothered by this? Seriously. This makes total sense to me. In fact, it's what I [...]

Pageant Moms: Too Bad Even For Us?

By on February 8, 2012

This is, indeed, the Bad Moms Club. how to get my ex back Where every mother branded as a “Bad” mother can find solace and understanding. Because most of the time, when someone is branded as a “bad” mother, it's just about judgment and finger pointing and people who refuse to take individual lives and [...]

Do You Hear What I Hear? A Bad Mom’s Guide To Good Holiday Music

By on November 9, 2011

Well, it?s the second week of November and the Halloween decorations have already been replaced by big red sleighs. That can only mean one thing: ready or not, Christmas is on its way. And that means, Christmas music is here. Already. Nearly two months out. Now, I love a good O Holy Night or Good [...]

Bad Ideas: Tactical Baby Strollers and Future Criminals T-Shirts

By on November 7, 2011

How often have you found yourself packing up the baby stroller for a day on the town with the offspring only to curse the lack of a gun rack next to the cup holder and snack tray? That's right, never.* * it is highly possible that maybe someone out there actually has cursed this 'oversight' [...]

You’re a worse parent than you think! Hooray!

By on October 25, 2011
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So thanks to Laid Off Dad, along came this little article in to my twitter feed that listed a mere dozen ways that we’re effortlessly, gleefully screwing up our kids for life.? Life, I tell you! Yes, they’ve gathered child psychologists! Psychiatrists! and OTHER EXPERTS (who’d they call? your mother-in-law?) to come up with this [...]

So You Think You Can Skank

By on June 28, 2011

OK, look. I know times, they change. I know that the style is no longer 90s grunge, where you wore everything three sizes too big. I know the style is short and sexy. But on children? Who then do suggestive, provocative, emulating-sex-moves-ative dance moves? Why? And yet, this is what they did on So You [...]

The Blood, Sweat and Tears of Birthday Party Politics

By on June 14, 2011

Can we cancel birthdays? Or, if not, can we at least agree to some rules? Or maybe some guidelines? I’m not really sure where to start, but maybe an “is this going to make a kid cry?” checkpoint might be a good place to begin. I’ve hated birthday party politics since I was a kid. [...]

Babies And Botox And Why We Bought In To It.

By on May 25, 2011
Beauty Pageant Horror

So first, Kerry Campbell claimed she injected her 8 year old regularly with Botox and gave her bikini waxes so that she would win beauty pageants and be “famous” when she grew up. We were appropriately outraged. Then someone finally called children’s aid and the child was removed from Campbell’s custody. And Campbell swore up [...]

Do Not Poke The Mama Bear. Or Her Stroller.

By on May 10, 2011
Age Limited.

Oh, well this is fun. Laura Miller has started a website. This website is called Too Big For Stroller. It features pictures of children of varying ages being wheeled about in strollers. Many of these children are older than 1 or 2. They are maybe 4 or 5 or even older – ages Laura obviously [...]

If the Political Parties Were Bad Moms…

By on April 19, 2011
Mom the Vote

It’s election time in Canada and there are plenty of highly criticized tools, like CBC’s Vote Compass, that you can use to figure out how you should vote. If none of those do it for you and you still don’t know where to place your X on May 2 (you are going to vote, right? [...]

Bad Moms Don’t Put 8-Year-Olds In Pushup Bikinis

By on March 30, 2011
Hope My Daughter Likes This Style Cause It's What She'll Be Wearing

Bathing suit shopping, as any woman can tell you, is basically the wardrobe equivalent of walking over hot coals. You go in to the shop with the impossibly thin mannequins modeling scraps of spandex held together with plastic rings and dental floss. You pick out the suits that you think will cover the parts you [...]

Toddlers And Television: Supressing The Gag Reflex

By on March 14, 2011
toddlers and television

My mother hates Polka Dot Door. Always has; always will. A mainstay of my – and so many, many other children’s – childhood drove my mother absolutely crazy. And although memories of Marigold, Humpty, Dumpty and Bear are happy and cozy to me now, my mother, apparently, had to leave the room while those same [...]

Bad Moms Draw The Line At Bad Oscars

By on February 28, 2011
Trying too hard.

I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but I knew this was a bad idea from the start. Maybe I’m just old, sitting there in my pajamas with a baby monitor instead of at a party with champagne and an Oscar pool. But if you ask me, when you host [...]

Righteous Moms Hate Finding Porn At Toys ‘R’ Us; Bad Moms Are Ambivalent

By on February 9, 2011

I suppose that we should be grateful that Gawker didn’t give this story, about some poor mother discovering that the Dora DVD she’d purchased actually contained something called ‘Bubble Butt Bonanza No. 17,’ the headline ‘Righteous Moms Refuse To Allow Nickleodeon To Be Sexy.” Small mercies.