Call me a professional hypocrite: I write about how to raise kids for magazines like Parents, American Baby,Parenting, and other publications, but rarely follow my own mothering advice. Yeah, my kids watch TV and play in a rock band instead of on a soccer team but you know what? They're cool. (Can you tell I was raised by hippies?) Follow me on Twitter!
Coffee if it's a weekday; margaritas if it's a mom's night out.
Can you imagine how it would feel to have complete strangers question whether or not your children were, in fact, your children? I can. In fact, I don't have to imagine what it would feel like, because as the mother of two biracial children, I know. I know how it feels, for example, to have someone I've never met approach me in a grocery store and say of the daughter I gave birth to weeks before: "She's absolutely adorable! Where did you get her?" (Why, just down the street at the Cute Asian Baby Store, of course! They're even having a sale!)
Thankfully, the experiences I've had along these lines have been more annoying than anything else. Nothing like the terrifying episode Virginia parents Joseph and Keana (last names withheld) recently went through.
Joseph, who is white, and Keana, who is African-American, were out running errands one day with their three young daughters -- just your average family outing. Until they got home, that is, to find a police officer waiting for them.
You know what's so great about True Blood? Besides Alexander Skarsgard's naked torso? True Blood isn't just entertaining, it's educational. Educational television. And if you don't believe me, just consider the many, many things we've learned from the show: Faeries are like vampire potato chips -- no vamp can eat just one. Witches are the most boring "supe" on the block. Were-panthers are a thing. And now, thanks to a new poster for season 6, we've learned that "No One Lives Forever." (OMG, the Fame theme song was a lie!)
The question, of course, is which character is gonna stop living forever this season?!
The thought of a child being given only weeks to live is absolutely heartbreaking. The thought of that same child being denied his dying wish is heartbreaking beyond words. Sadly, that's what nearly happened to 10-year-old Oliver Burton of Leicester, UK. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3, Oliver, who also has Down syndrome, recently had a severe relapse -- an untreatable relapse, according to his doctors. Devastated but determined to make their son's final days the best of his short life, Oliver's parents vowed to spend the rest of his time checking off items on his "wish list."
Having a bad week at work? Having a bad month at work? Is your favorite song "Take This Job and Shove It"? Just remember, it could always be worse: You could be Lindsay Lohan's personal assistant. (As in, Lindsay Lohan could be your boss.) Just ask Gavin Doyle, who had the questionable fortune of being LiLo's right-hand man during the lowest phases of her protracted downward spiral. Somehow the dude escaped with his sanity and is now writing a tell-all book about his experience (come on, wouldn't you?!), and WHOA, get ready to appreciate whatever it is you do for a living.
My great-grandmother used to have a saying: "Every baby is beautiful, so where do all the ugly people come from?" Okay, she was a bit senile, but she had a point. Which is: All babies are beautiful. So for a grown man to call an 18-month-old baby girl "ugly" is both insensitive AND inaccurate. But that's exactly what a panelist on Australian rugby sportscast The Footy Show did -- and what's worse, he didn't even have permission to use the baby's photo on TV!