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    The other day a Stir reader left me the following comment: "Linda, you are not truly a SAHM." Her point, I guess, was that because I have outside employment, I don't know what it's like to be an at-home mom. Even though I am, in fact, a mom who doesn't have an office job. I also don't have a nanny, I have one child who's not yet in school, and I take care of all the household tasks, from cleaning to laundry to meals to grocery shopping to doctors' appointments.

    I'm not sure why the fact that I also work my ass off to earn a paycheck keeps me from being a "true SAHM," but I've felt this disconnect before. I work, but I'm not the sort of working mom I was when I went to an office full-time. I'm at home, but I don't quite feel like that description fits me perfectly either -- and clearly, there are others who don't believe I deserve the title.

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    Tina Fey is one of the coolest moms on the planet. It's not just because she created one of the coolest shows in TV history (30 Rock) or the fact that everything that comes out of her mouth leaves us ROFLOL. No. We LOVE the fact that she tells it like it is. Take her action plan for when sweet, 7-year-old daughter Alice turns into a moody teen: "When she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it," she wrote in her bestseller Bossypants. Gotta love it. Every mom to a future eye-rolling, midriff-baring girl can relate! Now starring in Admission (in theaters March 22), she cracks us up as a college admissions counselor who meets an applicant that may be the son she gave up for adoption. Tina sat down with The Stir to chat about her new role and share more on life in Mommywood. Check it out.

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    I actually felt a little bad after I criticized Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for only taking two weeks of maternity leave. I thought maybe I should have been more supportive of her choice, even if it did send a pretty messed up message. Only now, she's gone and taken away a big choice for her employees, and I don't feel bad at all criticizing her for this one. Because to be blunt -- it sucks. Big time.

    Last week, she announced that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely. All Things D got a hold of the internal memo, which read in part: "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

    And with that -- one more big, huge slap in the face of working parents.

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    We've all had our fair share of "Mean Mom" encounters, haven't we? You know the type: Those Mothers Superior are always lurking around the playground and/or the pediatrician's office and/or Open House at the elementary school -- any and everywhere they can find moms to criticize and judge and generally look down their noses at. Anything you can do, they can do better -- so don't even bother trying to defend your way of parenting when they're on the attack.

    Mean mommies are convinced they know best -- at the very least, they know better than you -- so if ever you should find yourself cornered, your only hope of escape is to say something so bizarre and unexpected, it'll throw that Mean Mommy right off course (long enough for you to escape, anyway!).

    Here are 5 comebacks to try when Mean Mommies attack ...

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    Imagine being a junior in college and finding our your dormmate would be -- a 4-year-old. No, this toddler wasn't so brainy that he was admitted to New York University super early. But he did have a mother who was also attending the prestigious college -- and she was assigned Shasten Snellgroves as a roommate. Shasten was aghast to learn that her roomie was a mom and that, according to school policy, she'd be able to bring in her young son into their dorm room as many days of the month as she liked, and up to six nights a month.

    Shasten complained to school officials, but was merely told she'd need to "compromise." Finally, she wrote a letter and made it public. There, she said, "I don’t feel that it is just for me to be facing consequences related to her life decisions." Ahh, youth. Still under the impression that they can live life in a bubble of their own making.

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    You'll never guess who was voted Celebrity Mom of 2012! It's ... oh, you guessed: Jennifer Garner. Got it on the first try, too! Probably because, well, of course Jennifer Garner got voted celeb mom of the year. The 40-year-old actress has 3 adorable kids (Violet, Seraphina and baby Samuel). Literally every photo ever snapped of the family show them doing something wholesome and fun and enriching that makes the whole lot of them smile their big, dimpled smiles and laugh and frolic and AWWWW. So, congrats to Garner on the prestigious award! And to her runner-up, Reese Witherspoon.

    Seriously, I don't begrudge these ladies their good mom gold stars, but I do have to wonder ...

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    Every mom I know, myself included, at some point or another comes to the same sad, inevitable conclusion: Dads are more fun. I know I'm making a sweeping generalization here, but if you've ever left your toddler at home with daddy for an afternoon and walked in the door to find your little one and your husband napping contentedly on the couch in the middle of the biggest mess of toys and Cheerios and crayons imaginable ... well, you know what I'm talking about.

    Maybe it's because men are just big, overgrown kids who secretly just want an excuse to play with toys all day long. Maybe it's because they're better at letting go of whatever's on the to-do list and living in the moment. Whatever the reason, this (adorable) video suggest it may have something to do with shirtless bongo drumming.

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    Have you heard of the movie Snakes on a Plane? Now just imagine if it was snakes in a daycare instead. That's the issue a group of parents are dealing with in Townsville, Australia. Their children's nursery school was forced to shut down because of an infestation of pythons. Not little, harmless garden snakes, mind you, but deadly, bone-crushing pythons. Are you freaking out yet? I know I am.

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    Ugh, here we go again: It appears grandparents do not approve of the job parents are doing these days. In a survey of 100 grandparents on the website Grannynet (really, only 100 respondents?), today's kids are rude and our lazy parenting is to blame. Well I never! In my day ...

    Children are not asking to be excused before leaving the table. They're putting their elbows on the table. Half of the time they're not even eating at a table at all! No one writes thank-you notes anymore. Things were SO different when you were young, right Grandma?

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    For the most part, I don't miss my pre-kids life at all, except for one thing: the morning routine. I could get up, nod at my husband in a friendly manner (we're not morning people), have an entire cup of coffee while it was still hot, and still be at work on time.

    Not so much these is a mad dash from the time my eyes open until the youngest is packed off to preschool.

    I need help! Fortunately for me (and you), here it is:

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