'Dumplin'' Is The Film I Needed As A Fat Daughter, & Now A Mom

There is a lot to love about Dumplin', the new Netflix original film based on Julie Murphy's 2015 novel of the same name. It is, quite possibly, a first of its kind. It is a movie that not only centers, and celebrates, a fat person, but one that…
By Marie Southard Ospina
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Is Your Kid A Sweetheart? This Is How Parents Are Nurturing Friendly Kids

Keeping me in sight, my big-eyed toddler chats at people browsing for records. He babbles at a Santa Claus looking fellow who asks him questions about the Moana CD in his hand. The three of us interact for a few pleasant minutes and then part…
By Liz Tracy

This Couple Co-Breastfed Their Child — Here's How They Did It

Co-breastfeeding, where both parents nurse the child, is relatively unheard. The process to achieve this, induced lactation, is often touted in some mothering communities as a mysterious act that a friend-of-a-friend tried, once, maybe. Most parents…
By Meg St-Esprit

New Research Finds Millennial Parents Are Ditching This Bedtime Routine

When it comes to bedtime, lullabies have long held their spot as a staple of most families' routines. But, according to new research, millennial parents are ditching this bedtime ritual, as The Telegraph reported. Now, if you didn't grow up on…
By Vanessa Taylor

8 Hacks To Make Holiday Shopping Easier, Because OMG You're So Stressed Out RN

It makes no sense to me. I have a few friends that legitimately love holiday shopping, and sometimes I think they're secretly masochists or mentally unwell. Holiday shopping can be stressful, whether that's due to the pressure to find the perfect…
By Caroline Hogeveen

These Letter Boards Totally Sum Up Your 2018

It's been a wild ride, hasn't it? Whether it was the plethora of wild pop culture events or the frequency of horrifying political and environmental events, 2018 feels like it lasted a decade (to put it in context, this time last year we were three…
By Jamie Kenney

This Giant Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle Proves The Holidays Really Are Magical

In the era of random “holidays” sprinkled throughout the year, e.g., National Pancake Day, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, etc., I was pretty excited to learn of another one in the month of December that isn’t even Christmas or Hanukkah — but…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

The Most Pointless Parenting Advice I've Received From Strangers In Public!

Being a parent is hard. With the best preparation and resources and support, it's still a series of fumbling through until you sort of find your groove. And even that is always changing because your child is always changing. One nice thing about…
By Jamie Kenney

PTSD Helps Parents Keep Their Medically Fragile Children Alive — But At What Cost?

“One of the big things that still gets me is that I had to do chest compressions on my own child.” Meghan Shuttleworth’s voice is surprisingly steady as she says this to me. She continues, “I have to do CPR training for work, which I just did a few…
By Hillary Savoie

"During Seizures, You Cannot Do Anything For Them"

For families with medically complex children, each day is a story of survival. Parents' lives are entwined with the medical system that keeps their children alive, and yet go unrecognized by that system when it comes to identifying and treating the…
By Hillary Savoie

All Moms Need To Hear Michelle Obama's Parenting Advice For Meghan Markle

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but the village is significantly more helpful when there are people within it who can speak to your exact circumstances, and for members of the royal family — whether in the bloodline or through marriage…
By Brianna Wiest

Stop Stressing: Here's How To Deal With Picky Eaters At Your Holiday Dinner

I've reached a point where I would kind of like to skip holiday meals. Holiday foods like pie and mashed potatoes used to be my favorite part of the season. Now, as a mom, I just don't know how to deal with picky eating during the holidays. I know…
By Steph Montgomery

The Gender Gap In Children's Books Is Way Worse Than You Think

Presented in partnership with The Longest Shortest Time podcast. The story I always requested at bedtime as a child was Princess Smartypants (2005) by Babette Cole, a picture book about a princess who doesn't want to get married. She's more…
By Samantha Grindell

Queen Elizabeth Won't Be Calling Meghan Markle "Pregnant" For This Bizarre Reason

As one might expect, the royals are pretty particular with their likes and dislikes. The Queen of England is no exception to this phenomenon, especially where it concerns pregnancy. Case in point: Queen Elizabeth won't call Meghan Markle "pregnant"…
By Gillian Walters

Del Monte Is Recalling Canned Corn Due To A Risk Of "Life-Threatening Illness"

Another day, another recall. This time Del Monte Foods is recalling its canned corn due to possible botulism contamination, according to CBS News. The recall was issued Thursday for 25 states and 12 countries, the report stated. Del Monte, a…
By Gillian Walters

Add This Cute "Baby Shark" Sound Book To Your List Of Impossible-Things-To-Get

The "Baby Shark" phenomenon is going strong and the company who produced the beloved video, Pinkfong, has another themed product that your kid will flip for. With all the love "Baby Shark" is getting right now, it's no wonder Amazon is filled tons…
By Alison Kresta

12 Gifts For Your Kid's Coach, Bc You Seriously Have No Idea What To Get Them

'Tis the season for remembering the people who enrich and improve our families' lives. And if your kids are into sports, their coach(es) ideally should be on that list. But what kind of holiday gift can you give to a coach? It's not like there's a…
By Shana Aborn

This 'Baby Shark' Challenge Will Be The Hardest Ab Workout Of Your Life — VIDEO

If you're a parent of pretty much any child alive right now, you're undoubtedly familiar with the Baby Shark song, a hauntingly repetitive tune about a family of... sharks... that will have you singing doo doo doo doo doo doo doo in your sleep. But…
By Brianna Wiest

8 Reasons Why The Holiday Season Is Causing (Or Worsening) Your Depression

Feeling depressed around the holidays can feel particularly excruciating, and being surrounded by merry people can amplify unhappy thoughts. Am I just broken? Isn't this supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year"? For many, depression…
By Caroline Hogeveen

Twitter Is Comparing Trump To The Grinch After He Canceled This Christmas Tradition

President Donald Trump mustn't be in a festive mood these days because he reportedly canceled the White House Christmas party for members of the press, as Fox News and several other media outlets reported Thursday. Considering the annual party is a…
By Gillian Walters

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi Revealed The Sex Of Baby #3 With The *Sweetest* Video

Christmas has arrived early for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. That's because the Jersey Shore star found out the sex of her baby on Thursday, an incredibly exciting and special moment for her family. So, is Snooki having a boy or a girl? In a YouTube…
By Gillian Walters

Pink Trolled Parent Police On Instagram With This Beautifully Sarcastic Post

Oh internet. Why, oh why, do so many people love to hide behind the warm comforter of anonymity to judge people with reckless abandon? Especially celebrity parents, from what I've seen. It never ceases to amaze me how many parents have hours and…
By Jen McGuire

This NBA Legend's Act Of Kindness For A Young Boy With A Facial Tumor Is So Touching

Even when you're someone who has amassed an unbelievable amount of privilege through your own successes, it's unfortunately not a given that you'll use your power and position to give back, but Dikembe Mutombo is here to remind us that genuinely…
By Brianna Wiest

Not Everyone Gets New Year's Eve Off, So Make Sure You Run It By Your Boss ASAP

When I started my first job out of college, I figured there was a mistake on the holiday calendar. The office was open on December 31, New Year's Eve. That's a joke, right? How on Earth was I supposed to sit at my desk all day, hungover from…
By Caroline Hogeveen

12 Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes, So You Don't Miss Out On Any Fun

Christmas morning is one of the most magical times of the year. There’s family togetherness, joy, and of course, all those presents — nothing matches up to seeing your kid light up as they tear into their gifts, even if you’re watching through a fog…
By Kristina Johnson

6 True Crime Series On Netflix You Need To Start Watching ASAP

Netflix has several new true crime documentaries out now and in the works, such as Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and The Innocent Man, and viewers are already entranced. But if you're just getting into the genre or are looking for…
By Karen Veazey

I Want My Kid To Experience The Wonder Of Santa, But I Don't Want To Lie To Him

Now our son is 2, we've begun to discuss how to tell our child about Santa. The old man in red seeps into kids' consciousnesses somewhere after they start to recognize patterns — you don't need to introduce Santa to your kid; the mall has it covered…
By Jam Kotenko

Tinsel Isn't Made With Lead Anymore, But It Can Still Be Dangerous

As any parent knows, the world starts to look a lot more sinister once you become responsible for a human life. Things you never thought twice about, like electric sockets or laundry detergent, suddenly look like death traps near the tiny hands,…
By Samantha Grindell

These Photos Of Elves On The Shelf In The Hospital Will Bring You So Much Joy

Nurses obviously have one of the most taxing, emotionally draining, exhausting jobs on the planet. Not only are nurses responsible for taking care of a patient's physical health, they're almost always on the hook for making sure their patients are…
By Jen McGuire

Melania Trump Just Totally Changed Her Hair & The Internet's Theory About Why Is...A Lot

Throughout the course of the Trump administration, it's started to seem like every week has brought nothing short of back-to-back scandals and surprises for the American people, but this week was particularly poignant. As Michael Cohen was sentenced…
By Brianna Wiest

8 Things Santa Can Leave Behind To Keep Your Kid Totally Convinced

Finding out Santa doesn't actually exist is a heartbreaking day in a child's life. I remember looking at my mother with betrayal when I discovered the truth, utterly crushed that the magic I had put my faith in wasn't real. The longer you believe,…
By Samantha Grindell

Gisele Bündchen & James Corden's Workout Class With Toddlers Even Has Me Exhausted

When you think of Gisele Bündchen's workout routine, I imagine you are probably thinking the same thing I am; a punishing, grueling mix of cardio and strength training that I'm sure I never want to see. And sure, this might be true for the model…
By Jen McGuire

These 15 Amazon Prime Gifts Are Perfect For The Dude Who Already Has Everything

Amazon Prime just might be a procrastinator's best friend this holiday season. If you're still looking for last minute gifts, free two-day shipping means you don't have to fight the crowds at the mall. Plus, Amazon's huge selection of items means…
By Kristina Johnson