Angie Grace

Comedian, writer, mom
Recent Articles

The Royal Wedding Was A Lot Like My Own Black Wedding

The entire world went to church on Saturday, at least those who tuned in to see Prince Harry wed black American former actress Meghan Markle. From the black sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, to the choir singing "Stand by Me," a song by Ben E. King, th…
By Angie Grace

This Photo Says Everything About What Meghan's Marriage Means To Parents Of Color

I've always been totally into the mystique of the royal family. Growing up in the United States, the idea of having real royals "ruling" over the people intrigued me (hey, at least it was more honest than America's invisible aristocracy). Diana, Prin…
By Angie Grace

I'm a Mom of 4 & This is How I Best-Life Mother's Day

I cry every single Mother's Day. Not because I'm unhappy, but because I'm a mom, and for every child you have, you gain an additional tank of tears — I have four children, so all you have to do is give me a hand-made card and it will immediately look…
By Angie Grace

I'll Say It: Having Kids Gave My Life A Purpose

I started having kids young. Not teen-mom young, but I guess young by today's standards. I didn't have a great career established, other than a few acting roles I'd done in high school and college. I got engaged at 22, married at 23 and had my first …
By Angie Grace

We Need Family Bathrooms More Than We Need Changing Tables In Men's Rooms

Shopping with four children is never easy. I have three pre-teen daughters and a toddler boy. The girls are pretty self-sufficient in the bathroom, but of course I never really send them in by themselves. In this day and age, and with my paranoia, I …
By Angie Grace

Babies "R" Us Is Closing, & Tears Are Appropriate

It's the end of an era. When Toys "R" Us announced that they would be liquidating and closing all of its U.S. stores, the outcry from my kids was loud. Where would we go to get new toys? Where will we go to be in the physical world? And what about th…
By Angie Grace

This Genius "Sleep Companion" Doll FINALLY Got My Toddler To Sleep Through His Naps

My son has had his sleep issues. At 10 months, he was sleeping through the night, and rarely waking up in the wee hours. He would have a bottle, then get his teeth brushed, and then I would rock him to sleep in a dark room with classical music playin…
By Angie Grace

Why We Shouldn't Call Girls "Tomboys"

Growing up, I was called a tomboy a lot. I typically wore jeans, an oversized t-shirt and sneakers. I didn't wear jewelry or makeup and I was more interested in basketball than doing my hair. Not because I played basketball, but because I liked baske…
By Angie Grace

I Lived In Target With My Kids For A Day, & It Really Is The Best Place On Earth

We have all dreamed about being alone in a department store overnight, tell me I'm wrong. It was the plot of The Greatest Store On Earth, A Mom For Christmas (sort of), Mannequin (more loosely), and at least one teen novel. The possibilities for jump…
By Angie Grace

My Baby Got Hurt (& I Still Haven't Forgiven Myself)

We are playing on the bed with our 9-month-old son. It's not terribly rambunctious, more of a winding-down. Kisses and cuddles, and Kai laying his head on me as if he's about to go to sleep. Our other kids have gone to bed, and it's just me and my hu…
By Angie Grace

When You Tell A New Mom To "Sleep When the Baby Sleeps," Here's What You're Really Saying

I can't tell you how many times I heard "sleep when the baby sleeps" after giving birth to my son. This koan of wisdom came from everyone: my friends, my mom, my husband. Yes, you should definitely sleep when you get the chance, because taking care o…
By Angie Grace

I Let My Son Nap In His Car Seat All The Time, Because I Had No Clue How Dangerous It Was

"Never wake a sleeping baby." In the dark ages of the early 2010s, that was our approach when our three elder daughters fell asleep. And they nodded off everywhere: their swing, the highchair, their bouncy seats, and of course, their car seats. It re…
By Angie Grace

I Went On A Cleaning Strike & I Have Some Advice For You

If your kid is still little, I imagine you're still feeling optimistic about fighting toy creep. Likely, you still think that the burgeoning toy collection isn't anything that can't be fixed by a trip to the Container Store. Let me give you a preview…
By Angie Grace

I'm Just Gonna Say It: Bed-Sharing Is The Worst Parenting Decision I Ever Made

I bet your doctor has very strong feelings about bed-sharing. So did mine, but my newborn son, who was nursing around the clock, seemed to feel very strongly about snuggling next to me as he dozed. Both were experts in their domain (being a pediatric…
By Angie Grace

I Was The Mom Who "Lost" Her Kid & I Know I'm Not Alone

The hype about Disney is real. Taking your kids there is a trip; seeing your kids' faces as they enter leave a dusty Anaheim parking lot and encounter a full-size turreted castle will send you to the moon. It's all so overwhelming — the characters, t…
By Angie Grace

What No One Told Me About The Post C-Section Poop

Before having my son, I thought I knew what to expect. I'd been down this road before, into the realm of the famed post-c-section poop. Everyone knows about the delivery-room poop (only amateurs worry about this), but new moms are often clueless abou…
By Angie Grace

I Let My Baby Sleep In His Swing All Night, Because No One Told Me Not To

Until he was about 4 months old, my baby had a standard bedtime routine. My husband gave him a bath and dressed him, then handed him to me so I could give him his bottle before bed. I rocked him to sleep until about 8 p.m., when I'd put him in his sw…
By Angie Grace

Raising Your Kids Vegetarian Is A Privileged Choice

In the summer of 2015, I saw a film that changed my life. It was a documentary called Vegucated, and it was about three adults who decide to become vegans for a month, just to see if they can do it. They started out as meat and cheese lovers, but onc…
By Angie Grace

OK, Let's Talk About Pregnancy Farts

Before I got pregnant, I never had a gas problem — and by "problem," I mean I never worried about whether I would fart in public. But during my first pregnancy, I quickly learned that you have absolutely no control over how much you're going to fart,…
By Angie Grace

I Love Being a Mom, But I Need to Focus on My Marriage

I'm a stay-at-home mom, and my husband has a full-time job. With four kids, we rarely have any alone time, and when we do, we're too tired to enjoy it. Between taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, and doing various other tasks, there's not a …
By Angie Grace