Angie Grace

Comedian, writer, mom
Recent Articles

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

My Kids Are Much Better Off Than I Was Growing Up

I grew up on the south side of Chicago, in a neighborhood with a high crime rate. We'd frequently hear gunshots, and I wasn't allowed to play outside. I grew up extremely poor, and I was raised by a single mother who had a disability, so she couldn't…
By Angie Grace

I'll Never Make My Kids Say The Pledge Of Allegiance

My three daughters are 10 and 8. They go to a public school right outside of Los Angeles. Every school day, after filing into the classroom and putting away their jackets, backpacks and lunches, they are expected to stand by their desks, put their ri…
By Angie Grace

My Gentle C-Section Was Awesome

When I was pregnant with my fourth child, my doctor told me I had an important decision to make: I could have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC), or I could have another c-section. At first, I was fairly sure I knew what I wanted to do: I had de…
By Angie Grace

I'm Afraid I'm a Passive Parent, and It's Hurting My Marriage

I have four kids, but I have to admit: I'm still not totally sure how to discipline them. I'm not a perfect mom, nor would I ever pretend to be, but I am the more sensitive parent and sometimes, it can cause problems. There have been more than a few …
By Angie Grace

I'm Afraid for My Mixed-Race Son In America

Earlier this year, I had my first son, Kai. When he was born, I was overjoyed. We had three girls already, and we felt like our son completed our family. Around the time he was born, however, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Reports of hate cr…
By Angie Grace

The One Thing Beyonce Should Know About Raising Twins

According to multiple news reports, Beyoncé has finally given birth to her twins. Although we don't have much info yet about the twins' birth, as the proud parents have yet to publicly comment, as a mom of twins myself (who were coincidentally also G…
By Angie Grace

I Don't Limit My Kids' Screen Time, and That's OK

Every day after school, my daughters take off their shoes, change their clothes, wash their hands, get a snack, then do their homework. When they've done all these things, then they've earned their free time, which can entail everything from watching…
By Angie Grace