Janet Manley

Senior Features Editor at Romper. Australian. Mom to two adorable muffins.

I Blame My Parenting Style On My Zodiac, If I'm Honest

Who knows why we make the parenting choices we make? I never said I had a coherent strategy, a long-game in mind. Tbh, I blame all my parenting decisions on my zodiac. I'm an Aquarius, and we water-jug-carriers are known to be progressive, truthful, …
By Samantha Taylor

Under Trump, My Daughter’s Life-Threatening Disease Could Become A “Pre-Existing Condition”

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) looks increasingly vulnerable to Republican attacks, the parents of 2-year-old Mae, a girl who has undergone a double lung transplant, speak to the threat the Trump Administration poses to families reliant on the ACA …
By Courtney Koslow and Maura Vogel

My Second Pregnancy Was So Badly Wanted, But It's Debilitating

Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end goal, they'll document what it's like emotionally, physically, and spiritually befor…
By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

Here's How To Safely Speak Up Against Hate When Your Kids Are With You

This mother of one decided to speak up when she encountered bigotry in the mall, and shares tips on how to confront hateful behavior. "If you're gay, don't bother coming home because I won't let you in," the man walking in front of us in the mall sai…
By Allison Hope

What Birth Advocates Want You To Know About Emotional Dystocia

When Angel,* a mom from Minnesota, headed to the hospital on New Year’s Eve to be induced with her son, she had no idea what to really expect. After receiving medications to start her contractions, her water broke and she started dilating faster than…
By Risa Kerslake

I Can’t Help Feeling Jealous Of My BFF Who Just Announced Her Pregnancy

Romper's Trying project follows five women with very different stories through a year of trying to conceive. Where discussions about fertility often focus on the end goal, they'll document what it's like emotionally, physically, and spiritually befor…
By Alyssa Himmel

Is Our Objection To Baby Ear-Piercings Just Cultural?

I never gave a moment’s thought to the holes in my earlobes. They were there, with studs in them, just like my ears were. My ears were for hearing with, and my lobes were the carriers of earrings. It wasn’t until I was 35, living in Spain and expecti…
By Miriam Foley

TBH I'm Only In The Montessori Philosophy For The Furniture

While I was pregnant, I signed up for a parents list-serv in a much more fancy part of Brooklyn than I lived and would read emails about parents touring daycares and reading books about different parenting philosophies while their babies were still i…
By Christine Hernandez

A Tight Ten On Demon Babies: 6 Comics On The State Of Mom Comedy

Somewhere in between talking about your fears of giving birth to a "demon baby" and bringing up placentas, you can lose a crowd. Comedians who are mothers have to hone their sense of what will work on stage, as Los Angeles-based comedian and self-des…
By Janet Manley

This Feminist Version Of 'Little Red Riding Hood' Made Me Love Fairytales Again

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots: the…
By Phaea Crede

Dear Jenny: How Do I Handle Being Jealous Of My Friends?

Our resident advice-giver-outer Jenny True provides shouty, full-hearted answers to your niggling questions about pregnancy and parenthood in her column Dear Jenny. Warning: This is not a baby-and-me singalong, this is about yelling into the cosmos a…
By Jenny True

Because Mom Are Always On The Dash, The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals (Go! Go! Go!)

Do you know what today is? It's Amazon Prime Day! (OK yes, every day is Amazon Prime day when you've got 2-day shipping and an iPhone to keep you company at 1 a.m. when you're nursing.) We all know the perks you get as a Prime member. When you sign u…
By Kristin Manna

I Was So Focused On Childbirth That I Had No Clue What To Expect Postpartum

Childbirth is a big deal, right? You’re bringing a human being into the world, and there is a lot that can go wrong. And it doesn’t have to be huge things like a baby in distress or a mother having major blood loss. There are many unforeseen events d…
By Risa Kerslake

This Isn’t The First Time The Trump Administration Has Tried To Hurt Nursing Parents

When efforts by the United States government to tank a breastfeeding resolution put forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) were revealed recently, many reacted as though the choice to weaponize breast-versus-formula debates against mothers who …
By Annamarya Scaccia

You're A #Boymom, But Does It Define You?

Hi. My name is Erica, and I’m a #boymom. I’ve been peed on, my floor is littered with toys that look like power tools, and I’ve occasionally released a wistful sigh when passing through Target’s baby girls’ section. I often think about the right way …
By Erica Jackson Curran

The Intrusive Questions Don't Stop After You Give Birth

When I was pregnant, I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere without someone commenting on my belly, asking a personal question, or generally turning my body into a conversation piece. (I can recall one particularly frustrating encounter during my third t…
By De Elizabeth

Motherhood Changed My Life... But Society Doesn't Want To Hear That

When I was pregnant the first time, I was constantly thinking about becoming a mother. I was about to take on the biggest responsibility of my life and I’d be lying if I said baby thoughts didn’t consume me. But did I admit that? Nope. And months lat…
By Liza Wyles

This Is What It Takes To Overcome Maternity Discrimination

When world-champion tennis star and 2018 Wimbledon finalist Serena Williams was deseeded post-pregnancy from the French Open earlier this year, there was an outpouring of emotion. Some condemned the governing body of being unfair, equating the move …
By Jana Meisenholder

Why We Need To Resist The "Mommy Wars"

A friend and fellow millennial mom was recently telling me about her experiences with "baby ballet" — that is, a baby and toddler group where children are encouraged to learn 15th century dance from a semi-professional ballerina while Tchaikovsky pla…
By Marie Southard Ospina

I Thought I Was *So* Psyched to Wean, But It Turns Out I'm Not Ready

“I can’t wait to be done with breastfeeding.” A sentence I must have thought, or said aloud, at least a hundred times since my daughter was born last summer and I made the goal of breastfeeding her for at least one year before weaning. In the months…
By De Elizabeth