Janet Manley

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

When The Person In Your Backseat Is About To Give Birth

If I yelled too much, I'm sorry. I had told my husband to call an Uber shortly after I passed into active labor halfway down my block. I reached our front door, heaving, and dragged myself upstairs to grab the go bag. "We need. To go." I winced.…
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When We Give Our Kids Too Much, And Not Enough

The bounce house palace is hidden in a flat array of hangar-like industrial lots just off the Parkway. You might not even know it was there if not for the goofy red and yellow shingle announcing "Bounce Palace!" in lopsided writing against a…
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Arming Teachers Is "Patently Ridiculous," & Yet Here We Are

My two half-Australian children, who are 1 and 3, attend a daycare in Brooklyn, New York — a state with comparatively strict gun laws in a country with lax gun laws and tens of thousands of gun fatalities annually — and every day I, like every other…
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Zoë Foster Blake Wanted A No B.S. Skincare Line For Moms, So She Made One

"HOLY SH*T YOU LOOK AMAZING." This is the unofficial slogan of Go-To skin care, the line of goodies for your face that recently took Sephora by storm, and something that, frankly, we could all do to hear and yell at one another once in a while. The…
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Busy Philipps On Radical Realness & Why Dads Have It Better

Much of America smelled like a slow-cooking diaper pail when Romper sat down with Busy Philipps in a room scented with that ineffable rich-person perfume that brings to mind peonies and linen shifts and "family offices." We were supposed to meet at…
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Remember The Saddest Bookworm? You've Got To See Him Now

Back in 2015, a more innocent internet age, you may recall your mom's friend Barb emailing you a Yahoo link to "The saddest bookworm," a viral YouTube video in which a baby would burst into tears every time his mother reached the end of a story. It…
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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…
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How To Become A Mom Influencer In 2018 (& Be Real About It)

If you've ever wondered what life is like as an influencer, I can say that the welcome mat is rolled out, fancy canned wine comes free, and the breakfast pastries are teeny, exquisite marvels of engineering. But as I walked into Babypalooza NYC at…
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The Hardest Part About Being A Mom Is Realizing You’re Not Special

It was 2003, and John Mayer was going to spy us in the crowd, pull us onstage, fall in real love, then travel backroads with us, writing songs about the philosophical depths of our experience at 22, and also about how hot we looked in a low-key…
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The Children's Book That Takes On Death

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:…
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Busy Philipps Wants To Hold Your Crying Baby — EXCLUSIVE

"I do love holding babies, even when they're crying in my arms," Busy Philipps, the actor, author, and virtual best friend to one million followers on Instagram — many of them moms — tells Romper by phone. Her fondness for taking the crying babies…
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Busy Philipps On The Border Separation Policy: We Need To “Do As Much As We Can” To Take Action

The virtual popularity and presence of actor Busy Philipps largely hinges on her ability to emote feelings on your behalf, to find joy in everyday parenting moments, to make certain afflictions (anxiety, ear infections, screaming babies) seem…
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My Fertility App Is Rude

“The flowers are blooming!” said the pop-up alert on my phone. This was my period tracker app’s way of telling me that chances were “excellent for conception.” The app — the now-defunct Pink Pad — had a fuschia and red colorway that made every day…
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Prince George's Outfit At The Royal Wedding Was Peak Fairytale

The many visits royals made to dressmakers and tailors ahead of the royal wedding did not exclude Prince George, whose outfit at the royal wedding proved he was already on the job. Third in line to the British throne, he looked as dapper as can be…
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Sharon Horgan On ‘Motherland’ & Making Mom Friends When You Have “Layers & Layers Of Hangups” — EXCLUSIVE

"When your kid's starting at a new school, you're kind of starting at a new school, with just kind of layers and layers of hangups." Sharon Horgan is talking about Motherland, her latest show, now on Sundance TV, which focuses on the clique-y world…
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This Book Makes A Case For Motherhood In The Outdoors

"I knew my muscles would reappear — I'd reappear — if I could just get back to work." For Jan Redford, the Canadian climber and author of End Of The Rope: Mountains, Marriage, And Motherhood, getting back on the wall, back out into the bush, after…
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My Postpartum Seamless Order, Annotated

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For This Mom, Motherhood Is A Long Hike. Literally.

Think you have to tote a lot of stuff with you on a morning outing with your baby? Trying heading out for six months in the woods. That's what Bekah and Derrick Quirin, both 26, did shortly after their daughter Ellie turned 1. The idea to…
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Meal Trains Are A Radical Act Of Care By Moms, For Moms

It’s been a year and a half since I cooked my first meal for a new mom — a lentil casserole with a pastry lid. I was eight months pregnant with my second child, and instead of rising, the puff pastry had sunk down over the lentils like a damp pool…
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The Children's Book Author Parents Are Obsessed With

"Significantly less murder than I was expecting," wrote GoodReads user Anna Smithberger in a review of the children's picture book We Found A Hat. The third book in a trilogy by author and illustrator Jon Klassen, it was the first not to end with…
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