Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

Professional fact-checker, reporter, and writer. Amateur tummy time coach. With the help of my wife and our newborn, hoping to go pro by the end of the year.
Recent Articles

When Your Husband's In the Band, You Have A Kid, & You're A Superstar For 2-Year-Olds

Screaming, jumping up and down, singing all of the words they know (and making up ones they don’t), and trying to crawl out of the mosh pit and onto the stage. No, this isn’t Coachella. It’s a concert by "kindie-rock" star Laurie Berkner, dubbed the …
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

Randall On 'This Is Us' Forgave His Dad, But As An Adopted Child, It's Not That Easy

I was adopted as an infant and until the premiere of This is Us, I had shed little to no tears about it. The pilot episode of This Is Us took many by surprise for its twist ending, but it was the Randall-finding-his-birth-father storyline that surpri…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

I Have Crohn's Disease & This Is How It Affects My Parenting

I have Crohn's disease. It's not something I'm embarrassed to talk about, but it's not something I like to put out there because, frankly, once I mention that I have Crohn's disease to people who have a vague notion as to what it is, I'm pretty sure …
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

An Open Letter To Our Anonymous Sperm Donor

To the person who has no idea they helped us conceive our child, I didn't give birth to our child; my wife did. And though we've never met our anonymous sperm donor, we see you in our daughter everyday. You're responsible for half of our daughter's D…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

After The Orlando Terror Attack, This Is What I Want My Daughter To Know

My amazing child, Long before you were born I used to think that I wanted to be a perfect parent with a perfect history, someone who hasn’t made the many life mistakes I’ve made. I naively believed that if I never told my child the not-so-favorable t…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

Because Of Transgender Bathroom Laws, I'm Afraid To Take My Daughter To The Restroom

Have you ever looked at someone — perhaps they dress too young for their age or they've in some way exhibited qualities not usually associated with being a mom —and thought, Huh. That's someone's mother? I do not fit the conventional image of motherh…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

How To Tell When Your Kid Is Lying, According To A Former CIA Agent

One would imagine that if any parent would be adept at figuring out if their child is lying, it’d be Valerie Plame, a former covert CIA operations officer who somehow, in the middle of being a clandestine badass, also managed to have twins. But even …
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

5 Tips From A Hostage Negotiator On How To Handle Your Toddler

Robin Burcell spent 12 years as a hostage negotiator in Lodi, California. Now an award-winning author (Burcell's latest book, The Last Good Place, is available now), Burcell raised three girls while simultaneously serving on the Lodi police force as …
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

A Child Porn Site Stole A Photo Of My Baby

Imagine you just had your first child. You're so proud of all you went through for her to become a reality, and you truly understand why she's called a miracle. You share photos of her with everyone you see, and like most new parents (especially thos…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

I Am My Baby's Mother, Even Though I Didn't Give Birth To Her

Days after finding out that my wife was pregnant, we were still flying high, as elated as two parents who had been trying to conceive for a long time could be when, in the middle of our joy, someone close to us asked me point-blank if I was going to …
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

I'm Scared That My Daughter Will Be Embarrassed By Me

Five weeks after my daughter was born, I returned to work and a coworker had brought his children in for the day. I had met his young son several times before and always enjoyed his exuberance. He always liked the race car pen I kept on my desk. As I…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

I Had A Baby, & Seven Weeks Later I Lost My Job

When our daughter was born at the end of August, I immediately had two fears as a new parent: that I wouldn't be able to protect her, and that I wouldn't be able to help provide for her. Seven weeks later, one of those fears was realized. I lost my j…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

I Love The Mother Of My Child, But I Miss My Wife

Everything will change, they say. Well, duh, of course. There’s suddenly a tiny, completely helpless human my wife and I are wholly responsible for. But after six cycles of trying to conceive, we knew — or, at least reasonably understood — what we si…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

Is Taking Care Of My Drunk Best Friend Easier Than My Baby? I Gave It One Night, & This Is What Happened

It's 2:30 in the morning and she's babbling incoherently, a small bit of drool making a run for it down her chin. She just ate, but the fact that she keeps motioning in the vague direction of her mouth likely means she'll be hungry again soon. Or, ma…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis

Can You Have Everything Baby Needs Delivered To Your Door? I Tried It, & Here's What Happened

Before our daughter was born, I naively thought the thing I would miss the most after becoming a parent was sleep. (Wrong.) What I miss more than anything is time; time to use the bathroom in a manner that doesn't make me feel like I'm on the last le…
By Lacey Vorrasi-Banis