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Mamas, Build Your Own Church

I just spent the last three hours cleaning out my Saved Links on Facebook (do y’all know about this? It’s basically the best part of Facebook for me these days), and a full one-third of the articles and links I’d …

Fatherhood Is Pretty Good

There’s a saying out there in the world that goes something like: “women become mothers when they find out they’re pregnant, while men become fathers when they meet their first child.” To which I reply, fie on your gender essentialist …

Motherhood as Art Form

Just as it’s important to cultivate mom friends—comrades in the poop-, tear-, and milk-filled trenches —I believe it’s important to find parents out there in the world who can act as role models. Mom friends are intimate and pretty much …

Dream Houses for Grownups

When I was a kid, I used to love drawing pictures of dream houses: here’s where the library is, here’s the secret passageway that connects the snack room to the movie theatre, and here’s the hot tub, naturally situated in …

How to be Friends With a Baby

Someone’s always gotta go first: first to the edge of the pool, first to the altar, first to sign the deed on the house, first to get knocked up. And if you’re part of a tight-knit group of friends, people’s …

Push Back (and Back and Back)

As a brand-spanking new parent, Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting was designed to speak my language. I went through my pregnancy under the care of a midwife, and many of my friends follow at least some …

Why Me-Ternity Misses the Point

Oh, Meghann Foyle. I feel sort of bad for you, to be honest. Your tongue-in-cheek article for the New York Post, positing that you should have a “me-ternity leave,” has prompted such a backlash that it’s no wonder you cancelled …

An Ode To My Stroller

I thought I’d be an attachment parent. I wanted to be, dammit. I admire women who wear their babies all the time, who could nurse on demand, who co-slept without any turbulence. But real talk? NS hates being worn. He …

Society Girls and Boys

I’m not going to lie: having a baby is terrible for your social life. First of all, you just don’t really sleep for the first couple months.  If you’re breastfeeding, you are completely fucked for sleep, because the sadists that …