The ten most thought provoking, laugh inducing, tear forming or educational articles we’ve read this week from around the web. We cover all categories because being a mom is more than who we are as women. We have more to talk about than our kids.
Defending Planned Parenthood
“One morning after a boozy night with someone I didn’t know very well, I realized that the condom had broken the night before. ”
Mindy Kaling’s Guide to Killer Confidence
“Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap because it’s used almost exclusively for the useless children of the rich, reality TV stars, and Conrad Hilton Jr., who gets kicked off an airplane for smoking pot in the lavatory and calling people peasants or whatever. But entitlement in and of itself isn’t so bad. Entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you’d better make sure you deserve it.”
Dear White America: I know it’s hard but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in our country.
“As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed conversations about race that have occurred as a result are increasingly on our lips and our smartphone screens. As an actress and writer who is black, and whose work often addresses race, I aim to contribute to the conversation, but today I’m pausing to do something I don’t usually do; I’d like to specifically address white people who continue to deny the existence of white privilege.”
The Conversation I Almost Missed & the Future It Could Have Cost
“Not too long ago, I was good at shaming my children. It wasn’t obvious. It was subtle. Exasperated breaths. Eye rolls. Belittling. Inducing guilt. Acting like they should know better. But they were children. They were learning, and I seemed to forget that.”
I’m raising my children Atheist in a God-obsessed culture: How I learned to parent godless children
“I’m raising good kids. They are good without God.”
Why Some Parents & Their Children Have Great Friendships
“Often a true friendship just hasn’t been established between a parent and their child. A true friendship includes the qualities of respect, equality, trust, honesty, listening and open communication, among many others, but sometimes the standard disciplinary approaches have inhibited these and other characteristics from maturing in the relationship.”
Oh No He Di’int
“Every married or cohabiting couple will tell you that there is a certain amount of space and tact granted to a partner or spouse with regards to his or her “solo activities.” And before you go on a long rant about how your beloved man or woman “doesn’t do that anymore” and “hasn’t done it since we started living together” let me stop you right there and say: BAHAHAHAHKASJHDSkjdksjhdkjhskdjhds *wipes tear*”
Blurts of Wisdom for My Son If He Should Ever Decide to Take a Drink
“My high school senior is about to head off to college. Throughout his teenage years, I’ve been adhering to a parenting philosophy called Denial, in which I assume my precious angel will never touch girls, drugs or alcohol. I acknowledge that this philosophy may have its weaknesses. So, on the off chance that Denial is ineffective, once in a while—immediately after listening to NPR—I blurt out my expectations for teenage behavior: “Do not ever try heroin! It can kill you the very first time!”
How to Start Your Day Like a Do Something Bitch
MomSmack Note: It isn’t the article that makes this so great, it’s the first comment. It is the best thing we’ve read on the internet in a long time. Well done.
When Women Enable Bad Dads: The Facebook Shoutout Gone Wrong
Recently, I saw a Facebook post by a young stay-at-home mother (I don’t think this person was even my friend, i think she was a mutual friend) that said something like, “omg guys I am so proud of my husband, he woke up with the baby this morning and let me sleep in, and even made me breakfast. #blessed #besthusbandeverrrr”)