Imperfect Parent

Imperfect Parent is an online magazine for parents who want to exercise their mind and read more than articles about diaper rash.

Photo: Megan Stevens

Single parents can face some difficult parenting decisions in part because they do not have someone to share parenting responsibilities. Having someone to “share the load”...

Photo: Alina Solovyova-Vincent

Kamryn’s raging. It’s another day on the forefront of battle—a quest for my child’s soul. Hatred spews forth from her mouth, an eruption of unbridled...

Photo: Skip O'Donnell
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Since becoming a mother, it has become increasingly clear that kids come from Planet Zoltar. I mean, where else would they develop such strange customs? For...

“Are you planning to breastfeed or bottle feed?” I was asked this question in the OB’s office around my sixth month of pregnancy, and my first response...

So here I am, finally writing about the A-word. Oh, I’ve written about it plenty before, in my usual callous, there-are-too-many-goddamn-mouths-on-the-planet-to-begin-with...

The conversation between the softball coach and the parent went like this… Parent: Could I please have copies of the team roster and snack schedule? Coach:...

I couldn’t help but notice the large crowd that surrounded a young mother and her infant daughter in a costume jewelry shop in the mall this past weekend....

I am not a perfect mother. Most of the time, I am not even a great mother. This week, though, reading the news… I have come to the conclusion that I probably...

Okay, I know this a timeworn tale that’s been retold by generations of relocated northerners turned southerners, so if you’ve heard it before you can...

Much of motherhood flies by in a blur, while other things stand out as pure joy, extreme fear, or intense pride.  Or, in my case, absolute mortification. The...

The instant my kids lost their baby pudge – friends thought it was high time to ask, “Are you having more?” “We’re done.” Me shaking head. “Never...

Go ahead. Call my kid retarded. I don’t mind. No, that’s not a challenge, go ahead call my kid retarded I DARE YOU. (And then WHAM! Off with your head!)...

How do you handle a 2-year-old who seems to be acting out because of a new baby brother? Oh, tell me about it. My older brother is the same way. He’s...

Dear Executive Recruiter at the Hospital Where I Applied for a Position: I know you mean well. Really, I do. I know that you probably have a protocol tucked...

When the squirming, screaming bundle was laid on my chest, my heart swelled with a love I never imagined. This is my daughter. This is Rachel. I always wanted...

You know how good it feels to let out a resounding @#%$! Why should little Junior or Janie go without such relief? Swearing is fun, and it’s good for...

As a parent are you attached to your kids? Well, that seems to be kind of a silly question. Most, if not all, good parents are attached to their kids. It’s...