Imperfect Parent

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

When my First Grader Inquires about Specific Bathroom Wall Language

  I’m not a prude about bad language. Not since third grade, anyway. But still I worry that if my kids learn about swearing, they’ll do it indiscriminately—pepper their...

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I am a single father with custody of my two children but I send my ex-wife money every month to help her with expenses. The problem is my ex-wife buys the kids...

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My baby’s first neighbors were drug addicts. I guess they were not exactly neighbors in the official, legal sense, but I feel confident about the drug...

My 7-year-old has a habit of cursing. He occasionally does it in front of me, and I’ve heard he does it at school. How can I get him to stop? Hmmm, that’s...

So, the saga of our severely fucked-up neighbor family continues. A couple of days ago, they knock on our door, grubby two-year-old in tow. The kids say he...

The other day I was flipping through a parent magazine and got depressed. Apparently I was failing American summer motherhood. Reflecting on all of June, July...

“Dear 5th grade parents …” says the latest letter. This has become a theme lately. “Dear 5th Grade Parents there will be a 5th Grade Graduation on …”...

I see child-rearing from a perspective that none of these young parents have experienced. I grew up in the 1950s, supposedly a conservative era, but actually...

I remember having Barbie dolls as a little girl. I had plenty of them, but she just wasn’t my kind of gal. Barbie, Skipper and friends were usually left...

  I’m not a prude about bad language. Not since third grade, anyway. But still I worry that if my kids learn about swearing, they’ll do it indiscriminately—pepper...

I am a single father with custody of my two children but I send my ex-wife money every month to help her with expenses. The problem is my ex-wife buys the kids...

Before my first child Hayley was born, I expected that she would immediately sleep in her crib and in her own room. I had visions of getting up every three...

It wasn’t enough that I had four children, they had to all be boys. Boys that peed in the neighbors’  yards and threw stuffed weasels at the new...

I am thirty-six and my husband, Greg, is forty. We have been married for over a decade, and love each other madly. We decided when we got married that, although...

The husband and I don’t get out much. Who in their right mind would volunteer to watch four kids? And God knows we’re too cheap to hire a sitter....

Over the summer, my husband decided that the trip to my family reunion, clear across the United States in Seattle, would best be taken by myself, without kids...

I am the mother of one perfect daughter. She’s pretty, sweet, intelligent and a handful. My little girl just had her first birthday, and I can’t...