Imperfect Parent

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

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I had my first mammogram yesterday. After it was done, I ran though a mental checklist of things that would have been much more pleasant — chewing glass, having a toe amputated,...

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My sons are constantly after me to remove spiders from their room. My preferred method is to use a glass to scoop the spider up and release him back into the...

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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...

With boys, it is inevitable that on any given day, your house will become a museum for the many life forms that have been captured. I have tried to implement...

The request was simple. My 9-year-old daughter wanted the latest toy and asked if I would buy it. After a few minutes of consideration, I launched into the...

M e m o r a n d u m TO: Mama RE: Me Let me get straight to my point, Mama. Until a couple of months ago, things have gone pretty smoothly in my life. I’m...

Bristol Palin, daughter of former Republican Alaska Governor and veep hopeful Sarah Palin, is pregnant — again. Bristol, 24, tweeted “Big News”...

  There is a water stain on the ceiling above my bed, created one night when the roof decided to leak. I stare at it often, early in the morning, when...

6 a.m. on Saturday morning is not my favorite time of day. O.K. — 6 a.m. on any morning is not my favorite time of day, but particularly on Saturday because...

I may as well come clean from the beginning. I am a hypocrite. A phony. Full of bull, or something that comes from a bull. I am a whitewashed sepulcher. I can...