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 have a lot of friends who are wonderful mothers who freely admit that staying home would make them crazy. I never know quite how to respond. They look at me and I know they are...

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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...

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When I was a child, I discovered a practical way to survive boring tasks. I would simply imagine myself somewhere else. While I constantly entertained myself,...

Even though it’s still blistering hot out, the first day of school is going to sneak up on you before you know it. Here’s the Imperfect Parent’s...

I tend to fear situations and experiences that are beyond my control. Of the many things I fear, which are not unique to me, but run the risk of being passed...

Okay, you’re probably thinking there’s no such thing as a surprise adoption. After all, in order to adopt you must do a variety of things that you can hardly...

A local paper recently published several dispatches from a literarily inclined adventurer. These mini-travelogues detailed his and a traveling companion’s...

There’s a code they must live by, boys, and that is if there’s a hotel bed jump on it. It isn’t their fault really because way back when they were in...

The following is a transcript of this year’s “Worst Mother of the Year” awards banquet, featuring award winner Mrs. Christine Basham: Christine...

Health has never been a big concern in my life. As a child, my mother chose to avoid the doctor because I literally fought the nurses tooth and nail. That was...

School starts in August in many school districts across the country, and that’s just plain wrong. First of all, it’s usually not on a Monday. If administrators...

Some people told me a certain “maternal instinct” would be born in me after I gave birth. It wasn’t. Perhaps it kicks in for some women, like a hormone...

My two-month-old baby is breastfed. Sometimes her stools have an extremely bad smell. She looks well and has no fever. Is my baby normal or is it a symptom...

“You know what Miss Feldman told us today,” said a conspiratorial voice from the back seat. “She’s gay… EWWWW!!!” At the outset I have to say...

We are gathered here today, to share our fond memories of Play-Doh and bid it a final farewell. Play-Doh has always been an integral part of our family’s...

I have a lot of friends who are wonderful mothers who freely admit that staying home would make them crazy. I never know quite how to respond. They look at...

Sometimes living in the age of sexuality is tiring. Don’t get me wrong; I like sex despite the rumors that my husband may be spreading. There’s just so...