Imperfect Parent

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

Attachment Parenting Doubts: Am I Too Laid Back for AP?

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 or four hours, nursing...

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Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the term conjures up happy associations with words like “carefree”...

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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...

Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the term conjures up happy associations with words like “carefree”...