The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Mom turns in her helicopter license
As helicopter parenting ends, kids find they're doin' it for themselves
By Suzanne Seese
“Hey mom? When’s the last time I had a tetanus shot?” I looked up from my computer, pencil in my mouth and glasses perched on the end of my nose. Someone was talking to me. I had to pause a moment, blink my eyes a dozen times, try to erase the blank stare from my face and step back into reality. Because the sole reason for my being was beckoning me. "Mom?" “Huh?” “When is the last time I had a tetanus shot?” It amazes me how our children will demand their independence, never listen to our advice, fight us every step of the way through the horrid teenage years and then when they step on a rusty nail they are... read more

Walking the Tightrope
Everything was fine until Susan screamed.
By Tish Davidson
Everything was fine until Susan screamed. Lightning snapped overhead, overshadowed instantly by the... read more

My Mother Always Said...
The neverending influence of Mom.

The following items were found by entering "My mother always said" into the Google search... read more

Chew Marks
The conflict between the parenting and creative experience.
By Arianne Cope
At first they looked like freaky mice. Their thin skin was taught and hairless, their eyelids... read more

Family Vacations Gone Awry
Sometimes surviving a family vacation takes more than sunscreen and bug repellent.
By Aimee Cirucci
Family vacations are as American as apple pie, and as seasonal as watermelon. As we bask in summer sun,... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of political and social issues articles and essays

An Open Letter to Linda Hirshman
Is there a political agenda behind "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World"?
By Alan Thomas
Foreword from Jessica Carlson, Contributing Editor, The Imperfect Parent: Linda Hirshman is the author of the recently published criticism of the inadequacies of today’s feminists, "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World". She has been criticized for saying that privileged, educated women who choose to stay at home to raise their children are hurting themselves and others. Her militant stance of what is and isn’t feminism has caused firestorms all over the blogosphere and in the media . From an article by Ms. Hirsham herself, published on the American Prospect Online (www.prospect.org),... read more

Dancing Between the Party Lines
Parenting makes it not so black and white.
By Jennifer Cummins
When it comes to politics, it seems that I have to watch where I step when it comes to forming a concrete... read more

Let's Call It What It Is
Remove the mask of conservative ideology from religion.
By Colleen Floyd
I have a fondness for the Separation of Church and State, but not all people do, and that’s... read more

A Socially Irresponsible Stroll Through My Neighborhood
Sometimes convenience trumps political correctness.
By Robin Dutton-Cookston
By the time you finish reading this essay, you will think I am a depraved, cold-hearted, unfeeling... read more

Special Needs of the Gifted Child
Exceptional minds have requirements, too.
By Kristina Ashlock
When we think of a child with special needs, we tend to think of a child who is autistic, has ADHD... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

The Grand Adventurer
The wonderful escapades of Princess Me.
By Heather Summerville
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, others were not amused.   After each Grand Adventure, I would present my treasure (with its harrowing adventure) to the kind queen. Alas, the now villainous queen would not be amused and cast me into the lowest darkest dungeon (my bedroom), which I must say was a pitiful reward for such a noble undertaking. After days of confinement (or an hour or two), I would be forced to face the Enforcer (my Dad) for The Talk. (This is a method employed by parents to try to impose Expected Rules of behavior on children. May include: Destruction of Property, Graffiti, defacement,... read more

The Worst Mother in the World
And the winner is...
By Christine Basham
The following is a transcript of this year's "Worst Mother of the Year" awards banquet,... read more

Morning Has Broken
A play-by-play of one mom's a.m. routine.
By Asha Dornfest
5:30 am: Alarm clock sounds Blindly search for, then press snooze button. 5:38 am: Alarm... read more

Ask the Angry Baby
Smelly poop, a nanny's concerns, scabs, and colors

My two-month-old baby is breastfed. Sometimes her stools have an extremely foul smell. She looks well... read more

Ask the Angry Baby
Sibling Rivalry, Diaper Ditchers, Narcs, and Swings.

How do you handle a 2-year-old who seems to be acting out because of a new baby brother? Oh,... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

'Tis the Season
To receive the title, families must win the holiday trifecta.
By Kelly Miller
The children are so proud of themselves. We all stand around, enjoying this holiday moment. They have worked so hard, and are proud and pleased at what they have accomplished. We look on in awe; the lights are wrapped in a festive ring, not too tight, and blinking in rhythm. My husband beams with pride that not one light is burnt out. The tinsel is layered ever so lightly, giving that illusion of a twinkle against the red and green flickering lights. We all sigh, get back to reality and realized we need to unwind the lights from our youngest son and my husband needs to get back to trying to figure out where branch AB intersects with limb CD. Just another memorable holiday in the making. The holiday season is supposed to... read more

The IP Bookshelf
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

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Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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The IP Bookshelf
Christmas Cookies: Bite-sized Holiday Lessons By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jane Dyer

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The IP Bookshelf
Bossy Bear, written and illustrated by David Horvath

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