The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Detachment Parenting
AP? It's just not my thing.
By Kelly Reising
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 natural. You love them, you form a bond with them the minute you first look into their eyes and think to yourself, yes this one is mine, my child. You are attached to them. But as far as the term “attachment parenting” goes, I am just not a fan of it. I prefer detached parenting. You won't see me with my baby strapped to me in one of those slings, co-sleeping, making organic baby food for my cloth diaper wearing offspring. It's just not my thing. So does that make me a detached parent? How will you know if attachment parenting is your thing? If you look through... read more

A four-year-old's journey into sibling-dom.
By Jessica C.
Could I really blame my oldest son for resenting our brand new blob of joy? After all, my son was... read more

Handle With Care
Caution: filling may be hot when dropped on an infant.
By Jay Allen
A few nights back Kim and I were scrambling to get dinner together before she had to dash off. Amidst... read more

Daisy Guilt
Overcoming my Post-Traumatic Girl Scout Stress Disorder.
By Joan Alexander
“But Mom, everyone’s doing it!” says my youngest. Five years old and already... read more

Signed, The Laundry Management
A new discovery while doing the wash.
By Kimberly Ripley
Parenting woes hit hard when an unassuming mother or father becomes privy to information they’d... read more

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

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 subhuman. Someone on the level of Monty Burns, J.R. Ewing or Dick Cheney. In other words, some of the things I am about to reveal will possibly offend you. But I want to be honest. When I take a walk in my San Francisco neighborhood, sometimes I like to sidestep certain annoying people or things. And I do have a certain guilty pleasure in artfully avoiding that which is detrimental to me having a decent walk. You see, my family has one car. So we daily negotiate which adult will drive the Honda, depending on the whims of scheduling and public transportation. On the days when my husband takes the car, my daughter and I tend to... read more

Religious Intolerance
Just get over it.
By Shannon Kietzman
Religion, on a whole, is quite a sore subject for me. You see, my husband and I are atheists. But,... read more

Red Fish, Blue Fish
A view of Conservative vs. Liberal values in America's classrooms.
By Alan Thomas
Clearly, liberal values nurture children to the pinnacle of their potential, while the effects of... read more

Remember the Fallen
Take a moment to reflect today on the men and women who have died to keep you and your children safe.

Memorial Day is, of course, a day that pays tribute to those men and... read more

When Mom's the Dad
The peculiar positioning of gay families
By Mandy Hartley
My son is obsessed with the mailbox. Everything about it from the dandy red flag that moves up... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

Really? Things Will Change?
Thanks for your two cents.
By Rachel Pelta Golinkin
When I was pregnant, people couldn’t help but give me their two cents (and four cents, and six cents and eight cents…). Apparently, people assumed I hadn’t thought this parent thing through and I wanted -– no, needed -– to hear their advice and opinions on the subject. As a first time parent-to-be it wasn’t like I hadn’t thought about how things would change. I understood that having a child tended to be a life-altering event and while I won’t claim I was fully prepared for it, I knew I was getting into something big. Almost a year has passed since I gave birth to my son and sure enough, things have changed. But now as I reflect on the “advice” I was given, I can more fully appreciate... read more

Ask the Angry Baby
Cursing habits, sippy cups, co-sleeping sex, international travel, and saying "no"

My 7-year-old has a habit of cursing. He occasionally does it in front of me, and I've heard... read more

An open letter to the J.M. Smucker Company, maker of Uncrustables

April 1, 2005 Executive Offices The J.M. Smucker Company Strawberry Lane Orrville, OH 44667-0280 RE:... read more

The Genuine Spider Killer
One mom embraces her killer instinct.
By Tricia Ellis Christensen
My sons are constantly after me to remove spiders from their room. My preferred method is to use a... read more

WTF?! Toy Roundup
Gooey Louie, Security Camera, Fairly Oddparents, and Slimecano

This special edition of WTF?! Toy Roundup features actual items Santa left under... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

Lawnmower Mom
Me no need man!
By Elizabeth Thompson
I have a confession to make...I love mowing the lawn. No, "mowing the lawn" is not some weird Mantra-type sexual position. I mean it literally -- I love cutting the grass! We have a rather large piece of property with a nicely sized front yard and a backyard that is 300+ feet deep, as well as a sled-worthy hill between us and a neighbor. She also mows the lawn -- at 95 years of age! In fact, our neighbor on the opposite side also mows her lawn. Drive down our street on any given April through October day and chances are one of us mamas is out there packing turf. I don't consider mowing the lawn a chore. Laundry, cleaning, cooking -- now, that's a chore. And living with four children creates a whole lot of dirty clothes, a sticky house... read more

The IP Bookshelf
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small

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The IP Bookshelf
Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee

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Where Oh Where Can It Be?
Where oh where has that permission slip gone?
By Rita Fiorentino
I spend 30% of my time searching for some irreplaceable, invaluable piece of paper. I haven't timed it,... read more

The IP Bookshelf
Paula Deen's My First Cookbook by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell

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