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Parenting

The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Queen of Nags
Mommy needed her serfs to self-govern.
By Kelly Curtis
I have a genetic predisposition to nag. This, coupled with control freak tendencies, is a recipe for catastrophe.   My resolve in resisting this impulse was successful until our family moved, and remodeled our new home while we inhabited the construction zone. Over a period of months, this living arrangement resulted in the disintegration of order and responsibility.   When we said, “good-bye,” to the contractors, I undertook the daunting task of returning our family to the normal function it enjoyed before the move. Though my kids are remarkable in many ways, they also possess a lazy gene. Stern guidance was imperative to pull them from the couch, but I was exhausted holding our kids accountable... read more

Burial at Sea
We gather here today to celebrate Beatil...
By Angie Weatherly
Death is a part of life. Sad, yet true. Four years ago the kids and I bundled up and headed... read more

The Drowning Pool
Sink or swim.
By Rosie Gorelik
Sitting through my child’s swimming classes was among the most heart-wrenching tasks of motherhood to... read more

Speedy Delivery
Want a fast labor? Think again.
By Melanie Henson
My first labor was long, painful and augmented with Pitocen -- what I affectionately call "the Devil... read more

Poor Reception
Could I finally wean my family off TV?
By Liz Jones
I have never liked television, though you’d never know that if you saw me in a room with one.... read more

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Politics/Society

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

My Many Hats
The life of a stay at home working mom.
By Christina Barber
A friend once asked, "How can you do that? How can you be a stay at home mom, get all of that writing done and not go crazy?" My reply was simple. "I don’t. I just go crazy in a different way." I had been a stay at home mom for the first two years of my daughter’s life. I enjoyed it immensely. But, part of me yearned for more. I began to do some soul searching and decided that I wanted to work out of the house. After a discussion with my very supportive husband, I studied to obtain a paralegal certification and then landed a job. All went well for another two years. Everyone seemed happy with the situation. Then I was dealt a blow to my ego. My boss decided that my position in the firm needed... 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

Little Miss Feminist
We're just not a beauty queen kind of family.
By Rita Fiorentino
Earlier this summer, the owner of my kids’ Taekwondo school sent us an e-mail. It said: I’d... 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

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

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Humor

The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

Learning to Read Palms
I see a tall, dark principal in your future.
By Robin Svedi
Okay, I know this a timeworn tale that's been retold by generations of relocated northerners turned southerners, so if you’ve heard it before you can just go ahead and skip by. For those of you who haven’t encountered the phenomenon of palm reading as an educational subject, I’ll recount my own version. My middle school-aged son came home from his new school in North Carolina, and informed me that he would be reading palms the following day in class. Now I don’t know about you, but where we come from -- Long Island, New York -- this isn’t your standard educational fair. That’s not to say they didn’t do any weird educational things back home. The time the physical education teacher... read more

Ask the Angry Baby
Ex-wives, temperaments, junk food and public discipline.

I am a single father with custody of my two children but I send my ex-wife money every month... read more

WTF?! Toy Roundup
Design Your Own Basketball, Mighty Beanz, Crocodile Dentist, Marshmallow Peeps Marshmallow Maker

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There Are No Secrets
Did I mention it was anatomically correct?
By Michele Hickerty
Much of motherhood flies by in a blur, while other things stand out as pure joy, extreme fear, or... read more

Thank You, Dr. Brain
Messages from my subconscious.
By Bryan W. Fields
My youngest daughter is running inside, breathless with excitement. “Daddy, Daddy, the... read more

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Lifestyle

The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

The IP Bookshelf
The Story of Christmas, Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll

The Story of Christmas Adapted by Mary Packard; illustrated Carolyn Croll Workman Publishing, $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-0761152507 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In this charming storybook... read more

Exploding Rats
KABOOM!
By Felice Prager
Two days ago, my seventeen-year-old son, who lives in a state of bedroom... read more

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3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet, written and illustrated by Bob Raczka

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My Mommy's Tote by P. H. Hanson

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Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini

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