The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

I'm Proud of My Bad Parenting
At least I'm not doing meth.
By Kristin Aguilar
I am not a perfect mother. Most of the time, I am not even a great mother. This week, though, reading the news… I have come to the conclusion that I probably qualify for the Mommy of the Year Award. Just in this week alone, I have completely forgotten to pick up Girl Scout Cookies; I slept through my alarm, not once but twice. I made my oldest daughter, okay and the baby as well, wear socks that didn’t match. I made my middle kid late for preschool, twice. I forgot to send lunch money to school with my oldest daughter, and she had to eat a cheese sandwich instead of a hot plate lunch, and I know how much she hates cheese sandwiches. I actually said “shut up” to my five- and two-year-old. I told these kids... read more

Everyone's Opinion
It takes a village -- a nosy, busybody, opinionated village.
By Jennifer Grissom
Deciding to have a child is certainly one of the biggest decisions that a person will ever make in their... read more

Don't Think You're So Important
Get off your parenting high horse.
By Lauri Kubuitsile
Friend got the letter all parents dread. The teacher would like to see her to “discuss her daughter’s... read more

Dear Play Date Parent
My bad.
By Meredith Bland
Dear Play Date Parent, Good evening. If my watch is correct, by now you should... read more

Who's the Fuddy Duddy?
My, how times have changed.
By Erica Manfred
I see child-rearing from a perspective that none of these young parents have experienced. I grew up... read more

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

Cutting Away the Truth
A view on one of the very first parenting decisions -- circumcision.
By Peter Mackey
"Circumcision" is a frightening word for most males, who would prefer to keep sharp objects away from their "special parts". But it is an issue that needs to be confronted, and we have to look at both sides to do so. There are certainly benefits in having a circumcision performed on an infant, but do these benefits make up for possible negatives? Many of these benefits are, in fact, contrary to what a lot of "circumcisionists" claim.For instance, the claim of hygiene benefits. Without a foreskin, cleansing of the penis is much easier, which lessens the risk of infections and/or cancer. However, this hygiene benefit is not extremely... read more

A Better Mousetrap?
Today's supermarket aisles are full of innovative new products like green ketchup and purple french fries. What are these people thinking??
By Linda Sharp
It has long been said that if you "Build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your... 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

The Segregationist Agenda
United we stand.
By Colleen Floyd
The Tea Party is like the Ku Klux Klan “without the robes.” This is what... 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

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

Itchy & Scratchy
or Ten Things I've Learned About Head Lice
By Eileen Flanagan
If you go through every hair on your child’s head and you find one louse, it doesn’t mean you can breathe a sigh of relief because your kid only has one louse. If means your kid has scores of very fast lice and one slow enough to get caught. Go buy something to kill them immediately. Don’t leave your kid at school until you kill the lice or the other mothers will be mad at you and say mean things behind your back. If you are a Buddhist or an environmentalist who doesn’t believe in killing insects, I respect your beliefs. Really. However, unless your child goes to a school where every other family also wants to live in harmony with creation, I suggest you home school for a few years or take... read more

New Food Reviews
By my two-year-old son, to whom most foods are new.
By Chris Steck
Bread (any kind): Call me Jean Valjean, but this is worth 19 years in prison!!! Sliced... read more

An open letter from Blue Ivy Carter to her parents
By Meredith Bland
Dear Mom and Dad, Now that we have had some time to settle in and I have gotten to know... read more

WTF?! Toy Roundup
Hershey's S'mores, Don't Wake Daddy, Bratz Twister, and In Your Face

Hershey's... 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

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

The IP Bookshelf
Night Shift Written and Illustrated by Jessie Hartland

Night Shift Written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland Bloomsbury USA Children's Books; $16.95 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1599900254 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews In Jessie Hartland's picture book Night Shift, young readers are invited into a whole world of activity that regularly takes place after they go to bed at night. While the family in the first... read more

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The Houdini Box, Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

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Lady in the Water

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Doctor, Heal Thyself
Why is an m.d. spewing advice about child psychology?
By Prescott Carlson
A medical advice column was recently brought to my attention, written by Dr. Peter Gott. I must admit,... read more

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Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art, from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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