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

The following items were found by entering "My mother always said" into the Google search engine. My mother always said bats have rabies. My mother always said I had a way with animals. My mother always said I would never have any boyfriends if I stayed fat. My mother always said we were very little Irish. My mother always said march to the beat of a different drummer. My mother always said tell the truth and shame the devil. My mother always said to look in the box before saying what's in it. My mother always said that it was bad luck for a woman to be the first visitor at your home when the new year begins. My mother always said wait until you have children... read more

To Persevere Through the Darkness
I experienced postpartum depression with not just one pregnancy, but two.
By Anne Myers
Imagine yourself, home just one week with your precious newborn, but that you don’t want... read more

Third Millennium Mom
Combining 50s home-goodness with today’s work ethic – is this a realistic expectation for women?
By Rita Fiorentino
We've sworn off hydrogenated oils (or trans-fats they're also called). Heard of them? They're in everything.... read more

Oops, I Did It Again
I've been promoted to "father of two"
By Prescott Carlson
The other day I received a phone call at the office. “Honey,” the voice said, “we did... 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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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

A Call to Arms and Breasts
Are you a Lactivist?
By Stacey Greenberg
When I was in high school, I knew people who stood on the corner across from the mall holding signs that... read more

Enzo in Nicaragua
Seeing street kids in a whole new light.
By JD Roberto
It’s with no small amount of guilt that I shoo away a kid of about 8 who approaches me with... read more

Shades of Gray
It's not always black and white.
By Misty Nuckolls
I've avoided writing this for a long time now. Over eighteen months, if the truth be told. But tonight,... 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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WTF?! Toy Roundup
WWLD?, Barbie Luvs Spongebob, Superman Talking Dress Up, Home Depot Weed Trimmer

What Would Lizzie Do? Gameby Milton Bradley -- $14.99 Sure, we've heard of "What Would Jesus Do?", and the myriad of products it has inspired, but forget WWJD -- we want to know what would Lizzie do? This game let's you try to guess the solutions to sticky situations that would most accurately match what middle-aged men would write in a screenplay for a fictional pre-teen girl! It also poses the intriguing challenge, "Can you get inside Lizzie's head?" We think all you'll find in there are boys and cotton candy lip glitter. ... read more

Sleep, Exercise and Diet
Yeah, right.
By Robin Matteri Hall
I decided last week that I was going to beat my kids to my energy. I was tired of dragging ass by... 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

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

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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Hell on 8 Wheels
The roller derby is taking over my life! And it hurts so good...
By Stacey Greenberg
I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in weeks. And surprisingly my two and four-year-old aren’t to blame. I’ve been lying in bed thinking of taglines for the Memphis Roller Derby logo, rink names for some of my new skater friends, and drills to try out at our next practice. Sometimes I just lie there and imagine myself jamming through a row of blockers while the announcer screams, “Smashimi scores again!” A few short months ago, I didn’t even know what roller derby was. My husband, Warren, called me from his dig in Missouri and said, “Hey check out ‘Rollergirls’ on A&E.” “Rollergirls” is... read more

The IP Bookshelf
What's Eating You? Parasites: The Inside Story Written by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Neal Layton

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How to Get Laid
Dads, there is nothing sexier than doing the dishes... except vacuuming
By Stacey Greenberg
There was a time when I fantasized about my husband coming home, grabbing me lustfully, throwing me on... read more

Sick Days
I don't feel so good...
By Peggy Duffy
My oldest succumbed first. She came downstairs in the gray light of a winter morning, her face blazing... read more

The IP Bookshelf
You and Me, Baby by Lynn Reiser and Penny Gentieu

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