Whose Poop Is This?
Iíve become a shit archaeologist.
By Margaret Curran
When you mix together three kids and two dogs, you’ve got a recipe for copious amounts of unidentified shit. You’d think by now I could tell who left what shit where, but that’s not the case. Let me give you some examples… I’m attempting to potty train my son Jason. I’ve resorted to letting him run around diaper-less while trying to monitor him, putting him on the potty when he displays ‘defecation behavior’ (the white-knuckled gripping of any sturdy surface while squatting and grunting like a feral monkey). I can tell you from experience that this method of potty training doesn’t work when you’re a single mother. There’s way too much going on to follow a bare-assed... read more
Our Son, the Man
"Daddy" is noticibly missing from his vocabulary...
By Prescott Carlson
Here is my quandry. My 3-year-old son has taken to calling me by my first name. I suspect he was up late... read more
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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 a, “Hello, amigo.” Enzo doesn’t notice. We’re sitting on the front steps of our hotel, me poring over the map of Granada and him captivated by the horse-drawn carriages that line the central square of this well-preserved Spanish colonial town. Street kids—whether the pint-sized kitsch hawkers at Angkor Wat, the frequently belligerent Gypsy girls outside the Louvre, or the pack of 9-year-old boys who follow you Pied Piper-style to the bakery in Hue (where you inevitably buy them a loaf of bread)—are a fixture in the life of a traveler. Almost anywhere you go, there’s a predictable... read more
Tahrir Square Presents: Children of the Revolution
Growing up during the Egyptian revolution.
By Amira Aly
"Mommy! Don’t ‘oust’ me! I am not an evil president,” said my six year... read more
Environmentalist mom trades principles for convenience
The fall from green grace isn't that far down.
By Suzanne Lafetra
There is practically nothing as hard as caring for a newborn baby, and to have to do it when you... read more
The IP Guide to Parent/Teacher Conferences
It's that time of year again, the time when we get to take time from our busy schedules, sit in an undersized chair, and listen to a litany of complaints about our children. In our ongoing quest to help Imperfect Parents™ everywhere, we've compiled this handy list of responses for you to use at your next parent/teacher conference: Maybe he needs glasses? What if I made some sort of "gift" to the PTA? Her doctor says she has a microhectaglobin deficiency that makes it difficult to learn state capitals. I've heard Einstein used to fart loudly in class, too. Did you ever think maybe it's you? We've been working on the whole "worms are not for throwing" issue. I... 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
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The IP Bookshelf
Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld; Squiggles: A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book, by Taro Gomi
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food By Jessica Seinfeld Collins; $24.95 208 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0061251344 Review by Prescott Carlson First let me say I don't know what the fuss over Deceptively Delicious is all about.... read more
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