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Parenting

The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Knock, Knock
Technology opened doors for my daughter.
By Misty Karam
Our youngest daughter stands at the door, knocking loudly. She raises her eyebrows and points to her ear, letting us know that she hears the banging of tiny fist on wood. Her serious expression lets us know that something colossal is about to happen. "Ooopen!" she shouts, and her smile lights up the room. Clapping her little hands, she grins with excitement. At the age of two, Alia has said her first word: open. Just a year ago, this seemingly minor feat seemed unthinkable. Alia is profoundly deaf. When we first heard the news, my husband and I were overcome with intense grief, as though we had been told that our young daughter was dying. A constant litany of "nevers" began vibrating in our heads. She'll never... read more

Adjusting
I don't know how you do it.
By Kristy Dallas Alley
Itís a warm spring afternoon and I am at the playground with an old friend and her neighbor, a woman... read more

Can You Be Friends With a Bad Mom?
Is it possible to stay friends with women when you canít stand how they raise their kids?
By Eliana Osborn
It started so perfectly: a new lady moved to town and sat next to me at church. Her baby was a... read more

Five Little Monkeys
Further proof of a missing link.
By Heidi Campbell
I am thirty-six and my husband, Greg, is forty. We have been married for over a decade, and love each... read more

Born (Child)Free
Some breed, some screed...
By Alan Thomas
Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the... read more

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Politics/Society

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

Steal This Child
Is the news media exploiting parentsí fear of child abduction?
By Prescott Carlson
You’ve heard the names. Samantha Runnion. Elizabeth Smart. Baby Jessica. Erica Pratt. Tamara Brooks. Jacqueline Marris. These are just some of the children reported missing in what the media has dubbed the “Summer of Abduction”. But is this moniker warranted? It depends on who you ask. Missing children statistics are as varied and confusing as the new tax code. Even President Bush, as he plans his White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children, will not have a clear grasp on what the numbers really are. Mark Klaas, on his website www.klaaskids.org, quotes figures indicating that missing persons reports are up 468%, declares that the current... read more

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... read more

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... 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

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

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Humor

The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

Changing Ronan
A dad's version of a day out with toddler.
By Adam Kane
The two pound nappy was dripping with anticipation. I'd been left at home to mind my fourteen-month old son Ronan who was a real handful. My wife had to go and see a relative who lived four hours away. My mum and my mother-in-law were unavailable to monitor me, so this was going to be my acid test. Me and the kid. I was fine when I had the careful tutorials of the "Big Three", but this would either make me or break me. My wife Tania had left a note with all the instructions typed out, but it read like a disclaimer. The first thing I did was chuck out the note. I didn't need any high tech gadgets to get through this; all I needed was a bit of cunning and some bribes in case he got out of control. The first point of... 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

Riding the School Bus
Next stop, humiliation.
By Donna Stone
Being a kid just isn’t easy. Ask any kid and learn the Class System is alive, well, and living... read more

The Worst Mother in the World
And the winner is...
By Christine Basham
The following is a transcript of this year's "Worst Mother of the Year" awards banquet,... read more

Iím Pregnant, Einstein!
Expecting mothers have no shame.
By Janene Mascarella
My husband said I should be ashamed of myself. “Fighting with a twelve year old, who does that?”... read more

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Lifestyle

The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

The IP Bookshelf
The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy

The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-BoyBy Ralph CosentinoViking Juvenille, $15.9932 pages, ISBN 0670059617 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It's tough to find books that kids and parents can have fun with together. Most children's books are (appropriately) geared totally toward the child, relegating the parent to the role of reader, while the few that actively engage parents as well as kids can be far beyond the age or interest level... read more

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

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Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens By Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by K.E. Lewis

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Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery by David A. Adler; illustrated by Susanna Natti

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Does Lurch Live Here?
Old houses are survivors.
By Cindy La Ferle
Most people have the common sense to buy houses that are younger than they are. They sleep snugly under... read more

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"Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways." -- Samuel McChord Crothers