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Parenting

The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

My Only Child
There can be only one.
By Victoria Clayton Munn
I am the mother of one perfect daughter. She's pretty, sweet, intelligent and a handful. My little girl just had her first birthday, and I can't imagine a happier occasion -- celebrating a year of being the mother to the most incredible being this world has known. Unfortunately, my joy in being a mom is inevitably interrupted each time I am discussing children with someone. As I am describing how great I feel about being my daughter's mommy, inevitably I am asked, “So, when are you going to have another?” Arrgh. How to explain my thoughts on this subject? The short answer is, “Never.” That's right, I'm not planning to have more children. My husband and I actually WANT to have... read more

The Driving Lesson
My heart's still beating fast.
By Susan Stephenson
Do you recall learning to drive? I can still remember the dented green... read more

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... read more

A Squirrelley Tale
A big lesson from a small animal.
By Karen Leppert
Sometimes life’s lessons are learned in the strangest ways. Perhaps it’s necessary. We... read more

Lactation In Style
Is this pump the new Prada?
By Amy Yelin
Finally -- the ultimate in high-fashion breast pumps is here! As its name implies, the Pump... read more

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Politics/Society

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

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, reading an essay by Ayelet Waldman on Salon.com, and in light of the upcoming Supreme Court debacle and what it's going to mean for reproductive freedom, I couldn't put it off any longer. So here I am, finally writing about the A-word. Oh, I've written about it plenty before, in my usual callous, there-are-too-many-goddamn-mouths-on-the-planet-to-begin-with vein. But that was before. Not before I became pregnant. I was pregnant once before, at eighteen. I didn't know it until I lost it. I mourned that baby, even... 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

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

September 11, 2006
Five years later.
By Jessica C.
Just how the Grandparents and parents of some of us older folks claim they know the precise moment... read more

Cutting Away the Truth
A view on one of the very first parenting decisions -- circumcision.
By Peter Mackey
"Circumcision" is a frightening... read more

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Humor

The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

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 Tomatoes: Gonna pass, thanks. Breton Crackers: A hand-over-fist favorite. Cheerios: I cannot explain my primal desire to eat this crap without sugar and sometimes even without milk, but I’ll have two more bowls and an overall bib pocketful to go, please. Candy corn: A big fan of the original corn, I was prepared to be disappointed, but candy corn delivered in a big way! Tomato sauce: Yeah, no. M&Ms: I can get you the money by Friday, I just need a taste now. No? Shit. My mom has... read more

Happy Birthday, Dear Visa
Monkeys and clowns and rock bands, oh my!
By Prescott Carlson
I just received my credit card statement today, and good news! I earned enough miles from my charges... 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

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... read more

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

Hershey's... read more

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Lifestyle

The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

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

Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens By Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by K.E. Lewis Sasquatch Books; $18.95 48 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1570615092 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Empowering young readers to do a little detective work on their own, Elizabeth Rusch's Will It Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens takes kids... read more

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First Picture Nature, by Felicity Brooks; illustrated by Matt Durber and Stephanie Jones

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Tools, written and illustrated by Taro Miura

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The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy

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Momma Loves Her Little Son By John Carter Cash, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt

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"We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection." -- Sidney Poitier