The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Detachment Parenting
AP? It's just not my thing.
By Kelly Reising
As a parent are you attached to your kids? Well, that seems to be kind of a silly question. Most, if not all, good parents are attached to their kids. It’s natural. You love them, you form a bond with them the minute you first look into their eyes and think to yourself, yes this one is mine, my child. You are attached to them. But as far as the term “attachment parenting” goes, I am just not a fan of it. I prefer detached parenting. You won't see me with my baby strapped to me in one of those slings, co-sleeping, making organic baby food for my cloth diaper wearing offspring. It's just not my thing. So does that make me a detached parent? How will you know if attachment parenting is your thing? If you look through... read more

The 'Good Enough' Mother
Letting go of perfectionism.
By Elizabeth Conaway
I have a confession. I am not the perfect mother and I never will be. The bad news is that I am... read more

He's Making a List
Santa is more real than ever.
By Lauri Griffin
When I was in second grade, a know-it-all girl at school smugly told four or five of us that Santa Claus... read more

From the Gentle Discipline Files
Seemingly an oxymoron.
By Stacey Greenberg
Frazzled, new mother of two with a stern look and serious voice says, “Satchel. Do. Not. Hit. The. Baby.” Two-year-old... read more

Language Acquisition
My kids are expanding their vocabularies...
By Joanna Nesbit
Language Acquisition  I’m not a prude about bad language. Not since third grade,... 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

Let Them Eat Cake
Using food stamps and loving it.
By Virginia Munoz
Growing up in a small town in the Northwest, my greatest food concerns were whether Twinkies tasted... 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

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

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

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

Fruitcake and College Girls
Our quest for a babysitter.
By Margee Moore
Babysitters are to a marriage as elephants are to a circus: both would be pretty lame without them. (And, yes, you might have guessed analogies were not my strength on the SAT.) Shortly after our son was born—very shortly—we recognized our need for a regular sitter. Asking friends was no use, as most mothers only share their B-list or C-list names – you know, the girls who are either too busy or too inept. So, needless to say, my life with sitters had somewhat of a rocky start. When a family moved in across the street, I dashed off to meet the mother and find out if there was a teenager in the family. She would be new to school and with any luck socially outcast for at least a few months, and therefore available... read more

WTF?! Toy Roundup
Design Your Own Basketball, Mighty Beanz, Crocodile Dentist, Marshmallow Peeps Marshmallow Maker

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Ask the Angry Baby
Smelly poop, a nanny's concerns, scabs, and colors

My two-month-old baby is breastfed. Sometimes her stools have an extremely foul smell. She looks well... read more

Be Careful What You Wish For...
The inner struggle.
By Maya Gattas
I feel badly for women who complain to me about their husbands that don’t get up when the children wake... 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

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

The IP Bookshelf
What the World Eats Text by Faith D'Aluisio, photography by Peter Menzel

What the World Eats Text by Faith D'Aluisio, photography by Peter Menzel Tricycle Press, $22.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1582462462 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews Almost all... read more

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Drive by Nathan Clement

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Physics: Why Matter Matters Written by Dan Green; illustrated by Simon Basher

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Gator, written and illustrated by Randy Cecil

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That Book Woman By Heather Henson, illustrations by David Small

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