The Imperfect Parent's archive of parenting articles and essays

Not Another Flower
By Alice J. Wisler
There was a day when the sun ceased to shine. You may have missed it; it didn’t make the headlines of any national paper. February 2, 1997, to most, was only Groundhog Day. For me, it was nothing as trite as whether the furry creature did or did not see his shadow. Forget the promise of spring, what did it matter now? My life as I dreamed it stopped when my four-year-old laid lifeless in my arms.   How I remember those early months after his death. I wanted to be like my Victorian ancestors and wear black, even a veil. Then my clothes could shout to my neighbors, those in the grocery store lines, and the many at church -- look at me, I am a parent doing the impossible: living without her child.   I... 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

SAHMs look forward to Friday, too.
By Elizabeth Thompson
It was a breezy morning. The curtains on the window billowed, blowing in the cool morning air that gently... read more

Not So Merry Go Round
I lost my youth at the carnival.
By Emma Yenko
Forget about trifocals, or sagging knees that lock each time I bend down to pick up the newspaper... read more

The No-Fear Option
Just wait 'til your father gets home!
By Mark Montgomery
“You just wait ‘til your father gets home!” All the moms in my neighborhood... read more

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

Coping with the Adoption Option
How could I possibly keep a third child?
By Natasha Johnson
I’ve cried myself to sleep every night for months, wondering if my children will ever forgive me. Wondering if I’ll ever forgive myself. The decision wasn’t easy, and I still try to balance the good vs. bad reasons for making it. I still have time; I won’t give birth for at least another week. It’s always my decision, until the very end. Until my baby is legally resting in the hands of her new mother and father. I already have a one-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old son. It’s them I think of when I get a little kick under my ribs. How will they feel growing up, after learning that they’re the ones I kept, but I gave their little sister to somebody else to raise? Will they... read more

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.... read more

When Mom's the Dad
The peculiar positioning of gay families
By Mandy Hartley
My son is obsessed with the mailbox. Everything about it from the dandy red flag that moves up... read more

An Open Letter to Linda Hirshman
Is there a political agenda behind "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World"?
By Alan Thomas
Foreword from Jessica Carlson, Contributing Editor, The Imperfect Parent: ... read more

Let's Call It What It Is
Remove the mask of conservative ideology from religion.
By Colleen Floyd
I have a fondness for the Separation of Church and State, but not all people do, and that’s... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of humor articles and essays

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 within the school building walls. Despite parents and faculty desires otherwise, intelligence, wealth, athletic ability, and social status always seem to be the distinguishing factors in determining the stereotypical groups within the Class System. Everyone wants to have friends, and secretly everyone wants to have cool friends. It seems the kids who like you aren’t the kids you’d like to hang around; meanwhile, the kids you want to be friends with really aren’t people you’d like if they didn’t rate highly in the Class System. To make matters worse, normal kids with average intelligence, from average income... read more

Memo to Mama
Please review the following talking points.
By Sonia Elabd
M e m o r a n d u m TO: Mama RE: Me Let me get straight to... 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

12 Useful Tips
Don't just throw away that baby spitup.
By Pamela Redmond Satran
12 Useful Things to Do With Baby Spitup 1. Smear it all over those size 6 pants, those ones you barely... read more

Really? Things Will Change?
Thanks for your two cents.
By Rachel Pelta Golinkin
When I was pregnant, people couldn’t help but give me their two cents (and four cents, and six... read more

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The Imperfect Parent's archive of lifestyle articles and essays

Who Reincarnated the Electric Car?
General Motors tries to win the hearts and minds of environmentalists with the Chevrolet Volt.
By Julie Marsh
I may not be a tree hugger, but I can envision a future beyond the middle of next week. And I’m always in favor of saving a buck or two whenever possible. Conversely, I’m reluctant to sacrifice style – along with tens of thousands of dollars – for a hybrid that is relatively attractive but gets only marginally better gas mileage, or for a fuel-efficient hybrid that is…well, not my style at all. Put me in a V8 beauty and let me burn up my great-grandchildren’s future instead. Just kidding. Sort of -- GM is on their way to reaching that pinnacle where style and efficiency peacefully coexist. Not only has GM reached out to bloggers in a way that no other major corporation has done,... read more

The IP Bookshelf
Don't Worry Bear, written and illustrated by Greg Foley

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The IP Bookshelf
The Princess and the Pea, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

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

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Exploding Rats
By Felice Prager
Two days ago, my seventeen-year-old son, who lives in a state of bedroom... read more

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