I simply explained to Noah that if given the opportunity to choose, the dairy cows and chickens would pick life over death and freedom over cages.
I have nine sons and seven daughters, and I do not intend to stop.
When did we stop seeing the future president, or the next great American novelist, or the person that will cure cancer when we looked at a classroom? And instead saw the next suicide, the next drug deal, the next Sandy Hook?
health issues
Raising my boys vegetarian is about sharpening their minds, not restricting their choices.
Why are people so surprised that I was assaulted by a 9-year-old and his little brother?
If everyone could just mind their own damned business when it came to who has kids and who doesn’t, we’d all be happier people. Trust me on this one, people.
As a Young Possessor of the Chub, I remember people constantly telling me "Don't worry, you'll hit puberty and thin out, then you'll be SUCH a beauty."

Dec 11, 2013 at 10:00am | 320 comments

friends with kids
To spawn or not to spawn -- that is the question. Too bad I still don't have an answer.
I didn't want to be a mother, but my husband wanted to be an author. So I agreed to support his dream.
fast food
Unlike goldfish, we actually remember when you treat us poorly, and we will judge you next time you come in.
A new study by a somewhat iffy researcher concludes that the higher a woman's IQ, the less likely she is to want children. Thoughts?
I'd always thought of pregnancy as a bucket-list experience, something big that I wanted to do once -- and only once -- before I died.
kids are weird
I play a little Vampire Weekend, and these are the first words out of the little one's mouth: "Can you put on 'Gangnam Style'?" It hurts my heart.
That feeling of exalting in tininess -- no matter how perilous to health it could be -- is as familiar to me as it is horrifying.
Recently a five-year-old dropped an F-bomb on me.

Dec 5, 2013 at 2:30pm | 198 comments

I never imagined that I’d have two poorly-behaved stepchildren sucking the joy out of life and that the world would consider me a huge bitch for not loving them.
home alone
Being an only child of a single parent I got left home alone on a regular basis. I'm not sure of the exact age I started getting my Kevin McCallister on, but I know I was young.

Oct 14, 2013 at 5:00pm | 190 comments

Kids are boring. Yep. I said it. Here, take my Mother of The Year award and replace it with a bottle of Jameson’s, because I’m going there.
Having a week where I don’t have to put anyone to bed, or be the disciplinarian, or wait until after 9:00 p.m. to watch my recorded HBO shows is THE BEST.
teen pregnancy
I would defy the stereotypes; I would be more than an unplanned pregnancy.
How about the ladies all get to relax and we let men play nice for a change?