Category: controversies

Why do we care so much about "Tiger Mothers" and women who breastfeed other peoples' babies?

Seems like everyone in the parenting community is talking about Amy Chua’s  recent piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.”  This article really made a lot of people mad. Steaming mad. In fact, I believe this article has received more comments than any other story ever posted on the Wall... Read more »

Illinois House approves 4-day school week

“Excuse me. If my school moves to a 4-day week, what am I supposed to do while my parents are at work?” Yesterday, the Illinois House approved a bill that would create a 4-day school week for many Illinois schools. The bill was passed by an 81-21 vote. What the heck are these people thinking?... Read more »

Kids and Tats: So obviously not a good idea

Did you hear about the couple in Georgia who tattooed six of their children between the ages of 17 and 10? The most outrageous part of the story is that they tattooed the kids at home with some sort of jerry-rigged tattoo machine using a sharpened guitar string as a needle. Ouch. Guess they had... Read more »

Zhu Zhu Pets insanity on Cyber Monday

Apparently, Cyber Monday is all about the Zhu Zhu Pets. The Zhu Zhu what, you say? A Zhu Zhu Pet is an electronic hamster. Yep, that funny looking thing right there. According to the website, a Zhu Zhu Pet is an interactive pet with over 40 sounds (and of course plenty of accesories to go... Read more »

Sweet shoes Suri

The internet is all aflutter today over this picture of little Suri Cruise wearing a pair of silver, peep-toe high heels. So yes, this is probably unsafe. And sure, the styles for kids these days make them look more like mini-adults than actual kids. But all of this criticism is beside the point. I want... Read more »

A placenta teddy bear: Crafty or creepy?

While wasting time on Twitter last night, I came across a truly unusual post on MOMformation about placenta teddy bears. That’s right. I said placenta teddy bears. It is exactly what it sounds like – – a real placenta formed into the shape of a teddy bear. Apparently, designer Alex Green will take your placenta... Read more »

Hey Marc Jacobs, you are scaring my kids

Have you been by the Marc by Marc Jacobs store in Bucktown lately? Yikes, do they have a scary window display up. I would describe the overall theme as “psychotic clown massacre.” It features about a dozen clowns with scary, bloody faces. Other highlights include a decapitated clown head and an impaled torso. There is... Read more »

The American Girl Empire goes too far with its homeless doll

The wildly popular and outrageously pricey American Girl Store recently released a new doll. Her name is Gwen Thompson and she is homeless. According to her back story, her dad took off on the family, mom fell on hard times and now she sleeps in her car. For $95 (not including any accessories), you can... Read more »

Would the 2016 Olympics be good for all Chicago kids?

I back the bid — somewhat reluctantly. I know this is not a popular position. Nearly everyone in Chicago seems to enthusiastically and blindly support the effort to bring the 2016 Olympic games to our city. When I’ve expressed anything less than whole-hearted support for the Olympic bid, I’ve been accused of being a everything... Read more »