Topic: motherhood

Carla Bruni, Queen Elizabeth & Fox News Remind Us A Woman’s Place Is In The Home

Carla Bruni, Queen Elizabeth & Fox News Remind Us A Woman's Place Is In The Home

Is it international women-get-back-in-the-kitchen-week or something? From Carla Bruni pitting feminism against family life to the Queen of England’s motherhood comments to some Phyllis Schlafly wannabe on Fox News ranting about the ‘war on men‘ — there seems to be a preponderance of working-women shaming and 50s mystique yearning this week. And it’s only Monday. More »

Jessica Alba Says Babies Make Body Image Irrelevant, Putting More Pressure On Moms

Jessica Alba Says Babies Make Body Image Irrelevant, Putting More Pressure On Moms

Jessica Alba wrote a sweet ode to motherhood on iVillage today, explaining how sexy she feels since becoming a mom. It’s awesome to hear a mom say she feels good about her body, against a backdrop of headlines ridiculing moms who don’t. But on the other hand…I think she sets up an unfair double-standard for women: That moms should feel good about themselves by virtue of not caring about how they look, while women who don’t have kids are…left to feel obsessed with their bodies because they’re not distracted by the tireless needs of babes. Cheers to Alba for kissing her insecurities goodbye; but don’t all of us deserve the chance to do the same, whatever life choices we make? More »

Confessions Of Motherhood: 10 Unhealthy Things I Swore I Would Never Do (But Did Anyway)

Confessions Of Motherhood: 10 Unhealthy Things I Swore I Would Never Do (But Did Anyway)

Before having kids, I had very idealist visions of what our lives would be like. Our family would be the perfectly healthy family. What we ate would be carefully scrutinized. Fresh fruits, tons of veggies, lean meats and whole grains would be on the table at every meal. What we did during our leisure time would also be closely mapped out and monitored. Lots of fresh air, exercise and family outings like picnics, hiking and biking together would consume our weekends. And of course, things like keeping the kids spotless and myself looking hip and put-together every day made the list too.

Yes, I had high expectations for being the perfect and healthy mom. And I’ll admit, I even went so far as to judge other moms who weren’t all that healthy (because, you know, before you have kids, you think you know everything about parenting). To those moms that I judged, I apologize. To my former neurotic self, I apologize, too. Because not only did I not follow-through with most of those rules, over the course of the last 15 years, I did some pretty unhealthy things that I swore I would never do. More »

Placenta-Eating May Be Healthy, But Is It Good For Women?

Placenta-Eating May Be Healthy, But Is It Good For Women?

Placenta-eating has now become so popular that even January Jones is doing it, and hospitals are changing policies to make it easier. Meanwhile, Jessica Alba founded an entire company to ensure that toxins don’t come into contact with her babies, and Alicia Silverstone is making moms wonder if chewing food for their kids is part of the job. But it’s not just celebrities (or crunchy hippies) jumping on the trend of all-natural, health-conscious parenting; now, all moms are pressured to gain the right amount of weight, eat their own placenta, breast feed long enough, and safeguard their kids against everything from BPA to GMOs. On the face of it, these all seem like a good things—after all, who wants to give their kids gestational diabetes? And what new mom isn’t desperate for a way to jack up her energy levels without having to fake a need for adirol? But much as we here at Blisstree favor being ‘natural’ and ‘healthy,’ we also wonder if all those pressures add up to a new kind of unhealthy—particularly because they’re mostly placed on women. More »

Lowest U.S. Birth Rates Ever: Economy Or Birth Control?

Lowest U.S. Birth Rates Ever: Economy Or Birth Control?

New reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that birth rates dropped another 3% in 2010, making three consecutive years of dropping numbers. Experts are debating whether it’s the economy or better birth control that’s responsible for the dwindling numbers, but however you want to explain it, the numbers indicate to us that women are smarting up about their family planning. Which doesn’t surprise me, but given that just a few days ago, MSNBC proclaimed women ignorant about the details of their own fertility, I thought it might be worth pointing out. More »

Let’s Stop Shaming Women For Putting Off Motherhood, Please

Let's Stop Shaming Women For Putting Off Motherhood, Please

When I first saw the title of this MSNBC article, “Fertility math? Most women flunk, survey finds,” I thought it was going to be a piece about women being unsure what days of the month they’re most fertile. Nope. MSNBC is actually positing that most women aren’t even aware of one of the most basic concepts of fertility in general: That it declines with age. I call bullshit. More »