Topic: Parenting

Rihanna Says She Gets Naked To Help Deal With Body Hang-ups

Rihanna Says She Gets Naked To Help Deal With Body Hang-ups

Considering how many times she’s left the house in a sheer top and no bra, you’ve probably seen more of Rihanna than you want to by now. (Or maybe you’ve seen exactly as much of Rihanna as you want to see.) While many people probably wouldn’t question why they’re constantly given such a delightful show, on the off chance you’re interested, Rihanna has now told us why: because of her low self-esteem. Or her efforts to conquer it, rather. More »

Jay-Z Says That ‘Providing’ For Kids Isn’t ‘Love’ — Being There Is More Important

Jay-Z Says That âProvidingâ For Kids Isnât âLoveâ â Being There Is More Important

Jay-Z is going to be a father come February whether you’re buying those Beyonce surrogacy rumors or not, and the rapper and business mogul took to the pages of GQ to talk about the type of parent he wants to be. Given that Jay-Z endured a troubled relationship with his father until his death a little under 10 years ago, the topic of being a good father is one that he has given a lot of thought.

Jay-Z or Sean Carter says that his own father, Adnis Reeves, became terribly distant after the death of his brother. Papa Reeves coped with the loss by submitting to alcoholism and substance abuse before leaving the family altogether. Then, in 2003, just as the two were reconciling, his father passed away. More »

Camp Week: 8 Reasons I’m Sending My Hypothetical Kids To Camp

Camp Week: 8 Reasons I'm Sending My Hypothetical Kids To Camp

When I was but a wee lass, my parents sent me to summer arts camp. I had so much fun there I went back each year until I was way too old to still be going to camp, and then I cursed the five years they made you wait before you could be a counselor. You see, unlike during the school year, when I was friendless and miserable, camp gave me the first hint that there was nothing wrong with me, the kids I went to school with were just terrible little jerks, and someday I’d move to New York City and have lots of artsy friends and throw fun loft parties and eat ice cream for breakfast. Also, there were boys there. Cute boys.

Any children I may someday have are going to summer arts camp, too. (Or sports camp if they want, but I’m operating on the assumption that my kids will be just like me, and hence not into sports.) Here are some reasons why. More »

Chelsea Houska’s Stepmom Rita Thinks Chelsea Is a Good Parent

Chelsea Houska's Stepmom Rita Thinks Chelsea Is a Good Parent

Although we see a lot of Chelsea Houska and her dad Randy “Randalicious” Houska on MTV’s Teen Mom 2, Randy’s wife Rita has been a nonentity. There have been rumors that Rita and Chelsea don’t get along (which is why Randy always goes to Chelsea’s place, instead of the other way around), but Rita has finally spoken out about her relationship with her stepdaughter. More »

How ‘Teen Mom’ Is Helping Educate Teens About Safe Sex

How 'Teen Mom' Is Helping Educate Teens About Safe Sex

Since they debuted, MTV’s hit shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have been lightning rods for controversy. Many groups have claimed that the shows glorify teen pregnancy and give undeserved fame to young mothers, while others believe that the show’s realism is a necessary addition to TV. This weekend’s New York Times seemed to take the latter opinion, interviewing several educators and social workers who have been using the shows as a teaching tool. More »

Parenting Lessons from ‘Teen Mom 2′: It’s the Finale, So Everyone Has to Cry

Parenting Lessons from 'Teen Mom 2': It's the Finale, So Everyone Has to Cry

It’s the final episode of Teen Mom 2‘s final season, and there are plenty of tears. Jenelle cries about getting arrested and being betrayed by Kieffer, and Jenelle’s mom cries about her daughter’s wasted life. Kailyn cries because she and Jo hate each other and have to enter mediation for their custody agreement. Chelsea cries on Aubree’s first birthday because she loves her daughter and Adam is a dick. Leah, Corey, and the rest of America cry at their adorable redneck wedding. There’s no start date for season 2, so it looks like we’re going to have to rely on tabloid headlines for awhile until these four girls and their families come back into our lives. More »

Video: A First Look at Season 3 of ’16 and Pregnant’

Video: A First Look at Season 3 of '16 and Pregnant'

The third season of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant kicks off on April 19. To whet our appetites (and wash the taste of Jenelle Evans and Kail Lowry out of our mouths), MTV has released this teaser for the new crop of 16 and Pregnant girls. So far there’s one girl expecting twins (but she’s having boys, unlike Leah Messer), one who is in recovery from an eating disorder, and one baby daddy getting yelled at for being late to the hospital and almost missing the birth. More »

Which ‘Teen Mom’ Is Worse: Jenelle Evans or Amber Portwood?

Which 'Teen Mom' Is Worse: Jenelle Evans or Amber Portwood?

Every week on Teen Mom 2, I find myself listing more reasons why I despise Jenelle Evans. And I’m not the only one – troubled fellow Teen Mom Amber Portwood recently said in an interview that “I pretty much despise what [Jenelle] stands for. She’s an idiot and I don’t care if people know or not.” Do I hate Amber less now because she hasn’t been on my TV recently? Or is she a better parent than Jenelle? More »

Parenting Lessons from ‘Teen Mom 2′: Your Dad’s Name Is Not Randalicious

Parenting Lessons from 'Teen Mom 2': Your Dad's Name Is Not Randalicious

This week, the parents of the Teen Moms play a big role in the episode. Leah’s mom throws her a bachelorette party, Jenelle’s mom blows up (again), Kailyn’s mom is an instigator, and Chelsea’s dad buys her and her friends Lady Gaga tickets. Jo’s parents are also big players in this episode as they try to keep the peace between their son and his baby mama. More »

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: Don’t Announce Your Secret Relationship On Facebook!

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: Don't Announce Your Secret Relationship On Facebook!

This week on Teen Mom 2, all of the ladies decided to shoot themselves in the foot romantically. Except for Leah, who is simply dealing with some horrible medical drama with her daughter Ali.

But really. Here are just a few of their habits that would be good to avoid as a parent: announcing a new relationship to your ex (that you still live with) on Facebook, telling your custody lawyer that you smoke pot, and getting back together with the guy who called your daughter a mistake. Good times! Let’s see what else we learned. More »