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  Most of our dads grew up in an even more intense culture of masculinity than our friends and brothers, and it was a culture that didn’t exactly allow for a dude to learn about putting up a ponytail unless he had long hair himself. That’s why Denver salon owner Calli Heubl-Bodilis’s “Beer and Braids” nights are such an awesome idea. Heubl-Bodilis discovered the need for a workshop like this when she realized how many more fathers are one-on-one with their kids than they used to be. “Dads today are so much more hands-on. Read More
Mom and Dad know there's a storm a'comin' and they won't stop texting updates. While the crabby teen inside all of us is thinking GAHHH I HAVE THE INTERNET FOR THIS, there's also something super sweet about the concerned texts prying into our refrigerators, preferred modes of transportation, and (per usual) personal lives. Never fear, family: We will be taking the local train home, and will be living off vegan cheese and leftover pizza until further notice. Thank you for sending these messages. We love you. There's plenty of other awesome ones where those came from, including ... Read More
My mother has been calling my father a feminist for a while now. I’ve been calling him subconsciously misogynistic for even longer. He makes jokes at the expense of women, tends to make unsolicited comments on women’s bodies, and has different expectations for his sons than he does for his daughters. Read More
Might be a nice surprise--it probably doesn't happen to her much anymore. Sure, sure, there's no way you left it to the last minute. You're not one of those kids. You definitely already got a card for Mother's Day.  Not. We've all been there: scrambling to make a sucky Mother's Day card at the last second, scribbling furiously as you hear mimosa glasses clinking in the next room. I usually end up with some bubble letters on the outside, something like, "YOU ROCK, MOM!" and then on the inside, maybe something that rhymes.  Well have no fear: BUST is here. Read More
The premise of the New York Times’s recent piece on the stay-at-home husbands of female Wall Street execs was a must-click the minute I heard about it: the so-called “house husband” is one of my favorite answers to the nebulous question of how to Have It All. The article focuses on a growing class of families in wealthy suburban areas that are putting aside the traditional nuclear family structure for a more progressive and profitable alternative. Read More
  This sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone to me, but ABC News recently reported that schools all over the country (in nineteen states!) have added an annual weigh-in to their programs. Children will be weighed at school, and their BMIs will be measured. They will then be asked to take a letter home to their parents with the results.    This new trend is meant to help prevent childhood obesity, but obviously a simple number cannot determine a child’s (or anyone’s!) health. Although Dr. Read More
My father called to tell me he was planning to move into a retirement community. Friends told me I was lucky that he’d come to the decision voluntarily, and as the only child of a single, octogenarian dad who lives 700 miles away, I agreed. It would have been looking a gift horse in the mouth to complain about his timing, his announcement coming just as I was starting a contractual obligation that would prevent me from participating in any significant way for at least two months. Read More