Not Just Kidding Around
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
We love kids at OZY, and we love parents, too. Here’s a look at a Mutha of a magazine, stay at home dads and why spanking might be OK.
It’s a parenting magazine with a twist: Mutha is not just for moms but also for women who are thinking about becoming moms.
The mission behind Michelle Tea’s new online magazine, Mutha, is to reveal motherhood as the messy, miserable, wonderful, amazing, terrifying thing that it really is. It’s a site for women from all walks of life who, like Tea, feel alienated by the mainstream magazines and websites out there.
Since launching Mutha in August, she has been bombarded by submissions. So far, the site has covered everything from tantrums (hilarious pic here) and the Pinner behind the viral hit “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter” to an essay from a white mother regularly mistaken as her interracial child’s nanny, to a home birthing story that, we swear, is actually a fun read.
With more fathers these days choosing, or being forced, to stay home with their kids — washing peed-on sheets, picking Cheerios up off the floor, wrestling wailing toddlers into car seats and watching them go down the slide again and again and again and again — we wondered, Are dads seriously able to hold on to their fun title? Are they really enjoying parenting day in, day out as much as they did during their traditional two-hour window? Are they able to sustain it? The fun?
From OZY’s perch on the playground — and from watching A&E’s new reality TV series, Modern Dads — the answer sure looks like yes.
Your parents spanked you, and you turned out OK (you think). But should you rethink corporal punishment when it comes to your own kids? It’s not easy being an effective parent — never has been — and parents are constantly looking for new tools to help them raise their children. Spanking has always been an essential tool for disciplining young children. And today about 90 percent of American families admit to having spanked their child, and two out of three approve of the practice (though there’s been a significant drop from 94 percent in 1968).
But even if a majority of parents still spank their children, there is a mounting movement against the practice, backed by a sizable body of research, including studies finding that spanking leads not only to long-term aggression and violence against others but also to mood and personality disorders, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.