Please Stop Saying Ted Cruz’s Daughter “Hates” Him

The media has finally done the impossible—make me feel sympathy for Sen. Ted Cruz. Sure, the guy is a psychopath and creepy as all hell, but “even his daughter doesn’t like him” is a pretty cruel indictment, especially when we’re talking about a little child, and not some teenager or adult who has given a statement saying she doesn’t like her dad.

How many of us parents have had those kind of moments when our little kids don’t want to have anything to do with us? I’m sure if I was in the public eye, I could have had a day with one of my children where a hug as just not happening. But that doesn’t mean your kids hate you.

Yes, as a father he should’ve had more respect for his daughter’s body autonomy and just left her alone instead of forcing affection. And he should not have tried to use his child for political points.

No, Ted Cruz is not a good person. But for the love of all things good, please stop saying his daughter “hates him.”

I am Officially a Narc… And I’m Okay with That

I’m now officially that mom who calls the police non-emergency number on other parents. 

Some woman was going 40 in the school zone this morning, weaving in and out of traffic. I tried honking at her and flagging her down several times. All that got me were dirty looks from the driver. I assumed she didn’t have kids and was ignorant about school zones, even though there were several children standing on the corner and a crossing guard at one intersection. But, no, she was on her way to the school, which I discovered as she rushed to jam her car in between others in line at the school. This was all so that she could get her kid to school at 8:02 rather than 8:05. The first tardy bell had already rung at 8 anyway, but doesn’t count until 8:15. I hope the perfect attendance award was worth it, lady. 

I memorized her license plate to report it (as we’ve been encouraged to do, even after the potential for danger has ended). My six-year old memorized her license plate number. She has been reported. I will also report her to the school so someone can have a talk with her if the police decide it isn’t worth the time. 

Leaving the school, I noticed several parents who were cautious when their own children were in the car suddenly speeding, talking on the mobiles in no-handheld-device zones, running through stop signs, and otherwise just being generally reckless. Honestly, had they been on a highway, I would only have been a little peeved. But this kind of behavior, in a school zone, with children actively present and on the corner, and by people who are parents sends me raging

What the hell is wrong with you people?? Are other kids not as precious cargo as your own??

So, I’m now a narc. And I will continue to be a narc until other parents treat random children on the street with the same human decency and courtesy they would expect others to give their own children. And I would encourage you all to do the same. 

Mother Says She Was Booted From Concert for Breastfeeding 4-Month-Old

I respect and support a woman’s right to breastfeed wherever she may lawfully be, but this is stupid. This isn’t about breastfeeding. This is about a stupid woman who brought a 4-month old and 8-year old to a concert without protective coverings for their wars and out them in a dangerous pit area. Girl, bye!!

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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Hell yeah, we do! (Sewing Project) | The Pop Culture Mom

The Pop Culture Girls are so excited! We’re going to a public #Frozen singalong tonight, and they’re going to wear their new Elsa and Anna costumes.

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Graduation photo shows ‘Black Women Do Breastfeed’

I support ALL women breastfeeding, but there’s a special place in my heart when I see other black mamas proudly nursing their babies.

Yes, Black women DO breastfeed, and I’m glad that this picture taken to encourage other WOC has garnered so much attention, even if some of it is ignorant.

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Pop Culture "Carly Rae"

This conversation, which took place in my husband’s car yesterday, is pretty typical in my house:

Pop Culture Preschooler: Daddy! What happened to my song?!?

Pop Culture Dad: It’s over. He finally called her.

Pop Culture Mom: Well… Maybe.


Call this girl!

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Pop Culture Toddler is Now…

Pop Culture Preschooler.

Dang, I feel old.

Pop Culture Toddler turned three at the end of November. Almost immediately, I started getting newsletters calling her toddler/preschooler. So which is it? I asked the moms on my Nov 2008 mommy board. The consensus is that it can go either way, but if your three-year old is in fact in school, then you should go with “preschooler.” So there you have it. My baby is a preschooler (in fact, she starts pre-primary this month), and I’m old old old. Old. Sigh…. At least I still have my baby!

Pop Culture Preschooler at her 3rd birthday party