Author: Melinda Pierce

Mom’N’Pop Culture: The Halloween Blahs

On yet another morning when I’m wailing at my kids like a banshee and threatening them with everything from groundings to canceling Christmas to removing their right to attend college, it hit me that I’m definitely in a funk. Because the wailing and yelling isn’t how I usually like to parent. Don’t get me wrong, a little yelling never hurt my kids, but when my daughter is crawling under her bed because she expects me to turn into the Hulk–I’ve got a problem. Like the often criticized Abilify commercial where the black cloud follows the woman around, I do feel like a black cloud...

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Mom’N’Pop Culture: How a Song Sparked a Discussion on Consent

Meghan Trainor’s peppy song “No” may get mixed reviews and some serious hate from the “rejected,” but the message in the lyrics is clear. It doesn’t matter how a woman is dressed or how she dances, she has the right to say no to unwanted advances. Even though I understand the meaning of the lyrics, instead of paying attention to the message, I often bend the words to my will in an attempt to aggravate my kids. Many times when they ask for something, and it can be anything, I cut them off and break into the chorus. It goes something like, “Mommy,...

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Mom’N’Pop Culture: 5 Games My Kids Would Rather Play Than Pokémon GO

There have been many instances in my parenthood thus far in which I’ve known exactly how I mishandled my mothering know-how. For example, when my four-year-old son told me to “go love myself,” I knew right away allowing him to listen to the Beibs was my mistake. I understand my kids are their own people, meaning I don’t push them to like one thing over another. You can imagine my total disappointment when the oldest kiddo refuses to watch Goonies or listen to classic Madonna. I have a strong urge to force them to like the things I like or...

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Mom’N’Pop Culture: Summer Entertainment and Sanity

I had children for the same reason I got married—I wanted someone to share my life with. However, that does not mean I want to spend every waking moment with them. It’s a somewhat harsh truth, but I’m honest and not afraid to share this sentiment with my family. I’m an extreme introvert, and that means that every day I need some quiet head space to process world, local, and family issues. Too much crowding means I start down a dark path of grump. Everyone in the family suffers. Last month I reviewed a meditation app to help me keep my...

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This Week in WWAC History: Summer Fun

Summer officially began this past Monday in the U.S., and I’m happy it’s here because we have a great selection of articles with a summer theme. Whether it’s essays on the comic This One Summer, or our summer cosplay series, I think you’ll find something to read while you enjoy a lazy summer day with your favorite cold drink in hand. This One Mother: Musings on Motherhood in Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer, May 10, 2015, Released late last May, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer has since been garnering a ton of critical acclaim, mainly...

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