We're used to mother-in-laws overstepping the mark when it comes to their grandkids. It's practically a given that MILs will at some point—and with the best of intentions—tell you how you should and shouldn't do everything baby-related based on their own outdated mothering experiences.
But when it comes to mother-in-law interference, this story is the ultimate. Imagine for a moment that granny is staying over while your husband is away, to help you care for your baby. In the middle of the night, you hear your child fussing. You wait a little bit, and when all goes quiet you enter his room only to find your MIL with her nipple in your baby's mouth!
Unbelievably, that's what happened to a reader who wrote in to Emily Yoffe (aka Dear Prudence) at Slate. The mother-in-law in question claimed to be trying to calm the baby by letting him suckle her (and presumably didn't want to disturb the mother).
The woman was outraged, ordered her MIL to leave the house first thing in the morning, and even contemplated involving the police.
Shocking and inappropriate though granny's actions clearly were, was she actually breaking the law? Prudence didn't think so.
"Your husband needs to have a very serious talk with his mother about boundaries—emotional and physical," she responded. "He needs to explain that if she can’t respect and understand them, she will not have access to her grandchild. I’m also wondering if she might possibly need a mental health work-up because her behaviour was just bizarre."
How would you have handled the awkward situation, especially given your husband was out of town at the time? Is the breast basically just a comfort piece, or a sacrosanct gift for mom—and mom alone—to bestow onto her babe?
Whether you're a seasoned yoga bunny or a newbie hoping to glean the myriad health benefits of the downward dog, there's a new mat on the market that will appeal to your heart, too.
A company called Gaiam has launched the Pink Ribbon Yoga Mat, specially designed by Colleen Saidman, wife of yoga guru Rodney Yee.
While you won't find Mummy Buzz reviewing or endorsing products, I do make the odd exception for those that are charitable or philanthropic.
So not only is the 3mm mat cute, lightweight and durable, a dollar from every mat sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
So yogis, get yourself a good guru and get clicking. The mat, which retail at $21.98, will be available from September at ShopGaiam.com.
When you think of racy countries in south east Asia, Thailand may come to mind. But according to an article in the Globe and Mail, sex is now more or less synonymous with Singapore, after its own government announced a "National Night" to promote procreation among its dwindling population. Maybe they should follow suit here.
Never mind waves of immigration or financial incentives, the Singapore government came up with a novel baby-making campaign to deal with declining birth rates. Currently, it's estimated that around 44 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 are single.
Typically 9 August commemorates Singapore's independence from Malaysia. This year, instead of cranking up the Barry White, Singaporeans got a breath mint commercial by Mentos spurring them to do their civic duty -- and get it on.
“Why you eating a mint, baby?” asks a woman in the opening.
“So I can kiss you on the face,” a man replies.
Ok, so the rap video is about as sexy as Stephen Harper in a feathered boa. The song's loaded with cheese (“Girl you’re so hot I wanna to turn on the A/C”) and euphemism (”Let’s make a lil’ human that looks like you and me, explorin’ your body like a night safari”).
But at least it's encouraging responsible minty-breathed copulation between “financially secure adults in stable, committed long-term relationships.”
If Canada made a similar commercial, you just know it would be sponsored by Molson and involve copious shots of bears and back country, and Harper would be nowhere in sight.
Turn-on or turn-off?