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I have strung words together for The New York Times, Vice, and more. I write and shoot people (with a camera, you guys) from my home in upst...

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    Post by Jeanne Sager
    Whelp, Teen Mom 2 fans, time to hit the DVR and get your fill of all your favorite teen moms because the show is going bye bye. No, really, we mean it this time! Confirmation that MTV has cancelled Teen Mom 2 has finally come from a source who will put their name out there: the one and only Kailyn Lowry. The rumors that the second iteration of Teen Mom wouldn't be renewed have been out for months, fueled by star Jenelle Evans' ever-devolving actions, and the fact that the network opted to air two seasons back-to-back. MTV has even doubled up some nights, airing two episodes in a row, in a rush to get this thing over with. But it wasn't until the Teen Mom stars got pulled into a debate over the cancellation of Buckwild by the latter show's producer, J.P. Williams, that the truth came out.

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    There's one type of millennial parenting that really needs to die out. These are the parents who care so much about how other people parent their kids that they're failing completely to parent their own. Take the mom who wrote an essay this week on why she refuses to teach her kid to share. The way this mom (who goes by Very Bloggy Beth) tells it, if she forces her widdle snookums to stop hogging the toy truck at the rec center, she's really teaching other kids to be entitled brats who think they deserve everything handed to them just because they want it.

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    Ladies, one of our biggest fears has been realized. An exterminator has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling a woman who'd let him into her home to do a job. Melissa Ketunuti was a smart, successful Philadelphia pediatrician and researcher, but she was no match for the man who treated her as if she was just another mouse he was exterminating.  The doctor's tragic death highlights a fear for women across the country: when we open our doors to service people, to strange men who are coming into our homes to do work, are we taking our lives into our own hands? Could the guy coming to fix our shutters or install the new dishwasher be another Jason Smith, a guy who allegedly fought with Ketunuti over how he'd done his exterminating work, then killed her?

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    Oh. My. Word. Are you ready for the dumbest argument against breastfeeding in public yet? When someone wrote in to the advice column at a Texas magazine to complain about women breastfeeding in church, the columnist warned women shouldn't be "putting on a show in the house of the Lord." Putting on a show? My word. How do they feed babies in Texas?

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    I don't envy Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette. Her teenage son has kind of gone off the rails lately. Now word has it the singer is mad at his mom for daring to say she "prays" for him. Awww. Poor widdle baby! Not.

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    Glee has never been a show that's afraid to push the envelope, but after tonight's Shooting Star episode, there's one question America has to be asking: was it too soon for a school shooting? We're not even four months past Sandy Hook. Newtown parents are only now slowly finding their voice and coming out to talk about the horrors of losing their children. And already Glee turned a national tragedy into fodder for a TV show? Again, I ask, is it too soon?

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    Say what you want about Anonymous, but the hackers have done some fabulous things since they started taking over the Internet. And now the secret group is getting involved in the heartbreaking case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Canadian teen who hanged herself after being gang-raped by four teenage boys. They've made contact with the alleged perpetrators, and from what they say, the boys are just as creepy as you'd expect. So what's next? Should Anonymous out these kids for the whole world to shame?

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    Heard the warning that breastfeeding will change your boobs forever and decided you don't want to take that chance? You might want to listen to what Snooki has to say first. Yes, THAT Snooki. Nicole Polizzi may not be who most moms first think of when it comes to parenting advice, but the Jersey Shore star has come a long way since her son came into the world last fall -- if nothing else, she's learned from experience. And according to her experience, even nursing alternatives will harm the girls.

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    There's really only one word to describe the demeanor in my living room during the Glee school shooting episode last night: uncomfortable. At one point I caught my husband staring with his mouth wide open. And we have -- fortunately -- been untouched by the mass shootings that have occurred in America in recent years. So I could only imagine what was going on in Newtown, Connecticut last night. The Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy is less than four months old. And before the "Shooting Star" episode began, the folks in Newtown had no warning.

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    Homeschooling parents, I salute you. Never in a million years could I have seen myself in your shoes. Well, that is, until I heard you can actually have your teenager homeschool herself. Imagine! No fighting with the public school district AND no fighting with your pain-in-the-butt darling child about geometry and Nathaniel Hawthorne's greatest works! You can have your cake and eat it too! Doesn't it sound marvelous?

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    Mom guilt. We are wracked with it. OMG, I didn't breastfeed long enough. OMG, I breastfed too long. OMG, I'm a working mom and I don't get to spend enough time with my kids. OMG, I'm a stay at home mom, and I spent too much time with my kids! Ladies, ladies, ladies! That's quite enough, from all of you! There are plenty of people in this world who are going to take great pleasure in telling you how much you suck; you don't need to add to it. So here it is, my list of things moms really need to forgive themselves for doing ... right now.

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    Twilight fans, if you're worried that Taylor Lautner will never get past the whole "shirtless" actor thing and break on through to the other side where his buddy Robert Pattinson is finding work, join the club. You'll be in fine company alongside, well, Taylor Lautner, who won Best Shirtless Performance at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards tonight. Yes, TayLaut was up against the likes of Mr. Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum, and he did Team Jacob proud. He brought home the golden popcorn bucket. But don't you pity him. Uh uh. He's survived breaking up with Taylor Swift. This guy can survive anything. Just consider how he responded to being objectified by the masses on MTV.

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    It's spring! You know what that means? It's kite season! Hey, don't knock it; you do realize keeping a kite up in the air means your kid will run, and run, and RUN all that energy out, right? OK, so now that I sold you on the best spring activity EVER, do you have a kite? No? Well then it's good thing I'm about to tell you how to make a kite with the kids, isn't it?

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    By now the mommy wars have pretty much gotten us nowhere except to the realization that some parents spank their kids and some parents do not spank their kids. But now I'm going to throw a little monkey wrench in there: how about the parents who let other people spank their kids? Say the parents who let people at their kids' school spank their kids? Is that OK? Are you sure? Because the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was spanked at school ended up filing a police report and taking the child to the hospital after she got the paddling of her life.

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    Unless you've spent the last year hiding in a cave with Dick Cheney, chances are you've heard of Trayvon Martin by now. You know the teenager's name is at the heart of a debate about race and guns and just about every other controversial topic in America. And so you know that pretty much the dumbest thing you could do right now is take a "Trayvon target" to a shooting range. Well, you and I know that, but a Florida cop didn't. Sgt. Ron King was fired by the Port Canaveral Port Authority after officers complained that he planned to use targets that resemble Trayvon Martin at an upcoming shooting exercise. Think he's ashamed of himself?

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    I'm not one for banning books, but there are a few I refuse to look at. Two, actually. My husband's baby book and my own. I could go back and track how we made it through each childhood development milestone and when, but I've learned the hard way that I'm better off not knowing. When I did, I made myself crazy. The problem? I was constantly running a tally in my head of the milestones my baby had met before her parents and those she hadn't tackled yet. If she wasn't tracking ahead of either my husband or me (or both), I'd instantly go into panic mode.

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    When a kid finishes up high school a full semester early and gets through Marine Corps recruit training before graduation, you'd expect folks back home would be proud of him, wouldn't you? Proud enough to let him wear his military uniform to graduation? You would think anyway. Kids who enter our armed forces out of high school are a vital part of our country's military, and their dedication is something to celebrate. But when a Wisconsin teen named Mac Hamlin asked his old high school if he could wear his dress blues when he walks with his class at graduation, the first answer he got was "no."

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    If you aren't a fan of NASCAR, you probably wouldn't have known the NRA was hosting Sunday's race in Texas. When ESPN reported on the event, they never even mentioned its host. But then came news of the shooting at the NRA 500. A man died in the middle of the race at Texas Motor Speedway, victim of, of all things, a gunshot wound. It's a sad, tragic accident, and one that the NRA cannot afford to ignore.

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    Pretty much from the moment I pushed my daughter into the world, I've been followed by the same warning: "Just wait until she's a teenager." It's like some parents' sick version of gaslighting moms of younger kids. It implies that we can't possibly know how bad life is until we get where they are. And you know what? I'm sick of it. I do know the teen years are going to be tough to get through -- for both my daughter and for me -- but sitting in my little house with my 7-going-on-34-year-old daughter, I can also see just how lucky parents of teenagers are. Maybe you've forgotten? Maybe you need a reminder to stop and smell those Axe-scented roses? Take it from me, I can't wait to be the mother of a teenager:

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    Whether you call it Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month, April is all about spreading the news about folks on the spectrum. But for some people, just one month isn't enough. They want to honor the people in their lives with autism all year long. What better way to do that then getting inked? Tattoos and autism have become so intertwined there's even a month-long national fundraiser these days: Ink 4 Autism. It's turned the bastion of big, burly biker dudes into a place where moms and dads are heading in droves to get marked for life in honor of their kids. Inspired? We're just getting started ...

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