Arielle Tschinkel

Arielle Tschinkel is a freelance writer who has written for multiple sites. She went to NYU because the Olsen twins went to NYU (really), and she's obsessed with her Mini Cooper, Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice). Read her published work at

The Sex Issue

Why Do Kids Like To Undress Their Dolls So Much?

What's the deal with the ever-present pile of naked Barbies, anyway?


Here's What It Means To Be An "Almond Mom" & Why You Really Want To Avoid It

It's beyond time to undo the diet culture damage of generations past, don't you think?

Canine Cuddles FTW

Is It Normal To Love Your Pet More Than Your Kids?

Pets don't ask for much, and you'll never need to pay for their college tuition.

woah there

What Does It Mean To Have Romantic Dreams About Someone “Off-Limits”?

Waking up in a pool of sweat? No need to fret, according to a psychotherapist.

Expert Advice

Your Tween/Teen Expressed Suicidal Thoughts — Here's What To Do Now

Everything you need to know if your child is struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings.

The More You Know

Is Jellyfish Parenting The Key To Raising Happy, Healthy Kids?

Here's how you can be supportive but *not* spineless.

What's up with that?

Is That TikTok Parenting Advice Legit Or Totally Problematic?

A colorful infographic or quick-hit video is little substitute for genuine support, says one clinical psychologist.

Break The Habit

It’s Time To Stop Assigning Moral Value To Food Around Our Kids

Eating disorder specialists explain why it's so important to refrain from calling the things we eat "good" and "bad."

Expert Insight

What To Do — & Not Do — If You Discover Your Child Is Self-Harming

Psychologist Terri Bacow offers advice for navigating this sensitive situation.


WTF Is A “Decidual Cast”? Decoding This Mysterious Period Symptom

If you pass a large, triangular-shaped piece of tissue during your period, don't panic. Here's what it's all about.

Expert Advice

Should Your Teen Try Skin Cycling?

A dermatologist weighs in on the safety and effectiveness of this TikTok trend.

It's Time

How To Actually Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Moms

It's normal (even if it feels downright terrible), says cognitive-behavioral psychologist Terri Bacow.

Expert Advice

Could Your Tween Or Teen Have Endometriosis? An OB-GYN Explains

How to know so you can support and advocate for your kid every step of the way.


What Do You Call Non-Binary Or Trans Parents?

Respecting a fellow parent's unique lived experiences and identity is the bare minimum, but it's OK to have questions.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

Does Fertility Lube Really Work?

An OB-GYN breaks down whether your lube could be impacting your chances of getting pregnant.

The 411

What To Do If Your Company Doesn't Offer Any Paid Maternity Leave

A paid leave advocate is here to help you navigate the murky maternity leave waters.

Expert Advice

What Does A COVID Cough Sound Like?

Here's how to know whether that cough is COVID-related or caused by something else.

A Personal Perspective

What Not To Say To Someone Who's Pregnant & Disabled

One disabled soon-to-be mom shares why she wishes people would stop seeing her as "fragile" in her pregnancy.

File Under: Important Convos

How To Explain Native American Heritage Day To Your Kids

Three Native experts tell Scary Mommy how to honor the day with kids of all ages.

Let's Talk About It

What We Can Learn About Egg Freezing From Jennifer Aniston's Fertility Journey

If a Hollywood A-lister wasn't given all her options, what hope do the rest of us have?