Elizabeth Broadbent is a staff writer at Scary Mommy, blogs at Manic Pixie Dream Mama, and writes a regular column for ADDitude Magazine, All Together ADHD. Her work has appeared in Time Magazine online, Bustle, Romper, xoJane, Babble, Today Parents, popsugar, and many others, in addition to being discussed on both CNN and the Today Show. She has three children, sizes small, smaller, and smallest; three dogs, sizes large, larger, and largest, and one husband, disposition saintly. See her on Facebook at Manic Pixie Dream Mama or visit her on Twitter @manicpixiemama.


Elizabeth Broadbent's Articles

I gave up basing my self-esteem on numbers.

How I Learned To Love My Body

My weight doesn’t make me something less, but something more: a beautiful woman.
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   03.20.17 12am   |   SHARE
'Pox parties' are still around, but they're much more secretive than they used to be.

There's Good Evidence That The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Growing

There’s good evidence the anti-vaccine movement is growing. According to a small survey done by the American... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   02.27.17 12am   |   SHARE
They don’t need to look like anything other than their fresh-faced selves, conventions be damned.

Put Down The Powder Puff, Mommy

Make-up is meant to make you more attractive. And in the case of little girls, attractive to whom? Pageant judges, for one. Dance judges. Cheerleading judges. People who are going to tell her if she’... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   02.10.17 12am   |   SHARE
Photoshopped in-womb: just say no. (Image Credit: Pexels)

Your Photoshopped Fetus Creeps Me Out

Let’s just all as a human race hold hands, sing kumbaya, and admit that ultrasound pics look like something out of Dia de Los Muertos rather than an actual human baby.
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   12.2.16 12am   |   SHARE
The process is *kind of* a big deal.

You Don’t Really Want Those Boudoir Photos

It’s a trend in the photography business, along with bestie shoots and cake smash pics: boudoir photos. Boudoir generally refers to a woman’s private bedroom, and... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   11.30.16 12am   |   SHARE
Body positive for everyone else...

I Never Know What I'll See When I Look In The Mirror

Like so many women, I never know what I’ll see in the mirror. Sometimes I catch sight of myself in a window and cringe, appalled at my own body. My belly seems to look like it did when I was seven... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent    |   11.21.16 12am   |   SHARE
Strong feminist women are threatening. We do things differently.

8 Things Strong, Feminist Women Do WAY Differently

They call us bitches. We're too forward, or too loud. They say we're not ladylike. That we should shut up and sit down. And we should be content with what we've got — what else do we want, anyway?... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent of Your Tango    |   03.21.16 12am   |   SHARE

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms, And So Many Others

I didn’t trumpet these views to my mommy groups, of course. I wasn’t crass. But when a girl let her daughter cry it out, I decided the tot seemed a tad withdrawn. When a mom told me all her sons were... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent of Babble    |   02.11.16 12am   |   SHARE

To Moms Who Raise Their Kids "Colorblind": Psst, You're Racist

When you insist on raising your kids to be colorblind, you're saying: I don’t want to see race.
Elizabeth Broadbent of Your Tango    |   01.27.16 11am   |   SHARE

No Way, Hillary Clinton, $250,000 is NOT Middle Class

Hillary Clinton claims that "middle class" means people who make less than $250,000 a year. That's wildly out of touch, according to the US census, which pegs the median American income at $53,657.... Read...
Elizabeth Broadbent of Your Tango    |   01.14.16 12am   |   SHARE