Jennifer Fliss is a New York raised, Wisconsin schooled, Seattle based writer. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in diverse publications including, Ravishly, The Establishment, Brain Child Magazine, Zelle/Runner’s World, and The Citron Review. More can be found on her website,

Jennifer Fliss's Articles

Make sure your tiny person doesn’t drown, or run, or get doused by the ginormous bucket that drops six tons of water every three minutes. This is where waterboarding came from. Effective. Torturous.

So, You Want To Take Your Kids To An Indoor Water Park Resort?

Nothing says "I’m patriotic" quite like going to a wolf-themed indoor water park resort wearing your wolf-themed t-shirt. With your floaties on. And a beer in your hand.
Jennifer Fliss    |   06.20.17 12am   |   SHARE
Planning school camps for kids over summer poses - what could go wrong?

Cue The Migraine - It's Time To Register For Summer Camp

It's spring! That means it's time to start thinking about summer camp for your child. Or children, if you've got beaucoup bucks to spare. If you're lucky, and... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   04.4.17 12am   |   SHARE
This is what works for me. I am happier as a parent of one.

Having One Child Makes Me A Better Mother

I know of people who find one child incredibly challenging and seem to hate the whole experience. And yet they proceed to have another child willingly. I wonder about these decisions. For me, I... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   03.29.17 12am   |   SHARE
Just kidding, you're asleep. That was a dream.

It's Valentine's Day; Let There Be Coffee And Sleep And Sexless Back Rubs

You wake up to birds chirping, just kidding, you don’t, because it’s February and it’s freezing, and also you have a kid.  But you wake to those figurative birds and roll over to check the time. 8:30... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   02.14.17 12am   |   SHARE
Oh the joy of a few quiet hours. (Image Credit: Unsplash/Brooke Cagle)

The Sweet Bliss Of The Toddler Drop-Off

I am alone. There is no toddler pulling at my arm, spitting unwanted food to the ground, or whining, or howling, or any of the other myriad challenges that come with taking your child — well,... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   01.20.17 12am   |   SHARE
"Tirimisu for Two: I would never just have my nails painted for my own pleasure and enjoyment. I’ve done this for you. For us. It’s all about snagging a partner." Image: Thinkstock

Weirdly Sexist Nail Polish Names, From The Eyeroll-Worthy To The Utterly Absurd

Chick Flick Cherry: If it’s about romance, it’s a chick flick. About love: chick flick. Maybe it’s about chickens. Poultry love. Either way: for you, I’ll watch it. So you can pop my cherry... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   08.17.16 12am   |   SHARE
The clothing does not define the activity at this age; it’s not a uniform. Image: Thinkstock.

Just Because It Sparkles Doesn't Mean It's Anti-Feminist

Many people (rightfully) believe that women own their bodies, and that, therefore, they should be in control of their own bodies. So why do those same people turn around and try to define girls by... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   06.8.16 12am   |   SHARE
It took me over 10 years to make these stories, MY stories, public. Image: Thinkstock.

I Was Abused As A Child — Now I'm Writing My Own Story

Here’s the thing: I have benefited greatly from reading stories from others, the daring narratives of those who have histories similar to my own. We feel more human when we hear that other humans... Read...
Jennifer Fliss    |   04.20.16 12am   |   SHARE
To my bullies.

A Letter To My Bullies

You held a cap gun to my head on the bus ride home from school, threatening to shoot me, day after day. I know you couldn't have known that I had something similar happening at home.
Jennifer Fliss    |   03.9.16 12am   |   SHARE