Ashley Austrew

Content Manager, Winnie

I'm an Omaha-based writer and editor with five years of experience in digital media. Previously, I served as Deputy News Editor for Scary Mommy and Senior Parenting Editor for CafeMom. My work has also appeared on, Romper, SheKnows, The Berry, The Chive, Yahoo Parenting, Mommyish, and more.

United States of America



Fat-Shaming Is the Norm in Our Kids' Favorite Shows & It's Making Them Hate Their Bodies

Fat-shaming and fat phobia are prevalent in the majority of kids' shows and movies, and it may be having a serious impact on their self-esteem.


Polly Pocket Is Relaunching Its Classic '90s Toys & Moms Are Barely Keeping It Together

Polly Pocket is relaunching its classic line of dolls and compacts later this year.


Peeps Are Not a Treat, They're a Crime Against Humanity

Peeps are one of the most iconic Easter candies, but it's time to finally admit an uncomfortable truth: they're disgusting.


Toddlers Explore the Streets Without Parents in New Series That Challenges Our Inner Helicopter Moms

A new video series by filmmaker Jacob Krupnick challenges parents to let their kids roam free.


A Doctor Asked Terminally Ill Kids What Really Matters in Life. Here's What They Said

The main takeaway, says McAlpine, is enjoy every minute of your life and spend as much time as you can with the ones you love. | These kids wished they had more time for...


Everyone Needs to Lay Off the Mom Whose Son Climbed Into the Gorilla Exhibit

When I was a kid, my family and I took a road trip, and my 4-year-old sister got carsick and vomited in the backseat of our van. We were driving through mountains on our way...

Scary Mommy

Sorry We Ruined Haircuts By Having Both Hair And Children At The Same Time

We've all heard of the "mom haircut." Traditionally, it's extremely short, requires little maintenance, and we've all had its explicit uncoolness drilled into our heads for...

Scary Mommy

8 Ways Motherhood Is Exactly Like A Disney Princess Movie

You could compare motherhood to a lot of things-a horror movie, a circus, prison-but you probably wouldn't consider comparing it to a picture-perfect Disney fairytale. Your...

Scary Mommy

Yes, You Will Grow A Pregnancy Beard Because Mother Nature Is A B*#ch

There are two types of mothers in the world: ones with lush facial hair that could draw the envy of every bare-faced pre-pubescent boy on the planet, and liars. We don't like to...

The Stir

How My Depression Has Made Me a Better Mom

We tend to think of depression as a negative thing in our society. We empathize with those who suffer, but we also try to keep our distance. Depressio...

Scary Mommy

Miss Teen USA Eliminates Swimsuit Competition, Makes It No Less Creepy

The people behind the Miss Teen USA pageant just made a big announcement: instead of judging girls based on how their bodies look in a bikini, they're going to start judging...

Scary Mommy

Another Viral Post Reminds Us We're Crappy Moms If We Look At Our Phones

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know technology-shaming is the hip new thing for moms. At the park and on your phone? Doing it wrong. Check your Facebook while your...


Your Kid Could Have Lyme Disease And You Might Not Even Know it

Photo credit: LWA/Dann Tardif/Getty When most parents think about Lyme disease, we think of a bright red rash that resembles a bull's-eye. It's the most infamous symptom of the...

The Stir

Why I've Stopped Apologizing for Feeding My Baby Formula

Few parenting choices bring moms to their knees like choosing between breastmilk and formula. Feeding a baby should be the easiest thing in the world ...


Talking to your kids about their weight just got a whole lot easier

Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more. In fact, kids are dealing with...