That First Year’s a Doozie: Tips to Thriving In New Mamaland
We recently celebrated our daughter’s first birthday. Approaching the big anniversary of her turn around the sun, I was sort of all a twitter. I prepped and prepped and prepped for a big party, mobilized family and other helpers, planned my daughter’s outfit (forgetting mine), and searched recipe upon recipe to find the perfect “healthier” […]
Why All This Parenting Style Stuff Matters Even When It Feels Like It Shouldn’t
Today, I saw an intense image pop up in my Facebook stream, shared by a page dedicated to supporting mothers with breastfeeding challenges. It showed an emaciated mother with very little breast tissue (mostly skin) breastfeeding a similarly thin child. Naturally, many of the comments the post illicited expressed guilt about fretting over low breast […]
My (Un)Glamorous Expat Beach Mama Routine (A Day In the Life)
I’ve talked here before about how I left the states to travel, fell in love on my first major stop (Chile), stayed, had a baby and am now living the expat mama life on a beach where I fell in love. It’s been a few months, and inspired by Jill’s Day In the Life post, I thought […]
Unschooling: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome (A Day in the Life)
I decided I wanted to write a day in the life post because I love unschooling. We do *so* much, have amazing experiences, and witness everyday life kind of awesomeness that wouldn’t be seen sitting at a desk. *And* we do it when we decide we’re ready *and* we stop when we’re done! Doesn’t […]
Traveling Family Series: Meet the Lighthiser Family
I am delighted to introduce you to the Lighthiser Family! This amazing family of five, plus beloved black lab, are currently touring the western USA on bike. Between the six of them, they are pedaled along on two modified bikes and one pull-behind trailer. Learn how they are making it happen on a budget and […]
Will Your Birth Experience Reflect Your Life Habits?
A doula friend of mine and I were sitting at my dining room table the other day talking about birth. Among the myriad aspects of birth practices, cultural norms and personal experiences we were sharing about, we marveled at how in birth, there is no place to go; in birth we shine as a great […]
Our Little Breastfeeding “Miracle”
A few months ago, in the thick of it, I wrote about the challenges my little and I were having breastfeeding. Long story short to recap the post, my baby had an ineffective suck and my supply tanked after a couple weeks, (almost) never to return, and we supplemented with formula to the point where […]
What’s the Deal with “Dear Mom on the iPhone”?
With so many responses to “Dear Mom on the iPhone” zipping around the web these last few months, I figured that I should go see what all the huff (counter-huff and supportive-huff) was all about. Last November, a blogger named Tonya Ferguson, who writes her family blog 4littlefergusons, wrote a post that she title, “Dear […]
Surge in Antibullying Books Reflects a Broader Cultural Alarm
The title drew me in. “Publishers revel in youthful cruelty” is pretty catchy after all. I was curious why any one person or group would revel in anyone’s cruelty because likely there is a very real someone on the receiving end of it. The title, while catchy, doesn’t quite fit the bill. The article is […]
Mom Has a Potty Mouth? It is Time to Own Up!
I cuss. I do. I have wanted to write this post for a while, but honestly I am embarrassed that I use some coarse language on an almost daily basis. I didn’t grow up in a home where cursing was a regular occurrence. In fact, it was rarely heard, even though many a situation could have justified […]