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The 8 Best Breastfeeding Products for New Moms

Nursing my babies is, without doubt, one of my favorite things about motherhood.  I adore the bonding experience.  I also take great pride in knowing that not only did I make these kids from scratch, but I sustain them for months on end with nothing but my own body.  It’s truly an every day miracle. […]

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The One-Two Punch

Recently, I gave birth to my second baby.  I didn’t expect it to be a picnic to go from one kid to two. Throughout my pregnancy I was adequately warned by lots of people I trust. “With two kids you’re now fully immersed in parenting,” said the midwife. Friends with two kids said things like, […]

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The power of planning parenthood

The Power of Planning Parenthood

I have a 22 month old son and a daughter on the way, but I’ve been pregnant three times.  I didn’t miscarry a baby, I terminated a pregnancy. In my early 20s, I got pregnant accidentally, and I exercised my legal right to an abortion.  That decision shaped me in ways that make me a better […]

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Lazy Mama Manual: Baby Led Weaning

Confession time – lots of my practical parenting decisions are driven primarily by a need to simplify my life as much as possible.  I feel no need to martyr myself to motherhood.  Breastfeeding? Easier than making bottles.  Babywearing? Faster and less annoying than pushing a stroller. So when my son started to become interested in […]

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parenting as social justice: because he had a dream

Parenting as Social Justice: Because He Had a Dream

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be […]

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Parenting as Social Justice: The Words We Choose

There are very few thing that I’m certain of when it comes to this parenting thing.  One thing I know for sure is that words matter.  And I don’t just mean that the sticks and stones poem is completely inaccurate (which it is).  Rather, words can do more much more than hurt or help.  Words can shape the […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Modeling Dialogue

Last month, I was thinking about writing an essay on establishing dialogue and discourse with kids at various age groups.  Well, that one will have to wait because right now what I really need to work on is doing dialogue with other grown folk.  I want my kid to see me (now and always) being open, […]

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