Parenting

Lisa: Effortless Mama Style

February 4, 2014

Post babies, I became compulsively aware and jealous of something I called “mom style.” Which was a term I bestowed upon ultra stylish moms who moved about society looking effortlessly chic and trendy, while I labored through my days frumpy and milk stained. Lisa Pellegrini Penzone is on point. She’s an athlete, photographer, working Italian […]

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Teaching Sex Without Shame

November 12, 2013

I never thought, as the mother of a three year old boy, that I’d have to spend so much time angrily fighting for his future right to explore his sexuality without judgment. Sadly, the internet is full of articles shaming teenage girls for taking selfies in their bedrooms, arguing that homosexuality is a choice, and, […]

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9 Months On, 12+ Months Off?

January 9, 2013

I knew before I had my son that the journey back to my pre-pregnancy body would be one rife with anxiety and struggles with my self-confidence. I also knew that having a history of anorexia would further complicate the situation, knowing that I may have postpartum weight loss struggles. Because of that, I deliberately took […]

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GoldieBlox: The Toy Invention You Should Love

December 6, 2012

Have you heard the buzz about GoldieBlox, the construction toy and book series about Goldie the (female) kid inventor? If you haven’t I implore you to check out this video that might or might not cause fist pumping or tears, depending on your underlying mood: GoldieBlox appeared as an idea on Kickstarter which is a funding […]

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Feminine Shaming: Why Do We Hate One Another?

November 8, 2012

You probably heard the story of Amanda Todd, the young girl from BC, Canada, who posted a YouTube video about being bullied and then sadly took her own life. Her story was awful, but unfortunately, not entirely uncommon. Bullying, especially cyber bullying, despite all the hopeful messages from celebrities and almost everyone else in the […]

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Will The Court System Ever Catch Up To What Makes A Family?

October 3, 2012

It is no secret that the nuclear family is evolving. There are same sex parents raising children. There are single parents doing it completely alone. There are split families; sometimes with 4 parents, sometimes 3 and sometimes just 2. Sometimes you just have a biological parent and a step parent raising a child with no […]

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Social Media and the Battle for My Teenager’s Soul

September 14, 2012

Okay, it’s probably not as dramatic as the title implies, but social media makes my job as a protective, vigilant parent just a little bit more challenging. I have a girl crazy 16-year-old stepson who has given me some great experience to help me deal with my own five boys (ages 2-10) in a few […]

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The Pregnancy Questions I Don’t Want You to Ask

September 11, 2012

There is a sort of expected progression in life.  As soon as you get a serious boyfriend, people start asking when you’re going to get married.  When you get engaged, everyone wants to know the date.  When you get hitched, everyone asks when you’re having kids.  These are the norms, these are assumed, expected occurences […]

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Adoption: Not for the Faint of Heart

August 30, 2012

When my husband and I and got married, we both knew we wanted children. But we were young, and we figured we had plenty of time for that later on. Several years later, we decided that we were ready to start our family, and I couldn’t wait to be a mama. This wouldn’t take long, […]

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Why are We Putting Bikinis on Little Girls?

August 16, 2012

I have a confession: little girls in bikinis? Not okay. That’s right, I said it. I wrote it. Spoken like a true aunt (not a mother) and feminist to boot. Rest assured this piece is not headed into some “Toddlers and Tiaras”-like tirade—although I could draw many a connection. I am just not a fan, and […]

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