Parenting

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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When Your Birth Plan Doesn’t Go As Planned

August 10, 2012

It’s a time-honored movie cliche: the pregnant woman has one or two contractions and instantly knows, “It’s time!” She and her entourage then blunder their way to the hospital, where she asks for the epidural, but, much to her screaming, sweaty chagrin, it’s too late for that. Three minutes of screaming and two good pushes […]

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All Wrapped Up In Babywearing

July 26, 2012

My name is Holly. I’m addicted to babywearing. Not the kind of babywearing that involves the crotch dangler carriers that rhyme with Florn, but babywearing with woven wraps. Close contact, secure, supportive, close enough to kiss babywearing. Wrapping with a woven wrap is amazing and I try to wrap my baby at least once a […]

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The Pros & Cons of Having Children with an Absent Spouse

July 16, 2012

For the past three years, my husband has traveled for work. And when I say traveled I mean seriously traveled a buttload. We’re talking two weeks a month and usually over weekends. This year, despite being unemployed since January, he still traveled a lot for work while he cobbled together freelance jobs that took him […]

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When Your Kids Aren’t The Problem…Their Friends Are.

July 13, 2012

In a perfect world, everyone would love everyone else, no one would be mean or tell lies, and we would all celebrate each other’s fabulousness.  But let’s face it:  we all have issues, and sometimes those issues are projected onto others.  There are people out there who are just plain old meanies.  We all know […]

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How To Help A Friend Through A Miscarriage

July 5, 2012

I am one of the countless women who have suffered through a miscarriage, most recently a few weeks ago. It’s never easy to know what to say, or how to help a friend through this difficult time. Through my own personal experience, I would like to share some tips on how to help your friend […]

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The Stay-At-Home Mom’s Guide to Child Avoidance (Or “Detachment Parenting”)

July 3, 2012

Today, my husband has to be at work related functions from 6 in the morning until 10 at night.  I am alone with our 20-month-old for all of those hours. I woke up, came downstairs, offered him 15 different options for breakfast, only to have each of them rejected after a couple of bites.  Then […]

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When to Help Your Kids Cosmetically

May 25, 2012

I remember being fairly young, around 9 years old, when I started noticing that the hair on my legs had grown in thick and heavy and was much more abundant and noticeable than my classmates. I began to be very shy and self-conscious  about it, hiding it under thick pantyhose (even during the summertime), as […]

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Social Media Parenting

May 15, 2012

Recently, headlines have showcased “social-media parenting,” instances where parents use social media to “discipline” their children.  I use the term discipline loosely, because I see this parenting more as punishment and less as discipline.  The purpose of discipline is to teach desirable behaviors.  The purpose of punishment is to stop undesirable behavior. In both cases, […]

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She Speaks: A Letter to My Daughter About Love.

May 11, 2012

May 8, 2007 I wanted to let you know that, although this might be nothing, your father and I have been fighting a lot.Young love is often very complicated. I swore when I was younger that I had fallen in love 20 times but as I got older I realized it was only “puppy love” […]

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