Being a “Good Samaritan”: Kids in Cars

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Lately there has been a lot of discussion about children in cars.  Women are being arrested and charged with remarkable crimes like picking up toilet paper while leaving a sleeping child in the car just outside for periods of 3-5 minutes.  People online admit they would immediately call 911 if they saw a child in the car, regardless of circumstance. Folks, what happened to … [Read more...]

That Similac Ad (You Know the One)

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Similac has won the Internet and marketing in general with a new ad that has most moms crying out "Yes!" Here it is for context (potential trigger warning for implied possible harm to child): I'll be honest, I didn't like it.  At all.  I appreciate what they've done, but I didn't like it.  At first I chose to ignore it.  After all, I didn't like it, but many others … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Six things you may not know about the Foster Care Process

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Tracy's Note: I am someone who constantly thinks about the foster system.  There is such a need for GOOD foster parents, but it seems most people don't know a lot of the information they should.  This guest post was provided to me to share with you what you need to know if you're considering fostering.  I hope more people will so we get to a stage where entering the foster … [Read more...]

It’s Not About You


Story #1 I so wanted a home birth.  To be honest, I never fathomed I’d set foot in a hospital.  My mother had birthed all three of us kids at home, on the third floor of what would be my family home for nearly 30 years, with a midwife.  This was just how birth was done in my mind.  I hate hospitals (always have), I hated the stories I’d heard from too many people about … [Read more...]

Guest Post: One Dad on Being There

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By Kurt W. Kroeck It seems appropriate, somehow, to be writing this just 5 days before my son Thomas turns a year old.  I know that there’s a lot of buzz on the internet about different parenting issues, concerns, and styles. I also know that when my partner Holly and I talked about how we were going to do things, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the things she planned. When … [Read more...]

Supporting Moms: Tell Me What I Want To Hear?


Lately I’ve been forced to handle many comments all relating to the same theme of, “Shouldn’t we all be supporting each other no matter what we choose?”  It’s a beautiful sentiment that parents can pull out whenever they hear of people dissenting against a particular point of view.  Actually, it’s often shared against a page or group of people who speak out against mainstream … [Read more...]

Testicles, Testosterone, and Paternal Involvement

Source: Unknown

Sometimes there’s research that sounds so ridiculous you have to cover it.  Especially when you realize that it’s not so completely ridiculous, and in fact, there may even be some evolutionary theory to it.  Enter the research that came out this week – and was picked up by several news stations – linking the size of men’s testicles to the degree of involvement in … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Losing the Stigma Around Fostering


Losing the Stigma around Fostering Fostering and the world of children in care can be viewed as a complicated subject. People invent red tape because they are unsure about the stipulations around who can be a foster parent, which means there are less people fostering than there could be, and we don’t need to discuss the positive effects of having homes available to … [Read more...]

Room for Judgment

Source: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Lately I have heard “Stop judging” far more frequently than I like.  The idea behind it is that judgment is bad; that we judge actions and people when we shouldn’t, especially moms.  But here’s the thing:  Judgment is how we live.  Asking someone not to judge is like asking someone not to breathe.  We judge everything we see all the time.  We are probably unaware of it as most … [Read more...]

The Importance of Partner Support

Source: "Murphy Brown"

Note: This piece was originally posted back in 2011 but I have updated it and edited it to repost now because I feel it's just as important now as it was then but needed a little updating! If you’re old enough to remember the 80s and early 90s, you’ll probably remember the hoopla over single mothers and how awful they were.  It seemed to come to a head with Murphy Brown, a … [Read more...]