Would You Work For No Pay?

me and maddy

When I was first given this video to watch, the preamble was: "Watch to the end to see why millions have taken on the thankless job" so before I talk about it, you should watch it too... I'll admit I thought I was going to watch some epic revelation about our economy and why people are taking anything.  I didn't expect this.  I'll also admit that it did pull on the … [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...]

Parenting, Work, and the Spoiled Baby

Source: Unknown

Once again I find myself wanting to yell at my computer screen.  It’s as if the TIME cover set off a whole new wave of hysteria and outlandish and uneducated opinions about some of the practices of attachment parenting and I find myself getting more and more frustrated by the idiocy that parades around as journalism and feminist thought.  Though lately the focus has gone off … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 2

Rebirth Magazine

By Tracy G. Cassels In this second issue of Re:Birth, there are articles on the Ultrasound (which was quite new at the time), mothering the mother, VBACs (yes, they were talking about them 20 years ago) and C-sections, support during labour, and breastfeeding policies. I would like to briefly discuss one piece though – ‘Reflections’ by Maaike Asselbergs (as a personal … [Read more...]

Co-Sleeping: Making Travel Easier

co-sleeping while travelling

  Before I had my own daughter, I remember hearing friends with kids complain about how their babies reacted to traveling – they were extra fussy, especially at night-time.  This isn’t surprising at all, as many babies don’t like the night at the best of times, but throw in a foreign environment and a new bed (rarely can people bring their own cribs) and it must be … [Read more...]

Taking the Newborn out of Newborn Toys

Children Playing

  It used to be that baby toys were things like rattles and blocks that they could actually use to have fun with.  Of course, this meant that babies really didn’t have toys at first because the motion of grasping a rattle or holding a block was well beyond them for the first few months of life.  And that was fine – babies did baby things, like sleep, eat, poop, and … [Read more...]

Introduction

Baby_4

Parenting.  You hear people say that it’s the most important thing you can do with your life, that nothing else compares with the highs and the lows associated with it.  It is arguably the most central act that a species has as it allows for the perpetuation of the species – without parents, offspring die and the species die out too.  So one would think that because of this … [Read more...]