Guest Post: Happy

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By Mama Bean “What right have you got to be happy, anyway?” I felt like I’d been struck by lightening; my whole body froze.  I could feel my teeth clench together as my jaw clamped shut.  I could not utter another word. I had dared to confide my teenage angst in someone who should have known better than to shame and belittle me.  I had dipped my toe into a pool of hope … [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...]

An Open Letter on Support

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To the parent who is asking that we just support one another, no matter what each of us has chosen on our parenting path… I first have to tell you that I hear you.   I hear you on the confusion over different pieces of conflicting advice.  I hear you on how difficult it is to face family and friends telling you that you “must” sleep train or wean or supplement.  I hear you … [Read more...]

Why Ending the “Mommy Wars” is Misguided and Dangerous

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Ending the mommy wars has become quite the news item and one that everyone seems to get on board with. I mean, how can you not?  Doesn’t it sound so lovely to say that we have to support each other as moms no matter what we do?  After all, they’re just choices and isn’t each choice as valid and wonderful as the rest?  If we all just accepted this, the world would be… well, what … [Read more...]

Supporting Moms: Tell Me What I Want To Hear?

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By Tracy G. Cassels 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 … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Kristin from One Organic Mama

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Warning. This post is about birth. Vaginal birth. I have given you fair warning. If you don't like that word, just don't read this. Have you closed the page? Go away. Good. So no one is reading. I am only writing this because on a few occasions people have asked about my VBAC and have mentioned that they don't know anyone who has ever had one. I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Losing the Stigma Around Fostering

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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...]

Happy Father’s Day

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Babe, Thank you.  I could honestly write "for everything" but I don't know how well that would go over as this is just about father's day.  So let me count the ways I love you as the father of our dear Maddy, as I love you in many other ways as well ;) I love you for... Doing things differently the second time around.  It takes a very strong person to not cling to how … [Read more...]

Interview with Darcia Narvaez

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Many of you read the Moral Landscapes blog done on Psychology Today by Dr. Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.  She regularly writes posts about infant well-being and her most famous post, 'The Dangers of Crying-It-Out', has been viewed over 750,000 times.  I consider myself lucky to be able to write with her (along with other incredibly … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Kristy and Baby Rainy

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Rainy’s Birth Story After having my first child, I was lucky to be able to take advantage of the natural birth control God created called breastfeeding.  It is a method not always reliable and ends when baby wants it to, (when baby is nursing less frequently), not you.  So I ended up getting pregnant unexpectedly after returning to fertility when Astra was around 13 months … [Read more...]