J’s most common response when baby C cries is to furl his brow, put his hands over his ears and start screaming himself. I started by trying to explain to J how it would actually be in his best interest to stay quiet, since his screaming would probably only make C cry more. That explanation… Read More On empathy, and how it helps me and my oldest son
Here we are again. This strange, in-between time just before a baby is born. I remember this trembling-on-the-edge feeling from the days before I birthed J. I felt fiercly protective and nostalgic about my life as I knew it, so I printed out a whole bunch of pictures and hung them over our couch. Pictures… Read More Trembling on the edge of baby number two
Here’s a titillating preview of my latest post on the rad Get Born blog: Maybe, like me, you read this Time magazine article a couple years ago and it scared the crap out of you… Head over to Get Born to read the rest and share your reaction to whole fetal origins palava.
I go through cycles as a parent when I feel unfettered and fabulous and others that leave me worried, ashamed and inept. The last few months have been the latter, and I’ve done what I usually do when I’m utterly baffled by raising my son–I place a minimum of 5 parenting books on hold at… Read More Read it: Tears and Tantrums
I don’t have a lot in me today. After a few weeks filled with video project deadlines, A. leaving town for a work trip, J’s 3rd birthday, friends in town, dance rehearsals for a street festival (more on my beloved dance class sometime), and then doula-ing for a radical momma over the course of her… Read More Why I’m tuckered out. And parenting lesson 287.
For the past couple months, J has complained just about every time I take him to daycare. The minute I cheerfully tell him that it’s a school day he begins the “I don’t like my school” refrain. It can also express itself as “I don’t like my friends,” or the even more concerning “I’m scared… Read More My crisis of confidence with daycare, and the expert advice that helped.
I had to share a few of the great photos that you, dear readers, have been sharing on my Facebook page this week in response to my photographic challenge. The challenge, in short, was to take a picture of one of the not-so-perfect moments in your life–feeling bored in traffic, scrubbing dirty diapers late at… Read More The revolution begins: your not-so-perfect moment photos!
I’ve been thinking about this photo for a long time. And this one too: Both were part of this NYT article that a friend recommended after reading my first video blog post. I loved the article for the counterpoint it offered to the “Don’t you just love every minute?” comments that people kept flinging at… Read More A photographic challenge: capture and share a less-than-perfect moment
So now that we’re knee deep in Pippa milk from our goat share, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it all. The whole notion of cheese-making made me nervous–I don’t usually have the patience for things that require adherence to absolute precision over the course of many steps. Turns out, it… Read More Homesteading Update: I’m a cheese maker
Well, thanks to all of your helpful comments responding to my cry for help, things are going a bit better on the sleep front. Your suggestions reminded me of something that I knew deep down in my heart–J is getting bigger all the time, and I will probably always be a few steps behind, thinking… Read More Toddler sleep update