Authoritarian Fall-Back

I haven’t slept in 4 days. Or maybe it’s 5 days.  I can’t remember anymore and it’s unimportant.  The point is that I’m bone tired and I’ve fallen into the patterns that I learned as a child.   The patterns I’m in do not foster connection with my family. They are authoritarian rather than authoritative…

Breastfeeding Older Children in Public, Part One

Do you care about whether a mother and older child are breastfeeding? Or do you care about whether a mother and older child are breastfeeding in public?   The first question is the important one as the financial and societal cost of not breastfeeding and the personal benefits to mother and child are arguably well-established.…

My Hero Zero

There comes a time when an individual becomes irresistible and his action becomes all-pervasive in its effects. This comes when he reduces himself to zero. ~Mahatma Gandhi I’ve been struggling the last few days. I haven’t been speaking to others with gentleness. I have been bouncing from small, but urgent, necessaries of life with children…

I Will Sleep When I Am Dead

This post is part of the first Humor in Parenting (and Breastfeeding!) Blog Carnival inspired by the anthology Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding, a collection edited by Rachel Epp Buller and published by Demeter Press in August 2013. The anthology looks at the lighter side of nursing. All of its contributors found something…

Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Two, Three?

Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning – Your Stories This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship. *** I have been breastfeeding for over five years now. I…

First Do No Harm

Welcome to the May 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With or Without Extended Family This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how relatives help or hinder their parenting. Please read to the end to…