I read a Tweet this week by Kristen (@OmahaBabyLady) that made me take pause. She said, “Why will people plan for a year for their wedding but 12 weeks of childbirth classes is too long? WTF?” I’d never thought of it in that way before, but it resonated with me. Many people spend a year or longer planning and preparing for their wedding, but how much time do they spend preparing for the life-changing and life-giving event of giving birth to their child? Kristen, who is a Bradley childbirth educator and doula, was prompted to Tweet and blog about this after a potential client reactedRead More →
As I was getting the kids ready for an afternoon of carefree fun at the pool today, my almost 6-year-old surprised me with this question, “Mom, why do girls have to wear bathing suit tops or shirts, but boys don’t?” I wanted to shout, “Patriarchy!” as I like to blame most things on the patriarchy and I know it would have made Denise proud, but somehow I was pretty sure that response wouldn’t suffice. It occurs to me now that this may be the first time she’s really had to deal with inequality in the world (or the Puritanical society in which we live). Yes,Read More →
Being a parent today seems to require a hyper-vigilance to make sure your child is protected from unhealthy — sometimes even toxic chemicals — in their toys, clothing, eating utensils, furniture, household items, and more. Between lead-based paint, PVC and phthalates in toys, bisphenol A (BPA) in water bottles, flame retardant in pajamas and recently cadmium — a carcinogen — in McDonald’s Shrek glasses, there’s a lot to keep moms and dads on their toes. The question becomes: What is the best way to keep your child safe? How can a parent know that something they (or a friend or relative) buy for their littleRead More →
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In case you haven’t yet heard/read about what’s going on with the BlogHer ’10 Conference and Nestle (Stouffer’s – one of the many, MANY brands Nestle owns) sponsorship, you might want to check out the posts below: From Annie at PhD in Parenting: My BlogHer Accountability Post Another from Annie at PhD in Parenting: I will not give Nestlé my money, but I also won’t let Nestlé control my life From Gina Crosley-Corcoran at ShePosts: BlogHer ’10 Picks Up Nestle Sponsorship – What Will Boycotters Do? From Amy at Mom Spark: Stouffer’s Sponsors BlogHer 2010. Will They Be Judged? From Gina Crosley-Corcoran at The FeministRead More →