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To sleep or not to sleep…or rather, when May 23, 2008

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My mom and grandma used to marvel at how I was such an early riser as a baby. Apparently, even after my birth, which was late at night and when most sane people getting ready to turn in, I was up the next morning…at dawn.

Now, not so much. My late-teen and early adult years turned me into a bona fide night owl. Maybe it was the late nights studying. Maybe it was the late nights partying. I don’t know. Whatever it was, it definitely made a marked shift in my sleeping vs. waking patterns and preference. In fact, in many ways, it’s what’s made being a work-at-home professional with a kid (um, a WAHM that is), a bit easier. It’s quiet at night. And the chances for any interruptions in thought process or work flow are slim to none. (more…)

Fear of birth–institutionlized April 20, 2008

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I’ve just finished reading the current issue of Time magazine. My husband grabbed it before I did and after reading the cover story, he was struck by the article by Alice Park “Choosy Mothers Choose Cesareans” about the increase in Cesareans by choice. He got about half-way through and handed it to me, who happens to be one of those women who had a vaginal delivery without any anesthesia. What got me to the laptop was the end of the article, which concluded: “As our ideas about birth evolve, perhaps more women will feel less defensive about making the same choice.” (That is, the choice for an elective C-section.) (more…)

Unleash your inner flower child February 19, 2008

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I first discovered Flower Child Herbs in Riverview, Mich. when I was looking for safe, non-chemical, herbal alternatives to bug repellent to use on my son and myself when he was an infant and still nursing. While I have my own little crop of lavender growing in my garden, I didn’t have the skill (or time) to press it and extract the oils myself. I was delighted to learn that only a few miles away, lay the perfect answer to my needs, and I have been a loyal customer ever since. I recently made a pilgrimage to my little oasis, Flower Child Herbs. I’ve written about this delicious little boutique before, but now, in a way, I have the delightful opportunity to pay Jill back for all of the joy that she and her products have given me. (more…)

Untruths in adverstising February 13, 2008

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I‘ve been on a quest for flushable wipes for my son. We use flushable diapers (G-Diapers) when we’re at home and Seventh Generation for night time and when we’re out. I also tend to flush his solid waste, both in an effort to not have it end up in the garbage and to show him where it goes now that he’s expressed an interest in the toilet and its functions. This presented a problem of course, when it came to disposing the diaper after wiping him…what to do with the wipes. Hence my quest. (more…)

Crystal Light in lieu of water, eh? February 7, 2008

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In my own parenting, I try to be respectful of the parenting styles of others. You never know what the circumstances are or any other number of issues for parenting decisions. We’re also only as good as the tools that we’ve got, and with that in mind, I try not to judge—some people’s toolboxes aren’t as complete as others’. Then I read something so rediculous, that I can’t help but not just comment about it, I’m compelled to blog about it. 

In searching for an answer to my own latest toddler drama—day three of refusal to drink milk—I decided to Google it. Okay, that was my first mistake. I should have gone straight to What to Expect The Toddler Years, or to my tried and true parenting sisters at babytalkbio.com.  I’d called my mom, but she wasn’t home, and I was at my wit’s end after having played “Bad Mama” telling my milk-avoiding boy: “no more juice. You’ve had enough today. You can have milk or water,” and the kind of tantrum in reply that breaks your heart. (more…)

GreenBlog3: Plastic, plastic, plastic January 26, 2008

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Recently a friend said to me, “I know how you hate plastic,” in discussing storage options. Ever since I started using eco-bags for my groceries and other shopping, I’ve learned that it’s not easy being green. But your greenness can also be confusing to your friends and extended family, especially when it comes to green parenting. Apparently, making greener choices for yourself and your family opens you up for a whole host of assumptions that range from you’re a green hypocrite because you’re not “green enough” to thoughts that you’re a “tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, macrobiotic freak.” (My son and I do have Birks. My husband’s not quite there yet, but I’m working on him.) (more…)

Choices January 23, 2008

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My son, who will be two in about two-and-a-half weeks, has been making some interesting decisions lately. They have been unprompted and made completely on his own. I never realized how early decision making starts, even with an undergraduate degree in developmental psychology. As parents, as our little ones grow more autonomous, at some point, we try to encourage their decision-making skills with questions like: “Do you want broccoli or peas?” (more…)

The journey of building a magazine December 31, 2007

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A lot of my regular readers and close friends and associates know that I’m launching a magazine in January—theWAHMmagzine: the only content-driven digital magazine for work-at-home parents. It has been exciting and a challenge, and with five days to go until the big launch, I’m getting beside myself with excitement about it, so I thought that I’d write about the journey.

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Market Madness December 9, 2007

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Friday evening, I went to the market after several fruitful hours writing. It was time, we were almost out of everything. Three c-notes poorer, but rich in mostly healthy and delicious food for my family, I left the store with the usual bad taste in my mouth from yet another sucky shopping experience. Like something out of one of the Target sketches from SNL, I endured the questions and strangeness from the cashier and bagger. Why oh why do the clerks at Kroger feel it necessary to question my purchases? Politeness of course, always prevails, and I just play along, trying to hide my growing irritation. I’ve come to expect it, starting with the look as if I’ve sprouted five additional heads as I toss my cloth sacks and two square cloth collapsible bins on the conveyor belt while saying, “No plastic, use these instead.” But this trip, I was getting the curious yet inappropriate commentary from all angles. (more…)

Green just jumped the shark December 4, 2007

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I’m fairly green-tinged. I use reusable oat-bags when I shop instead of plastic, we’ve started buying CFLs among other things, and we’re doing much better with recycling and making more conscientious ecologically responsible personal and household choices.  So, my ears perk up when I hear Green News. But last night, to borrow a phrase from the TV-pop culture world, it officially happened—green  jumped the shark. (more…)