Dividing Lines

My mom, having raised three kids, understands most of my parenting challenges. She knows that breastfeeding can be an emotional roller coaster, that sleeping can be a real bitch, that the baby garbage can threaten to overwhelm your previously minimalist—or …

The Dream Team

It take a village to raise a child. Doesn’t that conjure up romance in your mind? Dusky chimneys rising above thatched roofs as baby-wearing gardeners tend to their plots of land, or a gentle village made of of aunties and …

Better Parenting Through Science Books

I am not one for internet chat rooms at the best of times, but there’s a special place in hell where the BabyCentre forums are hosted. Leaving aside the capricious grammar, signatures with an overabundance of emojis, constant rants about …

Zig-Zag Mama: A Mamafesto

Let me just start here: I have been wrong. I thought it was going to take us forever to get pregnant. Nope! First month out of the gate and my eggs were like heeyyyy and M’s swimmers were like s’up …

Sleep Training: A Love/Hate Story

What: Sleep training. Fuuuuuck. Like vaccines and introducing solid foods, there are schools of thought on this one. Some people think it’s damaging to the baby, or to the parent-child relationship; some people think it’s just another milestone in infancy, …

The Mama Syllabus

Building on the post earlier this month where I both wrote about the importance of building a motherhood syllabus that works for you, as well expounded the virtues of Facebook and Pinterest as link-savers, here are some articles, sites, and …

The Tiniest Things: Six Months

Babies change at the speed of light. They double their birth weight within a few months of being born, they learn new skills practically daily, and even the fundamentals outlines of their bodies change—teeth sprouting from gummy smiles, heads getting …

Mamas, Build Your Own Church

I just spent the last three hours cleaning out my Saved Links on Facebook (do y’all know about this? It’s basically the best part of Facebook for me these days), and a full one-third of the articles and links I’d …

Size Three Diapers

NS grows like a weed. He’s always been tall—long? Are babies long or tall?—and with his rigorous feeding schedule of roughly one million times per day, he’s packed on more than ten pounds in the last 20 weeks. He never …

Fatherhood Is Pretty Good

There’s a saying out there in the world that goes something like: “women become mothers when they find out they’re pregnant, while men become fathers when they meet their first child.” To which I reply, fie on your gender essentialist …