12 Alternatives to Punishment

All Things Mothering

Last Call: Why I Want One More, Even Though I Shouldn When I was younger, I dreamed of having three children. Three kids felt chaotic, messy, and fun; three kids was the best kind of party. I feel incredibly lucky to actually have three children who kick my butt each and every day. My plate is full, blessedly so. So why can’t I stop thinking about having another ...  Continue Reading
How to Experience a Baby CC by 2.0 sabianmaggy I’ve never admitted this before because it sounds entirely weird, but it was such a powerful experience that I now look back at it as a sort of ceremony. In case you want to give baby choreography a try, I’ll explain. First time motherhood confounded me in a way I could not, still cannot, put ...  Continue Reading
Bedsharing Through the Good and the Bad With a finally passed-out 17-month-old on your shoulder, you have to slither into bed as gingerly as you can: waddling on your knees like a penguin to the middle of your mattress, turning around and then laying back as slowly as possible—utilizing all the core muscles you have left after having two kids (sit-ups being absent in ...  Continue Reading
20 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula In our current obstetric culture women have lots of commentators on what they should or shouldn't do, but few people who are just there to support them and their partner in their birth. Few who understand how to emotionally "be there" for the birth and preparation leading up to it. Few women have a strong circle of ...  Continue Reading

Recent Mothering Activity

  • I'm making a blanket for our son, using GOTS-certified cotton fabrics and batting. But the binding I bought is way too rough (and not well ... 26 September 2014, 1:20 am

  • Do babies ever grow out of fighting sleep? My 7mo old fights it every single nap and bedtime and at night when she wakes (which is every hour) lately... 23 September 2014, 10:21 am

  • Hi there! I desperately Need suggestions! My lo is Four month old and High Need (what a surprise- sigh) i Cannot manage anymore. He needs carrying... 21 September 2014, 2:46 pm

  • A very dear friend of my husband and I passed away this week. He was only in his 20s and it was a suicide. We aren't family, but close to the family,... 21 September 2014, 4:45 am

  • I am about to have my fourth and final bundle of joy and have heard that swaddling newborns is a good thing. I never did it before and don't recall... 20 September 2014, 4:46 pm