Teacher Appreciation Week

This post could also be titled – “How I Learned That Sometimes, It Really Does Take a Village.” I was scared to send my second child off to school.  I was nervous about sending off my oldest, but it was nervousness tinged with excitement.

Losing My Religion, Looking For Our Faith

A By [URL=]This is Childhood[/URL] contributing author, Kristen Levithan When my husband and I first started dating in college, the subject of religion came up all the time. We stayed up late, chatting in his dorm room over Wawa subs and barbecue potato chips

What Is Motherhood?

What is motherhood? When I think of motherhood, I think of birth. Maybe that isn’t typical, but as a childbirth educator for the past six years and a mother of four young children, it is a natural enough thought for me. Though many think

Mothering is an Action

  We are all pretty ex****ted today.  My fifteen month old has been battling an ear infection, and when little ears hurt, mamas don’t get much sleep.  So after I dropped my oldest at kindergarten, we trudged back into the house, and I turned

The Birth of River

With every birth a mother is born.  Whether it’s your first or fifth birth, it is a transformative time, poignant and capable of creating personal revolutions.  As soon as my husband, Chad, and I found out we were expecting a baby, I knew I was

Operation Meditation

It’s 5:00 am. I have to pee very badly. And I’d like to go meditate. Someone else would simply get out of bed, pee, and blithely head off to their cushion. Not me. To do this, I must pull off a CIA operation. I

Turning Five

“Were you in labor at this time five years ago?” my husband asked last week as we were cleaning up the kitchen after our early Passover dinner. “No, not yet. I didn’t go into labor until 4am.” April 14, 2009 – 4am I’m awakened