Every woman has to make these decisions for herself. I made these decisions based on research and intuition. A lot of these decisions were the exact opposite of what everyone in my family wanted me to decide. A lot of decisions
By Rachel Pieh Jones for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers A young American mom in Djibouti said her husband recently asked what she wanted and she looked at him, all crazy. “What do I want? I don’t know what I want. I only
Regardless of the person you birthed, there's always something. Something that overwhelms us or drives us nuts, something that makes us feel like we're not doing a good job. You are not alone.
Being on social media has advantages when you’re parenting for the first time. I had my previously-written-about group of awesome internet friends. I could share pictures of my new baby with my friends and family (whether they wanted to see 100 pictures of slightly
There is this fallacy out there that to have a natural birth you must be outside of the hospital. I hate this, and not just because my first birth (and first natural birth) was in a wonderful hospital. I dislike this idea because all by
So, about that whole balance thing. I’m bad at it. Really bad. And as we mothers tend to do when expecting baby number two, I’m going through my mental list of things I want to do differently now that I have some experience under
By Emily Cappo for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Moments after we arrived at our temporary apartment at Christopher’s Haven, a little girl with a blonde bob poked her head out of the door to see who was moving in. Seconds later, she
I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing.
I came to recognize the gleam in the eye early on--the zeal in the eyes of would-be tummy touchers is unmistakable. At work, these women would spot my stomach and their eyes would light up like a sea of Bics at a Widespread Panic
By Lauren Apfel for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I have always been a woman of words, so it came as something of a surprise how motherhood has made me fixated on numbers. And not necessarily in a good way. It seems to