It’s OK to Tell Our Daughters They’re Pretty

Lately I’ve noticed a trend arising among blog posts and facebook dialogue that I find a little perplexing. It has to do with our daughters, and no, it’s not about sexy clothing or Miley Cyrus – at least, not directly. What it has to do with is complimenting our daughters, or should I say, not … Continue reading It’s OK to Tell Our Daughters They’re Pretty

My Choice to Parent Differently Does Not Imply Your Way Is Wrong

By Amy Serotkin When I was pregnant with my daughter, I informed someone who was very close to me that I intended to cloth diaper. She immediately got upset, telling me that it would be impossible to keep up with and there was no way I could do it full time. My insistence that it was indeed … Continue reading My Choice to Parent Differently Does Not Imply Your Way Is Wrong

“You need more pink!” – Raising a Daughter in a Monochromatic World

I can’t pinpoint exactly when Americans felt the necessity to dress their daughters up like Easter baskets with ribbons, ruffles, sparkles and bows in order to prove they were girls, but I can say that as a child born in 1976, those things were generally reserved for special occasions. There are plenty of photos of me … Continue reading “You need more pink!” – Raising a Daughter in a Monochromatic World

One Mom’s Perspective on Why the New Health Care Reform is Vital

The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has undoubtedly been on the minds of many this week, as Republicans angle to defund the newly instituted program with a government shutdown. In an ultimate display of irony, their latest ploy is using children with cancer who are currently being denied their treatment in clinical trials during the … Continue reading One Mom’s Perspective on Why the New Health Care Reform is Vital

Raising a Generation of Contributors, Not Just Consumers

Lately, my daughter has been doing something that has sparked some of my proudest moments to date as a parent.  It has nothing to do with impressive demonstrations of memorization, advanced abilities or blossoming talents.  Now that she just turned 3 and she’s able to really communicate thoroughly and ask thoughtful questions, the thing that … Continue reading Raising a Generation of Contributors, Not Just Consumers

The Things You Should Never, EVER Say to Someone Experiencing Fertility Issues

  In the 3 years prior to conceiving my daughter, I spent 7 months on clomid, did what seemed like endless months of injections and ultrasounds through failed IUI’s and IVF’s, had 4 early miscarriages, and had 3 surgeries just months apart on my pelvic region. There were also complications like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, 4 … Continue reading The Things You Should Never, EVER Say to Someone Experiencing Fertility Issues

Parents of Night Wakers Anonymous

  My name is Amy, and my three year old daughter does not sleep through the night. Not only that, but I [gasp!] still nurse her to sleep. Sometimes I feel like people with children who wake up at night should be meeting in a church basement somewhere, drinking coffee out of styrofoam cups with … Continue reading Parents of Night Wakers Anonymous

Our Child’s Education: Our Decision To Make, Not Yours

  My daughter will be starting school for the first time soon, for 5 full days a week. It is a huge transition for our little family unit, but especially for the two of us, as we have spent the last three years together. I know she will thrive there, as we did not take … Continue reading Our Child’s Education: Our Decision To Make, Not Yours

The Price We Pay to Stay “Connected”

  As a child born in the mid 70’s, my generation has witnessed a pretty radical lifestyle shift due to technological advances. It is a transformation that will no doubt continue to insert itself further and further into our lives with the development of each new “must have” gadget. It begs the question – are … Continue reading The Price We Pay to Stay “Connected”

The Best Non-Toxic Beeswax and Soy Crayons

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering’s Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school. The second most popular question posted on my natural toys buy/sell/trade group … Continue reading The Best Non-Toxic Beeswax and Soy Crayons