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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 shutdown as a means to get their way. “Their way” being to dismantle the very bill that would ensure that those children with cancer are provided with the health coverage they need in the future. These maneuvers seem to be... read more

Just Buy The Minivan

              I know, it’s a thing. The final nail in the coffin, the death blow to what was once a carefree, fashionable, hip time of your life. And now. Now you have a house in the suburbs and a low-maintenance hair cut and your bra looks kind of like those gurney things they use to hoist captive whales back into the sea.    Now you barely recognize yourself when you look in the mirror. For one, you’re pretty sure you used to brush your hair. And you’re almost positive you wore pants with a zipper and a button on a pretty regular basis at some point. You carry... read more

Wading Our Way Through Mama Guilt

Do you know what I want more than anything in the entire world?     I want to do right by these three.     I want to help them grow up into the confident, intelligent, compassionate, empathetic, ambitious, revolutionary women that I know they have inside of them.  In other words, I don’t want to mess this up.   And like many other mothers out there, I think my main way of dealing with this desire is to worry.   And then worry again.  And then worry some more.   If you can name it, I have worried about it.   Am I giving them enough attention?  Am I spoiling... read more

A Bereaved Mom's Plea to the Nonbereaved: 'I Wish You'd Say ...'

By Suzanne Leigh   • “You must be thinking of Natasha a lot today,” instead of, “Happy Halloween,” “Happy Birthday” (or “Happy” anything).   • “It’s so unfair that Natasha passed away,” rather than, “Are you getting over it yet” (or the more tactful version: “Are you feeling better yet”).   • “Tell me about your favorite Natasha memory,” after you’ve updated me on your child’s latest milestone. (I might hesitate and stumble; I might not come up with a very revelatory memory. I might even cry, but I will so appreciate you acknowledging my child’s life.)   • “It’s... read more

Kids in the House: the New Video Resource for Families

Thank you to Jessica Williams for contributing this post.      While driving down Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California, native Swede, Leana Greene, had a vision. Billboards promoting cooking shows surrounded her and she thought, “Why isn’t there a show dedicated to teaching people how to cook up a good family?” A working mother of three, Leana was passionate about self-educating through parent lectures. Her children’s schools hosted the nation’s best experts to explain the latest trends in education, cutting edge child psychology, and new research about our... read more

Getting Started With Homeschooling

  The first time that big yellow school bus pulled away from the curb in front of our house with a groan and rumble and without my kindergartener on board I had a distinct moment of complete and utter panic. Who thought this was a good idea? Who thought it was okay to give me this enormous responsibility? Oh right. I did.   It’s easy to get overwhelmed and insecure when beginning the homeschooling journey, not just because of the magnitude of taking on a child’s education, but also because the amount of information and methods and curriculum is vast and varied. It... read more

Guiding Children Through Grief: The Aftermath of the Colorado Floods

  BY SHERYL PAUL “Mommy, Ryan's not being kind!” I hear my four year old, Asher, yell from the next room. Our dear friends, who we’ve seen every Wednesday since Asher and Ryan were babies, are staying with us at my mom’s house since we were all evacuated as a result of the recent floods here in Colorado. Ryan has been through an extremely challenging year punctuated by several extreme losses, and while his parents are as attentive, loving, and compassionate as they can be, sometimes it’s just too much for a little guy to process. When his own internal floods rise... read more

4 Ways to De-Stress Back-to-School

Four Ideas for Simplifying Life While Enriching Education   Is it me, or does time seem to just keep going faster? Here we are again in the early weeks of a new school year...already!   In my day [best stated in crochety, old-lady voice], we were very excited for back-to-school, in large part, I think, because summer’s pace was soooooo much slower than it tends to be these days. There weren’t all the summer programs, the series of vacations, the catch-up tutoring. There were long, hot days filled with swimming, catching pollywogs, reading comics and Nancy Drew, and... read more

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 makes me proudest is abundantly evident, and is summed up by her uttering one simple question – “Who made this?”   It began a few months ago, and these days she asks it with increasing frequency, about nearly everything.  From... read more

30 Ways it's Become Painfully Obvious That You're a Mom

  Thanks to the Mothering community for sharing these hilarious anecdotes. Take part in some of the fun threads here and here!   It's Become VERY Obvious That You're a Mom When...    Having some "me" time seems like a luxury bordering on gross extravagance. You think it's totally normal to say things like "cats are not for licking," "please don't put raisins up your nose" and "teeth are for food not for friends." You don't remember the last time you went to the bathroom (or took a shower, or changed your clothes) without a companion. You'll sleep in baby... read more

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