Reclaiming my Freedom to Self Express Postpartum

I was once in a freer state of mind than I’d say I am today; one where I hadn’t a care in the world. This mind-state, where what I chose to do, say and feel, only affected me. No one’s life but my own. Others’ reactions were not my responsibility. The way people perceived my…

The Birth of a Second Child, and it’s Impact on Your Firstborn

The birth of a second child has a profound and, in some cases, devastating impact on a woman’s feelings for her firstborn and yet we don’t talk about it often. A week after I had my second I remember sobbing in the shower. I cried silently in that shower many times before as a mother….

It is Our Motherly Duty to Teach This Right and Wrong

To the woman we all know and likely have been; your feelings are valid. You were not over-reacting when that person groped you without notice- without consent. To the woman who felt someone’s eyes on them, you had all the right to speedily walk in that panic, in total shock, when that individual followed you…

Raising an Equal Future

I have a son and a daughter. I plan on raising them equally. We live in a generation that is more likely to tell our daughters they can become anything they want to become when they grow up. And so we should. But we don’t often tell our sons the same. We don’t want traditional…

From Garden to Table Chocolate Mulberry Muffins

Since moving out of the city, we’ve been discovering plants, weeds and trees amongst our property we hadn’t known we acquired. Luckily enough, one of our largest trees in one of our front gardens happens to be a Mulberry Bush. My daughter and I have been picking these berries since last summer. An easy and…

For the Juggling Mother

Between feedings, doctor appointments, and perhaps juggling more than one child, new mothers rarely have time or energy, for that matter—to even bother putting up with a gigantic double stroller. And yet somehow, I still purchased one with much regret. I used it less than a year after having my second. It was so much…

Parenthood’s Ability to Help Access Self-Discovery

Have you welcomed motherhood only to discover your loss of shame, fear and self-judgment? I’m not talking about those moments we each spiral into: The ones where we wonder if our kid has eaten ‘enough’ or spent ‘enough’ time outside. Those moments of self-doubt and concerns will never leave…at least from what I’ve heard. I’m…

An Upgrade, From the Bottom up

Americans throw away 27.5 billion disposable diapers a year. Imagine the amount of petroleum-based plastic and wood pulp that goes into manufacturing those diapers, and then think about the super-absorbent polymers and deodorizing chemicals many companies add to the mix. Cotton, reusable diapers probably sound like a much better choice. But are they? Cloth diapers must…