This website may include sponsored content and affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information.
As always, thanks for supporting Atta Mama.

 
 

Notes from the Nude

Once upon a time I read a post about a mom who wanted her sons to see her naked and it caused controversy on Facebook. Go figure. It wasn't my page, thank goodness. But all the same, women were completely outraged that this mother would let her boys see her naked body. Some suggested it was nothing short of child endangerment. And that folks is what made me mad. See I am constantly reminded of the story of a mother breastfeeding during bath time who was arrested. And more and more parents who are actually taking care of their kids are being punished for something as simple as getting a second opinion on medical care or even playing outside. … [Read more...]

In Which I’m an Angry Feminist.

It's not often I get political up in here, but it's been long over due. Things happen in the world that upset me. I sometimes find myself digging myself in this deep, deep hole of despair because something awful is happening half way across the planet and there's nothing I can do about it. In order to protect myself from these feelings of guilt and hopelessness I try to avoid knowing too much about things that don't directly affect me. My fiance gets mad at my purpose-driven ignorance. He wants to know why I don't want to cry about Russia instead of making pop corn and watching Star Wars. I don't like to cry. And so that is that. But … [Read more...]

I’m a Jealous, Lonely Mama.

My friend Kristen talks about how motherhood is lonely. I'd be lying if I didn't shed a tear by the end of her confession about feeling totally and utterly alone. It's true, even if you're blessed with loving children and surrounded by a loving partner and a handful of friends, motherhood can still be one of the loneliest places to be at the end of the day. Because my babies have such a huge gap I can look back and recall that feeling with my oldest. That feeling when she wasn't a baby anymore, but some crazy independent tiny person learning to do things all by herself. The loneliness started creeping in somewhere close to her second … [Read more...]

A Note to Green Moms

Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself . _________________________________________________________ Dear Fellow Mom, Living in today's society has become primarily a contest. As a mom it can sometimes seem hard to meet all the expectations of not only your children but your partner, … [Read more...]

The Disadvantages of Breastfeeding

The woman behind Breastfeeding Place and the author of Intoxicated on Life wrote a post recently that got a lot of flack. Trisha's article on The Humble Homemaker, 4 Disadvantages of Breastfeeding, stirred up quite a lot of chatter. Luckily the comments the original post are fairly tame and pleasant to read through. Though Trisha has her own medically sound reasons one might not want to face the challenges that come with breastfeeding, it got me thinking about the things I dislike the most. Let's face it: breastfeeding isn't always rainbows and unicorn farts. So I've decided to compile my least favorite things about breastfeeding. And I … [Read more...]

Parenting Choices and Cultural Norms

My bloggy friend Amanda recently posted this awesome supportive photo on her Facebook page: I'm sad to announce that instead of respecting other choices and praising all loving mothers across the globe, Amanda's post was filled with judgmental women ostracizing anyone who thought differently about what was best for their child. I am well aware that tone is not always apparent online and more importantly on my blog. As a mom of two, I've done the trial-and-error of a first baby and am perfecting my skills with number two (which holds its own set of trials and errors). I tend towards natural parenting and have very strong opinions about … [Read more...]

TV Shows that Dominate Our Television

I am participating in the May Post Project hosted by She Promotes. I headed over to Southern Girl Ramblings and Kecia's post on TV Shows dominating her TV caught my eye. We don't have cable around these parts (though we're contemplating getting it because it's honestly worth it if we bundle internet with cable), but we did have Netflix for the past 4 years. Here's a list of shows I would be happy to never see again. (You know, because when all you have is instaplay you see every show fifty-eleven times.) Dora the Explorer - Please, for the love of God, stop making Dora the Explorer episodes. I just can't take it anymore. It's so repetitive … [Read more...]

Are You Mom Enough?

I'm sure most of you have seen the Time Magazine cover circulating the internets by now. "Are You Mom Enough?" is displayed in large bold, red letters. I am mom enough to not publicize our breastfeeding relationship in such a way that gives off the steam of complete and utter shock value. Extended breastfeeding is awesome. Sometimes I feel like a failure because I only breastfed for 19 months. It was a personal decision though. I was touched out and it was effecting my feelings towards my child. I debated the decision to wean for a long time before committing. I even offered the breast three months after we weaned because I missed it and … [Read more...]