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Having the Talk

When I pulled my daughter out of public school after kindergarten, it was half to reconnect and half due to the attitudes small children have about life. I don't know if you noticed, but children today are growing up fast. We made a deal back then, and at the conclusion of our first grade year with home education we decided to try public school again. However, per our agreement, I had new expectations for my daughter when it came to communication. I did not want this new, abrasive society getting to her before I did about certain topics. One of those topics is sex. I come from a complex past when it comes to sex, but one thing I am … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Has Changed My Life

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!   Before I ever had children I would have laughed if you told me my life would be the way it is now. I was pretty much the opposite of what I am not, with a few … [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...]