November 2011

Were You Sad to Stop Breastfeeding or Relieved?

Four kids, four rounds of nursing around the clock. Four weanings. Four different answers to that question! With my first, I was working full time outside my home and pumping in a closet (another story for another time) and eventually lost my milk when my daughter was 9 months. Sad. My second daughter was a natural […]

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Celebrating Newborn Cries and Healthy Kids

Those newborn cries when the first vaccines are administered in the early hours and days of life always make me smile. Your infant has no fear or learned reaction. It’s a quick prick, a quick cry and it’s done! Antibodies from you, and from the medicine work together, and a healthy journey is begun. It […]

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How Do Your Children Surprise You With Their Knowledge of Important Things?

Last night as we had our bedtime rituals after a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, my kids begged one more time to list out what they are thankful for. What a happy request! I was, as always, moved by their answers. From “God” and “the earth”, to “my nose” and “toilets!” (delivered with lots of giggles as […]

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How Have You Dealt With Grief After Miscarriage

Culturally in the US at least, it feels like there’s some sort of taboo about sharing the loss of a pregnancy. Particularly when then loss happens very early on. Whilst your baby might be a tiny entity with little or no form, your heart is beginning to engage in the promise of a child to […]

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Eat Your Dinner!

My daughter threw a huge tantrum over dinner the other night. An out of control, screaming, monumental tantrum. I did what any tired over-wrought parent would do, and screamed back. I know. It was over food. You know, healthy nutritious food I had lovingly cooked that was delicious as well. She hated it. Made it […]

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I’m Over It

I am over supermarket tabloids and trashy magazines. I am over pages and pages of vitriolic comments on news websites from anonymous members of the “public”, no matter what the issue. I am over deadlocked budget negotiations and self absorbed politicians. I am over a teetering European economy sending constant shock waves through a jumpy […]

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A Toe in the Mommy Wars

“this is not just a mother’s issue” As a work life flexibility advocate and pundit and I have the occasional opportunity to attend forums where employers, academics and organizations gather to advance innovative work place solutions. Without exception, the mantra of “this is just not a mother’s issue.” is proclaimed. Seems so obvious – of […]

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