The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #2: Do NOT Swaddle Your Infant

The Time Traveller’s Guide for Parents #2: Do NOT Swaddle Your Infant

England, ca 1740 – 1800 The days of swaddling are behind us. We are pleased to report that what one of our acquaintance termed “the barbarous custom” has been, according to a medical expert writing in The Lady’s Magazine (1785), “almost universally laid aside”. And yet, perhaps there are lingering doubts in your mind, or you are still tempted by the importuning of less enlightened older rela... »

Guest Post: Family Tectonics and Daughtering

Guest Post: Family Tectonics and Daughtering

Editor’s Note: Cassandra Phoenix is back and this time she is talking about family dynamics and re-learning how to be a daughter. My relationship with my parents is complicated. It’s complex. Or nigh-nonexistent, depending on which side of my family I’m talking about. I was born when my mother and father were 20. He entered the Air Force and my mother became an Air Force wife. She left him w... »

Celebrity Update:  What’s in Mom’s Purse?

Celebrity Update: What’s in Mom’s Purse?

Much like Gwyneth Paltrow, I am very concerned about my lifestyle. It’s a conscious decision to be both sentient and amazing. I spend a lot of time meditating on balancing my needs with the requirements others. Nah, screw others—I’m all about me, me, me these days. Part of my new found self love includes way overspending for hair care. I’m talking full retail price, yo. Not... »

Monsanto Shill Mom?

Monsanto Shill Mom?

From Webster’s New World College Dictionary: Shill- noun: [slang] 1) The confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy so as to lure onlookers into participating. 2) A person who works energetically to sell or promote something. –vi. [slang] To act or work as a shill. Until recently, I was only vaguely aware that empty accusations of shilling were used as arg... »

Weekend Reads: Accessible Playgrounds, Vaccine Hypocrisy, Learning on the Train, etc

Weekend Reads: Accessible Playgrounds, Vaccine Hypocrisy, Learning on the Train, etc

Happy weekend everyone!  May your day be filled with fun and laughter.  If you want a bit of reading in the meantime….here’s a few things to get you going.   If you’re looking for….some moral advice: Ways to help raise a kind child.  None of them involve religion. If you’re looking for….some politics: A Congressman who has opposed mandatory vaccination now ... »

Guest Post: Good Parenting and the Question of Unconditional Love

Guest Post: Good Parenting and the Question of Unconditional Love

Editor’s note:  In this guest post Cassandra Phoenix writes about breaking the cycle of abuse, parental self-doubt, and unconditional love. One of my friends brought up a disturbing notion on Facebook recently: “Something that’s been worrying me the past few years is possibly becoming the parent of a child who does horrible, hurtful things. Bullying, shootings, murder, rape…Is it... »

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