Weekend Reads: Parental Leave, Sesame Street, Banned Books, and People Who Don’t Want Kids

Hi there, it’s been a long time but I’m on the mend so I’m lending a hand. So what are you looking for this weekend (or Monday morning back at work)?   Are you looking for…….. the new trends in parental leave? It seems that the USA Navy may extending …


Weekend Reads: Day Light Savings, Quiet Children, School and Transgender Kids etc.

Hi there! I’m sure you regular Weekend Readers are sensing a disturbance in the force, that is not entirely explained by Day Light Savings Time! Bethany is super busy and I offered lend a hand. So now, a little of what I found interesting this weekend.   If you are …


Home Sick

At writing this, Pickle is tucked soundly in bed with his lovey clutched tightly to his chest. It is 30 minutes into a school day, he’s home sick and I am lucky enough to be home with him. We have a lot of advantages that most families don’t have. I …

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Dear Girlfriend

Dear Girlfriend/Sister/Cousin, I am really excited to hear about your impending bundle of joy! I will try to be a great friend and confidant. But I can’t guarantee it. When you go on at length about how easy it was to get pregnant, when you heard that a majority of …

Alternate Family ArrangementsPoly Families

Why Mommy Has a Boyfriend

First, let me say that I don’t really think of Sweetie as my “boyfriend,” I consider him my partner. (He is part of my chosen family. Sweetie, Hubby and I make decisions as a family) Second, this is not an argument for polyamory or any other type of open relationship; …


Equal Pay Day

As some of you may know, April 8 was Equal Pay Day. The date by which the average U.S. woman had to work this year in order to earn the same as the average man earned in 2013. There was some noise made about it this year but, all and …

Parenting Fails

Dinosaur Diorama Drama

The biggest project for Pickle this year is the Annual 1st Grade Dinosaur Museum. All of the first-graders do group projects, including big class projects and little in-class projects. But the big project every year is the diorama that they make at home and bring in to show off on …


Tiny Missionaries

I lost my religion in phases. First I gave up on Catholicism, then Christianity, and finally spirituality. I was somewhere between Atheism and questioning spirituality when Pickle was born. Hubby has been Agnostic as long as I have known him, so it was obvious to us that Pickle wouldn’t be …


Having a Baby Made Me More Pro-Choice

I have always been pro-choice. I used to be the kind of pro-choice woman that believed no one in the world has the right to tell a woman what she has to do with her body. Having sex never meant giving up ownership of your body, not to a partner, …


NFL (Not For my Little one)

As a general rule of thumb, I don’t like telling Pickle that he is not allowed to do things. Usually I like to explain the pros and cons and help him come to a conclusion that I support. There are a few exceptions, mostly things that are dangerous. That is …