Pregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: Are You Planning to Breastfeed? And Other Personal Questions People Ask Pregnant People

Random Stranger: Are you planning to breastfeed your baby? Me: Wow, that’s a really personal question. I didn’t realize it was any of your business, but since we are clearly close friends, how often do you masturbate? Sadly, I haven’t responded this way. It’s on the running list of l’esprit de l’escalier …

Mental HealthPregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: Treating Depression During Pregnancy – What’s Safe?

Welcome to Grounded Pregnancy, the new series where I explore topics related to pregnancy and childbirth, without woo or natural childbirth bullshit. As an added bonus, you get to join me for the next few months, as I grow a tiny human in my uterus. Feel free to message me with …

FeminismPregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: It’s Okay to Not Be Beautiful

Content note: TMI, bodily functions, societal standards of beauty, fat shaming, bodily autonomy I was taking a break from throwing up and arguing with people on the internet when I saw it – an image of a woman standing by her hospital bed eating a meal, wearing only a pair of post partum …

HealthPregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: Evidence-based Advice for Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Welcome to my new series, Grounded Pregnancy, where I will explore topics related to pregnancy and childbirth, without the woo or natural childbirth bullshit found all over the Internet. As an added bonus, you get to join me for the next eight months, as I grow a tiny human in my uterus. TMI note: As amazing …

ActivitiesTraditions & Celebrations

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Grounded Dads

This post was inspired by a thread on the Woo Free Peaceful Parents Facebook group and includes suggestions from there and from our Grounded Parents team. Enjoy! Science! Periodic Table Building Blocks Get your learning on with these solid wood building blocks printed with the elements of the periodic table. …


Can You Answer Yes? I Wish I Could.

TW: sexual violence, rape culture, sex abuse In the past 24 hours I have seen at least 50 Facebook status updates asking the same question. If you identify as a woman: Have you lived a life free of sexual violence? The majority of answers – “No.” On my post, less than 15 …

FeminismFertilityPregnancy & Childbirth

Being Pro-choice is Not Just About Supporting Abortion Rights

I was at Target with our four children (ages three to nine) when I heard the whispered comment: The condom aisle is that way. You do know how those things are made, right? My face filled with heat, and I turned to respond, but realized that he was gone, and I …


We Believe You: The Words I Expected My Secular Community to Say to a Child Rape Victim

Trigger Warning: Child Sex Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence, Victim-blaming April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. I was brainstorming blog topics for my annual awareness piece, and I came across a great post by Sarah Morehead on the Friendly Atheist about Jared Fogle and child sex abuse, or more specifically, a type of abuser – …

FoodParenting Styles

Forget Pintrest: Real Advice for New Stay-at-Home Parents

I recently made the transition from full-time working mom to “stay-at-home and occasionally get work done” mom, and I’ve never been happier. And by happier, I mean my life is pleasantly chaotic, and by pleasantly chaotic, I mean pleasant for at least 20 minutes a day, but mostly just chaotic. …


For F*ck’s Sake, Stop Using Vaccine-Injured Children as a Reason Not to Vaccinate

“I’ve gotten to be pretty familiar with the subject. You know, I have a theory — and it’s a theory that some people believe in — and that’s the vaccinations. We never had anything like this. This is now an epidemic. It’s way, way up over the past 10 years. …