I'm Deborah, most people know me online as @TruthfulMommy. I'm the creator of the brutally honest parenting site The TRUTH about Motherhood. I am a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Ninja Mommy who's trying to do it all well; sometimes falling short. I live in the Midwest with my 2 little girls and my husband. I have a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend my days shuttling people under the age of 7 while trying to maintain my sanity. I talk a lot. I may not always say what you want to hear but it will always be my honest viewpoint. I know it's not the only one.
Women who carry the so-called "breast cancer gene" may find themselves going through natural menopause a few years earlier than women who don't, according to a recent study of nearly a thousand women with BRCA gene mutations.
One in 600 women in the United States carries the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, both of which greatly increase the chance of getting breast and ovarian cancer at some point in their lives. The National Cancer Institute says breast cancer risk jumps from 12 to 60 percent with a BRCA mutation; ovarian cancer risk rises from 1.4 percent to 15 to 40 percent.
There has been a recent boom in the gluten-free market, and much of it has to do with an increase in gluten sensitivity and diagnoses of celiac disease. And it's great that stores are offering more of a selection of foods for people with those conditions.
But recently, doctors have been noticing a rise in the number of people going gluten-free as a lifestyle choice -- namely, to lose weight, much like the reasons some decide to stop eating carbs.
Medically, it’s not really a huge deal because gluten isn't something our bodies need to thrive. I equate it to becoming a vegetarian, because we don't need animal flesh, either -- just the protein it provides. The issue lies within the reasoning behind the gluten-free lifestyle; people are going gluten-free to get thin.
Have you ever gotten kicked out of a store for breastfeeding? Gotten dirty looks while breastfeeding your newborn at a restaurant? Or maybe you were minding your business on an 18-hour flight and someone asked you to cover up your breasts while nursing your baby. What can you do but oblige your uncomfortable hosts? Well, many new moms are organizing and staging nurse-ins.
That's one way to get the public's attention.
When a restaurant manager says you can’t breastfeed in her establishment, go back the next day with 100 of your closest nursing friends and sit down and breastfeed your babies all at the same time. That'll show 'em. Right?
It is a high tech world. I love it and I don’t know how we survived before everyone had access to cells phones and the Internet. Honestly, if you tried to take either away from me today, I’d probably fight you to the death and you’d still have to pry my iPhone out of my cold dead hands.
As we advance technologically, it's becoming the norm to see toddler and certainly elementary school aged children on laptops, iPods, iPads, iPhones and the internet, usually playing educational games or watching cartoons so that their parents can keep them occupied. I have no problem with this. Our girls have DS’s and now they have Nabi tablets , MP3 players and we own every educational game system available since the girls were toddlers. They do homework on the laptop and know their way around technology ... like every other kid we know.
Have you ever found yourself exhausted because your little one kept waking up during the night or took forever to fall asleep? Or have you seen firsthand what lack of sleep looks like on a 4-year-old who can’t fall asleep before she passes out from sheer exhaustion at 11 p.m. only to wake up three more times before her official wake time at 7 a.m.? Have you ever been the parent driving around all over town at all hours of the night to get your toddler to sleep?