I have strung words together for Kiwi Magazine, Babble.com, AOL, Parents Magazine and more. I live in upstate New York with my daughter, husband, dogs, and too many cats. I rock a cool 'do because I shave my head most years to fight children's cancer with the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Though my daughter is officially an elementary schooler, I'm pleased to report I've yet to give in to the curse of the appliqued mom sweater. Small victories, people.
When it comes to deciding whether you should use cloth diapers or disposable, the former has a lot going for it. Cloth diapering is cost effective and good for the environment too. But if you're considering going with cloth, you might be worried about all that laundry.
It's true the disposable diapers are easier in this regard -- take it off baby and throw it in the trash. But washing your cloth diapers is not nearly as complicated -- or time consuming -- as it was in the olden days. Forget those visions of women slaving over vats of boiling water. Today's diapers are much simpler to launder. Here's how to wash your cloth diapers:
They say breast is best, so it's hard to imagine a hospital advising a mom who wants to breastfeed that she shouldn't even attempt to nurse. But that's exactly what happened to a new mom in Oregon this month. Crystal Cain was told she couldn't breastfeed her daughter in the hospital because she's used medical marijuana since pregnancy.
Take note of the word "medical." Cain is not your garden variety pothead. She actually took the drug -- legally -- on the advice of her midwife as a means to control both anxiety and nausea during pregnancy.
If there's one thing the makers of Bravo's Extreme Guide to Parenting got right, it's that American parents can -- and should -- turn to the new reality show as a guide. A guide of what not to do to their kids, that is.
The network that has made the word "housewife" synonymous with up-turned tables and lady brawls is now turning the lens on parents who the show's title sequence says are "America's greatest parents ... at least they think they are."
In a premiere that airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, we meet Shira Adler, mom to an "indigo child" who practices "eco-kosher, shamanistic organic, natural, and for highest and best good" parenting (say that five times fast). In other words? She carries around crystals, is constantly spritzing her kids in the face with an aromatherapy spray, and has no discipline plan whatsoever.
Then there are Scout Masterson and Bill Horn, whose hands-on approach to parenting means never leaving their daughter alone. Never. Ever. Ever.
Breastfeeding mamas have made the big time! Actress Olivia Wilde allowed photographers to take photos of her breastfeeding son Otis, standing (OK, technically sitting) arm-in-arm with other moms who "dare" to breastfeed in public. Not seeing the big fuss? Glamour magazine put Wilde on the cover ... and the breastfeeding shot in its spread on their cover girl.
It's official. You can breastfeed and still be a vibrant, sexy, fashionable woman. Isn't that what we expect to find in your standard women's magazine, after all?
Every year it happens. The school supply list comes in. I take one look, and I groan. Is it any wonder parents end up spending some $72.5 billion (yes, BILLION) on back to school shopping every year? Recycling your school supplies is darn near impossible.
It's not that we don't have anything worth recycling. In the last few days of school, my 9-year-old daughter came home every day with a backpack full of the detritus that had accumulated in her desk and locker over the year.