It was like leaving my own children

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Reader Rebecca recently posted a comment I really identify with: I always say that I was a homeschooler in the most steriotypical kind of way – the denim jumper-wearing, granola-eating, flour-grinding type. And then sometimes I clarify further by mentioning that my parents also didn’t believe in birth control. I dearly wish that, like Latebloomer, that I would come across as normal, but I’m pretty convinced by now, after years of striving to blend in, that I have have some kind of aura … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Having It All Is Not a “Woman’s Issue”

Having It All: Not a "Woman's Issue" As an aside, I have a secret fantasy of gathering a team of men to go to every male-dominated discussion (on specific issues in the law or a certain genre of film or investigative journalism or whatever) and when it’s Q& A time, earnestly ask the male panelists how they balance work and family. As a not-aside, the harder question is what to do here. I think there are a few solutions, at least for the heteros among us: First, don’t marry or … [Read more...]

“Post-Fundamentalist Motherhood”

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Latebloomer recently wrote an excellent post called "Post-Fundamentalist Motherhood." I've often had readers tell me that they read my posts and feel like I'm reading their minds. In this case, I felt the same when reading Latebloomer's post - she was articulating my thoughts almost exactly. I'm going to quote from her article and add some additional commentary. Latebloomer begins as follows: When I look at my little toddler, I am so glad that I am no longer a fundamentalist Christian. She … [Read more...]

Crunchy Moms and My Desire to Belong

baby in wrap

A few weeks ago I linked to a blog post about circumcision on a website called Authentic Parenting. A reader emailed me, wondering if I knew that Authentic Parenting also promotes anti-vaccine links and misinformation, and asking if I meant to endorse the site itself. I replied that I did not realize that and that I am not anti-vaccinations and I added a disclaimer to my post. And then I remembered that I actually have a link to the Authentic Parenting website on my Positive Parenting Resources … [Read more...]

“Are You Mom Enough?” Really?!?

I'm sure by now most of you have already seen this image. While I was annoyed that Time chose a cover picture designed to sensationalize rather than one that looks at the reality of long-term breastfeeding (and as an avid proponent, I have to say, this is not what it looks like), I was more annoyed by the title. "Are You Mom Enough?" I mean, really?!? … [Read more...]

Pro-Life Song Misses the Point

I just came upon the lyrics to a pro-life song. It's called "Mommy Don't." “I could lie in your arms on a snow bound afternoon you’d sing songs to me and God and make up pretty little tunes I’d wipe away all your tears and make you laugh at your lost career Oh, Mommy, Mommy don’t” Wow, what honesty! So, woman who is unintentionally pregnant, just ditch your career and have your baby! It'll be worth it, we promise!  … [Read more...]

The Pay Gap

In her show Monday night, Rachel Maddow expressed her complete surprise when learning that leading Republicans really don't believe a pay gap between men and women exists. She says she had thought the disagreement was on how to solve the pay gap, not on whether it existed. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I have to say, I wasn't surprised, because this is what I grew up being taught. Of course, I also grew up being taught that white males are the … [Read more...]


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