Community, Community Building, Community Development, Family, Parenting

Bringing New Parents Up Rather Than Bringing Them Down: Achieving the “Unachievable”

We made it!  My husband, baby, and I have survived our little one’s first 24 months, “despite” being new parents! I say “survive” and “despite”, because according to most parents who gave us unsolicited advice when they found out we were pregnant, having a child marks the end of everything good in our lives. Seriously.… Read More Bringing New Parents Up Rather Than Bringing Them Down: Achieving the “Unachievable”

Family, Parenting, Pregnancy

PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

In the face of everything else that a woman has to face in the postpartum period—namely, her brand-new baby and all that it entails—there isn’t much time, initially, to think about herself.  Showers, makeup and hair, and eating are only some of the things that seem to fly out of the window during those first… Read More PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Parenting

Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a friend and fellow Star Wars loving mom, Miquela. } Four years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. My husband and I had decided we did not want to know the sex of the baby beforehand. We enjoyed thinking about our little baby without the… Read More Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

Community Building, Family, Parenting

Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

When I sprained my ankle back in 2008, I started feeling quite lonely even while standing in a crowd.  It was because the teaming mass of people was buzzing by me, unaware of my struggle opening a difficult door while juggling my bag and my crutches (more on that here).  There is one particular moment… Read More Fighting Urban Loneliness, One Day at a Time

Family, Parenting

Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?

A friend of mine recently asked me a great question that stayed with me for a long time afterwards.  She and I were chit-chatting away while watching over my little one.  As all parents know, I had to keep an eye and an ear on her, and our conversation was sprinkled with side-conversations with my… Read More Parenting Is Hard, So Why Would You Do It?

Book Review, Family, Non Fiction, Parenting, Parenting, Parenting resources, Review

Four Great Books for Parents’ First Years with Baby

It might seem like there is no time to read when you are a new parent.  Well, while there definitely is a lot less time to read, it’s still possible to do so, especially during the first few months, when breastfeeding takes up so much of your time.  For the first time in my life,… Read More Four Great Books for Parents’ First Years with Baby

Family, Parenting, Parenting resources

Four Great Websites for Parents’ First Years with Baby

One of the benefits of being a parent in the age of the internet is that there is so much information available to help us through it all. Then again, sometimes, there is too much information out there, and it can get so incredibly difficult to navigate it all, especially when sleep-deprived and poop-obsessed (seriously,… Read More Four Great Websites for Parents’ First Years with Baby

Family, Parenting

Human Rights For Everyone—Including Our Babies

I think we can all agree that babies are human beings just like we are—albeit with quite a few developmental accomplishments ahead of them.  However, I find that we have a hard time putting this concept into practice.  Actually, to be blunt: it is amazing to me how disrespectful we are of our little one’s… Read More Human Rights For Everyone—Including Our Babies

Family, Parenting

The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

The way I understand the Bahá’í Writing, we are created in the image of God, and we can understand Him better by working on the various aspects of our spiritual selves.  I also understand that we are told that one of the main purposes of marriage is to have children. It makes sense to me… Read More The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby