Family, Parenting, Patience, Virtues

Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

We tend to shy away from frustration.  Anything that bothers us, we avoid.  I think that, to a certain extent, that’s OK—I mean, why would I purposefully choose to get into the longest line at the grocery store?  But there are situations in which frustration is just a part of life and should be something… Read More Allowing Frustration to Touch You, Your Partner, and Your Children

Family, Parenting

Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier

Figuring out what my baby actually needs versus what I am told by a society that over-consumes what my baby needs is an on-going and very interesting experience, especially during baby’s first year.  First off, how difficult is it to keep one’s cool when baby stuff is just so endearingly cute?  All those cute patterns… Read More Surprisingly Great Things to Have To Make Baby’s First Year Easier

Family, Parenting

Inherent Versus Assigned Worth: Moving Beyond Social Constructs To Appreciate The Role Of Parents

Before having a child, I always wondered how parents did it all.  They were always so busy, constantly on the go, always with something to do.  I hoped to be able to keep the pace once I had children of my own, and looked forward to have such a full and rich life. Since I’ve… Read More Inherent Versus Assigned Worth: Moving Beyond Social Constructs To Appreciate The Role Of Parents

Family, Parenting

Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

I’ve been hearing more and more about this age being “the age of anxiety” where worrying is at an all-time high, especially amongst millennials.  Apparently, a large part of it has to do with choice.  We have so many choices before us that we end up being a big, anxious mess out of pure decision-fatigue… Read More Worrying About Your Little One: Part of the Job or Societal Imposition?

Family, Parenting

To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does

When my baby was about five weeks old, I visited a friend.  From the moment we stepped into her place, I could tell that my baby was uncomfortable about something; I’m not sure about what.  But I knew for a certainty that she didn’t want to go into anyone’s arms; she wanted to stay with… Read More To All Thoughtful Parents: Respect Your Parenting Decisions Even If No One Else Does

Family, Parenting

A True Measure of Good Parenting

I am extremely lucky to have four friends going through pregnancies around the same time as I did.  The five of us have a group chat in which we exchange everything from news to tips, from joy to tears.  I love this group of mine; while tips from parents with little to loads of experience… Read More A True Measure of Good Parenting

Baby, Parenting, Product Review

Parenting Product Review: Solly Wrap

I strongly believe that, as consumers, every economic decision we make leave a moral trace behind it.  As a parent, I strongly believe that every purchase made for our children influences them from the very beginning of their lives, long before they understand the concept of “shopping”. It hasn’t been easy or always possible to… Read More Parenting Product Review: Solly Wrap

Family, Parenting

Being a Mother – Or, Everything You Do Is Wrong, So You May As Well Do What Suits You { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by my lovely friend Emma } When my son was born, I spent many hours sitting in one place feeding him, pinned to the bed or the couch. It was in these moments that I reached for my smartphone. I remember thinking how did my mother and women of… Read More Being a Mother – Or, Everything You Do Is Wrong, So You May As Well Do What Suits You { Guest Post }

Family, Parenting

Redefining Success as a Parent: Raising a Child is Not a Competitive Sport

The concept of success remains a broad, complex, and very subjective one–all the more so when it comes to assessing one’s parenting skills.  For example, I can define a successful parent as something you will consider completely unimportant. But even if we don’t agree with a certain definition of success, some of them still generate… Read More Redefining Success as a Parent: Raising a Child is Not a Competitive Sport

Family, Marriage, Parenting

Helping My Husband (Not): How The Best Intentions Can Go Wrong

One of the things that bothers me to no end is how fathers are underappreciated.  I won’t ever forget how, despite his exhaustion and the emotional toll of worrying about his wife and baby, no one took care of my husband during our baby’s birth.  The most ironic part of this story is that because… Read More Helping My Husband (Not): How The Best Intentions Can Go Wrong