Category: Parenting

How Living Abroad Changed Me, Made Me a Mother, and Birthed My Mission

by Anjelica Malone One of my earliest memories is of being nested in the sand within a little cove on a beach somewhere. Tall thin trees with thick green foliage canopies sheltered me, while a rich turquoise blue sky stretched out in front of me for as far as my little eyes could see. Though I’ve never been able to…

When It’s Really Hard

I think I just had a true emotional breakdown. In car with Anderson. Not listening ad nauseam. Can feel my stress level reaching cataclysmic, desperate, absolutely miserable levels. I raise my voice, deep, gravelly, shaking—it doesn’t even sound like my own—desperately pleading with my 4-year-old to be quiet. I feel helpless and truly tortured. I have to leave the car.…

Prepare by Reading

When you are pregnant, it seems like suddenly everyone starts telling you how to prepare. And, in this culture, a lot of that preparation seems to involve lists of things to buy. From the relative who swore that a certain style of swing would ensure my baby would sleep (it didn’t) to the friend who bought me a version of…

Interview with Kristin Kali, LM CPM, MAIA Midwifery and Fertility

This post was originally published by Perinatal Support Washington and has been edited for length.  Kristin Kali, LM CPM, is a licensed midwife who provides care for “all families, all family structures, genders, and orientations,” with a focus on LGBTQ families through her practice MAIA Midwifery & Fertility. What’s unique about her practice compared to conventional medical/fertility clinics is the…

Interview: Adjusting to Parenthood

Melissa, Participant at Adjusting to Parenthood, a New Mom Support Group in Seattle This post previously published by Perinatal Support Washington.   What was your reason for joining the group?    My PEPS group had ended, and we hadn’t kept meeting up. As a result, I had no outlet to talk about the challenges of motherhood, and I started having more dark…

What’s Next?: The Pressure to Have Another Baby

by Jessica Towns The question is always: what’s next? Two years ago, I was on a walk with my newborn daughter, beelining toward a much-needed Starbucks latte, when an elderly woman approached me at the crosswalk. She looked down and smiled at the baby. “Is this your first?” she asked. Life is always pushing us forward toward whatever’s next: finish…

Baby in Therapy

by Zach Brittle There’s a dirty trick I play on couples from time to time, especially when they have kids. They come in, complaining about one another, and how they don’t have a shared parenting philosophy, and how their kids are taking up all their time and energy, and how intimacy has evaporated, and, and, and… And, here’s the trick…I…