I'm Judging Your Parenting -- Right Now

Just call me a Judgey McJudgerson because even though I have a kid, I still judge other parents. I judge often and I judge hard. I saw several moms on my Facebook feed share an article on the Huffington Post written by Kara Gebhart Uhl entitled "Apologies to the Parents I Judged Four Years Ago." It's a good read; make sure to check it out. To summarize it though, Uhl apologizes to the parents she judged who ignored tantruming children, fed kids McDonald's, and complained publicly about parenting, among other things. I'm probably in the minority but I will still judge you as a parent for these things....more
WhitneyD Shellireads verystrangebird Lucy's Reality VERY well said WhitneyD!more

To Epidural Or Not To...

I read an article called The Truth About Epidurals by Melinda Wenner Moyer on the Washington Post Social Reader through Facebook and of course I can't help but comment. If you haven't read the article you can find it here. The article itself appears to be this mothers justification of her choice and right to choose an epidural as pain management during her labor and delivery....more

Judgment Day!

dear readers,I know I have not been in touch lately, my apologies. I will be out of town for a little while for work. It is not the packing that I have been so busy doing, it is trying my hardest to clean up (where necessary) after hours, so that when my MIL comes to take care of my daughter, my house appears less of a mess. Hence Judgment Day from the house inspector is less punishing.Read full story on www.LemonsAndSunnydays.commi...more

Please don't tell me I'm beautiful

Whatever you do, please do not tell me that I have a beautiful yoga practice. "You have a beautiful practice" has become a sneaky way for well-meaning practitioners to compliment and praise each other for their abilities on the mat. Yesterday I may have been able to straighten my legs in Plow pose but find that today my hamstrings are taut and my feet are just dangling out there in space....more
It is all beautiful! But as one who flails in her poses and teeters from lack of balance. I must ...more

The Judgement Games: Mom vs Mom

One of the things I was NOT prepared for when I entered motherhood was all the silent (and sometimes not so silent) wars that were happening within the realms of Mommyland. Every which way I looked, I was literally being bombarded to join a side, pick a team, and throw those judgmental stares in the "enemy" direction. All of the wars are fuelled by one sneaky devil: Judgment....more
@victorias_view That is SO true! And foolish is a brilliant word for it! more

D.A.R.E - R is for RISK

“When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde If you made it through DO and ACHIEVE without batting an eye, RISK is certainly the area that will trip you up....more

Would You Buy a Vibrator at a Drugstore?

Janine placed the pregnancy test on the counter to be rung up. The woman behind it hardly gave a glance as she took it to ring it up. “You’re having sex,” she said. It wasn’t a question. The woman motioned dismissively to the condoms on an aisle nearby. Janine blushed, mortified. “It’s obviously a little late for that, isn’t it?” she stammered. ...more

I like trade shows, because it's all out there for you to see, check out and talk to reps about. ...more

People in Glass Houses and Other Lessons From My Students

In light of everything that is going on in the world, my students' efforts to get Ellen DeGeneres to speak to them might seem irrelevant and unimportant. In fact, it might even support the notion that kids are too caught up in pop culture to recognize what is going on around them.  While that might be true in part, there is always another side to any story. And in this instance, there are multiple sides to this story. So before anyone rushes to judgment, I would hope they considered the following:...more

Do Not Judge Me, Please

An important yogic principle is that of no judgment.  Ahimsa meaning non-violence explains the need for lack of violence in body, speech and especially thought.  Ahimsa is a challenge for experienced and novice yoga students to enter a crowded class and not judge all the skinnier, stronger and more experienced yogis effortlessly flowing into complicated poses.  Goswami Kriyananda explains that when we practice non-violence we.....more
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