Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more

10 Things Breastfeeding Advocates Need To Stop Saying

Editor's note: Today, BlogHer Publishing Network member Jamie Lynne Grumet of I Am Not The Babysitter bravely appeared on the cover ofTIME -- breastfeeding her three-year-old, under the headline "Are You MOM Enough?" The cover is generating quite a bit of controversy: It's shown up on Forbes under the title "Will TIME's Breastfeeding Cover Be Bad for Business? and on Politico as TIME Magazine's Provocative New Cover, to name a couple. Recently, Jamie wrote the below post for BlogHer -- a smart take by an attachment parenting and breastfeeding advocate challenging some of the behaviors she sees. Read her post, take a look at the TIME cover that's causing all the controversy, and let us know in the comments: What do you think? -- Julie One of the main reasons breastfeeding advocates are negatively judged by the mainstream media is their attack on formula feeding mothers as part of their defense. This really angers me, because I feel that some breastfeeding mothers are aiding in the attack and judgment of my family (a family that practices extended breastfeeding) through their malicious statements directed at formula feeding mothers. Photo Credit: Author. Here are 10 phrases all breastfeeding advocates should just stop saying:...more
I love this!  I went with my sister to her lactation nurse, and watched how hard she tried, all ... more

Seven Years Ago Today....

We all talk about that moment when we become parents, when we hold our babies in our arms for the first time and feel that undeniable connection that fiercely declares, "Mine." But seven years ago today, I held a baby that wasn't my own, and I felt that same fierce feeling.  There is quite an age difference between my kids and my sister's children, so I had several years to wait until my sisters made me an aunt.....but seven years ago today, I held my sister's son, my nephew, and I was overwhelmed with love and joy and this amazing sense of family. ...more
 @victorias_view I called to ask how it felt to be 7 and he said fine....did I know he was going ... more

Spring Light

What is it about spring that has me looking around and it's like the blinders are off and all I can think is, "Holy crap.  We've been living in this filth!" It's not just blinds being taken down for scrubbing.  Blankets are washed and vents are vacuumed. And outside, our yard is.....a wasteland.  It's like an abandoned piece of property that has harbored wild animals who hoard every scrap that blows through. ...more
 @victorias_view And as luck would have it, we have a new fire pit to christen! more

Laughing While It Hurts

In our family, if my sisters and I get a fit of the giggles, it is all over.  We lose ourselves in laughter, we can't catch our breath, our eyes water, and we have zero arm strength.  So of course, we often find ourselves laughing when we are trying to movie heavy-ish furniture. It's actually pretty funny.  Unless you are the husband trying to get help from a couple of giggling, weak limbed girls.  I think it's less funny for him. ...more
 @sassymonkey My daughter was quick to open the truck door and ask what I'd tripped on...um this ... more

My Baby has a Job

It doesn't pay anything but it's what she was born to do.Over a year ago we got this beautiful Great Pyrenees puppy.  ...more
So cute! My dogs have taken it upon themselves to keep our yard squirrel, cat and rat free. I ... more

Why I Fired My Father (and Maybe You Should Too)

I was 28 years old when I told my dad I never wanted to speak to him again. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just defending myself from someone I was absolutely certain was ruining my life. Growing up, things were pretty tense in our house. One minute my dad would entertain me by reciting poems from Longfellow and the next he’d complain my birth had ruined his marriage. He also had the weird habit of hiding under trees every time a plane flew over the house. ...more
My kids were still babies when I told my step dad I was done with him. I say it's because I ... more

Lessons Learned from Bingo

I survived chairing my first middle school event, a Family Fun Night with bingo and raffle prizes. It turned out beautifully, but I learned a thing or two.* People take their Bingo seriously... who knew? I didn't. My husband was the designated, notice he did not volunteer but was designated, bingo caller. On one occasion, he messed up. I thought half the people attending were going to take him out....more
Kids are sugar motivated! There was some suggestion at our PTA to replace the licorice at our ... more

Not Quite A Mirror

What is my Mom like?  Sometimes I think I am like her and she is like me.  I catch a glimpse of a photo and my brain thinks 'Mom' but with a longer look I know it is really me.  Not a mirror image in appearance or attitude, but enough alike that no one would ever mistake us for strangers.   My Mom is all those good things we all say about our moms: strong and smart and loving and kind and just about the greatest thing since the invention of toast. ...more
@victorias_view She is my most faithful reader! more

Not Quite A Mirror

What is my Mom like?  Sometimes I think I am like her and she is like me.  I catch a glimpse of a photo and my brain thinks 'Mom' but with a longer look I know it is really me.  Not a mirror image in appearance or attitude, but enough alike that no one would ever mistake us for strangers.   My Mom is all those good things we all say about our moms: strong and smart and loving and kind and just about the greatest thing since the invention of toast. ...more
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