Open Letter To Janay Rice

I'm so sorry, Janay. I'm so sorry that you are once again made to endure the scrutiny of the public. You know? If my personal business was revealed to all the world, I would be mortified....more
Courtney Henley The facts are that once a severely battered woman leaves her abuser her risk of ...more

5 Reasons I Take My Kids Out in Public

Once again, I am seeing a lot of posts about kids. Specifically, I'm seeing all sorts of kid hating on Facebook. Like this gem... It seems that this happens every winter, so let's think about that for a second. It's winter. I'll wait because it's winter and we are all suffering some polar vortex cabin fever and all that... oh wait! Moving on. ...more
This is one of those issues where no matter what you do, you're never going to make everybody ...more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
To all of the women out there that are suffering abuse, either physical or mental take it from ...more

Allergy-Proofing Our Home For Our Daughter's Health

I think I’ve had about 72 “I am a mom” moments since my two littles were born. ...more
@SuburbanCorrespndnt YES!! YES!! The world cannot accommodate her and we will teach her to be ...more

Lifting the Veil: 10 Ways I've Failed as a Mother This Week

I read a lot of parenting related stuff online. I like to find cool things to do with the kids on Pinterest or research the latest information available about childhood health.  I have spent a lot of time on breastfeeding forums and met amazing women doing amazing things in the world of parenting. I am so grateful for those relationships I have formed. I've made true friends right here on the webternet. Like-minded women and mom friends. Good stuff....more
I think you're awesome! It's really good not to stress on everything. Your kids see this and ...more

Dear New Mom, You Are Gonna be Great at This.

Hey there mama, ...more

On Marriage Equality

This is a big week. The Supreme Court of The United States is hearing arguments this week to determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage act. People (including me) are fired up on both sides.Try mentioning marriage equality on Facebook and see what happens. Better yet go to some of the pages dedicated to it and start reading the comments. Inevitably you find people fighting about whether or not gay people are born gay and what the bible says or doesn't say about it. But guess what?...more

Promises to My Son

The greatest compliment I ever received about being a mother came before Mr. Pants was ever born. I wrote about it here. It was  my brother telling me that it was a good thing that I was having a boy. This post is inspired by that and by the recent convictions of two teenage boys in Steubenville, Ohio. I started thinking about the lessons I want to teach my son. How can I guide him so that he is a good man?...more
@michelle213akron I agree that example speaks so much louder than any "teaching" ! Kids see ...more

My Girl, I Hope You Love Your Body

It's been on my mind a lot this week. 2013 is brand new and it brings with it those promises we all love to make to ourselves. I've started to think about my body. Just like I do every single year at this time. I think about how I want to treat it better and be healthier. How I want to be nicer to myself when I'm inside of my head chatting away. These are good things, of course. But then something inevitably happens....more

Daddies Know Best, Too

Sometimes mama doesn't know best. Sometimes I am completely off the mark. Where Mr. Pants is concerned this happens on occasion (OK it happens a lot). Luckily for us, we have Daddy Pants. I have written before that Daddy understands Mr. Pants on a level that no one else can get too. See, I'm an indoor kid and sometimes do not understand their silly reindeer games....more
@MistySommers  Yep! The things I did as a kid....Ooh I should have broken some limbs :)more