Inaugural Mama: How Michelle Obama could change Motherhood in America

On the day of President Obama’s inauguration, when everyone in the world is eagerly anticipating stirring speeches and sparkly dresses, I can’t stop thinking about the First children—Malia Ann and Sasha Obama.  ...more

Married Single Parents & The Solo Parenting Crisis

The 2005 supplement to the US Census reported that for the first time in modern history, households headed by singles now outnumber married couples.  What's more, almost a third of American children are being raised in unmarried homes.  In practical terms, single parenthood is no longer sheathed in secrecy.  That means that single parents—either by choice, divorce or widowhood—can actively seek out the help and support that they need to successfully parent their ...more

I had one of those marriages, now I divorced and still doing it all on my own, but without ...more

Breastfeeding: Selfish or Selfless?

When you examine the arguments for breastfeeding, most people seem to believe that it’s the best thing a woman can do for her children.  Proponents point to the nutritional content of breastmilk, the immunity it provides children and the ways in which breast-fed babies benefit in mind, body and spirit.  But after breast-feeding Ayla for nine months (with no signs of slowing down), I no longer do it just for her.  Breastfeeding is a selfish act too.  I benefit at least as much, if not more, than my infant daughter. ...more

I just think of all the mom's perks as fringe benefits :)


The Sexiest Man Alive: A Good Father

Last fall, on a flight from New York City to Toronto, I met a great father.   It was a short flight—50 minutes—but in under an hour, this man nearly stole my heart.  ...more

I'm sure it's got something to do with evolution or instinct, but a guy who is good to kids ...more

Music Makes the (Breast) Milk Flow

In my family, breasts are called “milkies” and on some days, I feel like a 24-hour drive thru Milk Bar.  When I first learned of “nursing on demand,” I had no idea how much demand could increase when milk was made available (not linear growth, exponential growth!)  What to do? I chose to listen to music.  Music made the milk flow.  And that meant less crying (for Ayla) and more satisfaction and weight loss (which, in my case, translated into more pastries rather fewer calories).   ...more

i love to read a pro-breastfeeding post, and i love your baby's name!  we want to name our ...more