I Am Not a Bad Mommy
Dispelling the evils of formula feeding.
By Victoria Clayton Munn
“Are you planning to breastfeed or bottle feed?” I was asked this question in the OB's office around my sixth month of pregnancy, and my first response was a sigh. I had pondered this question almost from my baby's conception, and thought I had come to the right conclusion. “I'm going to use formula.” The doctor looked at me and without hesitation asked, “Why?”. Arrgh. Wasn't my answer good enough? Did I need to justify? I explained that I was on an antidepressant, Paxil, and that I'd done the research, I didn't want to chance it being passed into my breastmilk. The OB... read more
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Parenting Outside the Razor Wire
What happens when parents are separated by a prison sentence?
By Sandra Ray
Single parents can face some difficult parenting decisions in part because they do not have someone to share parenting responsibilities. Having someone to “share the load” helps decrease stress, increase self-esteem, and reinforce ideas that what the parent is doing is beneficial to a child’s long-term growth and development. What happens, though, when parents are separated by a prison sentence? Essentially, the parent “outside the razor wire” becomes a single parent with only intermittent input into the decisions that parents need to make every day when it comes to raising their children. The 2004 prison population report released by the U.S. Justice Department indicates there are approximately... read more
Environmentalist mom trades principles for convenience
The fall from green grace isn't that far down.
By Suzanne Lafetra
There is practically nothing as hard as caring for a newborn baby, and to have to do it when you... read more
Really? Things Will Change?
Thanks for your two cents.
By Rachel Pelta Golinkin
When I was pregnant, people couldn’t help but give me their two cents (and four cents, and six cents and eight cents…). Apparently, people assumed I hadn’t thought this parent thing through and I wanted -– no, needed -– to hear their advice and opinions on the subject. As a first time parent-to-be it wasn’t like I hadn’t thought about how things would change. I understood that having a child tended to be a life-altering event and while I won’t claim I was fully prepared for it, I knew I was getting into something big. Almost a year has passed since I gave birth to my son and sure enough, things have changed. But now as I reflect on the “advice” I was given, I can more fully appreciate... read more
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The IP Bookshelf
Momma Loves Her Little Son By John Carter Cash, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
Momma Loves Her Little Son By John Carter Cash, illustrated by Marc Burckhardt Little Simon Inspirations, $16.99 32 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1416959120 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews When... read more
Red, Green and Yellowing
Pretty (reused) paper, pretty (reused) ribbons of blue...
By Christina Deanne
When I was in sixth grade, my mom decided that we should recycle Christmas wrapping. Before you say... read more
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