• burning the dragon

    by  • May 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

    We took our toddler to a regional Burning Man event recently. I have more to say about babies at burn events, but for the moment I want to talk about navigating the burn itself. The effigy was a huge beast that the community would “slay” and burn at the end of the event. I...

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    lazy parenting

    by  • April 18, 2013 • 3 Comments

    I get credit in some circles for “being a good parent.” This makes me feel great, but here’s the secret just for you: my best parenting techniques are quite lazy. Anyone could do it. Housecleaning. Your house will look the same whether you pick up toys twelve times a day or just once after the...

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    bedsharing update

    by  • March 20, 2013 • 2 Comments

    I wrote a post about bed-sharing when my daughter was in her first year. I advocate co-sleeping, and bed-sharing worked very well for me. It continued to work well into her second year, though it added additional difficulties and sweetnesses. For example, every time I rolled over she would nuzzle to nurse, and I...

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    thoughts about introverted mamas

    by  • March 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Fifteen years ago, I would have confidently declared myself an extrovert. I talked a lot, enough that I received feedback that people sometimes had trouble getting a word in edgewise. Fortunately they found my subject matter interesting and my passionate discourse endearing. Plus, my gender read clearly as “cute geek girl,” so people mostly found me...

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    tips for visiting ireland with a toddler: part two

    by  • February 13, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Continued from part one. Go in the Autumn or Winter. Fares are cheaper, lodgings offer off-season prices, and nothing is crowded. We visited lots of sacred sites and touristy things and we saw very few people. We felt unhurried. We could spread out. We had time to set up the perfect photographs. Our child...

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    tips for visiting ireland with a toddler: part one

    by  • February 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    It was a crazy idea. Hadn’t everyone told me when I was pregnant that after the baby’s arrival I’d be limited in every way? Forget about parties, travel, or festivals, they said; I’d barely be able to snag a shower or get food on the table. Well, they were right about the bathing and...

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    media sensitivities

    by  • February 8, 2013 • 6 Comments

    My husband likes to wind down by watching movies, and when he’s stressed out he wants to see an intense or emotional movie to help him blow through his feelings so that he can relax. I prefer to read books for entertainment. When I watch movies it requires an effort to steel myself for...

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    life with ponyo

    by  • February 1, 2013 • 1 Comment

    After nearly a year of being in love with Totoro (who she now calls “Toh-roh”), my daughter switched to Kiki’s Delivery Service. I don’t like that movie as much, so we watched it less and always in Japanese. Fortunately, she’s moved on to Ponyo. I admit that Ponyo had to grow on me. At...

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