How Extended Co-Sleeping Happens

November 21, 2012

Extended co-sleeping seems to be one of those things most parents don’t really plan on. When I hear talk of co-sleeping, it’s usually about babies. But there is a large contingent of parents who co-sleep indefinitely with their children. It makes life so much easier. Research shows that extended co-sleeping is more common than many […]

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The End of Extended Breastfeeding

October 10, 2012

In the attachment world, we hear a lot about the importance of breastfeeding. And lots of women breastfeed for an extended period of time. In our culture, more than a year is considered extended breastfeeding. So that’s what we call it. I just considered it breastfeeding. I was nursed until I was 3. My mother […]

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Mama, that’s my spot: A co-sleeping metaphor for Motherhood

January 5, 2011

Annika has been noticing her “spot” in bed as of late. If I happen to roll over there, or if god forbid, we happen to switch sides and she is lying in “my spot,” she screams, “Mama! That’s MY spot! You can’t lay in my spot!” A few mornings ago, as we were lying in […]

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Mamas Need White Space

October 4, 2010

One of my favorite non-mom blogs is Zen Habits. This week he posted about making space in your life using the design principle of creating white space. Creating white space around the important things and getting rid of clutter lets you focus on what’s important. I loved the post so much that I immediately began […]

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A good relationship with my daughter is my “good enough”

March 16, 2010

Over the weekend I met with my Personal Renewal Group to discuss this month’s topic: Good is good enough. I hastily read the chapter the day before our meeting. It did not resonate with me in the slightest, so I skipped all the questions and journaling exercises. The author was talking about her perfectionist attitudes […]

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Yes Annika, there is a Santa Claus

December 23, 2009

Before I was a mother I always knew that if I had children, I would never lie to them, which included Santa. I always figured that kids needed to know their parents told them the truth.

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Regretting my regrets

November 20, 2009

Before Annika was born I had regrets. I regretted staying with my ex-husband as long as I did. Hell, I regretted ever marrying him. I regretted not finishing school sooner. I regretted financial decisions. I regretted not working out more. I regretted haircuts. Then when I got pregnant I philosophized about how all those bad […]

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Slowing down to smell the stillness, re-energizes

October 21, 2009

I just used up a bag of flour that I’ve had in my pantry for the past couple of years. I only had it for the occasional sauce thickening agent, or… uh… why did I have that bag of flour? I guess it’s just one those things that is expected. One must have flour or […]

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