When I count it up, I’ve nursed for two and a half years so far. It’s one of the hardest commitments I’ve ever made, and I made it twice. At times I fantasized about quitting multiple times a day — like desperately wanted to, mostly in the first few weeks and months. And now I’m […]
Author Archive | Laura
Trauma can change our brains. It can change how we see the world and how we perceive danger. It can also shift how our emotions work and how we manage them. And it can certainly change the way we think: about people, about ourselves, and about relationships. These changes often seep into the way we parent. And most […]
I was the girl who spent hours working on scrapbooks of childhood photos, artfully accenting with stickers, quotes and mementos. It’s entirely possible that I still have my ticket stub for the 1997 film Titanic, because that certainly needed lifelong documentation. I’m a sucker for the sentimental. But I learned quickly after the birth of my […]
That first week I ended up spending anywhere from 60-90 minutes laying with my son, playing dead like a possum until he finally passed out and I quietly snuck out of his room. Not sustainable.
Character development seems to be a slow burn. No single event or activity seems to make a child honest, or grateful, or compassionate and kind. But these traits are learned over time by watching others and engaging in activities that promote these values. Given that we can’t be with them all the time, it was important to us that […]
And that’s just the trouble: In our booze-soaked culture, how do you really know if your chardonnay nightcap after a long day of momming is becoming a problem?
I’ve noticed some distinct patterns in adults that have led me to reprioritize what I consider most important in my role as a parent.