children
I have nine sons and seven daughters, and I do not intend to stop.
tv
Watching smart television turn into insane nonsense, it’s as if the networks don't know what children are actually like.
fitness
At 45, there are some things I can’t do anymore, but my modified workouts make me feel freaking fantastic.
parenting
My hope is that one day my daughter will understand her innate value as a woman loved by God
open thread
Since I became a mom, I’ve said a lot of stuff I never imagined I would say. This one was so stupid I will never live it down.
parenting
Modern moms seem to be on a kick to bring their child-rearing techniques back to the Dark Ages, and my technology-obsessed, processed-food-loving heart can’t deal with the sanctimoniousness.
family drama
A wise friend once told me that if you pick your kid up from school at the end of the day and he isn’t absolutely filthy, he didn’t have any fun. I have personally found this to be true.
adoption
Adoption is many things, but here's what it's not -- giving back your children.
parenting
Each day with little kids is a marathon and a lifetime and a work of art and a mess. Inevitably.
parenting
Children rely on ritual and stability, and it's a huge comfort to them to repeat the same actions every night before bed.
hair
I will never look at that brown child with the white mom and make assumptions again.
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Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00pm | 150 comments

children
Ultimately all human life is fragile, but the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis show us that the lives of black boys can be disproportionately ephemeral.
unpopular opinion
I’m surprised at how much my Special Snowflake attitudes have eased my transition into motherhood. Not only that: in the long term, I think they’ll make me a happier, more effective parent.
what the parenting books don't tell you
My son is not me -- he doesn’t like to read books, he is not shy around new people, and he is scared of absolutely nothing (including a bunk bed).
adoption
My birthmother, a heroin addict, was pregnant when she was sentenced for drug-related crimes, and I lived with her in prison for my first year.
being a mom
The world of women will not always be a welcoming place, as I learned with my first violent shove into the world of mommy blogging.
my brown baby
unpopular opinion
Kids aren’t going to be traumatized by a stranger politely telling them not to do something that could potentially harm them, or is just a social norm.
what the parenting books don't tell you
elizabeth street
Even on those hazy days when you laze in bed until well past the point of no return, if you play your cards right, you can still get the kids out the door on time.
elizabeth street
The story these other parents had created abut my three young, well-behaved, bilingual boys was about as incorrect as my vision of the patient, all-knowing, all-loving and always calm home-schooling moms.
kids
I'd always thought of pregnancy as a bucket-list experience, something big that I wanted to do once -- and only once -- before I died.