Living On the Back Burner

My daughter eats at least two servings of fruit per day. Her dietary staples also include brown rice, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, lentils and red beans (neither of which come from a can). I make these things in big batches throughout the week and freeze them in easy-to-serve portion sizes.

Meanwhile, I eat whatever is easiest to throw together or pick up on the go. It’s not unusual for me to put her to bed at 8pm, organize her super-healthy meals for the next day and then pop some popcorn for myself for dinner. The only real meal I eat regularly is breakfast (a scrambled egg, toast and coffee… which I can usually finish before she starts scaling the furniture) and the only fruits I eat tend to be samples of whatever I’m cutting up for tomorrow’s snacks. Continue reading “Living On the Back Burner”

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The Flip-Side

Last week, I wrote about the importance of a world that embraces motherhood to the extent that it welcomes children into environments that wouldn’t necessarily seem to be child-friendly (such as school and work) as a means of enriching the lives of mother and child. This week, I found myself cringing a bit at the following video of NBA player Stephen Curry’s latest press conference, which featured an appearance from his adorable two-year-old daughter Riley. So, I decided to add a small caveat to my original argument.

Before you brand me a hypocrite, hear me out: Continue reading “The Flip-Side”

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A+ Professor; World Needs Improvement

Look at him, teaching away, baby in hand. (image via buzzfeed.com)
Look at him, just teaching away, baby in hand. (image via buzzfeed.com)

Have you seen this pic?

If not, I’d like to introduce you to Professor Sydney Engelberg. He teaches an Organizational Behavior class at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. That baby he’s holding? Not his. Nor is he a prop illustrating Social Identity Theory (whatever that is). Rather, that baby belongs to one of Engelberg’s students. He started crying during the class (as babies do) and — as the mother was preparing to leave — the professor took the baby, calmed him down and continued teaching the class.

Let’s just pause here for a second and let that sink in. Continue reading “A+ Professor; World Needs Improvement”

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Shameless Parenting

Nothing causes internet controversy like parenting choices, especially when they don’t conform to everyone’s definition of “acceptable” parenting. Obviously, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone with every choice, but anything mildly unorthodox is bound to bring down fire and brimstone, even if, deep down inside, everyone knows they’ve been there a time or two. Continue reading “Shameless Parenting”

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For the Love of Stretch Marks

Newsflash: Women get stretch marks. All kinds of women, of every shape and size. Even if they’ve never had babies. Hell, men get them too.

I feel the need to announce this because every time a “perfect” woman reveals hers, folks are incredibly surprised. As if they’ve never met a real live woman before. Continue reading “For the Love of Stretch Marks”

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The Interview – Independent Midwife Chelone Lee Woo

© Lucidwaters | Dreamstime.com - Midwife Checks Baby Heart Beat And Movement Photo
© Lucidwaters | Dreamstime.com – Midwife Checks Baby Heart Beat And Movement Photo

Baby Babble Radio’s Samantha John sits down with Chelone Lee Woo, Independent Midwife, to chat about what it’s like to specialise in teenage pregnancy. Drawing on 20 years of experience in midwifery and the more than 1,000 births under her belt, Lee Woo talks about the importance of preparing young mothers for the journey ahead in a society that often ostracises them for their pregnancies.

Check it out and tell us what you think about the necessity for specialised care for teenaged mothers.

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