When does free-range parenting become more like neglecting your kids?

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Pssst - the Honest Voices linkup for bloggers is back! Link up after the post… I am not a free-range parent. I’m just not. Especially when it comes to the great outdoors. But let me back up. I am also not the mom who nervously hovers, watching my kids with an eagle-eye, constantly admonishing them to be careful. I […]

Dear rage-y people of the internet: Your constant fury is completely exhausting and, oh yeah, totally ineffective.

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Well hi there, non-rage-y reader. Do you feel like lately, everywhere you look on the internet, someone is angry about something? And they’re demanding whatever it is must stop existing because goddammit, they don’t like it? I do. And I think everyone just needs to calm the hell down. All the outrage is positively exhausting. […]

How a creepy Furby helped me make a belated resolution

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A couple of days ago, I walked into my kitchen and came face to face with small plastic Furby toy that sat on my counter, staring at me with a maniacal grin. “Um, Annie?” I said, backing away from the creepy creature. “What is this, exactly?” Annie bounded over to me, saw what I was […]

How NOT to get that perfect holiday photo for your cards

I have had many, many Christmas card photo session fails. One year, I thought I would be proactive and try to get a picture of the girls during the fall. And this is about how well it went down… 1. Decide THIS is the year! The year you will finally create a beautiful, artsy, unique […]

I didn’t cherish every moment … and that’s okay.


Her body is still little enough that she can snuggle into me when we cuddle after reading books. But just barely. Her little hand still tucks into mine when crossing the street, but she pulls away as soon as she senses it’s safe. Today I discovered I can no longer hold her around my hip […]

Weaning Is A Let-Down


by Honest Mom contributor Carisa Miller – blogger at Do you read me? When I first suggested she not nurse constantly, my daughter behaved as though I was withholding her will to live. I could offer little consolation, since bringing her near me only made her think I was about to offer her a nip. […]

Saying goodbye to daycare – and a huge part of childhood

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Eyes fixated on the road, I contemplated the fact that I had just carried my tiny baby into a unfamiliar building and handed her over to strangers. I had left her there, sleeping, unaware that her mama was leaving her. I had wanted to wake her up but I knew it wasn’t wise. Better to […]