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Tuesday
Sep032013

Lavender Harvest with Oma

lavender harvest

Watching our children learn from us can be a wonderful thing, but there is something even more magical about sitting on the sidelines as they learn from their grandparents.

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Monday
Aug192013

Breastfeeding and Low Supply: Common and Surprising Causes and Solutions

breastfeeding low supply

Low milk supply is always listed as a top reason why mothers quit breastfeeding and switch to formula. Although experts often claim that the percentage of women who can't produce enough milk is extremely small (usually numbers under 5% are quoted, without any specific source being given), the number of women who say they tried everything and still couldn't make enough milk seems to be on the rise. This article explores some of the possible reasons for that, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), diabetes and pre-diabetes, and mammary hypoplasia (insufficient glandular tissue).

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Thursday
Aug082013

Staying Home (or "Opting Out") Won't Save Your Marriage

This week, the New York Times has yet another article about the dynamics of managing careers, marriage, and parenting. The "Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In" by Judith Warner looks at what happened to women who ended up staying home. The article discusses the inequity in their marriages and the implications of it. In this post, I share my take on the issues.

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Tuesday
Aug062013

Back to School = Back to Gender Roles

It is officially 'back to school' season in the media and consumer worlds. Unfortunately, this year (as with many years) it is being used as an opportunity to reinforce old gender roles and stereotypes. This time, courtesy of The Children's Place, Canadian Living and random people on twitter.

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Sunday
Jul142013

Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: Mothers of Black Sons Speak On Implications

Trayvon - Protect Our Children

Much of the world was shocked yesterday to learn that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Others were not shocked, which shows the incredible depth of the problem (a combination of systemic racism, bad laws, and gun culture). The roots and implications of the verdict are many, but today I want to share a few of the moving and heartbreaking words I read from mothers of black sons today.

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