Let Go of That Breastfeeding Guilt and Get Angry!

I recently attended a breastfeeding education day featuring Dr. Katherine Dettwyler. She’s an anthropology professor, lecturer, author and breastfeeding advocate. She discussed a variety of fascinating topics, including breastfeeding and the media, her research on what the natural age of weaning would be in modern humans if we set aside our cultural beliefs, caring for children and why babies cry. The topic that really caught my eye, however, was addressing guilt around breastfeeding (or, more specifically, not breastfeeding)....more
@Violina23  As I said in another comment, I would like everyone to come from a place of peace ... more

Let Go of That Breastfeeding Guilt and Get Angry!

I recently attended a breastfeeding education day featuring Dr. Katherine Dettwyler. She’s an anthropology professor, lecturer, author and breastfeeding advocate. She discussed a variety of fascinating topics, including breastfeeding and the media, her research on what the natural age of weaning would be in modern humans if we set aside our cultural beliefs, caring for children and why babies cry. The topic that really caught my eye, however, was addressing guilt around breastfeeding (or, more specifically, not breastfeeding)....more
@Wander I agree completely - we all have to decide what works for us. And I don't think mothers ... more

Let Go of That Breastfeeding Guilt and Get Angry!

I recently attended a breastfeeding education day featuring Dr. Katherine Dettwyler. She’s an anthropology professor, lecturer, author and breastfeeding advocate. She discussed a variety of fascinating topics, including breastfeeding and the media, her research on what the natural age of weaning would be in modern humans if we set aside our cultural beliefs, caring for children and why babies cry. The topic that really caught my eye, however, was addressing guilt around breastfeeding (or, more specifically, not breastfeeding)....more
@Violina23 To be perfectly honest with you, Dr. Dettwyler said some things during the seminar ... more

How Green is Your iPad Mini?

I got a new iPad Mini as a Christmas gift, and I just can't seem to shut up about it. Clearly, I am totally taken with this technology. Thanks to my tablet I'm reading more. I'm catching up on blogs and checking out magazine articles and finishing actual books. I feel like I'm a hungry person, and I've just finished a restrictive diet. I'm re-immersing myself in words. It's wonderful, particularly as someone who writes for a living. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt I have seen the story of stuff, and I am appalled.   At the same time, there is ...more

The Real Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Thank you for bearing with me for the past two weeks while we reset our life by three zip codes. I’m feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and we are now completely unpacked in the downstairs bathroom. And here I thought we’d be unpacking for months -- we’ll be living out of boxes for the next two years!...more
I would write something witty in reply, but not having slept a solid night in weeks thanks to ... more

Has Twitterverse Killed The Blog-Writing Star?: Blogging in the Age of Twitter

Conference:  BlogHer '11 Track:  Skills 2: The Write Brain About You Name:  Karen Green URL:  http://www.karengreen.ca Is good writing less important now that everybody is on Twitter?Whether we see Twitter as a handy companion to our blogs and a tool with which to more efficiently spread our blogging message, or as a cannibalistic time-suck that dilutes the importance of good writing, Twitter has become a relevant consideration in how we communicate and how we write.This session would explore:The good:- How Twitter can actually help bloggers become better writers- Exploring the ways Twitter teaches us to be succinct- How to draw people in, in 140 characters or lessThe bad:- Is anybody even reading blog posts anymore?- Are we cheating ourselves out of writing fabulous blog posts because we can communicate in a less formal, more instant way?And the lovely:- How Twitter inspires and predicts blog content- How our posts can now reach a larger audience instantly- How Twitter can help us up our blog-writing gamePanelists would include:Karen Green – Karen has been blogging for over five years at The Kids Are Alright while contributing to various group blogs. She thinks the best thing about Twitter is that, while it hasn’t gotten people to stop asking why the hell she needs to tell the whole internet her business, she now only has to answer in 140 characters or less.Schmutzie – (aka Elan Morgan) is the veteran blogger of eight years from Schmutzie.com, founder of the Canadian Weblog Awards and the Grace in Small Things social network, and co-founder of the creative firmNinjamatics. She has seen many things come and go on the internet, but Twitter is here to stay, changing the face of blogging as it goes. She has learned to embrace it, even if it steals all her best material....more

Great topic, I would definitely attend!

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The Womb Police

When I was six months pregnant with my third child, I had the honor of toasting one of my closest friends at her wedding. I stood, wine glass in hand, extolling the great gifts of a well-met marriage rubbing my expanding belly for emphasis. After I sat down, one of the men at our table took away my wine glass and said, “I know you know your baby doesn’t need this.” ...more

I read the Kristof article, and it highly annoyed me. Just as it highly annoyed me when the womb ... more

Trust For Sale! Media, Money and the Fragility of Brand

Forbes is about money. Markets, investment, moguls, industries. As a serious publication, it's also about trust. There are publications whose editorial leanings you may agree with or disagree with, but in general you can at least trust that their editorial leanings are their own. At least that's what we're led to believe. ...more

My husband works in TV news, so the blurry lines between editorial and advertising content are ...more

Should an 8-yr-old get a bikini wax?

What happened to childhood? A new salon trend has girls before they reach puberty getting a "virgin" wax. Sounds outrageous to me. My big question is why? Evidently moms are scheduling virgin waxes for their young girls because they think getting a wax treatment at an early age will prevent future hair growth. That's news to me. I have never heard my pediatrician bring up virgin waxing as an option....more

Wow. I can't see that it's my place to 'save my child a lifetime of waxing'. There are just so ... more

What Do the Children of Mommybloggers Have In Common With the Children of Kate Gosselin?

Where were all the child labour protection advocates back when America loved the Gosselins? Back when we couldn't wait to see the crazy antics of Jon and Kate and their eight children? Ever since they aired their dirty marriage laundry for all the world to see, the world has been a little less smitten with the Gosselins and a little more hungry to bust them for something. Kate Gosselin and the producers of the show are once again being questioned as to whether they are violating child labour laws by having the sextuplets -- all under the age of seven and therefore not covered by the obtained labor permits -- on television. ...more

I don't believe that reality shows are actually shot based on real life. My friend and her ...more