My kids play outside. →
A two year old Fierce Mama post, but becoming even more relevant as the chillens opt for outside play in lieu of potential tv time:
Kids don't have to be picky eaters. →
One Fierce Mama post about how to raise children who eat more than pizza and nuggets.
Crying it Out. Really?? →
One Fierce Mama post about infants and sleep. (I’m ready for the shitstorm!)
Keep Calm and.... Oh, Shit! We're all gonna die! →
New post on One Fierce Mama about perspective.
My kids talk American real good. →
One Fierce Mama - “repost on request” about learning yer kids some communication skillz.
How to be Human with your Children →
New post on One Fierce Mama about letting your kids know that you are not perfect.
There is no reason to scare the shit out of your... →
New One Fierce Mama post about school shootings and why your child doesn’t need to know about them yet.
Are you in this thing together? →
New blog post from yours truly, One Fierce Mama. This one explores parenting with a partner or spouse.
"Look up" with your kids! →
One Fierce Mama post about sky watching with your family. :)
It's Ok to Give Your Kids a Choice →
Honeywine Hollow's House Rules →
“If you don’t want it, you can’t have any.” “Get shit done.” “Don’t stick your dick in crazy.” — Honeywine Hollow’s house rules, explained. New post on One Fierce Mama.
Mamas, don't let your child grow up to be academic... →
New post on One Fierce Mama about why you shouldn’t do your kids homework for them.
My kids think that breastfeeding is how babies... →
In support of International Breastfeeding Week!
Kids at Cons - A Beginner's Guide →
New post on how to bring children to conventions and not lose your sanity.
How Not to Crush Your Kid's Spirit →
Updated post on One Fierce Mama. One of my favorites.
Baby Food. Easy. →
Re-write of an older post about how baby food doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Anyways, babies shouldn’t eat human meat.
How not to raise a little racist. →
We just want to cut our baby... is that so wrong? →
Get your kid a betta fish, at the very least. →
Please be honest with your kids. →
Dear People Who Smoke Around My Kids: →
What newborns really REALLY need. Really. →
Don't let your kids drink Natural Light. →
Crying it Out. Really?? →
Re-posting because of a recent conversation.
It's ok to leave your house. →
Kids aren't stupid. →
Sex Ed for Toddlers. →
The Power of Presents. →
I Ain't Afraid of no Cloth Diaper. →
New post on everyone’s favorite subject - baby shit.
If you don't talk to your kids about zombies, who... →
Dear Carmen and Carolyn... →
You guys are going to hate me.... This post is... →
Yup. I went there. *ducks and runs*
A poem for little ones →
How to interact with my kids without getting... →
How Not to Beat Your Kids. →
New post on discipline for younger kids.
How to tell your kids that your family isn't...
New Fierce Mama blog post: http://elizebethjoy.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/how-to-tell-your-kids-that-your-family-isnt-normal/
Back off, Bitch.
A post on how to deal with unsolicited parenting advice. http://elizebethjoy.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/back-off-bitch/
Time Magazine, You Have Really Pissed Me Off.
Gee, thanks, Time Magazine. There were so many good ways to help people be more comfortable with the idea of attachment parenting…. and this probably wasn’t it. Amazing, isn’t it? Time Magazine showed breastfeeding! I should be thrilled! But I’m not. I’m pissed off. You can probably guess why. I don’t need to point out that this three year old child looks like he’s six years old next to his...
Why we're teaching our kids psychology
You know what would be neat? If kids were taught something really useful in schools. I’m not saying that they aren’t now… I mean, math and history and stuff are all really useful, too. BUT they aren’t very good at helping our kids learn about how to be a person, and how to get along with other people, and what kind of things might go wrong along the way (and how you might be able to fix those...
Molestation - How not to raise a child victim
Somebody asked me how to talk to one’s kids about avoiding sexual abuse without mentally screwing them up. Unfortunately, thanks to personal history, sexual abuse is going to be a hard thing for me to teach to them (and to write about). I’ve been chewing on this, though, and realized that a good portion of our social and personal lessons go a long way toward making sure that our kids stay safe. ...
I’ve copied most of the blog posts concerning parenting to wordpress. They can be found here: http://elizebethjoy.wordpress.com/ Organizing and editing still needs to be done, but they are readable. I’ll continue to post stuff here about kids, too, but will copy all of the relevant ones to the other blog.
Whine, bitch, moan, Lyme.
This is my last post about what I’m going through with being sick. I’m tired of talking about it, but people are still asking, and it’s obvious (if you see me in person or try to schedule something with me right now) that things aren’t perfect. But, after this, I’m done whining and will just refer to this post if anyone asks how I’m doing. In March, I was...
How not to crush your kid's spirit.
There is little as glorious and beautiful as watching children be themselves - fully and with abandon. Dancing with their whole soul, expressing honest astonishment, singing with their whole range, telling fantastic stories, dressing themselves in ensembles you never thought should exist, making magical art, laughing themselves silly, learning with open wonder, and smiling with their entire...
Baby Food. Easy.
I recently had a friend write and ask me what we fed our babies when they started solid food. This got me thinking about the baby food industry and about how easy it is to fall into the “feeding your kid crap” trap when they are still so wee. So, I thought I would write about what we fed our kids, and about how easy, nutritious, earth-friendly, and cheap it was. Next time...
I woke up!
For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been having a really hard time with being chronically fatigued from the time I wake up until about 2 in the afternoon; then I would perk up and be wide awake until 3 or 4 in the morning. This is not conducive to being a mom or businesslady. I was too lethargic to clean, be in the studio, hang with the kids, or take advantage of the time that they were in...
Adventures in Bassooning, and other musical...
Just in the past year, music has gone from back burner to front and center (again) in my life. Some people that I know were surprised; they kind of knew that I like to play music, but didn’t know the extent of it or the history. So here it is - a quick and dirty musical timeline. Pre-birth - Dad is a professional musician. He met two of my Moms while playing piano in clubs. Smexy....
HoneyWine Hollow, in pictures
My friend asked me to come up with some photos that best embody the spirit of HoneyWine Hollow. I thought I would share them here, too. Why not? A gorgeous Spring day when our goatie quads were born: Tyme and a visitor to the farm cuddle on a hen: A hummingbird perches in the tree next to our deck: The day that Hiccup was born, with her Momma, Dot: On the trails in the woods: ...
Photos from Carmen: Up North
We traveled to New York City and Princeton, New Jersey this past weekend, and handed the camera to Carmen when we could. It was fun seeing the people’s reaction to her holding the camera and lens (the “short” lens is out of commission, so she had to use the telescopic 50-250mm lens instead). Here are some highlights, and here is the rest of the...
Happy Holidays from President Obama
I'm ready to get this out.
19 and half years ago, I was raped. I won’t go into specifics here about what happened, but if you’re especially curious, I’ll tell you personally. Very few people know about the incident; maybe five friends total and no family members. (My parents were told about it by my therapist when I was 14, but I did not speak directly to them about it.) I have kept the story, as well...