A resource to inspire, inform and empower parents.

He’s Just a Baby

When my first son, Jack, was about 18 months during his second Christmas holiday. As usual my little sister was visiting from NYC. She is 11 years younger than me and has no children. She came to visit a couple of times a year and had spent time with Jack only a handful of times. [Read more…]

Dear Mama Friend

I am writing to you today because I can see that you have been crying. I know that you are struggling to keep your cool. You wonder how you can possibly get through the day. You doubt that you are capable of being a really good parent. Things aren’t going as planned. You tried so hard, but it’s falling apart. It seems like everyone has it together but you. Like you have failed yourself and your kids. Sometimes you want to run out of the house and never come back. Some days you feel like you don’t even like your own kids. Then you are flooded with guilt and anxiety that you could even think such a thing. [Read more…]

“Did We Play?”

Today was Monday. The first day of the week when my husband goes to work at the office space far away. On this day we have no car. The winters are long in Chicago and we are mostly shut in on Mondays. Some days I knock myself out trying to entertain the boys. Other days I laze around with them in jammies in front of movies. Most days are somewhere in between. [Read more…]

I Get Angry at My Kids

I keep wanting to start this post off with, “I love my kids.” But I don’t like that sentence. It’s too obvious. And honestly I feel silly typing it. Everyone loves their children. It’s just how nature has us designed. It’s not something we work at. It just happens. [Read more…]

Tandem Nursing Nighttime Routine

I didn’t think much about sleep before I was a mom, but it didn’t take long for me to learn that this was one of the most controversial topics in parenting. My husband, Josh, read a bunch of sleep books while I was pregnant, I didn’t read any. It never occurred to me that it would involve anything beyond lying a baby down in a crib and walking out of the room while they closed their eyes to quiet sleep. It’s what I always saw in the moves! Well, HA! [Read more…]

The Badass on All About Breastfeeding

Interview with All About Breastfeeding

The Badass Breastfeeder Resources

I struggled with every aspect of transitioning to motherhood. One of the biggest obstacles for me was deciphering all of the information being thrown at me. It is my hope with this post to provide other parents with accurate and supportive information so that your journey can be as smooth as possible. You have a right to know the information even if it isn’t what your doctor, TV or grandma is telling you. Information is power and parents need to take back the power. Exercise your right to be informed! [Read more…]

A New Kind of Birth Control

The wait is over. Have you been searching for the perfect birth control method? Are you tired of swallowing pills and inserting medical devices into your body? Do you need a 100% effective way of preventing pregnancy? [Read more…]

In Attachment Parenting There Are No Fathers of the Year

There are some GREAT dads out there. My husband is one of them. But when it comes to Smugtachment Parenting, there is no time for bullshit. When baby first comes -for a moment-  it is understandable. We are all adjusting to being a parent at first. But as time goes on, I call BS. If you want to play in the big leagues (Smugtachment Parenting) then you better be ready to operate on cylinders you didn’t even know you had. We are not going to settle for less than perfect around here, or you better believe you’ll have a not-so-gentle whisper lecture coming your way in the family bed later! [Read more…]

Smugtachment Parenting QUIZ: Do you have what it takes? 

You’ve heard a lot about gentle parenting styles. You nurse, you think spanking is wrong, you care if baby is crying, and you do like hummus… But how can you be sure if Smugtachment Parenting is the right fit for you and your family? Answer Yes or No to the 10 questions below and determine your score! [Read more…]