Parenting Off Paper

Parenting Off Paper

3:30 a.m. A mother’s voice shakes as she hums, pulling the swaddling blanket tighter around her baby. That’s got to be too tight, she thinks. The Book says swaddling tightly will calm him down. Baby wails and kicks against the blanket. It just …

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Five Things Breastfeeding Advocates Need to Stop Doing

I consider myself a breastfeeding advocate. I breastfed all three of my children through toddlerhood. My mom was a La Leche League leader when I was little and recently retired as a professional lactation consultant. I grew up knowing the ins and …

13 Ways MOVINGis like HAVING A BABY

13 Ways Moving is Like Having a Baby

We’ve moved 13 times in 17 years, not including the year we spent living as nomads. Five of those moves were of the cross-country variety. All of them were the do-it-yourself variety. As much as I love to try out …

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How to Help Out a Sick or Injured Neighbor

If you have ever gone through a time of hardship or illness, then you likely know that when you aren’t feeling well, it seems like the world keeps piling the troubles and chores on top of you. Offering to help …

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How to Win at Parenting

We all want to be more effective parents, but figuring out how to do that can be tricky. There are approximately 5,319 books on the subject and you can drive yourself mad trying to wade through all of the conflicting expertise and advice. …

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Meeting Pete Carroll

For a little background on this story and how I ended up connecting with Pete Carroll in the first place, see this post and then this one. We arrived at Seattle Seahawks headquarters on Monday at 1:15—fifteen minutes early for my meeting …