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  1. A year of haiku about my kids.

    “It turns out the nightly parenting haiku is not only Minimum Viable Creativity, but also an opportunity to journal milestones every night without having to figure out what to say.” This post from 2017 at Unlikely Words compiles a year of haiku from a parent.

    Parenting
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  2. I Inspire Women to Keep Wearing — and Doing — What They Love

    “When I was pregnant with my fourth child, Maely, I just wanted to keep wearing my jeans.” Holly Kjar discusses the product she created for pregnant women, the Maeband, and the growth of her business and online community.

    Business
  3. I Didn’t Realize that I Could Be a Voice for a Population of People

    “All I’ve wanted from the beginning is just to put a human face on poverty that is not the one that we think of…” Stephanie Land, who wrote a memoir on working as a maid and being a single mother, first found an audience on her blog.

    Authors
  4. An Extraordinary Machine

    “Same kid. Different wrapper.” In 2004, the Smartypants family adopted baby Nora. In 2018, they amended Nora’s Certificate of Foreign Birth when Nora transitioned, changing his name Aaron.

    Family
  5. Design Mom

    Designer, author, and AltSummit founder Gabrielle Blair created Design Mom in 2006; since then, she’s published thousands of posts on design and parenting, travel, food, and other topics (from the evergreen to the timely).

    Commentary
  6. The Problem with “Pretty Girls” and Princesses

    “Our world focuses on the looks of girls and the accomplishments of boys.” At OTV Magazine, Angela Noel reflects on the gendered compliments adults give children, and how they make it hard for girls to separate their self-worth from their appearance.

    Commentary
  7. Ten Reasons Why Students Should Read Whole Books over Excerpts

    As the school year is kicking into gear in many countries, Cari White, a librarian in Texas, gives parents and educators 10 reasons to encourage young readers to tackle entire works.

    Books
  8. Jenn Berney on raising boys in a hard-to-navigate world: “I want them to understand their luck, to care about the world and the many many ways it’s broken, but when I try to explain its brokenness, they can barely comprehend.”

    Essay
  9. Parenting Books I Need To Read

    Dorky Mom Erika is preparing to write parenting books for real life: “Baby Girl ripped the page out of the book about positive discipline. Minutes after I corrected her, she used a crayon to scribble in the book about the defiant child.”

    Parenting
  10. The Good Life Smells Just Like Gobstoppers

    Jason Preu with a poem on boxes, candy, and the passing of time: “My daughter enters the room / bearing candy and a smile. // The last time I wrote of her / she was seven. Now she’s ten.”

    Parenting
  11. Potty Talk Training

    Caren Chesler confronts her use of profanity: “‘Fuk,’ he said, holding up the fork. He then speared one of the bananas and stuck it in his mouth and smiled. . . . With Eddie now two, I was going to have to begin training my potty mouth now.”

    Family
  12. LEGOs Make Me a Better Mom

    On learning to play: “(Legos are) my escape route from a mind-numbing round of tea-party. I can’t handle sipping air from a tiny teacup, but pull out those LEGO bins and I’ll sprawl out on the floor like a kid. Which, when I’m with my own kid, feels pretty cool.”

    Jetpack
  13. “So you keep a secret drawer with a few items of her favorite clothes. And you retreat to press your face into them, searching for the familiar scent of her that has long since faded.” — Suzanne Leitz on the marks left by loss.

    Death
  14. Confessions of a Part-Time Mom

    Angela Noel on co-parenting and experiencing loss as a part-time mom: “Sucked into this hole are the smiles I won’t see. The giggles I miss. . . . These all live in the hole in my body, the blackhole place where he lives a life outside of the life he shares with me.”

    Family
    Photo by Angela Noel
  15. A journey through severe depression

    “My children grew despite my hollowness.  They smiled and ate; played and worked.  I wonder if they saw me pretending to live or if they were fooled by me too.  Lola, the masterful charlatan.”

    Mental Health