Posts in category "Opinions"

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead
I hate Black Friday. I could say that it’s because Black Friday is the embodiment of all that is wrong with society today. Or because big corporations are evil. Or because we shouldn’t go straight from counting our blessings on Thanksgiving to chasing luxuries the following day. But honestly? I just find Black Friday exhausting.... Read more »

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man
by Patrick O’Hara, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor I realize we are a couple of weeks removed from Mother’s Day,  but there aren’t a lot of spots open on that day in a parenting-themed blog. This post serves as a show of my appreciation to my mom and also as her belated Mother’s Day gift.... Read more »

Visualizing Natural Childbirth

Visualizing Natural Childbirth
Being the visual person I am, I like to always imagine how things will go, in my “happy place” before they actually happen. When I was a competitive athlete, my trainer wouldn’t let me watch other athletes we knew would complete a less than stellar performance. She knew how visual I am and understood if... Read more »
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Honey, Put A Baby In Me!

Honey, Put A Baby In Me!
Months ago, my womb was an insatiable beast. Whenever I saw a pregnant woman, a stroller or even a tiny little foot sticking out of an infant carrier, my uterus squeezed and clenched, reminding me that it was still there and ready to work again. The sight of a baby sock brought tears to my... Read more »

She Works Hard For Her Money

She Works Hard For Her Money
Has anyone noticed that at some point in time, women – specifically those who have borne children – started drawing lines in the sand? On one side of the line were the good mothers, on the other side, the bad. Not only were we drawing the lines ourselves, we were all too quick to throw... Read more »

My Review of Generic and Brand Name Diapers

My Review of Generic and Brand Name Diapers
For the past 15 months, I’ve been wrapping my baby’s bum in paper diapers. I chose to go the disposable diaper route, to be honest, because I didn’t have the patience to do cloth diapers. When it comes to pee and poop, I want the business to be done and not carry it with me.... Read more »
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Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes

Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes
I woke up with the rest of our nation to the devastating news about the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Each television station flashing the ever-changing stats of a heartbreaking disaster. - 12 dead - 38 wounded - 6 year old killed - 3 month old baby wounded Television anchors carelessly filling the gaps... Read more »

So, This is Summer

So, This is Summer
I grew up riding horses competitively. Every summer was horse show season, so I had to limit my sodium intake to make sure my boots fit (my legs swell) and pump up my protein intake to ensure I was performing at my peak. The hotter the days, the earlier I woke up to work all... Read more »

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage
At 18, I walked into his restaurant with swagger in each step, dreams in my eyes and sass on my tongue. Jeff was supposed to be yet another man whom I would tease and watch stumble over my flirtatious overtures. Instead, he bantered with me and accepted my challenge. The story of my 15-year marriage... Read more »
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How Do You Negotiate The Sibling Wars?

How Do You Negotiate The Sibling Wars?
The battle lines were drawn months ago. The conflict started over something neither party can even remember. The impetus never mattered, anyway. I fear this war was inevitable. It is Brother-Against-Brother in the Alperin Civil War, and our house is divided. The boys have had disagreements in the past, but nothing prepared me for the... Read more »