Posts tagged "motherhood"

A Mother's Day Tribute from Parenting Without A Parachute

Elizabeth - My mother taught me to get my hands dirty, that no job was ever beneath me. She encouraged me to try new things, like liquid eyeliner. She always expected a kiss goodnight and now that I’m a mother, I see how important that last goodbye is to close out the day. I remember that I often wanted my mama and knew in her arms I was safe and loved.   My mother is brave and kind. She’s patient and thoughtful. She remembers the little things and is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. No job is beneath her. She’s cleaned everything from spilled juice to tossed cookies and she will always be my mama.
Sometimes a picture can do that which words cannot. A picture can capture a moment, explain a feeling, convey an emotion. All of the Parenting Without A Parachute writers would like to convey our gratitude to those amazing women warriors who came before us, who nurtured us and who loved us during those times when... Read more »

Logging Off for the Holidays

Logging Off for the Holidays
I was talking with a friend on Skype the other day, enjoying a great catch-up on each other’s lives. Since she lives on the east coast, it’s the best way we can connect, and the video component, it feels more intimate than just talking on the phone. So, we have coffee dates. It’s one of... Read more »

My Pregnancy Anthem

My Pregnancy Anthem
Music has always been an outlet for me emotionally, not because I make or play music, but because I feel like some music speaks to me in any given mood. When I was a teenager and discovered “Emo Music” was “a thing” I about lost my mind. “Finally!!” I thought, “Music that ‘gets’ me! It’s... Read more »
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Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart

Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart
My roller-coaster relationship with my junior high school son often leaves me dizzy, confused and nauseous. Phillip celebrated his 12th birthday earlier this month. Not even a week later, I have yet to walk that sober line to his bedroom and discuss our relationship. While I’ve struggled this past year with his changing voice, ridiculously... Read more »

Mom's Halloween Costume: Is it Time to Retire the Fishnets?

Mom's Halloween Costume: Is it Time to Retire the Fishnets?
I am a 35 year old mother of 3 children, and I need a Halloween costume. As much as I would love to wear those tiny shrink-wrapped costumes made from less fabric than my swimsuit, I won’t. The days of slutty nurse, slutty vampire whore, slutty cheerleader and, yes, even slutty pumpkin have passed me... Read more »

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 »
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Miscarriage: The Dirty M Word

Miscarriage: The Dirty M Word
By Brandi Lee I sat down to write this month’s post with a head full of steam. My oldest was in school, my youngest was napping peacefully, and I had brewed a fresh pumpkin spice K-Cup. My ideas had been brewing for a couple of weeks, years really, since I decided to write about one... Read more »

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day
This morning, I was supposed to wake up at 5:30 and go for a run – but I decided to snuggle on the couch with the puppy and watch Morning Joe. While I was distracted with neutralizing the Keurig coffee pod anarchy in my kitchen, I forgot to brew a cup for my daughter before... Read more »

Zoinks! Did I Inadvertently Participate in an Art Scam?

Zoinks! Did I Inadvertently Participate in an Art Scam?
I haven’t slept in weeks. Each time I close my eyes, fear settles in and I hear a voice ominously declare “Ain’t no rest for the wicked.” I open my eyes and Cage the Elephant’s song is mysteriously playing – again. I spend hours searching the internet, hunting for details. My family recently drove 15... Read more »
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A Birth Story, Part One: 1 Lazy Cervix, 4 Epidurals and a Spinal Headache

A Birth Story, Part One: 1 Lazy Cervix, 4 Epidurals and a Spinal Headache
I hate caffeine. I hate soda. And most of all, I hate coffee. This may come as a shock to many of you as I often tweet about and speak of coffee as the liquid of life that surrounds my mornings and fuels most of my afternoons. I was planning on giving up coffee in... Read more »