Why I Love Adoption

Why I love adoption

By Jillian Lauren I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending. Rather, I love […]

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Death By Book

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By Jillian Lauren As I approach the finish line of this new memoir, my response to the question How are you? has lately been, This book is killing me, or (in the style of the Wicked Witch), I’m melting! MEEEELTING! And other cheery and not-at-all dramatic stuff like that. Then, right before Halloween, my best […]

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Parenting: City Life Vs. Simple Life

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By: Danny Thomas On a daily basis, at least once a day and sometimes several times.. A horse and cart drives past my house. Sometimes It’s a family And sometimes it’s a lone driver. Sometimes they are heading in to town And sometimes out…. This is new and novel for me And my family It’s […]

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Milk Banks: What Are They About?

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By Wendy Wright-IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Milk Banks: What Are They All About? Milk banks are a great resource to mothers who are unable to breastfeed or have an adopted or surrogate baby with a medical condition that requires breast milk, such as being born premature, formula intolerance, and […]

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My Son The App Bandit

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By Tanya Ward Goodman   My bank’s fraud detection department has joined the little village that helps me to be a better parent. It’s thanks to their vigilance that my son’s in-app purchases stayed below the $500 mark. “We’ve noticed some irregular activity,” a kind voice says. “Super Cell. True Axis.” “Can you spell that,” […]

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The Mother’s Partner and the Breastfed Baby : Alternative Bonding Methods Beyond Feeding

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By Wendy Wright- IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Many new moms will hear the advice to allow their partner to bond with the baby through bottle feeding. While this advice is well-meaning, introducing a bottle too early can negatively affect milk supply and latching. Thankfully there are several other ways your […]

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Breastfeeding Without Birth – Is It Possible?

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By Wendy Wright– IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both mom and baby. However, what is a new mom to do when she receives the blessing of a baby but never went through the pregnancy and birth process herself? Induced lactation is still an option […]

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Parenting and The Facts of Life

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By: Danny Thomas For many of my generation there is an iconic lyric… A refrain from a piece of pop culture that has become so universal And such an influence that the words have taken on the status of a proverb… I’m sure the sentiment, and versions of the adage go back to the dawn […]

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