In The Thicket- notes from the forest.

You've Got This

You've Got This

I see you mama, wondering if you ate enough vegetables when you were pregnant or read enough to your baby while in utero, stressing about what organic swaddle to put your newborn in. Well, I’m here to tell you: you can relax. The truth is, you love your child, and your child loves you. Love is the greatest gift you can give your child; anything beyond that is icing on this delicious cake. Now, I’m not pretending there aren’t some haters out there, other moms who feel the need to judge how you and everyone else mothers. Maybe you’ve seen...

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Subtracting the Stress: Holiday Gifts for Kids

Subtracting the Stress: Holiday Gifts for Kids

The holidays are here, and getting the perfect age-appropriate gift for a friend or family member while staying on budget can be a struggle. Enter our holiday gift guide with affordable prices for all ages, thanks to our friend Betsy Griffin, mathematician-on-a mission and founder of Griffin Math. Based in Brooklyn, Griffin Math leads hands-on and interactive math lessons primarily on subjects left out of school textbooks.  Because the focus is on enrichment, as opposed to acceleration, children of all math abilities and interests learn something new and find something to get excited about.(https://www.griffinmath.com/). Seeing as Betsy spends a lot of...

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What I Really, Really Want

What I Really, Really Want

In the self-care, self-love, self-whatever generation, what are we, as parents, saying really matters? Is a need for a mani/pedi sans kids superficial? Should I be living a life that doesn't require self-care? For me, it’s creating a self-care regimen and finding a space of my own. It’s making sure I commit to that regimen and hold those around me accountable for respecting that scared space. What about you? What is important to you? What do you like? What do you love to do, see, hear? What could you do that would help you feel good about doing something for...

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Waiting on a Train: A Love Story, by Tristian LaFollette

Waiting on a Train: A Love Story, by Tristian LaFollette

I’m always honored when first-time mom friends ask for my advice. I’m a big fan of being open about my life because I want others to know they aren’t alone. This is always my go-to speech: I never believed in love at first sight. When the doctor told me I was pregnant, I cried. Sensing these were not tears of joy, he placed a reassuring hand on my knee and said, “I was a surprise baby. My mother cried when she found out. Look at me now though; I’m a doctor, and my parents are very proud of me.” I...

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The Accidental Environmentalist

The Accidental Environmentalist

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Earth is hurtling at rapid speeds toward becoming a colossal mess that may only be salvageable by unplugging it and then plugging it back in. Our newsfeeds are full of videos of dead sea animals washed up on our shores with plastic in their bellies, images of the arctic polar ice caps melting, and news of our government shutting down the very establishments created to help preserve our land and the environment. We are a society that craves personalized, easily accessible, and on-demand consumerism that’s creating piles and piles of materials...

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