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Letting the Toddler Take (Self) Control

by Angela and Andrew McGillivray The last time we wrote a post for this blog, it was August 2020 and our son was two-and-a-half years old. He’s now almost four, and things have sure changed. We wrote about how technology was both a help and a hindrance in our lives, which is still very much […]

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National Bullying Prevention Month

by Lisa Rosen and Linda Rubin I received an email from my children’s school district alerting me that October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the USA. The email indicated that the district wanted to collaborate with families on this initiative. I eagerly followed the link provided for parent resources and found a page with […]

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A Shadow, A Mother, A Sender (or Shared Pictures of ourselves)

by Carolin Aronis We take pictures of our children,  but we actually take pictures of ourselves. We are there through them,  and through what we chose to capture (also the background, their clothes,  the distance we hold).  We are there via our sight, hands, and posture, holding the smartphone to connect us together.  To take […]

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Mothers who Work from Home/Work for Home

by Sucharita Sarkar In April last year, during the national COVID-19 lockdown, Amul, the popular Indian butter (and dairy) brand, brought out a doodle advertisement (which is their trademark) dedicated to the urban Indian mother. The cartoon is titled, “Mom is where the heart is” and it shows the mother working at her job from […]

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M/other & D/other

by Astrid Joutseno I discovered mommy blogs, or what I have termed maternal online life writing, in 2011 when I was pregnant with my child. I was hungry for examples of how to bridge from an adult-woman-artist life into mothering. Sylvia Plath and Patti Smith were my mother idols, but the way they had written […]

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Communicating Across Cultures

by Suzanne Kamata When I learned a little over twenty-one years ago that my daughter was deaf and had cerebral palsy, I was worried about how I would communicate with her. For one thing, we were (and still are) living in Japan. It was hard enough for me, as an American, to communicate with my […]

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Bionic Parenting

by Matthew Flisfeder and Robyn Flisfeder As parents of a young child with type 1 diabetes (T1D), we have seen firsthand some of the more advantageous aspects of proliferating new digital and social media for parents and children. Keeping children safe and healthy can be challenging at the best of times, but the stakes get […]

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A Decade of Detachment from Attachment

by Victoria Bailey I have three children, with ten years between my eldest and my youngest (technically there’s nine years and six months but, close enough). A few weeks ago the youngest got their first phone. Thus, there’s also been about ten years between my eldest getting their own cellphone (so much time has passed […]

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Parenting a Tech-Savvy Toddler

by Angela and Andrew McGillivray As we’re writing this, we’re sitting in our backyard with a baby monitor next to us. It’s an “iLife Smart” video monitor which “let[s] you watch and talk to your toddler in real-time with long-range up to 900ft,” according to its Amazon description. This device allows us to remain attentive […]

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Parenting/Internet/Kids

by Fiona Joy Green and Jaqueline McLeod Rogers The title, Parenting/Internet/Kids, slashed together, implies that we’re parenting both the Internet as well as kids. While meant to be playful, it also strikes a serious note and conveys a layered approach: we are not simply mothering children who have grown up in the internet age, but […]