We evolved raising children in clans of 50 or more other humans; today we live in homes with just a few other people. It goes against our very biology to raise children in isolation. It's really hard and really lonely, and it's not your fault.
In this episode I ramble into the microphone about my parenting journey. I am brutally honest and don't paint a rainbow over everything at the end. If you're already a parent, this episode will comfort you. If you're not and want to be, it'll give you a glimpse of your possible future and also maybe terrify you. If you're not and plan to keep it that way, you'll learn how to support the parents in your life.
I talk about:
How our fractured, nuclear family living hurts families and relationships
Emotional labor, women's invisible work, and the endless To Do list
The very different experiences I had with my daughters, born ten years apart
Sleep: I've both co-slept and sleep trained (also- SIDS and entrainment)
Realistic self care- does it exist? Kinda. Here's what I do
Herbs for mamas & kiddos
When does postpartum end?
Anxiety & motherhood
Choosing not to have kids
How the Maiden to Mother transition is different for everyone
The bone deep depletion of mothering
Being envious of non parents
Failing every day
Come gather around this fire with me