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
- Building community
- 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