Family Life

  • The Village Ideal: Does it exist?
    My husband and I got to know each other in an African bush village; the women gathered over the fire pits, the children played freely – no telling who’s child was whose, except for the ones on their mother’s back, or who came back to their mothers to nurse. It was a beautiful picture of […]
  • The Unconventional Village
    I’ve probably Googled it twenty or thirty different ways: “postpartum without a village” “surviving postpartum without a village” “parenting without a village” “mom without a village” I found some random articles and blog posts that were along those lines, especially regarding parenting. Some were really good. Some…not so much.Most sources assumed that I was in […]
  • Everything is awful and I’m not OK
    Questions for the New Mother to Ask Before Giving Up Are you hydrated?  If not, have a glass of water. Try to have one every time you feed baby. Have you eaten in the past three hours?  If not, get some food — something with protein, not just simple carbs.  Perhaps some nuts or hummus? Have you showered in […]