Okay, I need some advice. I’m a new mom (6-month old baby), and lately have been feeling incredibly stressed out. Like, whenever I have too much time with the babe and not enough time for myself (I freelance, and work from home when I can) I find myself getting impatient with everyone (myself, my baby, my husband). I am also a bit sleep deprived. What can I do to wind down? I need a break!
Stressed out Mommy
Dear Stressed out Mommy,
First, take off your necklace. Then, take off your clothing. THEN, take off your hair. And then, jump in the warm, sunny food, and become a nice, clean, happy Mommy again.
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A fun one from the advice bag:
I suspect I might not be the only person in this situation, so I'm interested to put it out there and get feedback. I'm in my mid-30s and many of my good friends are having children. I'm not a big fan of children, and have chosen to have none myself. I don't HATE kids; they generally just make me really uncomfortable. Of couse, no matter how I frame this viewpoint, no matter how I carefully I contextualize this opinion, I am labeled as a "child hater" by most people. Especially parents. It's all part of the same tired old narrative that [...]
Kindling Quarterly is a magazine for dads that features photos of well-dressed men playing their facial hair A-games while wearing work boots and holding ukeleles while sitting on bicycles next to their similarly well dressed babies and small children. On the cover you'll find headlines like "Chris Kaskie of Pitchfork," "Traveling Istanbul with a Baby," and "Watching Mr Mom with Foucault." You know, dad stuff. Its second issue will be published soon. Here's what cofounder David Michael Perez has to say about it.
Well, [Kindling] refers to the small sticks or twigs used to start a fire, namely a campfire or bonfire. For me the connection to fatherhood is the [...]
"… by the time they turn 30, about two-thirds of American women have had a baby, typically out of wedlock. Overall, 48 percent of first births are to unmarried women, most of them in their twenties. … Twentysomethings who are unmarried, especially singles, are significantly more likely to drink to excess, to be depressed, and to report lower levels of satisfaction with their lives, compared to married twentysomethings."
There's a neat new study out, lots of colorful charts and such.