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  • Happy Mother’s Day!

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    *  Happy International Doula Month!  Several of our parenting authors work as, or work with, doulas.  What is a doula, you may ask?  She’s the woman who will help guide you through your pregnancy.  It is not a clinical relationship; your doula is there to help guide you through pregnancy and childbearing through counselling and advice.  She helps you write and manage your birthplan, guides you towards the best childbirthing classes, and serves as an emotional and physical support system when you need it most.  This month, we celebrate all the hard-working doulas out there who help coach our moms through the wonderful-yet-tumultuous experience that is pregnancy.

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    *  Couch Cushion Architecture.  What’s better than gathering the kids together on a dreary day to create an elaborate fort out of sofa pillows?  This series by bBuild documents and rates the best-and-worse of couch cushion construction.

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  • National Poetry Month: Shakespearean Sonnets


    photo by Howard Gee via flickr

    In honor of the Bard’s upcoming birthday, April 23rd, today’s poetry offering features a selection of Shakespearean sonnets.  Sure, Shakespeare may be a little heady for the kids.  But there’s certainly ways to learn enjoy it!  As we’ve said before, poetry doesn’t need to be all grim faces and seriousness.  Shakespeare had a wonderful sense of humor, and should be celebrated with the same sort of light-heartedness.  For these poems, create an atmosphere of whimsy and delight.  Grab a few sonnets, bring your kids outside, make daisy chains and dress in lots of frothy tulle (or whatever fairy-tale-like fabric you may have laying around/in the make-believe box/in your closet), and twirl around the yard reciting all the “thou”s and “lovest”s with great emphasis!

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  • HCPDelivery: Links Monday!

    *  Rock ‘n’ Roll Monday: Tori Kropp’s son, Alexander, has finally discovered the magic of the electric guitar.  

    *  Looking for a Due Date Buddy?  Someone who knows exactly what you’re going through, when you’re going through it?  About.com’s Pregnancy Blog has a list of links to locate your very own DDB, so you can cheer each other on during the wonderful whirlwind that is pregnancy.

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  • Ohio’s New Breastfeeding Campaign

    Dotted along the highways is a vast network of billboards touting the latest products and area events.  Most of the time, you zoom by them, barely registering their existence (unless you’re particularly starving and desperate for some Cracker Barrel mashed potatoes).  However, if you live in Ohio, I’m sure there’s one billboard that’s captured your attention.  Put out by the Ohio Health Department, “Breast Milk Satisfies” is the billboard PSA du jour.  It’s a beautiful way to promote the importance of breastfeeding, and to advocate for support for breastfeeding mothers.  Though the billboard has met some opposition– some residents find them “distasteful”– the Health Department seems optimistic about the campaign.  It’s truly wonderful to see a State Department so fervently supportive of its local moms– and sends the word out to other states to do their part in encouraging breastfeeding awareness!

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  • Tax Day Relief

    It’s Tax Day.  And let’s face it: Mommy (and/or Daddy) needs a drink.  Here’s something from Paul Abercrombie‘s book, Organic Shaken and Stirred, called the “Ginger-Cilantro Mule.”  The ginger-cilantro blend leaves an unexpectedly clean and vivacious taste, while the tequila and Domaine de Canton give the drink just the right amount of kick.  With all organic ingredients, could you call this a clean-living write off?  I suppose that’s just wishful thinking.

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  • “An adoption is a ‘final sale’”

    We did not want to ignore the international fiasco that has developed around the Russian boy recently returned to Moscow with a pathetically apologetic note from his adoptive mother, Torry Hansen.  We believe that adoption is a serious, rewarding, and transforming choice, and are disheartened to know that this isolated incident has strained the perception of Americans by international agencies.

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  • Celebrating Marathon Moms!

    Image from RunnersWorld.com, by Yuko Shimizu

    This upcoming Monday, April 19th, is the Boston Marathon. For the 114th time, seasoned runners and marathon-beginners alike will take on the challenge of hauling their well-trained (hopefully) bodies up Heartbreak Hill. Marathon Monday is a Boston tradition, with a hundred thousand spectators lining up to see over 20,000 runners participate in the sport. In celebration of marathons, and the moms that run them, Runner’s World features a post where two mothers talk about the blessings and challenges of being, quite literally, “moms on the run.” Sara Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell share their experiences training for 26.2 miles while juggling schedules, children, playdates, pets, and husbands. One common theme throughout both women’s narratives, however, is the guilt that can come with such a demanding training schedule. McDowell puts it best when she says:

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  • National Poetry Month: Tongue Twisters!

    Poetry doesn’t always have to be so serious and elegant.  In fact, part of the delight in discovering poetry as a child is to see how words can be absolutely ridiculous!  Spread the joy to your children by reading The B Book.  You won’t be able to get through your first reading (or second, or third) without everyone doubling over in laughter.  One of my fondest memories as a kid was listening to my father bounce through The B Book, my brother and I gleefully waiting to see if he could get through the text in one reading.  To this day, I can still recite nearly the entire twister, and it never fails to make me smile…

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  • HCPDelivery: Links!

    * Momversation is a site for moms everywhere.  Run by some of the most prolific mommy-bloggers of our generation, they cover topics from pregnancy to the first day of school to picky eaters.  The moderators of the site post videos on the topics, and encourage readers to contribute to the lively discussion in the comments.  Today’s subject is “Parenting Advice: From Friends or Parents?

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  • Real Family Values: Modern Working Parents Are Spending More Time With Their Kids

    Making the decision to return to work (or not, as the case may be) is a difficult and personal choice that most every mother must make.  No matter which path you choose, you always assume you’re giving something up.  And for those who choose the career path, there is inevitably a certain degree of guilt that comes with it.  However, a recent study conducted by economists at the University of California, San Diego, shows that modern working parents are spending “dramatically” more time with their children than they were ten years ago.  Working moms have tacked on between 4 and 11 hours of quality time per week with their kids.  Working fathers have almost doubled the amount of time spent with the family, over the past decade.  So what’s causing this change?  Is it the economy?  The Well Blog at the New York Times reports that “[t]he rise in child-centered time is just one of the ways the American family is changing. Couples are typically waiting longer to get married and begin having children. Divorce rates are dropping with each generation.”  Whatever is at the heart of why working families are spending more quality time together– the article goes on to site changes in the workplace, less time spent on household chores, and differences in modern marriages are a few potential answers– I think we can all agree that it’s certainly a positive change.

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