The Quickening

For some reason, I thought pregnancy was supposed to be a wonderful, joyous time...ummm...yeah, no.

thepoetspace:

nomoremrnicespice:

Little dudes with big hair appreciation post. I’m ready for cutting off lil babies hair to not be a thing anymore.

After his 1 year mark haircut, I won’t be cutting my son’s hair until he asks me to.

Let those locks prosper

(via itsthelesbiana)

mariavontraphouse:

There are ppl out here withholding affection from their sons thinking that’s gonna make them men

But what it does is make them grown ass men who can’t handle affection because they never had it before

LEARN FROM THIS

(Source: kemeticballbuster, via foreignqueer)

How to Breastfeed Appropriately

givingmelife:

Here are a few tips that mothers should and need to adopt to help the rest of us feel comfortable.

Tip #1: Use a cover. Every time. There are many fancy ones on the market. Damask. Lace-trimmed. Or how about a swaddling cloth (if it’s good enough to warm the baby Jesus, it’s good enough for your…

Free the boob

(Source: The Huffington Post)

humansofnewyork:

"I don’t want to be the mom that my mom was. I have to be very present all the time, and very watchful of any patterns I might be repeating.""What pattern are you most fearful of repeating?""Shutting him down all the time. Not letting him have a voice."

This is so important

humansofnewyork:

"I don’t want to be the mom that my mom was. I have to be very present all the time, and very watchful of any patterns I might be repeating."
"What pattern are you most fearful of repeating?"
"Shutting him down all the time. Not letting him have a voice."

This is so important

Today

He’s obsessed with watching ABC and phonics songs, and shapes videos on youtube.  Also obsessed with watching people make letters and characters with Play-Doh on youtube. 

Youtube is my child’s obsession.  He wakes up asking to watch “ABC song” and, if allowed, will watch them for every waking hour of the day.

Not sure if this is ok (since he’s technically learning) or not (since he’s on an iPad ALL DAMN DAY). 

He’s also all-but-the-wipe potty trained, landed himself 5 stitches and a scar on his lip that has him questioning his appearance, and only wants to eat bananas. 

His favorite song to sing is the one about monkeys on the bed.  He acts it out.  It’s cute.  When he can’t act it out he grabs something and makes the song about that thing instead of monkeys.  This morning, it was a straw.

Favorite random word to yell out: pentagon.  Which sounds more like BEN-Ta-GOOOOOOOOOOOON!

He also knows more foods than he actually eats. If he doesn’t want to eat it, he says “eat it, mama. it’s DEEEElicious!” but never eats it.  

Wasting food is the highest sin one can commit.  If a piece of banana falls on the ground, he won’t eat the rest of the banana.  He will have a shit fit and cry and be depressed, but he won’t eat the banana.

He plays harmonica but only if no one is really watching him. 

That’s all I can think of for now.  This is going way too fast. 

humansofnewyork:

"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."

humansofnewyork:

"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."

7 Things I Wish Parents Would Stop Teaching Their Children:

goddess-river:

  1. That nudity is inherently sexual
  2. That people should be judged for their personal decisions
  3. That yelling solves problems
  4. That they are too young to be talking about the things they’re already starting to ask questions about
  5. That age correlates to importance
  6. That interacting with someone of the opposite sex is inherently romantic
  7. That the default for someone is straight and cisgender

(via foreignqueer)