Thoughts on gender norms and shame

Yesterday my son looked at my painted hot pink toes and said, “Mom, tomorrow I want to paint my fingernails. AND toenails. I want my fingers to be blue, yellow, blue, yellow, blue.” He said while touching each fingernail. Then changing his mind, touched each one...

Here’s how society is failing moms

Rant warning. I think a lot about being a mom, and the state of motherhood, because I’m right in the middle of it. Although it started as a slow simmer, now it’s pissing me off into a roiling boil. I am getting more and more disgusted by what I call the: Mommy-martyr....

My cure for body shame

“I read something yesterday that spoke to me, like a lot,” she said while we were running along the lakeside path in the early morning sunshine. “Oh, yeah? What was that?” I asked. The sky was brilliant blue and the water like glass this morning. The trees are...