What Makes Birth Magical?

mamahhh_2011-0731 magic2

I just got home from teaching prenatal yoga, and I was reminded how easy it is to lose sight of the magic of birth. First-time mamas are sorting out the dozens of details about care providers, what's normal, hormonal ups and downs, what clothes to put on a suddenly unfamiliar body, expectations from extended family, and so, so much more. Second-time (and beyond!) mamas are coping with childcare arrangements, wondering about VBACs, dealing with the emotional leftovers of previous birth experiences, and trying to figure out why this pregnancy is nothing like the last one, or struggling with … [Read more...]

The Art of Teaching—and a Giveaway!

2011-0511 Literacyhead

I was raised by a teacher who was also a reader, and perhaps because of that I have always loved books. My husband loves his books so much that we have boxes and boxes of them (and we’re in the process of finding a place where we can enjoy them in our home daily—exciting!), and our children seem to be book lovers as well. At some point, I also remember loving art, but that faded over time. Now, as I marvel at the creations my kids bring home from school, I’m feeling that spark again. (In fact, reading, writing, and art have helped me reconnect with my sense of spirit this year -- it's a daily … [Read more...]