What Will She Eat? Being a Vegetarian Mom in an Omnivorous World

Written by Meredith Grahl Counts. Posted in Eat Features, Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Momma

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When people say “tastes like chicken,” I don’t know what they’re talking about—though I do remember glaring at bites of it during dinner table stand-offs until Mom, frustrated, sent me to bed. When I was pregnant, then when our first daughter was born and solely nursing, my friends and relatives kept asking if I was going to “make” her become a vegetarian when she moved on to food.

Chatting with Michelle Tea About Getting Pregnant and the Families We Create

Written by Marcia Brenner. Posted in Featured Posts, Meet a Ms. Fit, Ms. Fit Momma

Ms. Fit Editor Marcia Talks to the Author and Mutha Publisher

michelle teaAbout two years ago writer, editor, activist, and counter-culture heroine Michelle Tea decided she wanted to get pregnant. Approaching 40, single and queer, she started chronicling her journey on JaneXO.com. Since then has met the love of her life, located the very best fabulous drag queen-sweetheart-volunteer sperm donor money can’t buy, navigated the labyrinths of the homophobic American healthcare system, and become Bob Villa to her own uterus while tackling fibroids, hormones, coffee reduction, IVF, and a rotating selection of vaginal discharge, among other challenges.

Currently, she and her gorgeous Dasheill are engaged, planning a wedding, preparing to implant Dashiell’s fertilized eggs in Michelle’s uterus, and hoping the odds get on board. Michelle has built it; will baby come? Recently Michelle launched Mutha.com in order to fill the void she saw for moms in alternative families—those who have experienced pregnancies or motherhood in ways that might fall outside of Leave it To Beaver. Ms. Fit editor Marcia Brenner spoke with Michelle about her journey and her thoughts on family.

“Mommy, Is that a Girl or a Boy?”

Written by Rachel Pepper. Posted in Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Momma, Think

Talking to Your Kids about Transgender Identity

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There’s been a lot in the media recently about trans people, and odds are, your kids are listening. Whether this coverage is about transitioning (think Chelsea Manning) or celebrities (think Chaz Bono), our kids are growing up in a world where often they’re ahead of our own learning curve. Chances are, maybe they even know a trans child (who’s either stealth in this identity, or out as trans) who has socially transitioned at school. Precluding that your child may even be trans themselves (let’s save that for another time), today’s Ms. Fit parents need to know how to talk about these issues with our families.

Ditching the Play Date

Written by Nadine Warner. Posted in Body, Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Momma

Finding Family Peace and Togetherness Through Spontaneous Fun

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“You have to wiggle your butt to go faster.” My son demonstrates as we stand in front of our house on the uneven sidewalk. Sunday morning drivers—minivans, scooters, the occasional alley junk truck–slow down to see why a forty-something year old and a seven year old are making figure eights with their hips.

“Do you want to try again?” Nick asks when we finish his mini-lesson.

Not really, I think as I rub my bruised hip. Nevertheless, I take the ripstick from him. It’s a two-wheeled skateboard clearly designed by 14-year-olds with no parental input whatsoever.

“Just relax and kinda have fun. That’s how I do it,” he says, then stands back so I can steady myself on our white picket fence.

He is a far different person from who he was six months ago.

Then again, so am I.

Strong Voices, Safe Bodies

Written by Lynne Marie Wanamaker. Posted in Defend Yourself!, Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Momma

Self-Defense Skills in the Family Environment

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When I say “self-defense” do you imagine that you should train your 18-month-old to be the next Bruce Lee? Holistic self-defense means more than physically fighting back. The core mental, verbal and relationship skills can be taught in developmentally appropriate ways throughout your child’s life, starting at a very young age.

We teach our kids lots of skills before they are really expected to use them. My daughter “brushed her teeth” for many years before we entrusted her with her own dental care. Self-defense is the same. We don’t expect our littlest ones to keep themselves safe; that’s a job for grown-ups. But we can embed violence-prevention behaviors into our family cultures in the same way we cultivate health-promoting (“eat your broccoli”), pro-social (“say ‘thank you’”) or ethical (“tell the truth”) conduct.

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