Rayelle and her husband live in Ohio with their two daughters. She has an A.S. and works in Crisis Intervention. She enjoys her family, food, and deep conversations. Find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
You're Strong Enough for Unmedicated Childbirth
First off, it IS an option I know, I know. Receiving an epidural or another form of pain medication during labor has been so ingrained in American culture that you may not have even thought about any other way to do it. And, if you did, you likely got remarks from providers, friends, or family such as, “Are you crazy?”; “Why would you do that?”; and “Just wait until it's happening, you’ll be begging for drugs!” But guess what? The epidural has only been around since the end of the 19th century, and wasn’t anything like what we have today until the 1970s. Before then, women relied on brute strength and tolerance. You were, in fact, BUILT FOR THIS.
What World Breastfeeding Week Means to Me
Both of my pregnancies went respectfully well. I've been told that I'm practically a pro at natural childbirth. Really though, my nurse with my first said “Some women’s bodies just know exactly what to do!” My midwife was so upset letting me go as a patient after my second that she wants me to have more. I'm cool with bragging just a bit, because on the other hand when it comes to breastfeeding, it didn't come nearly as natural to me.
How to Get Store-Bought, Hardened Slime out of Carpet
Upon giving my three and a half-year-old daughter her first tub of slime to have loads of supervised fun with, I made it a point to tell her father not to allow her to take it to her room. She has a habit of stashing toys in there for nap time. I won't point any fingers here, but this is his fault.
Mother Knows Best
Every summer the rising heat brings the wave of headlines reading “Another Child Left to Die in Hot Car,” and the masses screaming, “What is wrong with people?! How could they be so careless?” Which leads me to think, everybody gets so distressed about people leaving their babies in hot cars because dozens of children perish every year. It's common sense to NOT DO THAT, right? So why is it that we still practically condone things like unsafe sleep, feeding, and car seat habits when THOUSANDS of children are dying?
You wake up every morning feeling worthless. You can’t do anything right. Everyone would be better off without you. You can’t seem to shake the burden you carry on your back.
Committed Before 25
Committing to a long-term relationship just as your adult life has gotten started (or even before) isn’t for everyone. But if you find yourself in love and want to spend forever with that person, there are a few things you should know straight away.
The Thing People Often Forget About Addicts
I was 15 years old when I learned my brother was an addict. I knew before he did, even though at that point he had already been struggling for a few years.
10 Steps to Self Care for Women AND Men
All too often we get lost in the hustle bustle of life and before we know it, we take a step back and realize we’ve run ourselves into the ground. It’s usually after we discover we’re not being as productive at work, or our significant other points out how distracted we’ve been, or we notice that lately we just haven’t felt our best. I wanted to be sure to pull the men into this, because let’s be honest, how many of them naturally read tips on self care? It’s important fellas, keep reading.