About Zen Mama

In my previous life, I worked in law enforcement, then quit to finish college which led to me becoming a high school English teacher (my dream career). When my husband and I got married, we tried and tried to conceive, but found that I was riddled with myriad issues (some are just me, but some, I believe, are due to being on oral contraceptives for 10+ years). We eventually got pregnant via IVF, which led to a difficult pregnancy. Bed rest for 5 months gave me plenty of time to research all sorts of parenting choices, which led to me going from mainstream and ignorant to, well, not mainstream and far more educated (and getting more so every day, because learning is just fun!).

I started out with a Facebook page (now closed). I developed that page out of necessity. I follow many wonderful pages that fall in step with my beliefs as a mom and citizen of the world, but not one page alone that covers all of it. So, here we are. I am a mom, wife, breastfeeding and NIP advocate, genital integrity advocate, feminist, human rights activist (all your basic -ivists). I full-term breastfeed, cloth diapered, co-sleep, toddler wear, extended the rear-facing sentence (at least that's how my son saw it), do not vaccinate, gently and lovingly discipline, oppose "crying it out," teach and use sign language, and unschool. I believe that the birthing process should not be treated as a medical emergency and am a big fan of home births. I do my best to keep my son and family healthy, safe, and happy by researching the heck out of all my decisions. I am always on the look-out for new things I can make myself that are just as good (if not better than) the store-bought stuff.

Some people have referred to me as "crunchy," "granola," "Earth Mother," "hippie," and even "laughable," "stupid," and "crazy" (but I have to consider those sources). I don't really identify as any of those. I'm just me. I just love my son and think the sun shines out of the cute little butt that I would do anything to protect. I want to raise him in the kind of world he deserves and I feel it is my duty as a human being to do my part to make it so. If this sounds like you, you've landed on the right blog.

Certainly, we're not all going to agree on everything. That's what makes the world go round. However, there are a couple of things about which I am vehemently passionate: no CIO (cry it out), no RIC (routine infant circumcision), and no hitting, yelling, or otherwise abusing children in any way. In my opinion, there are no debates about these things as there is no other arguable position once all the research is done.