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Sierra Black has been covering parenting news for Babble since 2009. In that time, she has taken on everything from having "The Talk" with your child to saving your marriage from a slump. She writes about her personal adventures with parenting on her blog, Childwild and has published essays in the New York Times and on Salon.

What Should White Kids Be Taught About Race?

What Should White Kids Be Taught About Race?

In an open letter to parents of white children, Huffington Post writer Jennifer Harvey called out white parents everywhere on our anemic approach to teaching our white kids about race. The problem isn’t our intentions, which are often good. It’s our fear of saying the wrong thing and our lack of momentum towards saying anything at MORE »

What It Takes To Raise Powerful Girls

What It Takes To Raise Powerful Girls

I have two daughters. I’m committed to raising them to be healthy, happy and whole. I work to keep them safe, to guide them towards kindness and compassion, to teach them self-reliance and courage. I’ve rarely thought of “power” as something I want to bequeath to these girls. Yet, when I saw that McSweeney’s had MORE »

Remember Being Breastfed? I Do

Remember Being Breastfed? I Do

My earliest memories are of nursing with my mother. Being held in her arms in her big bed, pressing my face against her breast, snuggling close. They’re the definition of warmth and nurture to me. So I was pretty surprised to see this article on Mommyish from Erin Meyer, who says her mom nursed her MORE »

Touching Tributes To Steve Jobs

Touching Tributes To Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs passing has touched many of us in a personal way. We use the computers, phones and entertainment devices he helped create every day. The Internet has been full of outpourings of public grief and tributes in his memory since the news came last night that he had passed away. But my kids don’t MORE »

Birth Control Options: What’s Right For You?

Birth Control Options: What’s Right For You?

After news over the weekend that some birth control pills were sent out in the wrong packaging, possibly causing them to not work, some women may be looking for new options in their contraceptives. There are a lot of them out there. Whether you’re looking for hormones in another form or a different approach to MORE »

Baby-Inspired Tattoos You'll Love!

Baby-Inspired Tattoos You'll Love!

Would you ever let a 4-year-old design a tattoo for you? That’s exactly what some parents do! The Stir had a recent piece about a dad who has his son’s artwork tattooed on his arm. That’s a creative way to preserve a child’s drawing, but I would never. On the other hand, I have two MORE »

Babies Taste Foods In The Womb

Babies Taste Foods In The Womb

To my pregnant friend who is all about sharing her favorite foods with the occupant of her womb: you are on the right track! It’s never too early to share your favorite foods with your baby. Even in utero, the taste of strong flavors like garlic or mint is transmitted to the baby via amniotic MORE »

Difficulty Breastfeeding Linked To Post-Partum Depression

Difficulty Breastfeeding Linked To Post-Partum Depression

Problems breastfeeding can leave new moms feeling dejected and overwhelmed in their first days of motherhood. Sometimes, these blue feelings become full blown post-partum depression. A new study finds that women who have trouble with breastfeeding are more likely to suffer from post-partum depression. While they’ve found a definite link between the two issues, they MORE »

More Support For Nursing Moms, Less "Breast Is Best" Lip Service

More Support For Nursing Moms, Less "Breast Is Best" Lip Service

Do we really need more support for breastfeeding? The “Breast Is Best” slogan has thoroughly permeated our culture. Moms who use formula report feeling pressured and guilt-tripped for their choices. Women whose babies can’t nurse often go to extreme lengths to provide breastmilk via exclusive pumping and donated milk. We’ve been inundated with the message MORE »

Health Insurance Will Cover Breast Pump Rentals; Should It?

Health Insurance Will Cover Breast Pump Rentals; Should It?

In all the sound and fury (and not a little celebration) that the new Affordable Care Act will cover birth control without a copay, some other juicy details got lost. Best news for new moms: your health insurance will be required to provide coverage for a breast pump. Sweet! Now you can pump your milk MORE »

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