Category: thinking moms

One Phone Call

One Phone Call

[ 6 ] March 13, 2012 |

I remember sitting in the required parenting class at Women & Infants Hospital when I was pregnant with my first child. The instructor talked about ways to reduce stress in our daily lives. They were common sense things, like sleep when the baby sleeps, take a hot shower, go for a walk, talk on the phone… Talk on the phone—that one seemed silly to me. How does talking on the phone reduce stress?

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Be Creative @ Your Library: 2009 Summer Reading Program

Be Creative @ Your Library: 2009 Summer Reading Program

[ 2 ] June 12, 2009 |

The Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), is a cooperative effort among the public libraries in Rhode Island to promote reading during the summer school vacation. The program encourages reading for pleasure, the development of positive attitudes about the public library, and provides constructive activities during […]

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Great Father’s day gifts at Providence Arts Festival

Great Father’s day gifts at Providence Arts Festival

[ 1 ] June 9, 2009 |

I am a big fan of things handmade and supporting artists whenever possible. I believe in nurturing the creative side of our children by giving them opportunities to explore materials as well as showing them things hand made by others. By wearing handmade jewelry, eating cereal in a bowl made by a local ceramacist, and […]

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Best We Can Do

Best We Can Do

[ 3 ] January 26, 2009 |

By Martha Iachetta I share space with the school nurse at the high school where I work in western Rhode Island. She is perfect for the job in many ways, offering just the right dose of pragmatic sympathy to the sick and weary who walk through the door. Her gift is to normalize their sore […]

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Who Does She Think She Is?

Who Does She Think She Is?

[ 6 ] January 9, 2009 |

By Erin Barrette Goodman Earlier this week, I was having a conversation with my daughter, in which I was pretending to be a bus driver and she was pretending to be my passenger (because walking out the door and getting in the van is nowhere near as fun as standing on the side of the […]

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What does it mean to “Buy Local”?

What does it mean to “Buy Local”?

[ 4 ] January 7, 2009 |

As you may have noticed, I rarely posted during the holidays. Although I did bring my laptop on vacation, I spent some of my time offline recharging my own batteries–playing with the kids, walking on the beach, reading and enjoying lots of delicious food with friends and family. Being away from home (and starting a […]

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It’s a Date

It’s a Date

[ 2 ] November 4, 2008 |

By Erin Goodman As I was grooving along writing columns and blog posts about all the fun dates I’ve been having with my children, I noticed that I haven’t really written much about dates with my husband, because well, we haven’t really been on any in a long time. From time to time, we’ve enjoyed […]

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A Touch of Pink but Mostly Green: A Baby Shower of a Different Color

A Touch of Pink but Mostly Green: A Baby Shower of a Different Color

[ 8 ] October 6, 2008 |

By Nancy King Let’s start with the fact that I’m old, forty-four to be precise, and consequently I’ve attended a fair number of baby showers (including my own). They’ve all been variations on a single theme: lots of shiny new presents, a table laden with food (heavy on the sweets), and a room full of […]

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Moving with Kids

Moving with Kids

[ 1 ] September 24, 2008 |

By Martha Iachetta The end of summer brings many college students back to Rhode Island, but it can be a time of moves and transitions for families as well. Shuffling to a new community for a school system that feels like a better match, taking advantage of dropping real estate prices, saying “see you” to […]

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Perfect Parenting

Perfect Parenting

[ 6 ] August 21, 2008 |

By Erin Barrette Goodman When I look back at the first couple of years of my parenting journey, I realize that I spent an awful lot of my time fighting against the mainstream culture, often with a clenched jaw and a knot in my stomach, convinced that my way (natural birth, attachment parenting, plastic-free, organic […]

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