Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
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Generated 1 week ago

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  • A Father’s Twist on Faith

    By B.J. Hollars On the first day God created Heaven and Earth and on the second faulty internet routers. “Damn thing,” I grumbled, unplugging and re-plugging the cords. “Daddy,” my four-year-old called, heading down the basement stairs. “What’s the matter?” “Oh, Daddy’s just fighting technology again.” “Are you winning?” “Too early to tell.” “Okay,” he said, heading back upstairs. “Well, don’t let...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • A Letter to My Younger Self on My 39th Birthday

      A few years ago, Sugar, aka Cheryl Strayed (who has published in Brain Child), wrote a “letter to her younger self” in one of her stunning Rumpus advice columns. As writers and mothers we at Brain Child are trying, in this bizarre time, to show each other (and our younger selves) our similarities and our differences with a new perspective. With Cheryl’s blessing, we invite you to submit letters ...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • Lady Liberty Speaks To The Donald

    By Marcelle Soviero Protestors, bring your peonies to the picket lines, your marigolds to marches. Bring daisies and daffodils, roses and quince. Consider, perhaps, wild flowers; lavender and lupine. “See,” you will subtly say, “each bloom is different.” Diversity is gorgeous. Bring your confetti, your fairy dust; something to sprinkle the bad stuff away. Something nontoxic that lands soft when to...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • Cernunnos and Me

    By Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan You’d think life with the Horned God as your roommate would be crazy, but it wasn’t. I thought it was a joke, a nickname for the guy who never left the party alone, but he had literal horns. Not antlers. And no references to Rudolph. He’s pagan. Of course I Googled him, I’m not an idiot. It was a crazy blizzard the day of his appointment, but he arrived on time and introdu...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • What Does Pregnancy Feel Like?

    By Cloe Axelson The waiting room at Careggi University hospital in Florence has all the charm of a Boston bus terminal: dingy, cream-colored concrete walls and steel benches with armrests so sharp they could puncture your skin. A few posters hang neatly. One offers assistance to Italian prostitutes, the others feature diagrams of pregnant bellies with a fetus tucked inside, but I can’t read them b...

  • What Being Muslim Means To My Daughter

    By Stephanie Meade “I wish I could eat pork like Eryn!” It’s a harmless statement really. My four-year-old wishes a lot of things. She wishes she could have a dog and a monkey, she wishes she could “buy” a princess (I explained to her you can’t buy people but left the discussions of slavery and human trafficking for a later date), a certain dress or a stuffed animal. Sometimes she wishes she could...

  • Letter from a Stranger

    By Rachel Pieh Jones I have a letter in my purse written by a stranger, to her sister, also a stranger. It is written in blue ink on lined notebook paper, folded over several times and crinkling around the edges. It is written in broken English with a line of Arabic, a few hashtags, and a scribbled local telephone number. I found the letter when we moved into our current house. The house was furni...

  • Invisible Women

    By Margaret Auguste “Are you sure you never had any other pregnancies?” My brand new infertility specialist’s words, delivered with a patronizing smile that somehow never reached his eyes, which were surveying me doubtfully. This reception was not what I had dreamed about from the person with whom I was placing all my hopes and dreams; the person that I was counting on to make me a mother, after y...

  • Parents Need Privacy—If Only For A Moment

    By B.J. Hollars The day started off promising enough. I’d just risen from my bed without disturbing the dog, my children, or my wife, a feat that earned me a few minutes of solitude before the day’s chaos began. There, in the pre-dawn silence I tip-toed into the shower, a smile slipping over my face as the hot water rained down. And then, without warning, my privacy was interrupted by a New Orlean...

  • Saying Goodbye to Our Foster Child

    By Meghan Moravcik Walbert Illustration by Linda Willis I make a list of all of the essentials. The things he needs and the things I know he will really want. The things that will help him fall asleep at night. The things he will cry for. I put the finishing touches on the photo book I will send with him so that hopefully he won’t forget our faces too quickly. I order yet another copy of Goodnight...

  • The Teenage Brain

      The lights in the room are dim. An illustrated cross section of the brain floats on screen. “Parents of teenagers often act as surrogate frontal lobes,” the speaker, a bald man with wire-rimmed spectacles says, pointing to the lateral portion of the brain behind the forehead and eye. He explains that while the amygdala, or primitive brain, is entirely grown, the frontal lobe which governs higher...

  • Hatched

    By Dierdre Wolownick “Number One’s rolling!” My son’s finger shakes in anticipation. I follow his stare and see one perfect white egg roll onto its other side. All around us, people gasp. Kids of every size and ebullience level fill the museum; we’ve been jostled and stepped on all morning, elbowing our way through airplanes and plumbing, the human body and impossible machines. Science-in-art. Han...

  • Adoption Support Is Hard to Find

    By Jenna Hatfield I feel hopeful the next decade will teach us all valuable lessons about support, community, adoption, love, fear, trust, and truth.   Just over two years ago, I quit adoption. I pulled down my award-winning adoption blog. I removed myself from all online forums and listservs. I unfollowed certain adoption people on Twitter and unfriended them on Facebook, keeping only my daughter...

  • On Friendship

    By Sarah Kilch Gaffney They are so much of why you are back on your feet, of how you are able to continue moving through life. Great friends are thrilled for you when you go from the least likely of the bunch to settle down to all-out smitten and engaged in the span of fifteen months. They wonder a little about this fellow you met in the middle of the woods and how you’re only 22, but then they me...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • Fair and Equal

    By Alison Lee Even as I count the number of Goldfish in the plastic IKEA bowls, I knew it was ridiculous. They are 18-months old; they won’t know if I dished them out at random. Yet, I give them equal slivers of mandarin oranges, the same amount of pasta on their plate, and measure their water bottles because they have to be the same. Exactly the same. Call me crazy the day I whip out the digital ...

  • The Bittersweet of Motherhood After Loss

    By Kathleen Sullivan “You know when you’re in the moment, and things seem perfect, until you realize your life will never be?” No, I didn’t understand. Yet. My husband Brian and I were at our first bereavement support meeting. We had just lost our firstborn son Liam to a congenital heart defect. He was nine days old. The woman — I forget her name — continued on. She told us about the contentment o...

  • Traveler, Writer, or Mother?

    By Rachel Pieh Jones This is so weird. I’m at the airport and I have my purse and my carry-on. I don’t have a stroller. I’m holding one passport and one ticket. I don’t have a diaper bag or breast milk stains on my shirt. I don’t have to make multiple trips to the bathroom with a different little person in town each time and when I do go, I am the only person in the stall. I don’t get to board ear...

  • Don’t Talk to Strangers…Well, Sometimes Talk To Strangers

      By B.J. Hollars It was a weekend we’d always remember—that’s how I billed it at least. Henry, my four-year-old, was willing to give me the benefit of the doubt. This was to be our first father-son getaway, and since I’d been invited to give a couple of readings at a local book festival, we had our destination picked out for us: Appleton, Wisconsin—the Las Vegas of Appleton, Wisconsin. Prior to o...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • Do You Lock Up Your Liquor Cabinet?

    By Vicki Doronina I read it often, this time in a parenting journal: “If you have a teenage child, lock your liquor cabinet.“ Well, I’m not going to put a lock on it: Not the cabinet, or in our case, the cupboard. Our bar is stored in a kitchen cupboard: gin and tequila for me, rum and brandy for my husband. There’s no list – or lock – attached to the cabinet. No form of accountability. We don’t s...

  • The Journey Back to My Father

    By Eréndira Ramírez-Ortega What’s your name? Where do you live? What’s your address? What’s your phone number? These questions are repeated over and over again by my father. And I answer them, carefully enunciating every digit, every letter he needs so he can spell the answers correctly on a scrap of paper. I have him on the other side of my mobile phone and over and over again we go, until there ...

  • This is Anorexia

    By Anne Lonergan The scene is too beautiful to be the setting in which our lives veer drastically off course. The doctor’s office is orderly but inviting, the walls are painted a warm shade of white, the lighting soft and pleasing. Behind the large white desk, a wall is lined with books and periodicals and treasures from the sea. Another wall showcases framed degrees and multiple awards. Large pan...

  • This is Adolescence: 14

    By Catherine Newman Fourteen is confessing how he kind of still wants to have a job like in Richard Scarry’s Busytown. Fourteen stands in the bathroom doorway with a smear of foam above his lip and a razor in his hand, chatting into your bedroom. You remind yourself to pay attention. In four years he will be gone. You put a finger in your book to keep your spot while your manchild fills the doorwa...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • With Child, With Alcohol

    By Liv Spikes At five-and-a-half months pregnant, the golden fluid flooded my body with a warm calm. I loved that feeling; I missed that feeling. My head swelled with the sense that everything was all right, now, in that moment. The drink was my insulin, it righted me, made me level. Giving myself permission to have a drink after all that time was like scratching at a scab, and once I started, an ...

  • Dangerous [Language]

    By Sara Hendery A group of boys. Group—meaning, powerful. Young like first breath, like new morning, like unlearned words. They gather, circling around an old beat-up shed; I sit and watch from an Amtrak train paused on the outskirts of a neighborhood in North Carolina. The boys are spray-painting diligently, as in, These words must be perfect; they must make us look dangerous, masculine, like men...

  • Riding the Phoenix

    By Elrena Evans My nine-year-old son is terrified of roller coasters. Or, more accurately, my son is terrified of many things, “roller coasters” being only one entry in a long list of terror-producing entities. Roller coasters are notable here, not because they cause anxiety, but because, despite being petrified of them, my son also loves them. “When I grow up I’m gonna design this roller coaster!...

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

Brain, Child Magazine

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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