My Role in Racial Reconciliation

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer My daughter and I were snuggled up tight underneath a fuzzy blanket and tucked in the comfiest corner of our L-shaped leather brown couch. Sesame Street was playing on TV. She sucked her thumb and twirled her hair with her pointer finger, telltale signs of sleepiness, and I rubbed my … [Read more…]

My solution to the “It goes by so fast” cliche

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer We’ve all been there. In the front lobby of the grocery store trying to scope out the cart with the least wonky wheels, lifting one kid into the back basket part and one into the front seat, all the while trying not to completely smoosh the baby strapped to your … [Read more…]

A thousand gold stars

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer I remember being seventeen years old and sitting in my high school psychology class. My teacher was sharing about her second birth experience. She was nearing retirement age but even several decades hadn’t eroded her vivid memory of the details. She described how she had taken a hypnobirthing class to … [Read more…]

Parenting Is Simple (or so I thought before I had kids)

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer Parenting is simple. In the early days and months, it’s all about good scheduling and establishing a healthy, trusting relationship between you and your newborn. And in the years following parenting is all about consistency in discipline, clear communication of expectations, and maintaining your position as the respected authority figure … [Read more…]

Why Potty Training is Just the Worst

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer There have been two distinct times in my life when I remember thinking, “I will only have one child.” The first time was somewhere in the middle of the two-hour process of pushing my first son into the world. The second time was when I was potty training said firstborn … [Read more…]

That time I was mad at my newborn

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer I laid my soundly sleeping three week old in his crib, turned the sound machine on, and covered him gently with a blanket. He had just been changed and fed and I anticipated him sleeping for the next couple of hours, and myself as well. Approximately two seconds after walking … [Read more…]

We made the choice to keep her

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer My husband and I were at a work function, a rooftop cocktail hour with an open bar. At seven months pregnant, I wasn’t taking advantage of the bar, but the woman we were talking to seemed to be enjoying all the evening had to offer. We were chatting politely with … [Read more…]