Author: Jillian Gilchrest

Feminist Mom Frustrated: Think This One’s Pretty Obvious

God dammit. I was really hoping that my daughter, now 4, and son, now 7, would grow up in a culture free from sexual violence, or at least significantly different than the culture I came of age in. I’m an optimist by nature, so I recognize that this hope was fairly lofty, but “live the life you imagine,” right? Post 11/8 though, this hope is shot to hell and I am faced with the realization that my innocent children will actually take part in this culture-a rape culture, where women remain second-class citizens. For those with children older than...

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Sister Moms

Over the years, whenever I’ve had an extra mom or two around, I’ve mentioned in jest how I sort of understand where the “sister wives” are coming from, minus the sharing a husband thing. Well, this year, I’m participating in a carpool with two other families, and I am just so grateful to be sharing the load with two amazing women and our three husbands. All three of our families were fortunate to receive slots for our preschoolers in a public magnet school. The only downside (which feels awful even saying because free is free) is that the trip to and from the school adds about 45 minutes to a commute. Now though, by sharing that drive with two other families, there are days of the week when I’m able to get into work earlier or make a complete dinner for my family. By coordinating calendars and responsibilities with four additional people the chaos of practices, meals, school activities, and late meetings no longer falls solely on me, my husband or our babysitter. We have formed this little community of support and it’s been amazing. The other fabulous side effect of our carpool is the time I get to spend with the kids. Most times when I drive carpool I have my son, daughter, and two other little girls. The conversation between the children is hilarious and make the trek...

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Couch Cuddles

To cuddle, they say, is to hold someone close. To hug and to snuggle those you love most. There are two in particular who I love to cuddle. We three come together before bed to snuggle. On half of the couch we all squish together, wrapped in a blanket in all types of weather. We enjoy this most loving and intimate time. I’m so very grateful to call them both...

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About a year and a half ago, I had some down time at work and found myself in conversation with a colleague about our sons, roughly around the same age. Both boys were playing t-ball and she was coaching her son’s team. She was explaining how challenging it was to be the only mom volunteering to coach baseball and how uncomfortable she felt at the training meeting, being the only woman among a gym full of men. It was at that moment, as she was speaking, that I questioned (out loud mind you) why I hadn’t even considered coaching....

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So Over the Relics of “Back-to-School” Past

It’s that time of year again…summer’s coming to a close and the start of a new school year is right around the corner. It’s exciting and with two young children, it’s fun talking about who they will see and what to expect as they prepare to embark on Pre-K4 and 2nd Grade. But, as a working parent, it’s also incredibly frustrating to manage the chaotic schedule of the first week of school and the accompanying shopping for school supplies. Both of which are “back to school” relics, now unnecessary and completely out of touch with reality. I don’t know...

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