Elizabeth Broadbent

Ph.d drop-out, full-time hippie homeschooling mama to three boys, Elizabeth spends her time blogging and writing. Her work has appeared in Time Magazine, Scary Mommy, xoJane, Babble, and others.
Recent Articles

I Didn't Make My Own Baby Food — I Did Something Better

We didn’t have a choice, really. Blaise’s first solid food was the salmon he stole from his father’s plate when he was 4 months old. He didn’t choke. He housed that fish and went back for more. Yes, t...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

No, I Don't Think Circumcising Baby Boys Is OK

Your husband is circumcised. Every boyfriend you've ever had was circumcised. And neither you nor they have ever noticed anything wrong or strange about that fact. In fact, you’ve (maybe) never seen a...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

My Kids Don't Need Me Anymore & It's Devastating

Yesterday, I discovered that my 5-year-old son can use the microwave. He stood on his tiptoes, opened the door, pushed the right buttons, and then brought me a warm coffee. Then my 3-year-old son insi...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

Um No, You Absolutely Cannot Steal My Baby Name

I have three boys. We’re also planning to adopt one day. My boys have names I picked for several reasons: they have some kind of personal sentiment attached, they’re very Catholic (except my youngest’...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

Parenting Through Medication Withdrawal Was Hell

I stood in the parking lot and cried, trying to talk through my tears to the AAA lady on the phone. “I locked my key in my car,” I said. “It fell off the keyring and I don’t know where it is." I had m...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

DeVos' Confirmation Makes Me So Glad I Homeschool

I know that homeschooling is a luxury not reserved for all parents and their children. It's a privilege that my family can afford to live on an income and a half, and that I have the patience, the ene...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

Why I Turned Down A Job To Keep Homeschooling

They contacted me through my Facebook page. A kind of a corporate headhunter, someone who already worked for the organization but was in charge of making a new hire. Everything was very hush-hush. She...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

TBH, I'm Not OK With Daddy-Daughter "Dates"

A mom posted a photo to Facebook last week along with a caption that celebrated a dad taking his daughter on a "date." The woman's post went viral because so many thought it was "so sweet." Along with...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

I'm So Glad We Never Used Cry It Out With Our Kids

When I was pregnant, we figured our babies would sleep in a crib. Beyond that, we didn't have a plan for sleep training, other than that they'd sleep eventually. As we read more about attachment paren...
By Elizabeth Broadbent

I Don't Regret My Hospital Birth One Bit

I looked down at my mucus plug and knew I only had a few days before giving birth. I called my midwife immediately. “I lost my mucus plug,” I said proudly. I thought she’d be impressed and excited. “...
By Elizabeth Broadbent