Glynis Ratcliffe

Glynis Ratcliffe is a singer and writer by trade and a creative soul by birth. Together with her husband, they negotiate parenting a teenager, a fournado and a sweet toddler who doesn’t know how the hell he ended up in this mess. Hilarity ensues. So do the meltdowns. Glynis’ writing can be found on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The Mid, BluntMoms, and on her blog, The Joy of Cooking (for Little Assholes).
Recent Articles

10 Body Positive Statements Every Mom With A Daughter Should Make In Front Of Her Kids

In just one day, my daughter turns five. Each day, as her self-awareness grows, she's faced with more opportunities to compare her body to the bodies of others, and each day I find myself renewing the battle for maintaining her positive body image. T…
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11 Reasons Why Sleep Regressions Are The Worst Part Of Parenthood

Sleep is the unicorn of every new parent's life; mysterious, allusive and not necessarily a real thing you can have. Not to say that you never get a decent amount, you just get it inconsistently for various reasons. One of those reasons is the dreade…
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9 Things Every Hippie Parent Gets Right

While I'm definitely not one to judge any parents, especially those that identify as "non-hippie parents," I truly believe there are things every hippie parent gets right when it comes to their parenting choices. I promise it's not just because I con…
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9 Things Moms Who Had A Home Birth Are Tired Of Hearing

Being in that small percentage of moms who've had a home birth, I tend to struggle with whether or not I should bother even talking about my labor and delivery when I meet another mom. Inevitably though, and for better or worse, conversations between…
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7 Times You Need To Pay Attention To Your Kid's Potty Training Accidents

Any parent with a kid older than two can tell you about the joys of potty training. And by "joys," of course, I mean "horrors." There are bound to be accidents, occasional regressions, and other hiccups as your kid adjusts to this new level of self-a…
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10 Texts Every Mom Sends After Her Toddler Does Something Gross

Just when you think you've gotten used to all the disgusting things babies do (mostly unintentionally), they turn into toddlers and things get way worse. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, you clearly don't have a toddler, because when toddl…
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12 Texts Every Mom Sends When Her Partner Is Alone With The Baby For The First Time

For a while after giving birth, most moms can't imagine being separated from their baby. Eventually, though, self-care comes into play (whether you've thought of it yourself, or someone who loves you has said that it's time), and you need to get out …
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9 Things Every Mom With Anxiety Really Wants You To Know

As a mom who suffers from anxiety, I can tell you firsthand that it can be a challenge to convey how different my concerns are from "normal" parenting concerns. There are things every mom with anxiety wants you to know, though, especially if you want…
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10 Struggles Only Hippie Moms Can Understand

I've been crunchy for a long time, now. I guess working part-time in a health food store for eight years will do that to a girl. During that time, I became pregnant with both my first and second children, so they got a pretty full dose of my crunchin…
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11 Things People Need To Stop Saying To Non-Biological Moms, Immediately

Being a non-biological mom to a kid comes with challenges that, honestly, vary from those biological parents inevitably face. I mean, there are many of the same challenges as any other parent, but some of the things people say about non-biological mo…
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9 Things About Postpartum Depression That Dads Just Don't Get A Say In

There are about a hundred reasons why being a mom is challenging, but struggling with postpartum depression (PPD) is perhaps the most challenging. I think that's because there are so many expectations placed on moms that often imply how a mom should …
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8 Ways Suffering From Anxiety Actually Makes You A Better Mom

In many ways, it's almost impossible to feel like motherhood and anxiety don't go hand-in-hand. You suddenly become entirely responsible for another human being, and every decision you make can affect their well-being so, in many ways, it can be over…
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10 Thoughts You Have When You Accidentally F*cking Curse In Front Of Your Kids

Long before having kids, I was known for having a potty mouth. I'm not sure why (OK, I guess I know why), but I developed a reputation for it among friends. This was never a big deal to me until, of course, I had kids. Turns out, cursing in front of …
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9 Ways Your Kid's Friends Might Be Teaching Them To Be Less Body Positive

If I could go back in time and talk to the girl I was, the one who was talking about going on a diet at an absurdly young age, there are so many things I would say. I'm not sure who started talking about their body first, in my group of friends, but …
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10 Things Every New Mom Thinks About Mom Groups, But Doesn't Say Out Loud

When you’re a new mom, it’s easy to feel isolated. Chances are pretty high that there’s not a lot of adult interaction that happens between the hours of 8am and 6pm for you, so joining a mom group was probably suggested early on by friends or family.…
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12 Moments When Motherhood Is Simply Overwhelming (And Why It's OK)

There is no question that motherhood can be the most rewarding part of your life. The love you experience; the joy you can't help but appreciate; the incredible things you learn about yourself, your partner, and what it means to raise a tiny human; I…
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8 Ways To Teach Your Son About Consent Without Ever Mentioning Sex

Having a daughter was always something I was prepared for, and in many ways. I knew how difficult it would be to teach her about body positivity, feminism, being true to herself, and all the other challenges that go along with being female in today's…
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10 Ways Every Grown-Ass Man Supports A Partner With Anxiety

Anxiety can be a crippling condition to manage, especially as a parent because you're always "on." If things start to go pear-shaped right at dinner time, it's not like you can walk away and leave your hungry kids screaming, while you try and do some…
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9 Things Parents Of Really Creative Kids Are Tired Of Hearing

Being a creative person makes life a lot of fun. Rainy afternoons are never boring, parties are the absolute best to plan and you save money by making gifts for everyone. Having a really creative kid is a little but more challenging, though, because …
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8 Things Every Mom Thinks When A Kid Is Mean To Her Kid

There's a rite of passage that, as a new mom, you may not know you'll have to inevitably experience. It will happen, though. Your sweet little baby will be the victim of some kid's mean streak, either at the playground, at daycare, or in the school y…
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