Saying goodbye to the princess phase

When my daughter Violet was a young toddler, she had no use for dresses. She screeched and flailed around if I tried to put her in one. She was extremely physical. She walked early, she climbed anything in sight and she had no fear. And then, her third birthday arrived…

Step dada-ism — Making a blended family work

I always thought "blended family" sounded more like something off the Jamba Juice menu than a term you'd use to categorize relationships between parents and children, but nonetheless I am both the byproduct of a blended family and do a little family blending of my own.

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Russian goth mama

Some of you may remember a while back when I featured this Russian goth wedding on Offbeat Bride. Well, Pushba and Grater have gone on to have a child, and…..

Beer lovin' baby

Seriously, if you can't have fun with your kids then what is the point?! Thanks to kateler for submitting this awesome photo to the Offbeat Mama Flickr pool! If you…..

Daughter of an offbeat mama

The first social reality of which I ever became aware was that my mother was the most embarrassing person on the entire planet. She dressed loudly, spoke louder, and seemed never to have heard of make-up. She was a rebel with many causes and wouldn’t allow my sister or me to escape any of them.